QUOTE(paul hogg @ Jul 4 2011, 09:47 AM)
My wife and I just returned from a great trip to Verona, New York with our new F150 and a new 2011 Rockwood 2317g. The trailer weighs 2445 lbs dry and 3318 lbs wet. On our way home and on the highway after driving 5 hours, we had a blow out. The side wall blew and steel belts shredded. With the assistance of a passer by, we changed the tire and continued on our way home (1 hour). My concern is two fold. The side wall, of the Tow Max ST185/80/R13 states the max weight per tire is 1480 lbs. I estimate our wet weight was about 3000 lbs. Prior to the trip, the air pressure was checked at 50 psi. Are these tires which came standard with the trailer too small and any suggestions on us purchasing 3 new tires on steel rims. Thanks
If your unit is a single axle, then you are already overloaded since your best case scenario is a gross weight of only 2,960 has already been exceeded. I would suggest either moving to a larger tire or a higher load range for the current size. I also agree that you should seriously consider getting a tire not made in China as replacements. I have the same tire brand on my 2010 Outback and am watching them very
carefully since I have heard nothing but bad things about them.
As for where to replace them, I have purchased tires from Discount Tire and Tire Rack and have been pleased with both of them. I priced tires at Sam's Club and was very surprised to see how high their tire prices were for TTs.
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