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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 05-19-2015, 04:28 PM   #51
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I should clarify that the Blowmax tires are on the rig I'm trading in for my new Jayco 36RSQS which hasn't arrived yet and probably won't before my trip to Colorado.
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:41 PM   #52
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Manty you might also want to do a visual check for bulges and bumps each time you stop. From everything I've read, the bulges precede the blowouts. Although I'm not convinced my TowMax tires are bad (just started my 3rd season on them), I'm going to be checking them at stops. Mine are 13 in.
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:45 PM   #53
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I decided to purchase/invest in a TPMS. If the system works as advertised, it will go a long way to give me peace of mind on both the fiver and the truck.
But they are not designed/recommended to be used on rubber valve stems. By the time you pay to have the tires dismounted and metal valve stems installed you might as well get new tires.
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:13 PM   #54
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I want to change or retract my previous vote. Going to the TPMS and wet bolt system I pulled my rear passenger side tire only to find that it was rounded (belt blown) and a bulge with tearing (blister) on the inside wall (facing brake). There are less than 3000 miles on these and I did one local trip this spring. Had I not checked or pulled the tire I would have had an issue. Last night I invested in a set of Maxxis 8008's and will be changing all 4. I was on the fence before this issue based on all the issues I have read about.

Personally I knew someone that last year had over 4k of damage done to his unit with one blowout that resulted in the tire going through the floor and into the cabin. E rated 16 in Towmax. Yes it was a 5'er, but a light unit for that e rated tire. Meticulous about pressure and temps like me.

Sorry to say, but I blame the manufacturing specs on these. The Maxxis come from Thailand and I feel better about the quality of workmanship there. Should I have gone up to G, possibly, but the rating on my rims are set only in load pounds and make no mention of pressure ratings so stuck with e rating. Time will tell, but I am going to feel a whole lot better behind the wheel this summer with my improvements. Funny that now Jayco is offering an option for Maxxis in 2016 which I saw on the posted changes for this model year.

I did file with nhtsa as well.
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But they are not designed/recommended to be used on rubber valve stems. By the time you pay to have the tires dismounted and metal valve stems installed you might as well get new tires.
When I had my metal valve stems put on they charged me $10.00 per tire. I bought the valve stems at Advance Auto for 2 for $5.00. Worth it to me.
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I also noticed the 15" Towmax tires on the bigger blow easier and also noticed it looks like more in the southern US where outside temps are higher.


My 198RD GVWR 5900 lbs. 4500 miles with Towmax ST205/75R15 C-range goes in to the fourth season and still look like new. They haven't seen much daytime travel with extreme heat. My max. speed limit is 63 mi/hour. When replacement comes up I go to a brand available here in Canada and also to D range
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Bigger Trailers generally equals more weight and pushing the limits of the weight range of the tires.

In your research, see if you can get GVWRs
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DocBrown, thanks for the reply. This incident has turned me into a fanatic about tires, and rightly so. I guess when you consider your entire investment is rolling along on 4 pieces of rubber, it makes sense to keep a close eye on things. Next trip I plan to take your advice and check for bulges and other symptoms at every stop. Happy trails!
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:42 AM   #59
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In your research, see if you can get GVWRs
That's the elusive part. I'm going to start watching the threads closer and ask more questions. Right now I'm more than convinced that this is more a problem with large units/large diameter tires, but I like to see numbers.
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:31 AM   #60
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File Compliant About Tires Here
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues

We can continue to banter back and forth on this forum about XX brand tire failures, or we can actually try to do something about it.

Use the link above to submit your actual failure information.
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If everyone on this forum who has had a blowout had filed a complaint as listed, we would probably be that much closer to a recall.
I too am running the tow max 16 inch tires on my 33.5RETS and so far have had no problems. But believe me, I am watching them very closely.
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