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Old 08-11-2016, 09:49 AM   #15
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I have never had a truly round Firestone or Continental tire. I haven't tried Bridgestones because they are all in the same family.
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:13 AM   #16
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I had a new 1974 Torino with 5 brand new Firestone 500 radials. Every last one of them destroyed themselves while the car was in motion.

Then, to make it worse, the Firestone dealer tried to screw me over on at least three of them.

I wouldn't give my worst enemy's dog a Firestone rubber bone.
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:33 AM   #17
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A TPMS "Might" have prevented this - or maybe you had a TPMS and it didn't help?

Certainly they are no guarantee and an instantaneous blow out could still happen and cause costly damage before you have any chance to react.

However, I have read that many blow-outs happen only after a tire has run very overheated for quite some time. A tire that has developed a slow leak and running much under rated pressure will cause overheating and a TPMS will warn you well in advance of such a developing situation.

Even in the event of an instantaneous blow not caused by gradual heat build up, a TPMS will let you know immediately it happens, and again you "might" be able to stop before the tire destroys itself and along with it, parts of your trailer.

Of course on a single axle trailer I would imagine you would know as soon as a tire blows - but not necessarily so on a two or three axle trailer.


A few years ago I got talking with an old gent with an equally old fifth wheel and truck when we had spent the night at a Flying J.

He was just doing a walk-around of his trailer and found one wheel missing!!!

All that was left was a circular piece of the wheel still bolted to the axle - the rest of the wheel and tire were gone.

When he pulled in to the FJ to sleep the night before he was totally unaware of this!

Anyway despite TPMS no being able to avoid damage with certainty, I feel they are worth the $.

If you have one, plus running at correct tire pressures and speeds, and checking tires every time you stop, then I think you are doing all you can - beyond that, just luck is all you can do!

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Old 08-11-2016, 11:34 AM   #18
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I've had nothing but good luck with my firestones on my truck and trailer.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:37 AM   #19
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1990 and 1974, that's current info. Things change over the years.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:52 AM   #20
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I bought a new M-B 280 SE in 1970. It had Continental tires. Within 3000 miles I was back to the dealer complaining about the tires. I said that if I didn't know better I would think they were Firestones. He replied that they were basically Firestone's European brand. I told him to take them off, and replace them with Michelins. Without asking he offered to eat part of the price. That dealer kept a customer. After he had passed on I bought a M-B from his son. He treated me just as well.
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:13 PM   #21
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1970 Really? Fred Flintstone had a tire blow on his car. Can't remember the make of tire. Somethingstone.

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Old 08-11-2016, 07:04 PM   #22
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Firestone had five chances to kill me.

That's enough.
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:24 PM   #23
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Bambi blow out

Hm. I see a pattern here...

I only gave them two chances, then tossed all five of them for Michelin on my old van. Changing out a rear tire in 110 degree heat in the Mojave desert will convince you there has to be a better tire.


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Old 08-11-2016, 08:50 PM   #24
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Spend the second rate tire and TPMS money on a set of Michelins and this type of event is very, very unlikely to happen again.
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:01 PM   #25
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Sorry for the brief discription of events, but I have been busy. Here are the facts
Tires Carlisle Trail RH
Purchased July 2012 after my GYM had a seperation and sudden deflation no damage that time, about 5000 miles the Carlisle's
Pressure when I checked before leaving Port Aransas 65 psi
Cruise set at 68mp
Just a loud explosion when it blew no sway in trailer or TV a 2015 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel no WD hitch or anti sway bars,
OAT was 97 at the time of blowout unknown tire temp
I have full coverage thru USAA just have to meet my deductible. Taking it to Airstream dealer this week for estimate.
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:54 PM   #26
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Anyone read the article in Trailer Life magazine on Maxxis tires? Lot of good info.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:03 AM   #27
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Had a blow out on the Bambi, tire did some damage. Ripped out the black and grey water drain valves, and an outrigger off the frame. This is going to cost some change
I will reply with the same analysis of "WHY" your tire failed as I did in THIS post.

You did not have a "blowout" you had a tread sep.
You need to post the tire DOT serial so we can ID the tire plant
You need to file a complaint with NHTSA
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I'll lose the nickel.

I'm still going to Michelin as soon as I can get the $ together. They have never done me wrong, even when totally sun rotted they held together and got me to the tire store for replacements. Unlike certain other brands that simply blew with only a few thousand miles on the ground, endangering my entire family. Good thing I had slowed down for heavy traffic after being at 70 mph most of the way....I do not like Firestone, to put it mildly.


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