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RobSpook

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Howdy y'all! We've been on the road since last February or so and have been pretty happy with the Towmax STR tires came on the camper. However, I recently noticed while installing my X-chocks that one of my tires has changed. Where the treads are usually flat across from the inside to the outside of the tire, one of the tires is now somewhat balloon shaped all the way around. This is NOT a tread ware problem, if you place a quarter in all the grooves, the tread ware is even... But the tire tread for this one tire appears round when viewed from the front or back. It has the effect of increasing the circumference about 1" around such that he X-chock is noticeably tighter on this side than the other.

I'm planning on taking it to a TowMax
Dealer today between Montgomery and Clarksville...

Which brings another question... Since the tires are a year old and have about 15,000 miles on them, should I replace only this one or both on the affected axle?

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What you have is a separation.

Do whatever you can to avoid riding on that tire. If you must use it, drive slowly - 35 mph. That way, if the tread comes off, the result will be more manageable and less likely to cause damage.

Have someone look at the separation and see if they can identify a road hazard that might have caused this. If not, I'd recommend you replace ALL the tires.

And since it only took a year (are you sure about that?), I'd recommend getting the trailer weighed - fully loaded and by individual wheel position, please. Then look at what you've got.

If you can't weigh the trailer tire by tire, you'll have to account for the side to side and front to rear variation.

My recommendation is that no tire should be operated higher than 85% of its rated capacity.

Let's us know what happens.


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yep that is just plain ole tread separation just getting ready to blow.

get the spare on it yesterday and expect the rest to follow suit, or at least watch them closely.

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Yep, you have tread seperation. Take a look at this thread, by member JBarca, that has pictures and descriptions of the condition you are experiencing. I would replace that tire before towing that trailer again, and then all of them as soon as possible.
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Posted: 04/12/14 07:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You are about to discover why they are sometimes called "Blowmax"


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Posted: 04/12/14 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very typical Tow Max ST tire issues so you can bet the chances are good the other will follow suit so have then inspected also. If your going to use them check them anytime the rig is shutdown (refuel/rest or lunch stop/potty break/etc). Or upgrade to a better type/brand tire for your trailer.

The 31.5 Jayco Eagle is a heavy trailer with a 9xxx to a 10xxx GVWR and heavy trailers need reliable tires.


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Posted: 04/12/14 08:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As the others have said this is separation. So are you still "pretty happy" with tires that lasted a year?


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Posted: 04/12/14 08:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your Tow Max STR's are warranted for 5 years. The dealer should inspect all the tires, and replace as needed.
Let us know how it goes.


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When I went to buy my new 5th. wheel, I noticed the rig had "TowMaster" tires, I asked the sales rep who made the TowMaster tire, he said "I don't know anything about the tire". I told the sales rep that I would not buy the new 5th. wheel unless they replaced the Towmaster tires with a tire of my choice. No problem, and I got the tires I wanted and had been using. Good Year "G" rated tires[emoticon][emoticon]

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Hopefully you can get some money from the toxmax warranty and get some better tires so you can be truely be happy. What size are the tires? what loading rating for the tires and axles?


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