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Old 03-25-2015, 02:00 PM   #31
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To the OP - have you also considered checking your wheel bearings? If you have 2 blow outs on the same side then something isn't right. I would check wheel bearing and brake condition to make sure something isn't generating extra heat.
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:33 PM   #32
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Eldermike thinks like I do.
Also, SkyBound has a good point about dragging brakes or wheel bearings.
A hand held infrared temp gauge used to check brake drums, wheel bearings and tires at each highway stop, is what I do.
I have 2 years on my TowMax. About 12,000 miles.
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:49 PM   #33
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Found out something interesting today. Tow Max tires are made in China by Dynamic Tire Corp for Power King which is actually an Ontario based tire company.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:42 AM   #34
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I dodged a couple of big Power King Tow Max bullets this weekend....

I bought my 2013 351RLTS fifth wheel in September of 2013. The factory tires were Power King Tow Max ST235/80R16 radials. I've put less than 2,000 miles on the trailer since I've owned it.

This past weekend, I took my annual spring trip to Texas Motor Speedway, about 125 miles from home. I am always meticulous about the maintenance on my truck and trailer before any trip, because I take these trips to have fun, not to work on stuff. All four tires on my trailer were set to 80 psi a couple days before my trip.

I drove over to TMS last Wednesday. Anytime I take a left or right turn, I take a peek at my tires in the mirror to make sure everything looks okay. When I made the left turn from I-35 to FM 1171 in Lewisville, Tx, I noticed that I had a problem with my left front tire. I assumed it was flat. I slowed to 30 miles per hour and took a detour down 377 to Roanoke. There is a Discount Tire store there. I had called ahead to the store and they told me that they had a pair of Maxxis tires in stock.

When I arrived at the store, I discovered that the left front tire wasn't flat, but that the belts had separated at the shoulder of the tire. The first pic is of that tire. It's hard to see it in the pic, but the tire on the left is deformed at the shoulder from the 12:00 position all the way around to the 3:00 position.

I bought the two Maxxis tires they had and had them installed on the left side of my trailer. $414.

After enjoying my weekend at TMS, I returned home yesterday. After I arrived back home and was unloading food and clothes from the camper, I noticed that the right front tire was going down. I had kept the seemingly still good left rear tire that Discount Tire removed last Wednesday. I just finished installing that tire in the right front position on the trailer. The tire that I removed from the right front is in the second picture. It is coming apart all the way across the tread. Another few miles yesterday, and it would have been a blowout.

The date code on the tire I removed this morning is 3512. That's well short of three years old.

The two right side tires on my trailer will never see the highway again. I'll get two more Maxxis Tires from Discount Tire before my next trip.

I really wanted to get away from trailer tires and put LT tires on my camper, but there is so much difference in the load rating and my camper is so heavy, I just didn't feel comfortable doing it. I feel like all trailer tires made today are absolute junk, but since the consensus is that Maxxis is the best of the bunch, I'll go with a set of those, and we'll see how it goes.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:20 AM   #35
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China bombs, mine crapped out in the 2nd year... discount recommended Carlisle who moved production back in the US so far so good...
So you have Carlisle's mounted and they say "made in USA"?
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:40 AM   #36
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I fret every long trip on my blowmax and am to the point that the Maxxis are coming into the short term mod list for this year. I temp read them, check pressure before and upon setting out for return.

One thing that would help get a recall on these is to register issues with the NHTSA. For all the bad threads out there on these having only 55 complaints seems very low.

Here is a link to file a complaint. https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

I don't know what the threshold is for action.

Appraently the Heartland and Keystone forums got wind of this tool! Only one Jayco complaint.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:43 AM   #37
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For those of you that had issues, have you reported them to the NHTSA?
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:37 AM   #38
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I've put less than 2,000 miles on the trailer since I've owned it.
This is not in defense of Tow Max, but any Trailer/MH tire manufacturer will tell you letting them sit is harder on tires than driving/towing them. When you use them you keep the oils migrating in the tire. When they sit they dry out.
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:31 PM   #39
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This is not in defense of Tow Max, but any Trailer/MH tire manufacturer will tell you letting them sit is harder on tires than driving/towing them. When you use them you keep the oils migrating in the tire. When they sit they dry out.

Perhaps, but I put the exact same number of miles on my dually. It has older tires, and they don't separate, come apart, and blow out.

The problems with my tires last week were not an issue of rubber deterioration. It was the tire construction itself that failed.
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Jayflight, same issue here. Towmax on my Pinnacle passenger side blewout on April 11. In my review of the damage of my rig with a local dealer, they encouraged me to 1-report to Jayco directly and 2-report to NHTSA. I've done both. My tire had less than 4000 miles on it.

I am happy to report that in my communication with Jayco, they have offered to cover the cost to replace all four of my rig tires. I've done so with Goodyear Gladiators. The Jayco customer service rep reported to me that they have discontinued using Towmax. Hopefully they have received the "signal" necessary from customers.

I encourage all to do the same...1-report to Jayco customer service and 2-report to NHTSA. NHTSA has an easy online reporting system. I would expect no less from Jayco then their offer to reimburse you to replace the Towmax tires they installed on your trailer.
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