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Old 09-26-2010, 12:32 AM   #1
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Had my first blowout on my CT32GR at 60MPH on I-40.The right rear tire took out the tin above the tire and bent the siding on the entertainment center slide along with the tire skirt. I pulled over quickly, but the damage was done. The tire was shredded but the chromewheel(2830# rated) looks OK. My question is, shouldI upgrade the Komo ST225/75R-15D(2500#+ rated) tires that came withthe trailer(10 months old with 3K miles) to Maxxis ST225/75R-15E(2800#+) tires. I would gladly pay for the upgrade for a safer tire.



The CT32GR is 7715# dry weight and gross weight of 11,144#. The axles weight is 6732#.



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Old 09-26-2010, 01:17 AM   #2
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First thing to do is check the age of the TIRE, not the age of the trailer to determine if you had old tires on the trailer to begin with. Here is a link to a site that will help you decode the DOT code on the tires and tell you the manufacture date to see if you have to get after them for putting on bad tires. Additionally, if the tire was not old, and if I intrepret correctly that the TT is only 10 months old, those tires should have some kind of warranty on them.



http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=11

Then, if the tires are truly not old, you probably answered your own question. The TT that we just traded in was a Forest River Salem 28BH. Dry weight a little over 5000 lbs. Without much loaded in the trailer (clothes, dishes, pots and pans) we blew one of the oem installed tires, 205/75 D15's Load range C. As this was our first RV I was not as savvy on TT tires as I was tires that I ran on my trucks, or the hot rods that I had owned over the last 30 yrs.



Bottom line, I started doing some research and found out that a lot (not all but a lot) of RV manufacturers put barely adequate tires on. I upsized the rims and tires on our Salem to 225-75-R15's Load range E. No problems at all now with the new tires even towing for hours on end with air temps in the mid to upper 90's.



The other thing that I did for my family's safety was keep the old tires and use them for storage. Here in Ohio we put the TT awat for the winter. So I have been taking off the good new tires and storing them in the barn and the old tires sit outside in the winter. Of course we had to get new rims, but rims, especially white spoke steel "plain jane" are not that expensive, all considering what can happen.



Additionally, you might consider it a bit overkill, but I went to 2 spares tires also. Some of the places I go out west have towns, and in some places people, few and far between. Or even just driving down the highway the chance of some junk on the road catching both tires on the same side is realistic. When I go out west I even take an extra spare truck tire with me.



As long as we are on the subject of blown tires, I discovered that you can use the plastic ramps from walmart rated for heavy pickup trucks, reasonable cost, to change trailer tires. For the rear, pull up on the ramps of course and vice versa. The opposite tires will lift off the ground and not need to be jacked up. When I change tires in our driveway (has a bit of a slope) sometimes the tires won't quite lift off, so a small floor jack, with very minimal effort will lift them. You can tell that the trailer weight is not on the wheels as the effort, as I said, is minimal. I now carry the ramps with me ANY time I leave the driveway with the trailer behind the truck.



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Old 09-26-2010, 01:38 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply.



The tire was manufactured 30th week of 2008. I bought the trailer 10/09 so the tire was 14 months old when put on the trailer. Is that reasonable?
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:41 AM   #4
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Dave,



One other question, do you run the recommended pressure of 80PSI(cold) on your loaded trailer?
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Run the maximum pressure your tire is rated for. I run our E rated tires at 80 psi.



Hey Robert, I see you are in East Texas have you seen the post about the Texas Rally in March? Maybe you can join us.Edited by: Hunter11
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:53 AM   #6
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Good info and experience written above. I would also add that driving habits plays a part in how long tires last. I have seen a lot of drivers take really tight turns which is hard on tires and suspension components. You should never turn hard enough to skid the rear tire. Air pressure, speed, potholes also affect tire longevity. Personally, I would upgrade to load range E, 80PSI tires if the rims/stems can take it.

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As Stan said " if the rims/stems can take it".

You will find that the rims will have their pressure rating stamped on them, Should be stamped on them. I would have to go check, but I think I run them a few pounds under, like 75/76 or so. I know that mfg'ers give a safetycushion when rating a rim/tire etc, but if you stay back just a couple lbs from max, say 75/76/77 you pick up the benefit of the extra air pressure, but are still well within spec.



In today's litigationous society, you are always better to stay within spec, that way, God forbid, if something ever happened, you can't be blamed, and/or you have a leg to stand on if you have to go after someone, and/or the insurance company doesn't have any grounds for denials. It is awful to have to think that way, but..............

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Tire issues again......We should welcome every new member with some of this great advice. I also think that Crossroads is going to have to step up and spend the extra 110 bucks per trailer for some good skins. I don't think that a small amount like that would make someone choose another trailer. The bad press and word of mouth about failures might make a potential customer look at another trailer. JMHO
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Bad tires can hit at any time, just three or four weeks ago I replaced all four of the tires on the Cruiser, by build date the missons were just over three years old and had maybe 15,000 miles on them. When I got back from Colorado, I notice all four of them had cracks around the rims. With the death of my step son the tire situation was put on hold. I need to take Janet out to get away, and I took the unit to a tire dealer I trusted told him to put tire on it and call me when it was done. He did I picked it up and we left for Abita springs, I got just south of Amite La and I had a blow out less than 100 miles on the tires had to buy another tire down there, do not trust the other three tires, so I will replace them this next month. Dealer said have not had any trouble out of those tires on other trailers (Right) must be empty stock trailers

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Our trailer came with cheap Mission tires which cost us a lot of money right off the bat. They started coming apart with less than 5k miles on them and I had to replace them with a good set of tires at a cost of $750. I guess you live and learn and our lesson is we will never buy another trailer with a cheap set of tires onit which eliminates about 90% of the manufactures out there.



I don't see this issue changing until someone ends up getting killed because of a cheap trailer tire explodingand the family sues and takes a big chunk out of one of these manufactures. Sad but that seems to be the way it is in the country.
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