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Old 09-29-2015, 05:35 PM   #11
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Replace those tires! My previous RV had Tow Max tires. One tire developed a bubble on the sidewall near the bead. After numerous phone calls to a claims agent with the tire company, I had a tire on my front door step. No local dealer for these tires. Tires had about 3k miles at that time. On a later trip, approximately 4k miles on the tires, I felt vehicle slowing down. I looked in mirror and saw a tire shredding. Put on a spare and drove 60 more miles and felt a rumble in the steering, looked in the mirror to change lanes and saw the second tire blow out sideways. It took out everything around the wheels on the RV.($4700.00 of damage) I had no more spare and called a tire service to rescue me. I called my insurance company and they wanted the DOT number off of the tires. Long story short, the agent called back and said the tires were imported from China and that the majority of their claims came from blow out damages from imported tires. The tires were inflated to 80 psi, no cracking, no damage, and I was driving 65mph. I learned a lot about trailer tires from this experience.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:31 PM   #12
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Tires are not covered by the manufacturer (Jayco) warranty.
It does not hurt to ask...
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:32 AM   #13
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That's what I was thinking. Even if Jayco won't cover it (or some) they or my dealer might give me a head start on who else I could call. I still need to check out the recall, but based on the post above, my tires are not within the dates on the recall (will check it out myself today).

I've pretty much decided to replace all 4 with Maxxis M8008, 225/75R15 LR E with metal valve stems (I can't stand the rubber ones!). Original Towmax are same size in LR D. I don't really need the extra load capacity, but I would feel more comfortable with the buffer. The only thing I have left to do is decide if I can wait until I can get them on sale. A friend invited us to go camping with them in late October, so I still have some time. For now I just need to move it about 7 miles to my storage lot...
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:35 AM   #14
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So I finally got a chance to remove my failed tire last night and I learned a few things:

1) the cotter pin that holds the extension for the under-mounted spare tire hanger is too long. So it hits the framing when you go to crank the spare down. Cotter pin completely destroyed

2) it takes all 10 of my Lynx blocks under the good tire to get the other tire off the ground

3) my spare was underinflated quite a bit, need to be more diligent about checking that. Will mount the new spare with the valve stem facing down to facilitate that check.

4) the tire failure ended up being tread separation and was clear as day when I got the tire off. Will post a pic when I get a chance.

5) working on this stuff while being sick sucks.

More to come as I move down the path to new tires.
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Old 10-01-2015, 12:55 PM   #15
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I am sure the Maxxis will be more than adequate. Verify that your rims will handle the increased pressure. (You may have already done this)
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Old 10-01-2015, 02:54 PM   #16
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The upside of being home from work sick is that I can just pop out and look at the tire on the rim in my garage. I put the spare on last night and put the trailer back in storage, but left the damaged tire in the garage. Downside is that I'm playing babysitter for my 1YO son. Not really a downside, I love hanging out with him, but it puts a damper on hanging out in the garage...

So here is a pic where you can see the tire lopsided. I have another with a straight edge, but you can actually see it better here. Sorry it's sideways, but again, I'm on my iPad...

As for the load capacity of the rim, there are actually two "Max Load" specs stamped into the spokes on the back of the rim. I have pics of both but iPad and JOF aren't working well with me trying to upload multiple pics.

Anyway, one says 2150 lbs, which coincides with a tire size 205 75 R15. The other is 2830 which goes with my size 225 75 R15 in LRE. That translates to the Maxxis tire I'm interested in purchasing which is the 225 75R15 in LR E, at 80 lbs, it carries 2830. So Yay! My rims can handle the tires I really want! There is no pressure listed on the rims, only max load.

One more part of the puzzle solved. Now I just need to find the price I really want to pay...
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OEM trailer tires should be marked: Not intended for use, replace with actual tires.
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:02 PM   #18
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OEM trailer tires should be marked: Not intended for use, replace with actual tires.
LOL! "Actual tires". I'm starting to think more and more along these lines... Sucks to buy 'em twice though!
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One thing I forgot to mention about the lopsided tire though: it's not lopsided all the way around. Certain parts of the tire look straight. So if you're inspecting your tires looking for tread separation, make sure you look at the entire radius.
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It seems that if the trailer makes it to the dealer, the OE tires have done their job!
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