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Iraqvet05

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Posted: 06/07/19 06:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had the "China bomb" Tow Max tires on our first TT and had zeros issues with them in 5 years. Lots of people on the Jayco owners forum recommended replacing them but we hauled that camper to Arkansas, across Missouri and to Colorado and back in the middle of summer and they held up well.


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Yep, save your hard earned cash and use what the trailer comes with. Keep them inflated to the cold PSI on the sidewall, don't drive faster than the tires rating, usually but not always 65 mph with ST tires, and don't overload the tires.

We have 6 yo Tow Max on our trailer, the tires that came with. No issues. I'm running them one more short trip and plan to change them this summer.


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If they are American made tires, I would run then to six years based on the sidewall date. If they are Chinese, I'd replace immediately.

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Post the brand, size and model of tires here for some better advice.

NO reason to throw away perfectly good tires.

The pressure and tread wear should be inspected before (or after) each trip. Keeping the pressure up to the recommendation is critical.

IF...this really worries you that much, try to negotiate better tires in the purchase deal.


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Abbadox, realize tire opinions vary as wildly as......every other opinion.
From swearing off Chinese tires to living and dying by the use of LT tires to running tires for x number of years.
A guy cant say run for 5 or 6 years definitively, because conditions are so variable. A tire that sits in the sun in the southwest will age FAR quicker than one that is garaged most of the year between uses.
Generally a "cheap" tire is cheaper for a reason but that doesn't mean it won't work.
Some like to have belt and suspenders and an elastic waist band. Other are ok as long as their pants don't fall down and others yet are ok with some plumbers crack!

But unless something is weird or you plan on extreme use, no reason to expect new(er) tires that haven't been on the road won't do the job for a while.
14&15" trailer tires are cheap and don't fetch much used. $100 a tire giver take is what most sell for. Selling newish cheapo tires may get you $200 and you'll spend $100 in mount and balance to swap them out. For the $100 net return on the old tires and the extra $100 you'll spend for quality tires, its a wash. Run the cheap tires for a while and get some use out of them.

Example, I bought a newer used utility trailer to move a bunch of stuff to AK. IDK, couple years old, barely used. Had the cheapest possible tires on it. Bias ply.
Trailer loaded heavy, hauled butt to AK, wore half the tread off the tires (not sure how, but they were seriously worn 2500 miles later). They worked and I got my moneys worth out of them. If one popped, that's why I had a spare. Since we wuz going to AK, I took 2 spares.
Last year bought a new cargo trailer on the other side of the country to haul some stuff back to WA. Loaded that little trailer with china tires to the gills, drove 80+mph back to WA. 2000miles later they were fine.
"Most" "issues" with trailer tires, IMO, are a product of age, road damage, pressure, severely overloaded (maybe 1 axle of a tandem on torsion axles is overloaded and the owner doesn't recognize it type of situation) or, in the past, if they said Marathon on the side lol.


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Bought our 07 Cherokee and within 1 year I had to replace a tire with a shifter belt with the spare. In that time of looking for a tire another tire shifted a belt. So I replaced all 4 maxed out “D” rated tires with quality “E” rated tires. And mind you this trailer had an 11,200lb GVWR and it had “D” rated tires that were maxed out at the axle ratings. When I replaced them with E’s I had a big cushion per tire and never lost a tire again.

If they are junk replace them. You don’t want to be stuck in the side of the road with “good enough tires”!


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Going on season three with our OEM Rainier Chinese tires on our Jayco TT. So far they’re doing very well. Keep them covered, aired up, off the curbs and out of the gutters.


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Posted: 06/07/19 12:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Am I foolish to expect this much or ?"

Yup! Check the date on each and every tire.


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Abbadox wrote:

I have been watching YouTube and a couple of the videos are recomending getting new tires or upgraded tires when you buy a new or used RV.


There are also dumb-asses on Youtube that burn holes in their arms with cigarettes. One even douses his fresh wound with urine.

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Last trailer I bought new i had the tires about 7 years before I replaced them. Current trailer i bought new, this is the 4th season and they still have zero sign of aging or wear.

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