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Tire Review: Power King Towmax 225/75r/15

by buster
(abbeville,la)

Power King Towmax

Power King Towmax

Power King Towmax
Forest River Wildcat

Pure unadultrated junk.


I always took care of my tires but these tires did not last 8,000 miles.

Do not try to get warranty because they will always blame you.

These were stock tires on a purely junk Forest River Wildcat and were supposedly rated for this class of fifth wheeler.

After 4 blow outs, all being side wall failure, and over 2000 dollars of trailer damage due to a very poorly engineered trailer design I can surely say that Power King blaming it on the owner is not justified.

Lesson learned, stay away from anything remotely related to Forest River and Power King!

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Mar 08, 2017
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Towmax ok for me
by: Eric

My travel trailer came with towmax str tires manufactured in 2009 so as of last camping season they were 7 years old. I have never had an issue with them. Although my typical trip is only about three hours,some trips are in 100+ degree heat. I have always stored the camper indoors and kept the tires pumped up to max pressure indicated on the sidewall, even in the winter. Maybe I was just lucky, or maybe my careful attention to tire pressure helped.

Apr 04, 2016
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POOR QUALITY TIRE
by: Ed B.

A new Great Northern 10k trailer purchased in October 2013 was fitted with these CHEAP (not necessarily inexpensive) made in China tires. Have less than 2000 miles on trailer/tires and one de-laminated at the belt. Not an overload or tire pressure issue.

Thankfully the tire held air until the end of a haul when the 2-1/2 foot rent in the sidewall showed up. Distributor gave us a partial warranty service.

We have purchased a Vanguard replacement and will replace the others next month. Buying a new trailer? Make sure it is not outfitted with Power King Towmax STR's!


Low mileage problems:

Your story is typical of many we see in these forums concerning RV and Trailer Tires.

One thing become very clear once you read through dozens of these complaints. Most people complain about low mileage and many people, such as Ed B. here, claim that they have not overloaded or run on low pressure.

What is hardly ever mentioned is what happened when the tires were NOT in use. These tires, for example, were bought in late 2013 and he's telling us they failed in 2016 with barely 2,000 miles of use. The question which needs to be examined is what happened in those 2 to 3 years while the tires were not being used? The way tires are stored, or cared for while they are not in use can be vital in keeping the tires in good shape and prolonging their useful lives. Read our comments on Tire Storage to learn more about this.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to pay attention to the place and conditions where your tires are when they are not in use.

While it may seem I am blaming the owner of these tires for the problem, we also don't know how long these tires had been on the new trailer and how they were stored BEFORE he bought it. One would like to think that a dealer would pay attention to these details, but unfortunately this isn't always the case.


TG

Mar 04, 2016
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Bubbles
by: Anno

Within 8000 miles had two tires with severe bubbles on my Jayco 5th wheel. Total garbage. Dealer says no warranty. I will pay to have all removed and replace with good quality tires. Shame on this company and Jayco for selling cap.

About Bubbles on 5th Wheeler tires

After many years in the tire business and around 10 running this website it is apparent that a great number of people have a tendency to blame their problems on others when, in reality they might have done something to prevent that problem.

I'm not saying that this applies to you, Anno, because you haven't provided enough details about your case to allow an accurate and complete diagnosis but from what I've seen bubbles tires are not usually things that happen because of poor quality in the tires but because they were damaged or possibly not given the proper care during their lives.

I agree that 8000 miles is a short life for a tire but, especially when it comes to RV tires, the life span for those tires is not only affected by the distance they travel but by other factors. Among the most neglected factors are the conditions and time the tires are not being used ... or their Storage conditions.

Please read that article and put into practice any of the suggestions that you have not been using. You will find that they will prolong your tire life for ANY brand of tire. The advice given is what you will receive from even the most expensive tires if you seek out their recommendations.


TG

Feb 26, 2016
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Another disatisfied consumer
by: Anonymous

Another rant.

