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Old 04-26-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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Hi all,
Just returned from a five day stay at Morro Bay State Park. On the return trip home, while travelling on the Coast Hwy, a motorcyclist pointed to my trailer as he passed. I pulled over as soon as it was safe to and I found that the driver side front tire was completely shredded. As it came apart it took out part of the inner fender well protector exposing some of the interior. I don't know when the tire went flat but I was able to change the tire safely. Thirty miles later, I heard a distinct pop and pulled over to find that the driver side rear tire blew. This time the tire separated part of the plastic molding from the trailer. I had no spare having used it previously on the front tire. Fortunately I had AAA RV roadside service. Within one hour and a half, they had removed the wheel and replaced the tire with a new one. I made it home safely after that. My question is, do you think the rear tire was stressed due to the rear tire going flat? As I said I don't know how long the front tire was gone. I am now going to replace the rest of my tires.

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Old 04-26-2008, 10:16 PM   #2
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Hi Joe,

Yes, very simular to truck dually tires. When one of the tires fail, all the weight that the two tires shared is now placed on the remaining tire. This creates more friction causing heat build up. You saw the results. The popping sound you heard was the result of air pressure build up, probably combined with a weakened sidewall or tread. Sort of like popping a balloon. Check the remaining tires for any signs of age or damage. Look closely for fine cracks in the rubber due to dry rot or old age. Was the trailer parked in a way that the driver's side was facing the sun? Could of been the problem.

The majority here on the forum recommend the Goodyear Marathon tire.

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Old 04-28-2008, 06:16 PM   #3
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T2553 Mission tires

In searching the web for the best trailer tire I have become more confused. A lot of pros and cons for just about every make of tire. Some blame China mfgs. Others point to tire pressure and load and speed. Some people want to pull their trailers at 65 to 80 mph. This is just courting disaster in my opinion. In my search most tires are mfg. out of country. They can't all be bad. Bobo suggested that the exposure to sun has alot to do with the deterioration of the rubber. Most forums back this up. Trailers with just a spring suspension put a lot of flex on the tires. What are your preferences in tire selection for your trailer? Any suggestions?

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Joe,

I agree with what Bobo said.

Iíve had good luck with Goodyear Marathons and plan on purchasing Goodyear Marathon tires when itís time to replace the tires on our Sunline.

Rule of thumb for trailer tire life is 5 years / 20,000 miles.
How many miles did you have on your tires?

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Old 04-28-2008, 07:55 PM   #5
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Hutch,
I only had about 6300 miles on them. But they've been on the trailer since it was mfg. in Sept. 2004 for the 2005 model year. A lot of that time it was sitting on the dealers lot in Butler, PA. I think I'm going with Goodyear Marathons even though they've got a lot of bad press. I had not covered the tires that blew. The side they were on is exposed to the sun all day, winter and summer. That may have been a contributing factor. The first tire that blew, there was not much left except the beads and some wire and fiber. I don't know when the tire went flat, but because I have a Hensley Arrow hitch, I didn't feel a thing while driving. No swerving or sway. Only because a passing motorcyclist pointed to the trailer did I stop. By that time the other, rear, tire was probably overheated and also blew about a half hour later. Well live and learn. I quess it behooves us to take better care of our tires, albeit I always check the tires and bearing heat at every stop. Researching forums it seems that some people remove the tires when not in use. Not very practical for me because, living in So Cal, I can use the trailer throughout the year. They also suggest that tire life is between 3 to 5 years. Could get expensive.

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Joe,

We've got a set of four chinese-made Marathons with about 3500 miles on them, and ~2800 of those miles were a marathon trip to FL and back with 10-12 hours per day put on. They've performed great.

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Hi Joe,

I picked up my '06 T-2499 July 7, 2005 and I had over 19K on the original tires before one "popped" just outside of Ok City this past July. The tires were the dreaded Mission tires. I had no complaints about them as I felt they provided the mileage I expected from them. I do keep Aero 303 on the tires, do keep them covered and keep max air pressure in them. I was lucky, I heard the pop and was able to stop without any damage except a slight black scuff mark.

I now have Tow Max tires from Power King, sold by Goodyear in Elk CIty, OK. I just hope they do as well as my junky Mission tires did.

I have also now invested in the Doran Pressure Pro tire monitoring system.

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Old 04-29-2008, 01:12 PM   #8
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Kitty,

You have the right idea in monitoring the tire air pressure while on the go. The damage to my trailer might have been minimal if I had pulled over in time. Was the Doran system expensive?

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Hi Joe,

I purchased my system while I was attending the Fall Good Sam Samboree in Harrisonburg, VA, so it might have been a little better priced, but I'm not sure. IF I recall correctly, the monitor panel was $190, and each sensor was $50. Not cheap, but neither is trying to repair the damage.

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If you contact them let them know that Bonnie aka KanyonKitty recommended them. I won't get anything from it, but maybe you would.

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Kitty,

Did you get the Doran Tire Pressure Monitoring System
or the Advantage Pressure Pro?

How do you like it.

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I have the Advantage Pressure Pro, by the looks of the two different monitors. System was easy to set up. Each tire sensor "remembers" the set pressure. I remove my sensors while not using Sunny. I have a plastic school pencil box, and 4 zip lock sandwich bags. Bags are marked L/F, L/R, R/F and R/R and I also have a tire pressure guage in the box. This helps to preserve battery life.

The system DID alert me to a low tire, turned out to be a bad valve stem, but gosh knows how far I might have traveled or damage I might have done without the sensor.

By keeping the sensors in the proper bag there is NO need to re-program the sensors (BUT< that is not a big deal either, shoot I did it )

When I can afford it, I want to add the sensors to my truck. But, with fuel prices, the whole rig might be sitting a LOT

SO, I my opinion, yes the system is worth the money,

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Left Lackawaxen PA for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan Sept. 11. 60 miles from home (Wilkes Barre) the left front Mission ST20575R15 blew up, Tread separation. Two hours later near DuBois PA the right front blew up, again, tread separation. The next day near Clio MI the right rear blew up, again tread separation. While the tread was flapping it tore open the vinyl fender well exposing the interior and also partially separated the exterior fender trim from the '06 Sunny T2075 and also cut the wire to the electric brakes. I replaced all four tires prior to the fourth one exploding with Goodyear Marathons. Notification to NHTSB was made on the tire situation. I'm the third owner of the Sunny so there's no chance for recouping any loss, but I did hold onto two of the blown tires and the one that did not explode in case NHTSB wants them. Fair warning to any of you out there with Mission Tires! Replace them before they blow up. There's info online about a fatality in PA regarding these tires.
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Wow, 3 blowouts in one trip. What was the date code on them? If they were the originals on a 2006, they were 6 -7 years old. Sorry to hear of the damage to your Sunline, but good to know there were no physical injuries (or worse) to people.
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Old thread but I'll put my 2 cents in. My car trailer has the same size tire. Last year I replaced the Goodyear Marathons due to age. At the sugestion of the tire dealer, I went with the Goodyears again. Last week I was researching how to read the date code before going to look at the Sunline we ended up buying. I was surpried to see the Goodyears are made in China! I guess I shouldn't be.

In any case I typically tow damaged cars home with it. Combined weight, car & trailer, usually near 5000. I run 65-70 mph on the interstates and have never had a problem. Unless I hear of something better, I will stay with Goodyear.
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