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Old 02-05-2016, 05:23 PM   #1
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What tires from the factory

I've been reading on some other RV forums about the cheap China tires coming on new TT's.

I have a Jay Feather 23RLSW on order, hopefully to be delivered in about 5-6 weeks.

For those of you who have picked up your new TT in the last 6 months, what brand of tires were on your rig and where were they manufactured?

I'm sure Jayco puts on whatever they bought for the cheapest price.

I would like a factory option for a quality US tire and would be willing to pay for it.

It seems to me that tire quality should not be compromised by manufacturers.

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Old 02-05-2016, 05:27 PM   #2
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Not sure what they put on TTs but my north point fifth wheel came with Ranier tires that I promptly replaced with sailun s637 g rated tires
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:30 PM   #3
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They do offer upgrade tires on some rigs. I would contact your dealer and find out if you have any options. If not you take what you get.
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:33 PM   #4
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Rainiers on my 2015 White Hawk. Pondered what you are pondering and decided to be a guinea pig and did a near 6000 mile trip in three weeks on them with no problems.

If I were to buy new tires, and I did a lot of research on the subject, I would buy Maxxis Brand.

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Old 02-05-2016, 05:34 PM   #5
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I've been reading on some other RV forums about the cheap China tires coming on new TT's.

I have a Jay Feather 23RLSW on order, hopefully to be delivered in about 5-6 weeks.

For those of you who have picked up your new TT in the last 6 months, what brand of tires were on your rig and where were they manufactured?

I'm sure Jayco puts on whatever they bought for the cheapest price.

I would like a factory option for a quality US tire and would be willing to pay for it.

It seems to me that tire quality should not be compromised by manufacturers.

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My Seismic 4212 came with China Westlake tires? have 7000 mile so far and no issues. Pressure has stayed stable and this unit weight is 17,000# Dry triple axle.
based upon current performance I am not changing them.
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Any manufacturer will put on the tires where they can get the best deal. If you don't like the tires you have to shop around yourself for better quality. On some units Jayco might give an option for a different brand of tire.
Sometimes at more cost dealer might exchange tires.
People can go into arguments over tires from China, but even the USA mfg. tires can have flaws in them. Important is; if the mfg. stands behind their product.
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Congrats on the new rig!!!

Hate to say it, but I do not know of any trailer tires made here in the US any more...

Our '16 32 BHDS (bought last July) came with the Rainer (Rainier or whatever they are!!!) tires. I think they were made in China, but don't recall for sure and the trailer is in storage until spring. Seem ok in our 800 miles or so towing last year, but from research I and others have done, they are only speed rated to 65 mph like a lot of trailer tires. For that reason and to gain more weight capacity "cushion", I plan on replacing the tires this spring with either Carlisle or Maxxis in the next higher load range. Both these brands have a higher speed rating than 65mph. Not that I promote higher towing speeds, but again for more "cushion" (between the travel speed and speed rating).

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I don't think it really matters where they're made. Many tires sold in north america come from China. Some are quality, some are junk.
My new Jay Flight 38FDDS is still at the dealership, but upon a quick look(not PDI), I noticed that the tires are junk. I'm not sure of the brand but the treads looked very worn from the single one way trip from Indiana to Massachusetts which was about 735 miles. Since mine will be delivered to a seasonal site in the spring where it will stay indefinitely, I'm not too concerned about it until I move it from my site someday at which time I will get new tires. If I was going to haul this thing around I would definitely replace the tires ASAP.

I ordered my Jay Flight and there was no tire upgrade option offered.
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You may be able to upgrade to the Maxxis M8008 16 inch wheels and tires from Jayco.

I did. They get much better reviews.

You are right. The standards tires are marginal and that is being very diplomatic.
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Being this is my 1st TT after owning class A's for over 20 years, I guess it's surprising to me that companies are putting marginal tires on NEW TT's.


You don't see that happening on new class A's, C's or any type of motorhome. On my last class A I had Michelin tire on it for 12 years, the original set lasting for 8 years with no problems.


Maybe that's comparing apples to oranges, but if I spend $20k to $30K on a TT I expect some quality in the unit including the tires. There are quality TT tires out there, why should these companies compromise my safety and possible damage to go cheap and save a few bucks.


I may need to be schooled on the difference between ST & LT tires. Why not a quality LT?


My TT I ordered weighs about #4600 dry and comes with 205-75R 14 tires with a load range C. That's what was on units I looked at.


I guess Jayco determined these are OK. So I guess I'll wait and see how my tires hold up and determine if a bigger & better tire will be needed in the future.


I just can't wrap myself around the thought that something new I buy can possibly need an upgrade, at my expense, to be safe. Wireman
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