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Old 09-22-2015, 09:10 PM   #1
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I should have listened... change the factory tires on Pinnacle

Well we are in the middle of our PCS (move) to South Dakota; our 2015 Pinnacle had what I considered new quality tires with less than 3000 miles in them but boom! We had a blow out after crossing through some famous Texas road construction. The drivers side rear blew apart, shredded the tire, ripped off the plastic fender protector, ripped the metal wheel surround and tore apart the wheel lining. Upon further investigation another of these tires has three large bulges formed on the sidewal, ready to let loose. Two tires showed extreme belt damage as well. So today, I bought new Goodyear Marathons, kudos to the Freestone dealer on Fort Carson for a quick order, expedient appointment and a respectable price. Can't say I wasn't warned to change them but those of you still running the Jayco factory Rainier tires, pls watch them closely and travel safely.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:24 PM   #2
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You don't really get the true picture until it happens to YOU!! Been there and done that. Hope your collateral damage was minimal. Tires are something that should never be price shopped. If your FW is going to be parked in the sun for long periods of time, invest in some tire covers to protect them from sun. Hope your Marathons work out!!!
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:58 AM   #3
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I was in my dealer a couple of days ago and they showed me a literal mountain of blown oem tires from Jayco trailers/fifth wheels, etc. Most were BlowMax, but other brands were there as well. I changed mine after two trips right after I bought it. I couldn't stand not knowing when one was going to blow. I now ride on G614's and feel much better.
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Ft Carson, Colorado?
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:14 AM   #5
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Ft Carson, Colorado?
Yes Fort Carson, CO; we spent almost a week staying in the USAF Academy FamCamp and found the Firestone dealer on Ft Carson near the BX. Amazing area, even took the dually TV to the top of Pikes Peak.... 14,110 feet! We will be back
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After reading several horror stories like yours on the forum I bought a pressure monitor. It made the jump from the HTT to the 5th when we traded. Never had a problem on the first TT but our 5th had 2 tires fail in a 75 mile stretch with a 3rd ready to join his brothers. The monitor alerted me to both failures before any damage was done (other than needing new tires). I'm a solid believer!
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Curious, are these 15" tires?
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RedHorse, installing TPM's on the trailer seems like a reasonable option to replacing the original 2 year old tires on my 2015 Eagle. From reading on the Jayco Forum, TST seems to be the most widely used but I am not sure whether it is worth popping the tires off and taking the tires in to get internal monitors installed or whether to go with the valve stem sensors. Did you have to use an extender with your 5th wheel ?


Putting TPMs on in the spring would in essence pay for the TPMS if I can get another season out of the stock tires and I'll still have the TPM's after. I am just getting concerned about having too many monitors in the cockpit: GPS, tuner/monitor for tranny temps, future backup camera, big screen OLED TV with Playstation Blueray player, etc. (Wait, that last one will be for the TT not the cockpit of the TV
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RedHorse, installing TPM's on the trailer seems like a reasonable option to replacing the original 2 year old tires on my 2015 Eagle. From reading on the Jayco Forum, TST seems to be the most widely used but I am not sure whether it is worth popping the tires off and taking the tires in to get internal monitors installed or whether to go with the valve stem sensors. Did you have to use an extender with your 5th wheel ?
Ottaw, I did not need an extender with my install. I got mine from Minder Research and have been pleased with them. I do see lots of folks like the TST. My motive in buying the monitor was not so much extending the use of the existing tires but to avoid the damage when they disintegrate. My original tires (TM's) failed at about the 3 yr mark.
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Yes Fort Carson, CO; we spent almost a week staying in the USAF Academy FamCamp and found the Firestone dealer on Ft Carson near the BX. Amazing area, even took the dually TV to the top of Pikes Peak.... 14,110 feet! We will be back
I was stationed there long ago and love Colorado Springs. Did you pull up Raton Pass between New Mexico and Colorado? I've never towed anything up that pass but had a Bronco II years ago that could barely make that climb at 45 mph.
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