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View Poll Results: Is the problem with Tow Max tires real ?
Yes, had them, had problem, never buy them again. 15 19.48%
Yes, had or have them, never had a problem. 39 50.65%
Never had them 18 23.38%
I have no idea what kind of tires I have 5 6.49%
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:26 AM   #11
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There is no option to vote no. I have had and have tow max tires, now on my 2014 33.5RETS. Have kept them properly inflated and so far no problems. These have now been on the unit going on 2 years and not sure how old they were before they were put on. Will have to see if I can find the date one day. So far so good. We use our unit once a month also.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:45 AM   #12
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There is no option to vote no. I have had and have tow max tires, now on my 2014 33.5RETS. Have kept them properly inflated and so far no problems. These have now been on the unit going on 2 years and not sure how old they were before they were put on. Will have to see if I can find the date one day. So far so good. We use our unit once a month also.


That is selection #2. ( I have tow max tires and never had a problem )
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:46 AM   #13
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The poll does not ask the opinion of those who never had them and never will.
Was trying to avoid opinions and just get real numbers
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:55 AM   #14
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I voted, Never had them.
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:36 PM   #15
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So after a few days, and while it is a small number of responses, 20 JOF members have answered that they have or had Tow Max tires, and 30% of them (6) have said that they have experienced problems.

I'm thinking that 30%, while not very scientific, is a significant number of failures.

I'll do some checks with NTSB to see if there are any average statistics on tire failures to compare against.

I'm also wondering if Jayco monitors this site ( common practice today to monitor social media sites) and would care to weigh in on why they use a product with such an apparent failure rate, or if they have any data that contradicts generally negative comments on this and other RV websites about Tow Max Tires and why the use them on their product.
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:30 AM   #16
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Searched this site ( http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues) which allow you file a complaint or search for existing complaints :


Currently on file:


Power King/Tow Max : 61
Good year Marathon : 19
Carlisle : 206
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:18 AM   #17
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Was trying to avoid opinions and just get real numbers
A wise decision. I don't dismiss that some have had issues, but there are far too many opinions about this and almost nothing that shows hard numbers. One guy told me once that his dealer said they get a lot of blow outs of Tow Max tires, but he was never able to tell us what that ratio is. It was simply the dealer's opinion.

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Searched this site ( http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues) which allow you file a complaint or search for existing complaints :


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Power King/Tow Max : 61
Good year Marathon : 19
Carlisle : 206
This is another question I've asked, if someone has issues with Tow Max tires, why not file a NHTSA complaint?
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:16 PM   #18
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This is another question I've asked, if someone has issues with Tow Max tires, why not file a NHTSA complaint?
In my case, I don't expect to ever be reimbursed for my failed tires, and it is much easier to just buy some new tires and go on about my business.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:23 PM   #19
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I can't vote because I only had them for a week. So voting never had a problem would be misleading. I view OEM ST tires as a method of shipping the camper to the dealer but not for actual use. I add the cost of tires into the cost of buying the rig. On my last one I tired to get Jayco to install what I wanted but they don't do that. so I took off the Tow Max D's and put on the Maxxis E's within a week of ownership. The yellow sticker on the camper is plenty of reason to expect problems with tires and IMHO it's unfair to put the blame on Tow Max. My OEM tires were under specified at Jayco not at Tow Max.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:46 PM   #20
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In my case, I don't expect to ever be reimbursed for my failed tires, and it is much easier to just buy some new tires and go on about my business.
That's my point. People complain and say they've had problems. But no one wants to be bothered to report it. So from where I sit, there isn't enough hard evidence to tell me I should be worried.

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The yellow sticker on the camper is plenty of reason to expect problems with tires and IMHO it's unfair to put the blame on Tow Max. My OEM tires were under specified at Jayco not at Tow Max.
You are the first one I've seen to state a truly logical reason for swapping the tires out. Usually people say they do it because of what "people on the Internet" said about "Blowmax" tires. Which in my opinion is a very poor reason for swapping them out.
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