Same issues: my 5th wheel came with these tires. Blow out less than 2000 miles caused $2700 damage. No relief from the company.

Subsequently, while getting this damage repaired we suffered a break-in resulting in another $15000 liability!!!

We have been without our 5th wheel for 4 months..we were ready to go on a 2 month trip when the tire fiasco started.

Due to a misunderstanding with our repair shop, we now have a replacement tire from BlowMax........I think we probably need to carry six spares for this vehicle.

Editorial Comment:

I've been looking over the list of complaints and problems which have been in this thread.

There are a couple of things that most of these have in common. One is that a great number of the people claim that they check their tire pressures before frequently, some say before every trip. I don't know if this is true, but let's give these people the benefit of the doubt because I see no reason to suspect that they are making this up.

There is another thing that I noticed. That is that most of these people seem to have very little mileage on their tires but their reports imply that there has been a lengthy period sometimes months or even a year between one trip and another.

The question that comes to my mind is one that none of these people have answered: "How were the vehicles and tires stored, during these idle periods?"

Tires need to be given proper storage conditions or else they can suffer deterioration just sitting around being idle. Read our article on Tire Storage to learn more about this.


TG

Jan 23, 2016
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Offer to inspect tires
by: Tireman9

Did you file a complaint with NHTSA f0r each failure?
Do you have clear pictures of any of the failures? I would be happy to review the pictures and offer an opinion as an experienced forensic tire engineer.
You can find my email and examples of failed tire analysis on my blog RVTiresafety.com

Jan 23, 2016
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Power King (?) Tow Max(?)
by: Jerry

I have a 35' fifth wheel that the manufacturer put these tires on (235/80-16 Load Range E). For a while, we had a blowout just about every third trip out. I am a mechanic and know the importance of properly inflated tires, so I check the pressure every time we roll out. The first couple times, I thought that maybe it was something that I did (or didn't do) that was causing the problem, so I kept replacing these Blowmax tires with another (nobody ever accused me of being the sharpest tool in the shed). We have had 3 of these blow that have caused damage to our rig. After the last time, in October of 2015, I went into to the place where I bought them and asked what could be done because I couldn't afford to keep replacing junk tires and repairing my trailer. The manager then told me that they could send it to the manufacturer to see if anything could be done. I finally received their response today (over 4 months). They pretty much said what I was expecting them to say, that it was my fault due to "signs of excessive shoulder ear, suggesting that it has endured prolonged service in an underinflated or overinflated condition". Why did it take them 4 months to send me a form letter that I'm sure they send to anyone who files a claim with them? Since it has taken them so long to get back to me, I have done a little research and have decided to go with a load range f and certainly not with this manufacturer. On a brighter side, they did offer me $125 as a "goodwill gesture". After my experience, and a couple of my friends, with these tires, if you have these on your rig, I would recommend that you look for a better alternative before your RV sustains major damages.

Editorial Comment:

I would tend to agree with the response you received, based on your statement that the tires showed excessive wear on the shoulders. This is a sign of being under-inflated in relation to the load the tires are supporting.

You have mentioned that you frequently checked the tire pressure, but the question that you need to look at is how did you determine what was the "correct" pressure.

If you were simply following some kind of standard recommendation this might not have been the pressure that was right for your situation. If, during a journey you were adding or removing weight which was being supported by the tires, this might make it necessary to adjust the pressure.

If you continually note that there is outside shoulder wear you need to increase the pressure until evidence of that wear does not show anymore. On the other hand, if you show wear in the center of the tread, you need to lower the pressure. Obviously if your loads are constantly changing this will be difficult to determine but the simplest way is to start with an inflation that you know --for certain-- is correct for the load which is being carried. At this point measure the distance from the ground to the center of the axle. Then, anytime you change the load, measure this distance again and if there is a different distance, you either increase or reduce the pressure so that the distance is the same as you originally measured.

