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Old 07-07-2016, 07:08 AM   #1
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Uneven tire wear Rainier ST

I noticed on my return trip from Florida that the right front tire of my 29RKDS was wearing on the outside. I just made a trip to Perce and now all 4 tires are showing signs of extra wear on the outside. No additional wear on the inside or in the middle. The unit has about 5,000 miles. The first tire that showed signs of wear has now gone to the safety bar.

Tire pressure is always at 80 psi cold.

Anyone else with this problem?
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:15 AM   #2
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Usually a broken belt causes that type of wear. If still under warranty contact your dealer.
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:52 AM   #3
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It's my personal opinion that all RV'S ship with underrated tires. It's just part of the cost to upgrade the tires for us serious users. If it were me I would put G614 on it as soon as possible.
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Another thought, here, would be that your axles are not fully aligned---or no longer aligned. Keep in mind that the shackle and spring hardware that come from the factory and not real quality and can wear out prematurely--the bushings are often plastic and the pins are not self-lubed. Then, add more cargo weight and road punishment during towing, the axle alignment can adversely changed. I guess it's one of the reasons we had our spring and shackle hardware upgraded to more heavy duty, with ability to add grease to keep it lubed.

Just something else to ponder, in addition to the tires.

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I noticed on my return trip from Florida that the right front tire of my 29RKDS was wearing on the outside. I just made a trip to Perce and now all 4 tires are showing signs of extra wear on the outside. No additional wear on the inside or in the middle. The unit has about 5,000 miles. The first tire that showed signs of wear has now gone to the safety bar.

Tire pressure is always at 80 psi cold.

Anyone else with this problem?
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Old 07-12-2016, 05:58 AM   #5
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I would agree with eldermike. Most OEM tires are minimally adequate for these trailers. Sadly, my new Ranier ST's on my new 5'er failed on my first trip. I would recommend investing in G-rated or LT tires all around - I've heard/read good results on both options. I upgraded to G-rated.

It's frustrating to buy new tires for a new rig but the overwhelming stories of bad ST tire experiences and the manufacturer's refusal to change their practices puts the safety burden on the consumer.
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Old 07-12-2016, 06:22 AM   #6
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The Rainier tires are absolute junk.. replaced mine with the G614's after first blister on the Rainiers...
I had an alignment issue, but it was due to trailer being 900lbs heavier on the left side.. the way the suspension is designed causes the axles to come closer to each other as the springs flatten out, axles spacing was almost 3/8" different on the heavier side.. I replaced the 3500lb springs on the heavier side with 4000lb springs.. trailer now rides level and axle spacing equal.
Jayco engineers and designers must not talk to each other...
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:58 PM   #7
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Just had the same problem with these same tires, upgraded to Goodyears while enroute home. Found a bulge on one tire and replaced all four. Not happy with the cheap tires they are putting on these trailers.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:08 PM   #8
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Raniers are junk. I had fist sized bubbles on two of mine at about 1800 miles.
Upgraded to 110# rated rims and bought Sailun S637 14 ply G-Rated tires. I got the best price package by calling trailertiresandwheels.com. Don't buy them on line but call them directly for best price. The Goodyear G614 are great tires too. Either way, dump the Raniers.

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Old 08-22-2017, 06:26 AM   #9
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Update on my Rainier tires

Went to the dealer (Layzee Acres) in June 2016 to have axles/tires checked. Our unit was 1 year old. The dealership changed one tire that was worn out below the safety bar but on only on the outside. They did not do anything to fix the axles. Made a trip to Arizona last winter and the new tire is now worn out to the same level as last year tire. All other tires are very close to the safety bar also only on the outside of the tire.

Went back to the dealership in June this year, a few weeks before the warranty ended, and did not get much support for resolving my problem. I called yesterday and they still do not know what to do. Jayco does not want to do anything blaming Dexter for the problem and Dexter does not return calls from the dealer. My dealer took many measurements and requested to Jayco that the axles and tires be changed under warranty.

I checked with a few tires shops and was told that I would be wasting money by installing good quality tires indicating they will not last long because of my axles problem.

We have not used the unit this summer waiting for the issue to be resolved. We may have to install cheap tires to return to Arizona this winter waiting for the dealer to resolve the issue.

Can anyone recommend a place that can fix our axles?

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Tire and Axle Problems

In my opinion, you need a first class Alignment shop. These are usually ones that have been in business a long time. The Boss will have grey hair. and the shop will have a pit. They will most likely do commercial vehicle work and they won't be inexpensive. They know a lot, cause they have seen a lot.
Best of luck to you....
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