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Old 12-08-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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Another Blown Towmax

Had one of the Towmax tires blow on the way west. Damage to the wheel well area and skirting will have to be taken care later. The tire was just over 2 years old with a guess of 10k on it. I could have been luckier than many.

New set of firestone's china load range E, ST tires and we're back on the road. Its too bad you buy a trailer to travel and see the country in, and have to question whether or not it's even road worthy. Maybe the rv industry should try and sell safe and reliable products first and then play with the upgrade crap they like to put in trailers to draw you in.
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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Had one of the Towmax tires blow on the way west. Damage to the wheel well area and skirting will have to be taken care later. The tire was just over 2 years old with a guess of 10k on it. I could have been luckier than many.

New set of firestone's china load range E, ST tires and we're back on the road. Its too bad you buy a trailer to travel and see the country in, and have to question whether or not it's even road worthy. Maybe the rv industry should try and sell safe and reliable products first and then play with the upgrade crap they like to put in trailers to draw you in.
Sorry to hear that. But, you input helps others like me who have decided to just bite the bullet and upgrade the tires and wheels now and be done with it.
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:44 AM   #3
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Many of us have been there, these are not isolated incidents. My take on this tire deal now is this :

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...res-31018.html
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:46 AM   #4
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A couple of us did a bit of unscientific research earlier this year. The Towmax blowouts appear to be limited to 15" and 16" ST tires. Those of us with 13" and 14" inch tires aren't having issues. Sadly the manufacturers are trying to keep the units at a price point that's competitive so they cheap out on things like tires. In the case of the larger trailers I think they put much more stress on the tires hence the high incidences of blowouts.

These should probably have been part of a recall but hardly anyone has complained where it really counts. Only complaints on the online forums. NTSB Home
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Towmax is not the only tire manufacture of ST tires that fail. I had a different 5th wheel 3 years ago and replaced the tires after a blowout with tires from Les Schwab a large tire dealer in the west and they sell their own brand of ST tires. I sold the trailer to a person I know and found out 3 of the tires had tread separating. The tires had about 7K miles on them. This is another brand of tire to be careful of.
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Had one of the Towmax tires blow on the way west. Damage to the wheel well area and skirting will have to be taken care later. The tire was just over 2 years old with a guess of 10k on it.
Check this on repairing it at home - I saved about $900 over shop repair.
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f4...age-31737.html
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:38 PM   #7
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I took the Towmax's off my trailer and replaced them with S637's. The Towmax's would have had maybe 1000mi on them plus the trip from IN to ON when the trailer was new. I sold the used tires for 200$ to a guy that wanted them for a boat trailer.

I only put 2hrs towing on them from when I bought the trailer used. I had no desire to take them on a long trip and repair the side of the trailer, new tires are cheaper than that.
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:56 PM   #8
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Last two trailers I took off the OEM tires before the first trip and upgraded on load range. And as far as I know Maxxis is the way to go and my only choice in ST tires. To be fair I don't believe any tire manufacturer designs tires to run max load on every mile but on campers they are most often running max load all the time as specified by the camper manufacturer. If campers were sold to pull dry and without camping gear then the tires they spec might well work. But most of us us campers use our rigs for camping.
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I'm convinced after reading all the posts on tires that the best thing you can do is invest in a TPMS system. With a TPMS system you will be told immediately when you have a tire go down so you can get off the road before it comes apart and causes damage to your RV.
TPMS = Tire Pressure Monitor System
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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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