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Old 06-16-2017, 09:06 PM   #1
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Another China Bomb Story

More China Bomb issues. Was camped next to a couple with a year old Jayco TH this week. He has been on two trips and lost a tire on each one. The first trip was mainly cosmetic damage that he repaired himself with some signs left to remind him. The second trip is costing him his $500 deductible with some pretty serious damage to a slide out. We talked for a bit, he tows a little fast, about 70, runs proper air pressures. He thought about getting a TPMS before this last trip, but decided not to. Now he wishes he had. The system likely would have saved his $500 deductible and a good bit of headache. He has all new tires now so I'm not sure what he had on for OE tires. Still only went with LREs which I think was a mistake, but at least they're not the OE tires. Another lesson learned, don't wait to change the OE tires, don't tow too fast, and a TPMS is likely one of the best investments you can make that will pay for itself.
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:48 PM   #2
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X2 on adding a TPMS and upgrading the OE tires. We upgraded to Carlisle tires LRE and added the TPMS prior to our trip to Grand Canyon. The TPMS saved our vacation by warning us of a wheel overheating problem. One of our trailer brakes was locking up causing the overheating. We were able to clear the problem and completed the trip with no further issues. Like Brent said watch your speed, keep the pressures up and use the monitor system to give peace of mind.
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Old 06-17-2017, 04:56 AM   #3
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Couldn't agree more with the above posts. Especially the comments regarding speed. I know - everyone is in a HURRY! When I drove OTR in a semi, I used to get impatient with "the old guy in the MH with nowhere to be and all day to get there". Now that the DW and I are retired WE are the rolling road block holding up traffic. Putting aside the fact that the west coast states require you to travel 55 mph when towing, I try to keep our speed at 60 mph. The truck seems to like it there. Besides - at 55 mph, our average daily mileage of +/- 375 miles takes 6.8 hrs compared to 5.36 hrs @70 mph. I've lost count of how many times we are passed (like we are up on jacks) only to pass them by at a rest area further up the road. To each their own - but - why not slow down and enjoy the trip? Plus the added benefit of saving a little of your truck and your tires for tomorrow. Just sayin"
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:04 AM   #4
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Depending on the trailer,,E rated LTs are usually plenty tire up to about 12K (my opinion with some experience, of course). Once you get 'up there' in weight, then you need to start thinking of 'G' rated tires with wheels that will work with 110psig which Keystone's common Sandel aluminum wheels wont.

I wont even mention various tire brands as it's like comparing the Big Three TVs

It amazes me that most folks don't do any basic research on their trailers - just go into a dealer, plunk down some hard earned bucks and drive off into the sunset towing their new RV with nary a care in the world until BANG, clatter, crunch and a roadside stop while others pass by at near warp speed!!
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:21 PM   #5
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I pulled the new Montana home from the dealer this week. Getting it loaded and a few mods completed. Verified with the manufacturer they are rated 110 psi. Before the 1st trip G rated Sailun tires will replace the E rated Rainier tires. At 4080# per tire there will be much more than enough cushion.


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Old 06-18-2017, 08:44 PM   #6
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Any idea if the 2 blow outs were on the same side. If so, I would say maybe the overloaded remaining tire finally gave out causing the 2nd.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:02 AM   #7
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Any idea if the 2 blow outs were on the same side. If so, I would say maybe the overloaded remaining tire finally gave out causing the 2nd.
Opposite sides. The first was the front tire on the passenger side, the second was the rear tire on the drivers side.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:11 PM   #8
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Ok, good to know, thanks for posting that information. That points a lot more to just plain out junk tires.
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