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philh

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Posted: 11/01/20 06:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TT is just under 2 years old. It's been sitting for almost a year, and I moved it from storage near our B&M to our new residence. Turned on TPMS, and I'm showing 50 PSI [emoticon] Got out my new Rigid air pump, and filled the tires...

Looking at the valve stems and they are cracked all over the stem. These are the cheap China Bombs that too many have reported "suddenly" blow, causing a lot of damage.

Even tho we will probably only have this TT for another year, I'm biting the bullet and putting on Goodyear tires tomorrow and adding a metal valve stem. We still have a trip planned to FL over Christmas.

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Metal stems are a good move. I don't know how many times I had to have a leaky valve stem replaced (and it's always during a trip) before switching to metal stems. And the cost of a good tire is cheap compared to the collateral damage caused by a blowout.

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Yes, good quality rubber, not. On a trailer that we had, after about 2 or 3 years, during the winter. I saw that one tire was flat and another very soft. The soft tire and the always covered spare had very bad cracks in the rubber valve stems. The flat tire, the stem had actually broken off. I'm glad it happened in my driveway and not on the highway.

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American made valves stems never fail?


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Posted: 11/01/20 07:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Metal valve stems are definitely the way to go with your Good Year tires. "China Bombs" do unbelievable damage when they blow to the wheel well as well as the RV interior around the wheel well area.


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If you're running external TPMS sensors metal stems are required.


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I had a tire failure this last summer (1 yr old GY tires), after looking at the result I noticed the valve stem was gone. I have seen a lot of tire failures in my time (mine and others) and this is the first where the rubber stem was missing. End result, when I replaced the blown tire, the other 4 (included spare) got metal stems.

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I use to bring up valve stems whenever anyone mentioned new tires. It seemed like no one ever paid attention so I quit!

The winner so far on damage to the coach from a catastrophic tire failure is $6200. Yes sixty two hundred dollars!

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jjrbus wrote:


The winner so far on damage to the coach from a catastrophic tire failure is $6200. Yes sixty two hundred dollars!

I think the "winners" on that scale would be the folks that blew a front steer tire on their motorhome and ran off the road rolling it over...


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Posted: 11/02/20 11:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There was a recall some time ago on valve stems cracking and I had some of them. I would not be surprised to see poor quality stems still getting distributed.

I recommend replacing all stems with either high pressure snap in or metal stems. Never get regular car stems on a trailer.


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