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Old 12-09-2014, 06:56 AM   #1
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Another ST Tire Recall

NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14T015

Synopsis : Dynamic Tire Corp. (Dynamic) is recalling certain Towmax STR tires, size ST225/75 R15 manufactured June 15, 2014, to October 14, 2014. The affected tires may have the Incorrect Load Capacity and Inflation Pressure Stampings. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 119, "New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars." The misinformation on the label could lead a driver to overinflate the tires. Tire overinflation may increase the risk of a tire failure which can increase the risk of a crash. Dynamic will notify owners, and dealers will replace all eligible tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 10, 2014. Owners may contact Dynamic customer service at 1-905-595-3593.
If you haven't already.. now's a good time to change over to LT

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Old 12-10-2014, 05:15 AM   #2
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Just so everyone knows, this is about the words on the sidewall of the tire, not anything structural. It's about the markings complying with the regulations.

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Old 12-10-2014, 07:51 AM   #3
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Yeah, noticed that.
New and creative way to recall defective equipment.

I can see the food industry jumping on board...
"Tyson chicken is recalling 5,000 units of tenderloin cuts. They're completely fine, except for the 'best by date'."
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:33 AM   #4
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In the early 90's I spent some time working part time at a micro brewery in Maine. To illustrate how silly and picky government regulations can be the BATF demanded a recall of 5000 bottles because the incorrect color was used on the labels. Labeling is highly regulated in the commercial world. Overall cost to the company was over $10k. The beer was perfect just the wrong shade of red from the printers.

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Old 12-10-2014, 11:20 AM   #5
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Hi from AZ. . . last year my 20" Michelins on the TV were happens...... just sayin', Craig
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Old 12-10-2014, 01:24 PM   #6
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"... They're completely fine, except for the 'best by date'"

Love that example as most people don't know it only means it tastes the same as when it was first put into the packaging and it is not an expiration date. The actual expiration date appears no where on the packaging.
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Old 12-10-2014, 02:45 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by RamblinManGa View Post
Hi from AZ. . . last year my 20" Michelins on the TV were happens...... just sayin', Craig
But, I've never had a failure on any tire except ST's (six tread seps)
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:52 PM   #8
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LT tires have recalls too & for more than incorrect sidewall date.

LT tires also separate - Michelins for our `88 VW Vanagon Westy - 4x over the years!

Cheap tires for trailers, trucks/LTs & trailers/STs are lower quality & you take your chances.

So boondockdad - were you running top quality name brand STs like Maxxis or Michelin with your 6 seps?
... or the cheapo ones form Camping World etc.?

And were you usually running at speeds over 65 mph? - that's the ST stated rating max.

And how old were they when they separated? ....5yrs or older?
... & did you inspect them before & during the trips?

You folks with the ST vs LT bugaboo are so far off base it's not funny!

There is NOTHING inherently wrong with ST tires when a quality brand is purchased, load appropriate to your TT, & used within specs!

LT tires have tread compounds & tread patterns made for traction, whereas ST have compounds & tread patterns to minimize rolling resistance - which you want when tugging something along - NOT traction.

ST tires have stiffer sidewall designs to minimize flex & reduce heat build-up therefrom, whereas LT have softer more flexible sidewalls for better handling on a steerable vehicle (TT just follow along - not steer).

The softer sidewalls & "stickier" treads/compounds of LT tires can actually make them run hotter & degenerate faster than the proper ST tires when used on a TT - causing faster degeneration - so it could be much worst to use LTs!

ST tires are NOT some sort of rejects from the passenger & LT truck lines, but tires specifically designed for trailers - period. Within that & all ranges, you'll have good, bad & better tires & makers.

ALL tires wear out from tread wear, rubber compound degeneration & heat degeneration over time - both age & miles & what sort of duty - on or off road, rough roads, etc.

IMHO you LT folks are just that & completely off base in advising people to use the wrong design & spec tires on their TTs - rather than a good quality ST product within it's use & maintenance specs.

My advice & that of true tire experts for ST tires:
- proper inflation is usually to the max on the sidewall
- tire rating per wheel or axle/2 for your TTW
- replace every 5 years, sooner if cracking or other degeneration shows
- max 65 mph - CA & many states limit towing to 55 mph
- check the feedback history of the tires & stick with known brands
- keep track of & inspect/check ALL of your TV & TT tires before, during & after trips
- make sure the wheels/axles are properly aligned, wheel bearing packed & in good shape, brakes in good order & properly adjusted, suspension in good order & no wheels well/body rubbing
* don't use the wrong tires for the wrong application
- research ST tires info, specs & design on the reputable tire companies' & sellers' websites

Hey wait, lets start using racing tires on our TTs - since they're made for high speed .... NOT!

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Old 12-10-2014, 06:23 PM   #9
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Tom T, I couldn't agree more! Well said and if I may add if you are unfortunate enough to be in an accident with the incorrect tires on your TT, you may not get your claim paid. I tell people all the time with ST's to drive under 65 and don't be complacent. Even tire monitors create complacency.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:37 PM   #10
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I haven't seen any ST tires to brag about, they are all made in China,there are no china tires on my tv. On my big truck they don't make trailer tires, I run steer tires on my trailer.When my ST tires are gone ,they will be replaced with 16" LT tires, the new rims are in my shop.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:56 PM   #11
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Tom, while every thing you note in your post makes sense in my head, we have to look at real life and what many of us have experienced. I've used Goodyear Marathons and Maxxis tires and have experience belt related failures. I follow all the steps and yet have had failures at the end of year 3 and beginning of year 4 of use. Those here on the forum using LT tires continue to report good experiences.

My own feeling is that asking for 5 years of life on a heavy trailer like my slide out is pushing the limits of this tire design. Trailer manufacturers have taken notice and I've noticed that some of the big 5th wheels at the local RV show are now sporting LTs.

The reality is that the LT tire might be better suited to those who cannot follow the recommendations that you listed to the letter, for ST tire use.

The ongoing ST vs LT tire issue will become clearer as we see more LT's show up over time.

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Old 12-10-2014, 07:12 PM   #12
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religion, politics, and ST tires
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To sum up:

I didn't know Michelin made ST. News to me.. but, our seperations happened with Goodyear Marathons. Not sure if you classify those as cheap "camping world" product. They're Airstream OEM, afterall.

ALWAYS <65mph

Oldest failed tire was 2 years out from manufacture stamp.

TPMS, regular inspections, along with CAT scale checks and tongue weight checks with my Sherline. I'm very particular about my rigs maintenance.

When somebody starts going on about rubber compounds, rolling resistance, and mu, my eyes glaze over. I'm no tire engineer.

All I need to know is I'm on my same (4) Michelin LT's, whereas after the same mileage I'd gone thru (3) GYM's catastrophically failing.

Peace of mind.
It's worth every penny.

PS. I'm curious as to why someone might think running non-ST tires on a trailer would invalidate your insurance coverage.
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:25 PM   #13
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As a new airstreamer I am confused. Only had it a month and tires are starting to make me nervous. Does anyone make a good ST tire? What I am hearing is no, but don't understand why because their is so many travel trailers, campers, boats, etc. on the road.

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Old 12-10-2014, 07:26 PM   #14
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Alright, what about the 10 ply Maxxis tires? They are officially ST tires, but much heavier duty, right? Are they better than the standard 6 ply STs?

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