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Old 04-12-2016, 10:52 AM   #11
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I agree with you it would be hard to prove the trailer was not over weight or the tires were not inflated properly. But the burden of proof should be on the tire manufacturer otherwise no ones tire warranty would be valid. The other two tires I had were also showing signs of failure. The easiest way to see this is the tires will no longer be flat across the tread. They start to crown.
I bought Goodyear Marathon tires as they were the only tire I recognized that was available in a fifty mile radius. If I had the opportunity I would have tried Maxxis. I could only find 2 Maxxis tires in my size in Las Vegas. I hope the goodyear tires hold up a while.
You would think with the reputation that the tires have that they would not question much, but of course always easier to throw the blame. I know blowouts are not usually easy to deal with, as they can do a bit of damage, but if no one gets hurt, that is already a good outcome. I had a blowout years ago on a Class C on way back from Ohio. Sounded like a shotgun went off. Wasted half a day trying to get a tire put on. At that point just wanted to get back on the road for our next stop over and didn't look at much. At the campsite, I opened a closet door to get something and looked down at the gravel on the pad below. The tire blew out the floor of the closet.

Good luck to you, let us know how you make out.
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:48 AM   #12
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I am not over excited about the towmax tires that came on my 2014 WHawk but so far they have given me about 11,000 miles without any issues. Just got back from a 4k trip to Texas and the only thing I noticed when I inspected the tires is the R front axle is showing considerable wear on the outside of the tread similar to what I have experienced before on another trailer and as I understand its due to the wear on the front axle tires from tight turns. The left side is not showing any excessive wear.

My ?? is about the Towmax brand in general as posters are generally badmouthing them and advising us to replace them with a better brand asap. Jayco and other brands sell hundreds of thousands of RVs and from what I see tire issues are not a top tier complaint. I undersand and expect that Jayco will use as inexpensive components as possible while still turning out a quality desireable product. My TV worked fine until it didn't work after a year and Jayco replaced it [Gave me a $300 allowance and gave me the option of picking out what brand I wanted. I am not surprised that the tires they use are also some offbrand contract manufacturer. My immediate plan is to put the "new" spare on the ground and move the other front axle tire to the spare and only buy one new tire.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:01 PM   #13
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I had two tires fail on a Forest River product within 15 months. RV manufacturers should put the best tires available on these units. It seems that they all cheap out on the most important safety feature of the vehicle. They know that the average RV'er will overload the thing. I would gladly pay more for safer tires made in the USA.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:39 PM   #14
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How are the Maxxis holding up for you? ... Curious about your Maxxis, hopefully I made the right decision.
I, too, put Maxxis on my trailer about five years ago. I've put close to 20k miles on them without any issues. I think they're a great choice. They still look fine but they're getting close to the wear bars and are aging out so I'll be replacing them before our first trip of the season. It takes a few days to get them from Discount but worth the wait.

The trailer had Towmax on it when we bought it (used) and I kept them for a couple thousand miles the first season without problems until I put the Maxxis on before our first long trip. The spare was a brand new Towmax, never been on the ground, so I kept it as a spare. A couple years later I checked the spare before we left on a trip and found the tread separating...on a basically brand new tire! No more Towmax for me.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:53 PM   #15
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I, too, put Maxxis on my trailer about five years ago. I've put close to 20k miles on them without any issues. I think they're a great choice. They still look fine but they're getting close to the wear bars and are aging out so I'll be replacing them before our first trip of the season. It takes a few days to get them from Discount but worth the wait.

The trailer had Towmax on it when we bought it (used) and I kept them for a couple thousand miles the first season without problems until I put the Maxxis on before our first long trip. The spare was a brand new Towmax, never been on the ground, so I kept it as a spare. A couple years later I checked the spare before we left on a trip and found the tread separating...on a basically brand new tire! No more Towmax for me.
If you sent it in they would tell you it was overloaded! LOL
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:47 PM   #16
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There has been at least one towmax tire recall...

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I am in the Maxxis fan club myself. Today I removed all the tires and did a thorough inspection and rotation. After about 5000 miles since last September, they look great.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:20 PM   #18
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I am not over excited about the towmax tires that came on my 2014 WHawk but so far they have given me about 11,000 miles without any issues. Just got back from a 4k trip to Texas and the only thing I noticed when I inspected the tires is the R front axle is showing considerable wear on the outside of the tread similar to what I have experienced before on another trailer and as I understand its due to the wear on the front axle tires from tight turns. The left side is not showing any excessive wear.

My ?? is about the Towmax brand in general as posters are generally badmouthing them and advising us to replace them with a better brand asap. Jayco and other brands sell hundreds of thousands of RVs and from what I see tire issues are not a top tier complaint. I undersand and expect that Jayco will use as inexpensive components as possible while still turning out a quality desireable product. My TV worked fine until it didn't work after a year and Jayco replaced it [Gave me a $300 allowance and gave me the option of picking out what brand I wanted. I am not surprised that the tires they use are also some offbrand contract manufacturer. My immediate plan is to put the "new" spare on the ground and move the other front axle tire to the spare and only buy one new tire.
I left my Towmax tires on the trailer because I also thought along the lines that with all the Towmax tires on the road we may read about only a few had bad tires. Maybe it is not such a big problem as I thought. I evidently thought wrong. Maybe the lighter weight RV's may not have as much of a problem with Towmax as the heavier rigs. The damage to the trailer along with the inconvenience of a breakdown on the road is not worth the gamble. Hindsight is easy.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:51 PM   #19
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I have towmax with 10K+ miles. Couple of them I noticed late last summer where showing signs of dry rot??, sidewalls where cracking. I decided I'll replace them when the htt comes out of winter storage. Still have not decided with what.

I too have one tire with excessive wear, it did not start wearing until we moved, and we now have a difficult back in approach if the neighbors are parked in the street, which they normally are. Lots of tire scrub.

As for tire replacement. We had an older tv, we put brand new LTs on. Went out west, while towing the PU. Three of the new tires grow side wall bulges and blow out, before the blowout as the budge grow, it sounded like a helicopter was following us. When the third tire went the fourth tire was removed too. It was strapped to the PU bumper for the ride home. Took a little work, but the manufacturer covered the replacement costs.

Big issue with the OP, will be towmax will prorated the tire due to its age.
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My Jayfeather came with Goodyear Marathons. My new to us Jayflight has the Towmax tires. Since these tires are 4 years old and the camper has been sitting at the dealer for a year, one of the first things I am doing is replacing them with a set of Maxxis. The tire place tried to sell me load master or something like that....I'm like nope, Maxxis or I am going somewhere else. She ordered them, will be here next week just in time for me to take delivery of our new camper.
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