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Old 12-14-2015, 04:31 PM   #11
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I heard the tire blow, said what was that. Looked in the mirror saw smoke.(mumbling a few mechanics terms) stopped as quick as I could, but at 60+ I still covered a good half mile with pieces of tire beating up the wheel well
LOL at "mechanics terms". Reminds me of myself mechanicing sometimes!

I agree though, its almost impossible to get stopped soon enough when a tire lets loose. Usually, the damage is already done....
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Old 12-14-2015, 04:49 PM   #12
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I heard the tire blow, said what was that. Looked in the mirror saw smoke.(mumbling a few mechanics terms) stopped as quick as I could, but at 60+ I still covered a good half mile with pieces of tire beating up the wheel well
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LOL at "mechanics terms". Reminds me of myself mechanicing sometimes!

I agree though, its almost impossible to get stopped soon enough when a tire lets loose. Usually, the damage is already done....
With a TPMS it's possible that you may get a warning of too low of pressure or too high of pressure or a high temp.

I agree, you may not be able to catch every case but without a TPMS you won't know until it goes.
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My TPMS has caught 2 failures. The first was a dramatic failure when 2/3 of the tread came off in one piece. I was able to stop before any damage was done. The second failure was the tread starting to separate and the monitor alerted me of low pressure, again I was able to stop without any damage to the 5th.
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I had a Blow max tire go on my rig. I upgraded to 17.5 inch weels and Sailun tires. I found the best prices at Trailertiresandwheels.com. When you call them they will give you a better package price then advertised on thier website. I called a local tire dealer and they said they could not get me tires only at the price I got tires and wheels mounted and balanced.
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My TPMS has caught 2 failures. The first was a dramatic failure when 2/3 of the tread came off in one piece. I was able to stop before any damage was done. The second failure was the tread starting to separate and the monitor alerted me of low pressure, again I was able to stop without any damage to the 5th.
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X2. My TPMS saved me twice also. Both due to low pressure. One was a bad valve stem that had to be replaced (yes it was metal), and a loose valve stem core. It just came loose. Tightened it up and no more issues.
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I had a Blow max tire go on my rig. I upgraded to 17.5 inch weels and Sailun tires. I found the best prices at Trailertiresandwheels.com. When you call them they will give you a better package price then advertised on thier website. I called a local tire dealer and they said they could not get me tires only at the price I got tires and wheels mounted and balanced.
I was lucky that my OEM wheels were rated for 110psi so I upgraded tires from "E" rated to "G" rated G614's. I tow much more relaxed now even with a TPMS.
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I had towmax on my previous rig. Had to replace them before they blew. In less than a year and less than probably 4K miles, 2 of the tires looked like donuts....the tread area was not flat but round like a donut. I replaced them with sailun S637s. I ordered mine from simpletire.com. Immediately I realized that the sailuns were stout, heavy duty tires. When I took off my old wheels, the rim and towmax tire combo was lighter than the sailun tire alone. After I had the sailuns mounted, I picked up one of the towmax tires....very light and flimsy. I tell anyone who will listen, get rid of the towmax, especially if you have them on a fifth wheel with 16" wheels. It's not a matter of if, but when.
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Guess I was one on the lucky few - 11k miles over two years with the Towmax on the White Hawk and never had any issues. IIRC, I only had to adjust air pressure about five times, and two of those were at the beginning of the season. Given all the issues that other had, I kept a very close eye on them, and had we kept the WH, would have upgraded the tires in the spring.

Went with the 16' Maxxis upgrade when we ordered the Eagle.
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Guess I was one on the lucky few - 11k miles over two years with the Towmax on the White Hawk and never had any issues. IIRC, I only had to adjust air pressure about five times, and two of those were at the beginning of the season. Given all the issues that other had, I kept a very close eye on them, and had we kept the WH, would have upgraded the tires in the spring.

Went with the 16' Maxxis upgrade when we ordered the Eagle.
Thanks for your comments. I think you are the only poster who brought up tire pressure. I guess we'll assume that all those who had problems had the correct tire pressure and didn't go over the trailer CCC. Again, no one said so we'll assume all was correct .
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Thanks for your comments. I think you are the only poster who brought up tire pressure. I guess we'll assume that all those who had problems had the correct tire pressure and didn't go over the trailer CCC. Again, no one said so we'll assume all was correct .

I meticulously check my air pressure before every trip. My Tow Max tires didn't make it 18 months or 1800 miles.
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