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Posted: 05/25/22 07:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Heading out for a trip last week and within 10 miles had a blowout on our FW. More of an explosion actually. Mounted the spare and 5 miles later the one in front of it exploded. Had to have someone come out and mount it on the rim on the road. The dates on the tires were 09/2019 so not that old, no dry rotting and I always check pressure before heading out. No TPMS warning - just BOOM. But when I researched the brand - Ridgway Sport St - I realize should have swapped them out as soon as I bought the FW new. Affectionately referred to as tire bombs and boy were they right. I have never seen a tire explode like that. They literally blew apart and the tread peeled off like a re-tread. Thankfully there was only minimal damage to the skirting and everything functions without issue. I sprung for decent 14 steel ply tires rated for way more than the weight of my FW all around and re-started our trip the next day. I wasn't gambling anymore with the other 2, I felt that warning was enough for 4 brand new tires.

Calling the insurance company today and will see what the damage will cost to fix, but the FW is usable in the interim. Doubt there is much recourse from the tire company since they were 3 years old, but I did read about class action lawsuits on that brand. I'd say I am surprised you pay that much for a decent FW and they put horrible tires on it, but I'd be kidding myself.

I've read the posts on cheap tires before and rolled the dice. Guess my luck ran out. But both blowouts were uneventful in terms of being able to pull off the road with plenty of shoulder and level grass and no one got hurt and very minimal damage - so in some ways we got off lucky. Lesson learned.


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We moved to LT (truck tires) and have had zero problems since


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Posted: 05/25/22 08:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

way2roll wrote:

Heading out for a trip last week and within 10 miles had a blowout on our FW. More of an explosion actually. Mounted the spare and 5 miles later the one in front of it exploded. Had to have someone come out and mount it on the rim on the road. The dates on the tires were 09/2019 so not that old, no dry rotting and I always check pressure before heading out. No TPMS warning - just BOOM. But when I researched the brand - Ridgway Sport St - I realize should have swapped them out as soon as I bought the FW new. Affectionately referred to as tire bombs and boy were they right.


sounds like you hit a road hazzard. I personaly hate the phrase tire bomb as tires don't just blow up, theres alwasy a reason, weather it be heat from runing them under inflated, road hazzards, age, but at 3 yers that isnt a factor here.

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Tire "scrubbing" happens too. Most people don't realize what a tight U turn does to a tire, weakening the sidewals to the point it detatches from the bead. That's how my last "blown" tire left this earth. It ripped the cap (tread section) off the tire too.

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Tires or road hazard? I believe tires are blamed for more than their share. Truck tires on a trailer sounds good but IMO they aren't built for the stresses that a trailer puts on them. Any studies other than "on my trailer..."?


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Posted: 05/25/22 10:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've heard that if you have a blow out, drive immediately to the tire shop and replace the other tires as they are getting ready to go too. Could be automated manufacturing consistency causing a flaw to be continually and identically duplicated. I've had light bulbs on the same line burn out within 30 seconds from each other.

You might consider replacing the spare too. Glad you didn't have too much damage.

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jdc1 wrote:

Tire "scrubbing" happens too. Most people don't realize what a tight U turn does to a tire, weakening the sidewals to the point it detatches from the bead. That's how my last "blown" tire left this earth. It ripped the cap (tread section) off the tire too.


One of the reasons tire engineers say to inflate ST tandem axle trailer tires to max sidewall psi.

My FW actually came with quality (Provider) ST tires OEM. I think some are now coming with GY Endurance too, so manufacturers may be stepping up, on tires.

If OP blew first tire, may have overloaded second tire, as it gave up shortly after first?

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Posted: 05/25/22 12:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

op wrote:

Heading out for a trip last week and within 10 miles had a blowout on our FW. More of an explosion actually. Mounted the spare and 5 miles later the one in front of it exploded. Had to have someone come out and mount it on the rim on the road. The dates on the tires were 09/2019 so not that old, no dry rotting and I always check pressure before heading out. No TPMS warning - just BOOM.

Typical for ST tires load C/D/Eyears ago when they all were made in the usa. Before US tire mfg sent them overseas we called them ST maypops.
Then ST made in china load C/D/E started showing up but with the same results...but folks named them china bombs.

I learned about ST tires when they all were made in the USA. With five trailers on the road 24/7 with 28 15"/16" tires on the ground using 2 sometimes 3 spare tires it didn't take long to realize ST weren't made for the long run. Do everything right per the tire mfg and still had sidewall zippers (blowout) and tread loss then a blow out and many run flats tire till it shreds all the tire at nite til the steel wheel ran on pavement making a beautiful nite time sparks show.

So...welcome to the ST tire bomb victims club [emoticon]. Hope your on better rubber now.


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Lots of heavy 5er's come with inadequate low quality E rated tires. Many don't have problems; but some tire scrubbing, overloading, running fast, road hazards, sun, or just every day bumps can make them very dangerous. Some replace with LT's, many just replace with good G rated ST tires. They don't have to be expensive, Sailun makes a good G rated ST tire that I've run on two heavy 5ers very happily for tens of thousands of miles.

If you have a heavy 5er with E rated tires I'd recommend replacing them soon with G's.


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Posted: 05/25/22 01:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many reputable RV manufacturers are putting the Goodyear ENDURANCE on as standard equipment now. I switched to them two years ago and have made two long trips out West with no tire issues! Yes get rid of the China Bombs!!

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