TG

Dec 08, 2015
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Need more facts and fewer uninformed guess
by: Tireman9

This is not a "review" but just a site to accumulate complaints of tire failures. I see no facts, photos or detailed inspection results by trained engineers.
Sidewall blowouts are 90+% of the time traceable to a combination of overload and under-inflation.
Now as a Tire Engineer people would prefer to believe is VooDoo Magic but here is an example
http://www.rvtiresafety.com/2012/07/run-low-flex-failure-real-life.html
where physical evidence i.e. melted body cord is proof of the tire being run under-inflated.

A TPMS is not 100% but if properly used and installed along with confirmed tire loads (scale weights at least 15% load capability) and appropriate inflation (max inflation molded on tire sidewall) owners could see a 90% or better decrease in failure rate on any brand ST type tire.

I do not and never have worked for a company that makes or sells ST type tires.

Editorial Comment:

You are correct that most of the submissions in this forum are little more than a collection of complaints (often little more than rants) which provide very little information what would guide a person in making an intelligent choice in choosing or rejecting a specific tire.

What you are not aware of it the number of comments and submissions which are deleted because that are complete nonsense. In spite of that, there are some brands of tires that seem to be a magnet for all kinds of critical comment while others are rarely complained about. TowMax is one of these.

We do allow a limited number of complaints in spite of their lack of detail because of the belief that there may be something that is contributing to the dissatisfaction of customers and if a person is buying that brand they might want to be cautious. Perhaps the underlying cause is little more than poor customer relations, or lack of information, and this might help even a purchaser in making their choice in knowing what to expect when they make their choice.

I have personally bought and used certain "unpopular" brands without any problems by simply making sure that their installation and maintenance were properly performed.

TG

Dec 08, 2015
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Don't buy TOWMAX tires!!!
by: andrea groves

DO NOT EVER BUY TOWMAX TIRES. We had 6 fairly new TOWMAX tires on our toy hauler. We had 2 blowouts within 2 miles. The first tire ripped out the propane gas line and the second blow out took out the side of the trailer. They both blew on the same side. The damages are $4500.00 to our trailer We were stranded and by Les Schwab and were stupid enough to buy 6 more new TOWMAX tires Had I known that the tire company,Dynamic, were going to blame the faulty tires on under inflation we would of never bought any more of them.. My husband has been a professional truck driver for 35 years and the first thing he always checks is tire pressure before we go on any trip in any vehicle. They are offering us, as a goodwill gesture, $125.00 if we sign off on any other liability or claim. I know where I plan on shoving that &125.00. Needless to say that haven't heard the last of us!! Please listen to the reviews!!!!! Wish I had read them first!!!!

Nov 24, 2015
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worst tire ever
by: Duane

I have owned several trailers over the years and have meticulously inspected my tires and pressure before all trips. These garbage tires can and WILL blow and any time no matter how they look. Save your trailer and possibly your life and get them off your vehicles niow!! 2 blow outs within 800 miles of each other.

Oct 15, 2015
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Towmax Tire Comments
by: Anonymous

I'm a truck driver and I inspect my tires as stated in the DOT book.
I travel at speeds with a trailer of 70mph with no issues, however these guys are telling us to use a stick to measure proper inflation and all kinds of stupid crap. The fact is as long as the tires are correctly inspected, I should be able to do the speed limit (up to 70mph) and not have a tire failure. If I cannot keep up with the flow of traffic you are putting my life at risk as a slow moving vehicle on an interstate.

Just because these tires are on a camper should not make them any different than any other tire on any other vehicle as long as the are the correct tire for that vehicle and properly maintained and inspected.

Oct 15, 2015
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Tire Guy
by: Anonymous

Tire Guy evidently works for the tire manufacturer. DO NOT TAKE ANY ADVISE FROM HIM. As with the manufacturer he tries to make you out to be an idiot and your not capable of maintaining your tires properly. I take better care of the tires on my trailer than I do my truck. I check cold tire pressure on my trailer before every trip and I almost never check the pressure in my truck tires, yet my truck tires aren't blowing out with over 40,000 miles on them yet I can't get 4,000 miles out of a Power King Towmax. THESE TIRES ARE JUNK. Plain and simple.

