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Old 09-02-2013, 07:36 AM   #1
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flat tire help

Yesterday my wife and I were travelling with our 2753 when the road started to get bumpy. It got bumpier and bumpier until we decided it was probably us. Right Rear tire kaput.
Trailer came with Mission tires - reviews on internet not so good.
Any suggestions for replacement tires - greatly appreciated.
Also need a new right side tire/trailer liner. Any suggestions??
Are the liners transferable between trailer manufacturers? - since Sunline is Kaput.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:39 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear of your tire problems. One reason most of us have been changing tires every 4-5 years is to avoid the collateral damage that a steel belt whipping around at 700 rpm can do. Mission tires have not had a great reputation, but a number of members, including me, have gotten good service from them. An 8 year old trailer should really be ready for its 3rd set of tires by now--regardless of mileage--because rubber dries out, ages, becomes less flexible and eventually blows up.

I don't know your travel style, but am guessing it's not high mileage. They're still Chinese, but I would take my chances with Goodyear Marathon sooner than some of the odd ball names sold by most RV dealers--all still made in China.

I'm not sure whether it's the fender skirt or wheel well that's broken. Icon has already made some fender skirts for other members and if they don't have your mold can make one if you send them enough big pieces/measure the good side... call them to see what they have/need.

If it's the wheel well... Icon does not show any on its web site, but might be able to make one--again, if you can send them the pieces. Do a Google search on "rv wheel well replacement" to see all kinds of links to rv forums where others share your experience and are looking for help. I'm not aware of anyone else on SOC that has replaced a wheel well. If it's not damaged too badly, rebuilding it with a fiberglass body kit could be another option.

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Old 09-03-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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Another good investment is a tire pressure monitoring system. I'm using TST at present. They warn ahead of time of a pending problem, a tire over heating, a slow leak or under or over inflated tires. It's still good to check your tire pressure daly
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #4
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Flat tire

Thanks for your response to my request for flat tire help.
I went to WES Trailer here on Long Island and the wheel well liner they ordered didn't fit but they were able to fit a patch in place. Looks good.
But - I also lost my mud flap. So far I can't find an RV manufacturer that provides a mud flap on their trailer. Guess Sunline stood alone.
Anyone have an idea of the material used for the mud flap? Thinner than a normal rubber mud flap (that I could cut down), somewhat flexible.
Stoltzfus-rec in PA had purchased Sunline items after Sunline's demise but they'll sold out everything.
I don't think it's rubber or metal but I don't have a clue. Any and all suggestions are welcome.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:31 PM   #5
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Mine are just painted thin sheet metal, like you would find on a car body
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear about your tire issue.We recently purchased our first Sunline and had to replace the tires.After much research(most of it done right here-thanks to all the great folks who share their vast knowledge!)I went with Maxxis radials in load range D-also had to upgrade the wheels because of the higher psi.I haven't had the tires long enough to have an opinion yet.When we purchased the trailer from the previous owner it had the original tires from the factory-also Maxxis.

I see you live on Long Island-we do as well!
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:40 PM   #7
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Thanks again for everyones info.
I had purchased a sheet of 22 ga galvanized steel and a sheet of aluminum at local Home Depot. About $7 a piece - both 12 by 12. My other side measures 10W 12L with a 1 inch 90 degree bend to attach to trailer. Now to cut off 2 inches and bend to an L to use to attach to trailer. Hopefully some flat black paint will do the trick.
Also in the spring I've narrowed it down to Maxxis or Goodyear Marathon.
We live in Northport on Long Island and do a lot of camping at Rollins Pond in Tupper Lake, NY. Water sites to swim off. I saw a few other folks also go there.
We usually go with Dau and S I L and 3 gr children. They have a pop up.
We had a Cox pop up for 30 yrs and my son is still using it. Occasionally.
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Give the galvanized metal a good vinegar bath before painting. That will neutralize the acid and help the paint stick better.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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I just put Carlisle tires on my 1950 this summer as recommended by my dealer............
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Sorry to here about your problems , I have 2 fender skirts , and 2 step bezels , new never installed for sale for a 2007 # 2753
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:19 AM   #11
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We put Goodyear Marathons on our T1950 and pulled it 10000 miles with no problems and then bought a T 2499 and put Goodyear Marathons on it and have 6000 miles on them and haven't had any problems.
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Always had good luck with Goodyear Marathons here.

Not that I'd ever recommend it, but I have a set of '92 vintage Canadian made Marathons in the garage and I wouldn't hesitate to run on a trailer today. Properly loaded and not long distances, but I would still use them in a bind. Even though I'm saving them should I ever get to correctly restore a '97 Sunline.
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