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Old 07-09-2014, 07:21 PM   #71
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You have just given Michelin the kiss of death!
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:22 PM   #72
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I'll second the report on Discount Tire. I bought my 16" LTs from them along with the Sendel wheels and Dill TPMS. Good price, great service.

I only put about 60 miles on the GYMs on my trailer after I bought it. They were 2007 date codes, so the POs apparently got good service from them but did largely east coast towing. I now have about 500 miles on my 16" Michelin LTs and it's all good.

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Old 07-09-2014, 07:26 PM   #73
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Steve,
You have just given Michelin the kiss of death!
He does appear to have bad luck.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:42 PM   #74
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He does appear to have bad luck.
I'm going out and getting Marathons before the Michelins blow. And, I've generally done well with Discount Tire, but now I have to go elsewhere.

In fact, I just realized we both have Airstreams. Now I know why I had so many problems with mine. At least he wasn't my wife's first husband.

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Old 07-09-2014, 07:51 PM   #75
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I sure hope i've not jinxed the Michelin's. Headed home from Idaho and already have 1600 miles on them. Tomorrow they will experience some real Texas heat.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:58 PM   #76
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You ran over one of our biggest Idaho potatoes. We put spikes in them. Not the tire's fault at all.

I hope my 16" Goodrich LT's on the Argosy hold up well, so far they have been great. I put 16" Michelin's on the Airstream when I got it last year, as they were more available than the Goodrich's at that particular time.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:16 PM   #77
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Yea, they always say "you hit something". Funny how I hit something with the rear most tire.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:22 PM   #78
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Strange stuff happens in Idaho ya know. I have learned it. It was the famous Idaho spud poker. You are lucky you escaped...
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:38 PM   #79
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If my life depended on a tire I would take any P-Metric or LT tire over an ST tire. If I were to bet on which type of tire would fail most often, I would count on the ST tires to fail regardless of the manufacture. I have not had a tire of any kind fail on me other than going flat sitting in the yard. I am sure if I live long enough I will have the catastrophic failure at some point.

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Old 07-09-2014, 09:03 PM   #80
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In all the years I've towed travel trailers (since the 70's) this is actually the first tire i've had fail. Of course it had to be an E rated LT 16" and on this trailer.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:04 PM   #81
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I've heard it said that it is more often the rearmost tire that goes flat. Front tire kicks up the nail and the rear one snags it. Happened to me once with a 3 inch long bolt.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:32 PM   #82
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Maybe a flat, but this was a blowout.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:26 AM   #83
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Maybe a flat, but this was a blowout.
Most people can't tell the difference between 1) a simple punctured tire that gets destroyed because it is being operated flat, 2) a tire that runs over an object that damages the tire and lets all the air out rapidly, and 3) a tire that has a structural failure (not caused by outside influences). People use the word "Blowout" for all 3 of these, but they are quite different things.

The first 2 are just a consequence of the tire being inflated and the risk is the same regardless of the tire manufacturer.

But the last one can be tied to tire manufacturers - as well as operator error.

So be careful when discussing tire failures. It's easy to make an assumption about the cause of failure that would be completely false and lead one to spend money unnecessarily.

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OK, as of Monday morning I now have Michelin tires on the trailer. I can only say Discount Tire are good people to do business with. Time will tell about the Michelin's.
In some respects, I am surprised Discount Tire put those tires on your trailer. I just had a run-in with them, and they insisted that I needed to use ST tires for my trailer. Perhaps the difference was the individual store personnel (or management). Nevertheless, just be aware that folks may encounter difficulties changing over from ST tires.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:03 AM   #84
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Take in loose wheels and tell them they came off an old 4x4 Suburban. I have had issues with Sam's club as well. I really get irritated when a 20 yr old kid tries to tell a 50 year old engineer what tires I should be using.

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