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Old 03-04-2015, 06:32 PM   #11
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We also have a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 with tow package. We are picking up our Escape 19 in May, so I have no experience with it yet, but we have towed a 1968 Aristocrat 16 from California to Colorado and back last fall. We used a WDH and on the trip while going 65 mph on I-80, we had a trailer tire blowout on our single axle trailer. We heard the noise and quickly pulled the rig to the shoulder. We felt no handling impact when the tire blew, and I believe the WDH had a lot to do with that. I am a believer in both WDH and spare tires.
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:04 PM   #12
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We also have a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 with tow package. We are picking up our Escape 19 in May, so I have no experience with it yet, but we have towed a 1968 Aristocrat 16 from California to Colorado and back last fall. We used a WDH and on the trip while going 65 mph on I-80, we had a trailer tire blowout on our single axle trailer. We heard the noise and quickly pulled the rig to the shoulder. We felt no handling impact when the tire blew, and I believe the WDH had a lot to do with that. I am a believer in both WDH and spare tires.
Good point that the WDH may have helped you on handling. We have the standard WDH that Escape issues and it has worked well. We depend on the double axle for a blowout but the WDH may help in that situation also.
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Change a tire on a single axle trailer on the freeway in LA and you will immediately appreciate tandem axles and good quality tires.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:37 AM   #14
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In multiple discussions (in three forums) of tire blowout events on single-axle trailers, I have yet to hear of anyone having difficulty controlling the trailer. It is logically an issue, but not a concern to me. It's a personal choice, but I certainly wouldn't add another layer of weight and complexity to the rig to help control this type of event.
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Change a tire on a single axle trailer on the freeway in LA and you will immediately appreciate tandem axles and good quality tires.
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Old 03-05-2015, 12:25 PM   #16
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Change a tire on a single axle trailer on the freeway in LA and you will immediately appreciate tandem axles and good quality tires.
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My blowout occurred with a tire that was 1-1/2 years old, that is, pretty new. I wish I knew what causes trailer tires to go soon. It happened to me many years ago on a popup trailer, a similar tire failure with a tire about a year old, then not another failure for 10 years. And yes, the trailer did get blown off the jack once by a passing semi. Fortunately, I had just put the spare tire in place but not yet put on the wheel lugs, a scary moment. Also, I had put blocks under the bumper just in case. I have seen lots of speculation about what tire brands are better or worse, including discussion of "China bombs," and how to properly maintain tires, but no one seems to agree. Probably we all have individual experience but no good collective statistics to really tell us what to do as best practice.
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I have seen lots of speculation about what tire brands are better or worse, including discussion of "China bombs," and how to properly maintain tires, but no one seems to agree.
You got that right. Tire discussions often devolve into religious-type arguments. I think the Goodyear Marathons are good tires, as well as the Carlisle tires used by Escape. 'Which trailer tire is best' is a discussion I am not interested in having.
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I paid EXTRA to get Marathons on my 21, our speed limit here is 75.
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