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Old 09-26-2016, 06:36 PM   #1
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Tire and Spring Issues

In August we set forth on a journey to the Southwest. A very warm time of year for that area. When we arrived in St. George, UT (temp. 106F) we noticed the bulge on the tire. At the tire shop, they found smaller bulges on a tire on the opposite side of the trailer. As they were checking further they found a loose bolt on the spring shackle. Ultimately they found that all the bushings were either gone or broken, and the holes in the shackles had become oblong. Four tires and new shackles later we were back on the road. The tire people remarked that the shackles seem to be way too lightweight for the weight of the trailer. The new shackles are twice as thick and there are grease fittings. The bushings are bronze and should last quite awhile. The old bushings were nylon. For the price we paid for this trailer you'd think they could have used quality parts.
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:40 PM   #2
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The oe bushings and shackles are std on every rig I have ever seen.

The wet bolt kit and large shackles are a upgrade.

What year and type rig are you pulling?
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I just replaced my tires after only 3 months just because I didn't trust the Raniers and we have a long trip planned for early spring. I plan to upgrade the shackles and bushings while she is laid up for the winter.
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:56 PM   #4
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That tire is UGLY! Glad to hear that you got 'em replaced before they failed but know the expense was a hit. Just tell yourself you'd have spent it anyway and maybe have some TT damage to boot.
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In August we set forth on a journey to the Southwest. A very warm time of year for that area. When we arrived in St. George, UT (temp. 106F) we noticed the bulge on the tire. At the tire shop, they found smaller bulges on a tire on the opposite side of the trailer. As they were checking further they found a loose bolt on the spring shackle. Ultimately they found that all the bushings were either gone or broken, and the holes in the shackles had become oblong. Four tires and new shackles later we were back on the road. The tire people remarked that the shackles seem to be way too lightweight for the weight of the trailer. The new shackles are twice as thick and there are grease fittings. The bushings are bronze and should last quite awhile. The old bushings were nylon. For the price we paid for this trailer you'd think they could have used quality parts.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:12 PM   #6
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Yep, 2016 North Point with approximately 3000 miles on it.
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Warranty Claim!!

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Old 09-27-2016, 06:55 AM   #8
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It's a minimalist industry and sad but true, some components just are not up to the task they serve. First thing I did on both my 5'ers were to replace with the wet bolt kits. It's literally double duty and gives you piece of mind.

$90.00 and 2 hrs for that piece of mind.

I am sure that if Jayco negotiated with Mor-Ryde that it would be more like $30.00 to include them with the suspension kits already installed. So maybe $20.00 more if you take away the stock bolts and shackles.

On the tire: Push for warranty reimbursement.
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Bought a new Jayco Pinnacle 36kpts in May of last year. With less than 2000 miles on the unit 3 of the Chinese made Ranier tires developed huge bubbles inside close to the rim. Trailer was weighed before starting on vacation and it was over 4000 lbs below maximum weight. Axles are 7000 pound axles and there was less than 6K on each so it was not a weight issue. Tire inflation was also checked and cold inflation was 80 psi for the load range E rated tires. Checked on the NTSB web sight and found no recalls on these tires. I know Jayco is aware of the problem because I took them to the factory in Middlebury, Indiana along with a Cat scale printout. The junk tires that rv manufacturers are putting on these trailers will sooner or later result in a class action lawsuit when a family gets wiped out because of them. Tires are not the place to cut price on an rv. Time for the rv industry to wake up and smell the coffee!
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My nylon bushings were worn out after one season and I had them replaced with brass bushings that have grease nipples. I contacted Jayco and sent them the receipt and they covered the cost of the labour without any hesitation. They would have covered the cost of the bushings if I had went with OEM but why would I when they failed after one season.
Send your receipts to Jayco and I'm sure it will be covered.
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