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Old 11-23-2015, 09:44 AM   #1
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Unhappy Change your tires

Check your tires, if they came with the RV, spend the 130. each and get real tires. I just calculated, and I bet I got ~ 2500 or less miles on mine.

I don't let my tires sit, and we use our camper. Tire rot is not the issue, Cheep tires is the issue.

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Old 11-23-2015, 11:43 AM   #2
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What tires did you buy??
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:58 PM   #3
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I somewhat agree with the OPs statement but it really depends on the brand and size of tire your unit comes with. My cruiser came with Power Towing E rated tires (not an expensive tire by any means) and have stood up well with over 13,000 miles of towing on them already. Picked up a nail on the way to Alaska last year and that's the only problem I've had so far. They have worn surprisingly well for an inexpensive tire. I will point out my trailer is stored indoors in a heated shop so the tires are not subjected to weather most of the year. Most tires from factory - although generally cheap - should get you 20,000 miles of use or up to 3 or 4 years if you haul less than that amount of miles and have harsher winter or summer climates. That is unless you're over loaded or have axle alignment issues.
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Old 11-24-2015, 02:38 PM   #4
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I wish tire problems were that easy. I have been in the business over 40 years and conduct tire & disc brake seminars at various RV events. I am a full time RV'er that sells only 17.5" H and 16" G tires and wheels. Most RV tire problems are related to loading. Notice I did not say over loading.
Most RV tires are loaded 100% of the time at 90%+ of rated capacity. If you compare the vehicle your are driving GVWR and the max tire loading you will find that you are only loaded 65%-75% of the tire load rating.
When you put tires on your trailer that reflect 75% loading many of your tire problems disappear.
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:45 PM   #5
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Titan Guy,

do you have to divide the weight by the number of tires or is it per tire?
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:59 PM   #6
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Most say that you weigh each wheel position and compare that to the tire load. Because I am looking for a margin of safety, I take the total weight on the axles divided by the number of tires and compare that to tire load.
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Check your tires, if they came with the RV, spend the 130. each and get real tires. I just calculated, and I bet I got ~ 2500 or less miles on mine.

I don't let my tires sit, and we use our camper. Tire rot is not the issue, Cheep tires is the issue.

I really hate some of the new RV's coming. Quality in terms of long term travel is pretty bad. Specially if you have to go through Nevada or New Mexico or Arizonian desert.
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I really hate some of the new RV's coming. Quality in terms of long term travel is pretty bad. Specially if you have to go through Nevada or New Mexico or Arizonian desert.
I noticed at the Tampa RV show this year that many of the better RV's, TT & FW, came with Michelin LT tires. Maybe that will be an industry trend.
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:29 AM   #9
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Two things you can't over-buy -- your tow vehicle and your trailer tires. Always buy more capability than you need of both of these.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:05 AM   #10
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Blow outs are NOT fun...
had one on previous 5er on I-10 east of Lafayette, La...

it was the perfect storm,
late afteroon in August in South Losingannie...
Asphalt road that ran perfectly east and west so there was sun baking it ALL day.
high humidity,
and under rated goodyear tires...

It even bent steel cross members on the frame !

The only good thing ? After a few emails, Goodyear stood behind their tire and paid for it all (glad I told the tire guy to throw the carcass in the truck bed !)
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