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Posted: 05/04/19 10:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just bought a used Grand Design Solitude 5er (369RL) that has Samson tires on it. The original owner pulled the trailer from the dealer's lot to a place on a lake nearby. It remained there until we bought it and the tires were kept out of the sun. So the tires look like new, but they are made in China. All I have heard about tires made in China is that I ought to get rid of them as soon as possible. Has anyone had positive experiences with this brand of tire? What is the advice of all you experts?


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Posted: 05/04/19 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How old are they?
Check the DOT date on the sidewall of the tires.

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Well there are two dates based on my limited experience. One is 1716 and the other is 14-17. How can I tell which one is "the" one?

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They pop even when new so the age matters not.


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So are you saying that these tires are worthless from the moment they are new and forever there after? And I should just get rid of them immediately if not sooner?

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I’ve used CHINESE tires for years without a problem. Stay within the weight limit, cover when parked, keep speed within limit, inspect for road damage, inflate to recommended pressure, replace at four-five years and the CHINESE tires will be fine.


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If it has this tire, and not over 5 years old, you might be ok. That is a nice RV, and big too.
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You don’t say ,,the size or load range. Having said that if you are going to do a lot of travelling,I think I would replace them. Sailing load G seem to work well. For the sake of $5-6 hundred ,it’s peace of mind.

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tires start to rot the day there made, out of the weather helps but they still rot 5yrs old? they should go. a blow out at 60mph can tear the under side and wheel well off say about 3k in damage.

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My son has Samson tires on a very heavy duty low boy trailer. Maybe 3 years old. Uses it to haul tractors or whatever. No problems.
Local small town mom & pop tire shop sells them. They sell them to local hot shotters and ranchers.


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