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Old 09-26-2016, 06:56 PM   #11
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When I took this tire off the trailer and looked at it I told my friend that he should also buy a second tire for the other side. He told me that the other tire was fine. The tires on his trailer are about eight years old.
I don't have a problem with tires that are eight years old, but of course I wouldn't trust the other tire of a pair in which one blistered like that. If tires really miraculously disintegrated at some age (currently promoted by retailers as six years), specialty car owners would have to buy a lot more tires!

The tires which are currently on my car, which I bought from a friend who had previously used them on his car (before it was wrecked) are now about eight years old. I have no concerns with them, although I'll need to replace them - due to tread wear - next year.

Edit note: My car's tires are Michelin car tires, not no-name trailer tires. Michelin makes tires for just about everything with wheels... but not Special Trailer type tires.
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:04 PM   #12
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Tire age is not the only factor. Google "China bomb tire" for an example.
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:24 AM   #13
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I'm definitely with Brian on this one. You are sharing the road with OTHERS. Be safe and sane. Or maybe you're just richer than I am. Have you seen what happens to fiberglass during a blow out? Why would you NOT spend a little bit of time to keep a whole lot of money in your pocket?
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No I've never seen what happens to fiberglass during a blowout. But I have a vivid imagination. Could you say a bit more about that please?

I'm guessing that single axle fiberglass trailers risk more damage to fiberglass than double axle.

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Old 09-27-2016, 10:53 AM   #14
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Donna,
No I've never seen what happens to fiberglass during a blowout. But I have a vivid imagination. Could you say a bit more about that please?

I'm guessing that single axle fiberglass trailers risk more damage to fiberglass than double axle.

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Larry, I have seen photos on FGRV, but have no clue where to look for them. There have been chunks of the fibreglass wheel wells taken out. I have seen a stick built that had a blowout myself, and it tore the wheel well skirt off damaging the aluminum siding, and put a hole in the framing of the wheel well.
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:52 AM   #15
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That looks roughly the same as the 2 tires on my single axle Starcraft, caught mine while going through things one spring. Do not buy TOWMAX tires, went thru 2 sets in 6 years. The 1st set looked like saw blades, utter crap.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:14 PM   #16
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I'm guessing that single axle fiberglass trailers risk more damage to fiberglass than double axle.
Maybe. The bits of tire will keep flogging the trailer as long as the wheel keeps turning, and with a single axle obviously that will continue for the several seconds it takes to stop... but a tandem could do the same thing.

Typically one might expect the tires of a tandem-axle trailer to be smaller than the tires of a single-axle trailer of the same weight, so they might do less damage. In practice, all current Escapes use the same size tire, even though the 19' is nowhere near twice the weight of the 17'.

I suspect that a tandem-axle trailer is likely to be towed further and faster after a single-tire failure than a single-axle trailer, enabling the tandem to do more damage. But would anyone really keep going after a tire failure? Yes - I've seen it on the road.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:29 PM   #17
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I suspect that a tandem-axle trailer is likely to be towed further and faster after a single-tire failure than a single-axle trailer, enabling the tandem to do more damage. But would anyone really keep going after a tire failure? Yes - I've seen it on the road.
Yup, me too. Earlier this year I saw a tandem axle with massive damage from a blow out. He didn't realize that a tire had blown. With a single axle that's not likely to happen.

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Old 09-27-2016, 03:41 PM   #18
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We had a LARGE fifth wheel pass us on I-40 Friday. I was doing 75 (not towing) and he passed us and must had be going over 85 mph. When he went by I could see his rear axle bouncing about 6" off the ground from a apparent bulge in the tire. I told Cheryl we would see him soon on the side of the road. Well it only took about 2 miles and I could see him dive from the left lane to the side of the road. As we approached there was tire and RV pieces all over the interstate. I wanted to yell at him for being such a dumb a.. but kept my cool and just kept going laughing inside how he was going to spend his evening. Just stupid driving that fast on trailer tires and he had to be able to feel the axle bouncing because the whole camper was shacking. Any normal camper and I would have stopped and asked if he need help. I was just glad he did not take anyone else out when it happened.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:50 PM   #19
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When I see those idiots coming I slow down to let them get by sooner.

Found this from Trailer Life; seems fairly comprehensive:

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Old 09-27-2016, 03:56 PM   #20
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Check out the Casita Travel Trailer Forum for photos and a large number of posts about tire damage and tire issues. It doesn't matter how good a tire looks because age is the #1 factor in tire replacement. Tire manufactures recommend replacing a trailer tire after 5 years no matter how many miles it has or how much tread it has. The damage to a fiberglass trailer from a blowout can be severe. I replaced my Casita tires after 5 years and the tire store promptly resold them to some other sucker. It is money well spent considering the price of our trailers.
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Metal valve stems should be a must also for our trailers.
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