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Old 04-06-2016, 09:11 PM   #1
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Tire Failure

This past Sunday our rear axle-street side Goodyear Marathon exploded while driving at 62 MPH on I-70. Thank goodness no one was hurt however several thousand dollars damage to our a Redwood. The exploding tire took out about 12-feet of the slide sheet metal and wheel skirt. The tires had less than 2,000 miles and were in like new condition. Just two hours before I had checked the air pressure. The tire's side wall appears to have failed.That tire and the other three Marathon's are now in the recycle bin and replaced with new tires (Tow Max brand ST's as late Sunday afternoon in the middle of no where is not great for having choices). The new Titan brake disc, on that wheel survived without any damage. Our RV is now in Bremen, IN, just south of the Redwood Topeka plant for repairs and painting.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:27 PM   #2
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That's a shame Bob...

Did you save the blown tire for claim with Goodyear ? They are great to work with m and you may be able to get all $$$$ back... Glad you got back on the road and are getting it fixed..
I would watch those Tow Max tires, they do not have the best of reputations . .
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:20 AM   #3
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Yep, those Tow Max have the nickname of "Blow Max", probably no better than the Marathons.
Redwoods should have never left the plant with "E" rated tires on, thus the reason now all have at least "G" rated tires.
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Old 04-07-2016, 02:31 AM   #4
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We had four Marathons with about the same milage blow out on one trip! Same issue...in the middle of no where. We had to replace with Marathons because G's had to be special ordered. When we arrived at our home base, we immediately ordered Goodyear G's. Have had zero tire issues since. Running marathons on these rigs is tire failure waiting to happen. It's not a question of if...it's when will they fail. Sorry about the damage to your RW. Glad you guys are OK.

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Old 04-07-2016, 04:09 AM   #5
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ST tires are only to keep the rims off the pavement at the Dealer.
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:56 AM   #6
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Yep! The fight with the factory went on for a few years before they reluctantly agreed to our silly request for better tires. At the time we were told that we were over reacting and the tires were adequate.

Then the suspension issues started showing up..... Instead of advertising trailers for full time use, they should advertise "Potentially a full time use trailer with an additional $8000 investment". After changing the tires, brakes and axles you have a pretty good rig. No...Waite....there's that roof issue!
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Yep, those Tow Max have the nickname of "Blow Max", probably no better than the Marathons.
Redwoods should have never left the plant with "E" rated tires on, thus the reason now all have at least "G" rated tires.
Last Sunday evening I did not want to put on E rated tires as the max load per tire (molded on time's sidewall) is near max and scary. I will be changing them soon. E's are dangerous for our RW.
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Did your RV have series e tires. We just had 3 tires with side wall blowouts with in 24 hours. They were all series e tire, but should have been G rated tire. We recently purchased the Platinum plan from the Tampa Lazydays without being notified we had the wrong tires on our RV. Also, we inquired why after they replaced the roof there were some bubbles in the roof and we were told that some bubbling is normal. Unfortunately we don't have any faith in their honesty.
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Did your RV have series e tires. We just had 3 tires with side wall blowouts with in 24 hours. They were all series e tire, but should have been G rated tire. We recently purchased the Platinum plan from the Tampa Lazydays without being notified we had the wrong tires on our RV. Also, we inquired why after they replaced the roof there were some bubbles in the roof and we were told that some bubbling is normal. Unfortunately we don't have any faith in their honesty.
Why was the roof replaced? Welcome to the Forum, BTW. It would be helpful to all of us if you included information about your rig in your signature. Thanks!
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Did your RV have series e tires. We just had 3 tires with side wall blowouts with in 24 hours. They were all series e tire, but should have been G rated tire. We recently purchased the Platinum plan from the Tampa Lazydays without being notified we had the wrong tires on our RV. Also, we inquired why after they replaced the roof there were some bubbles in the roof and we were told that some bubbling is normal. Unfortunately we don't have any faith in their honesty.
The blown tire was an Marathon 16" E rated tire that came with the RW with 2,000 miles and set at the correct pressure. We have changed them to H rated 17.5" Firestone tires. That tire blowout cost us $2,700 dollars and a month with the RW in the repair shop. Hopefully the H tires and the new TPMS will help to avoid these kinds of problems.
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