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Old 03-24-2015, 05:09 PM   #1
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Tow Max Tires fell apart

Howdy folks, i'm racking my brains and I hope that one of you RV guru's can help me out on this one. This past weekend I took a trip with the family (destination approx 140 miles away) and about a quarter of the way into our journey, we suffered a nasty blowout on the passenger side of my 2012 Jayco Swift SLX 18BH. I have the original tires on there (Tow Max STR ST205/75R14) which had plenty of tread and no dry rotting of any kind. Both tires were filled to the recommended 50 PSI (cold). So after a brief delay, I changed the tire with the spare of the exact same kind, verified that it was at 50 PSI and we were on our way and arrived at our destination without any further incidents. A few days later, on our trip back, we made it 3/4 of the way before suffering a blowout on the same side. I checked the area around to the tire to make sure that nothing was rubbing and all appeared to be clear. The tire looked exactly like the first, it looked like someone took a giant cheese grater and peeled the center like a giant orange. I called Jayco and was very disappointed with their service, they basically pawned it off on the tire manufacturer and stated that they would call me back. No call as of yet .....
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like both blowouts were in same area?Lol
How fast were you going?
How much weight in back of trailer?
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:20 PM   #3
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RV manufacturers put on the cheapest tires possible. I asked my Jayco dealer his opinion and he stated what I put in my first sentence. If your trailer wasn't overloaded, it was the tire manufacturer that should stand behind their product. I hope you saved the two tires for evidence. Good luck.

If you buy new tires, after much research, I found Maxxis brand to be the best trailer tires.

EDIT: One more thing, once you get new tires, have the tire dealer balance them! It will keep the trailer from bouncing and wearing the tires out to fast!


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Old 03-24-2015, 05:22 PM   #4
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X2 What Murff said!!!
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:22 PM   #5
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We have TowMax tires on several trailers at work; they are a two year tire in my opinion. It doesn't help that the manufacturers put range C tires on these rigs which puts them right at max. A rig your size should really have range D tires to provide a margin of safety.
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Thanks guys! Dennis we pack pretty light, i'd say we had less than 200 lbs in the camper and the GVWR is 3500. We were doing about 65 mph. I still can't believe that they fell apart the way they did....scary!!!
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For what its worth I've had good luck with Hercules Tires. They aren't as good as Maxxis, but in Range D they are pretty stout tire and considerably cheaper.
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Welcome to the forum. I had a blowout last Fall with a G/Y Marathon. Went with MAXXIS tires and up a load range.

Here is my thread.
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...out-23566.html
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:50 PM   #9
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Tow Max

If you do any research on trailer tires, you will find that they do not have a good reputation. The Jayco puts them on but any problems are on the tire manufacturer. The other name used to refer to them is Blow Max.
IMO the tires are on there to get it to the dealer, after that who knows? It's crazy to buy a rig and have to worry about tires but it is pretty common on all brands.
Most upgrade a load range at the earliest convenience. As mentioned , Maxxis tires have a good reputation.
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New Jayco tires (at least on the Whitehawk) are Rainier ST made by a company called Tredit Tire & Wheel Co. Headquartered in Elkhart, the tires are made in China.

Tredit claims to have a quality trailer tire. Time will tell!

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