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wjpitura

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I have noticed some cracking occuring around the sidewall of my 2007 Komfort travel trailer tires. We bought the trailer new in June 2007 and from what I can determine the tires on the trailer, Mission Tires were manufactured in late 2006....(DOT #5006).

Last winter while traveling home, we did have a tire separation, (no blowout sound), on one of the tires which left us with just a strip of rubber around the rim, thank goodness. Good Sam got us assistance who installed a new Maxxis tire in its place.

Now before we head south again this winter, given I have just noticed this cracking, wondering whether to replace remaining three tires.

First instinct is to replace them, however the cracking seems more surface, although cracks appear to go most of the way around the outside surface of the tire just an inch or two above the rim, in most cases.

Never had this issue before with either a car, truck or trailer tire, and it has only been 4 years. Presume its the make of tire.....Mission. Hopefully, Maxxis will be better.

Anyway, anyone have thoughts on cracks on the sidewall and need for immediate replacement?

Thanks, appreciate your insight.
-- JP

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Posted: 12/05/10 11:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those are ST tires, probably made in China
They're 4 yrs old, going on 5 yrs
The cracks are signs of tire dry rot
Only way I'd take those on the road, was for the trip to nearest tire dealer
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With or without cracks Chinese made tires should be replaced. Just my opinion. The only difference between Chinese tires that haven't blown out and ones that have is that they haven't blown out YET.


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wjpitura wrote:

I have noticed some cracking occuring around the sidewall of my 2007 Komfort travel trailer tires. We bought the trailer new in June 2007 and from what I can determine the tires on the trailer, Mission Tires were manufactured in late 2006....(DOT #5006).

Last winter while traveling home, we did have a tire separation, (no blowout sound), on one of the tires which left us with just a strip of rubber around the rim, thank goodness. Good Sam got us assistance who installed a new Maxxis tire in its place.

Now before we head south again this winter, given I have just noticed this cracking, wondering whether to replace remaining three tires.

First instinct is to replace them, however the cracking seems more surface, although cracks appear to go most of the way around the outside surface of the tire just an inch or two above the rim, in most cases.

Never had this issue before with either a car, truck or trailer tire, and it has only been 4 years. Presume its the make of tire.....Mission. Hopefully, Maxxis will be better.

Anyway, anyone have thoughts on cracks on the sidewall and need for immediate replacement?

Thanks, appreciate your insight.
-- JP


They are cracked, AND they are almost 5 years old, AND you have already lost one of them. Replace them now. Don't move it till you do. They have served notice, You are on borrowed time. OR. Be prepared to change them on the side of the road, and buy them inroute if you can. It's clear. You are riding on Maypops. Meaning they may pop any second.


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They are ST tires (ST205-75K15C) and they are made in China.

Appears today, most trailer tires are made in China or Mexico.

Are there better tires to buy?....Maxxis? and where to purchase,....Les Schwab?

Thanks,
JP

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Posted: 12/05/10 11:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After 4 camping seasons my stock ST tires were also showing some minor cracking on the sidewalls so for peace of mind we replaced them with a set of Maxxis tires which are giving us good service. Replacing TT tires every five years or so is about the average life one can expect from ST tires.

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They would not pass inspection in Pennsylvania. My tires did the same thing on my Roo. manufacturers would not cover. I ended up buying new ones. Good Luck


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Replace them ASAP


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Perhaps it is a good idea to size-up on the tires.

What is the difference from C rating to E rating?

If you don't mind, what was the approx cost of 4 E rated Maxxis tires from Les Schwab?

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-- JP

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wjpitura wrote:

They are ST tires (ST205-75K15C) and they are made in China.

Appears today, most trailer tires are made in China or Mexico.

Are there better tires to buy?....Maxxis? and where to purchase,....Les Schwab?

Thanks,
JP


Schwab ordered Maxxis ST's for me. I up-sized from 205 75R 15C to 225 75R 15E. I have 6" wide OE alloy rims.


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