Editorial Comment:

Tire Guy does not work for any tire manufacturer. If you wish to learn more about who TG is, see the "About Us" page.

Whether or not you use our advice is up to you, and while a person who does not identify themselves or provide any information which would allow you to verify their credentials isn't necessarily just shooting off their mouth, I would also suggest that you take their advice with a grain of salt,too. In the end it is your life and your vehicle that is at stake!

TG

Oct 14, 2015
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Towmax tires are dangerous
by: Terry

Thank you for your reply mr anonymous. No I did not file with those people. I don't even know who they are. I have called Keystone and they don't warranty tires even the second you drive off the showroom floor. And of course Dynamic tire manufacturer says it's not their fault. I think a class action suit is great but can't find a single attorney to take the case. I want to sue for more than $6K. I want to sue for them putting my life in danger 3 times, mental anguish and anything else a good attorney my come up with. When I went to Washington a guy grabbed his kid and said stay away from him while he is driving. It's evident he can't drive. Look at the side of his camper. That pissed me off

Aug 24, 2015
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Caveat Emptor
by: James Tant

Yes let the buyer beware and if it is towmax tires be very wary.

I have had the same experience that is documented over an over on this page. Tread completely separated from the tire and ruined my travel trailer. Tire did not even deflate, when the service came to change it out they had to deflate the tire. I was doing all the right things on checking tires, pressure and not speeding. Just driving down the interstate and heard a noise that did not sound right. Go off at the next exit and found my travel trailer looking like someone had fired several shotgun blasts into the fenderwell. These tires are a menace and should be banned from being used. Check the pattern shown here! Several times a year these tires are destroying people's campers.

The 1 star is for the tires thanks for this page to warn people.

Aug 10, 2015
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Tires failed because of ?????
by: Anonymous

Terry, Have you filed three complaints with NHTSA?
I think you may find that filing a lawsuit for $6k will not be cost effective. Forcing a recall would cost Power King much more and help others and your self as well. BUT you need to provide the facts such as actual measured tire loads, Information on your cold tire pressure and confirmation that your TPMS did not provide a warning of air loss prior to the failure if the tires lost air. Obviously pieces of the tire and pictures of the pieces as well as full DOT serial are a given for you to have any chance of success.

You might want to review the examples of tire failure "autopsies" found at RVTireSafety.com

You can also find my contact email under the picture on lower right side. Send clear, well lit close up pictures of the failed tires and I will be happy to offer my expert opinion based on what I see.

Aug 10, 2015
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Power King worse tires ever
by: Terry

Bought my 2013 Keystone Alpine August 2012 took one trip from New Orleans to Myrtle Beach SC June 2013 with no issues. August 2014 moved from NOLA to Johnson City TN, during move blew one tire in MS and the second tire in Knoxville, both on driver side. Tires have less than 3000 miles causing $3500 in damage. Dynamic says no proof of tire failure. Last week left JC TN to go to Washington DC no issues that way. Last night blew tire on passenger side doing even more damage. Tire thread depth 9/32. New is 10/32. Have only one original tire left. Close to $6000 in damages. Power king tow max are horrible. Put my life in danger 3 times. I'm filing a lawsuit. I recommend if you have these tires get rid of them quick before they get you or someone else killed. Still less than 4000 miles on camper. Mine are Power King Towmax ST235/80R16E. Pressure checked before trips

Jul 08, 2015
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TOWMAX TIRES ARE PURE JUNK!
by: Ken D

I'm spreading the word about the sub standard quality of Power King Towmax aka Blowmax tires: here are the facts: driving 60 mph on interstate road, not overloaded, pressure at 65 psi as per manufacturer, under 3k miles on these tires had one separate and destroy my outback 300RB and did over $9,000 worth of damage to it. Dynmaic tire the company that makes Power king tires denied ANY responsibility and in fact pretty much called me a liar and said it was my fault that there were underinflated which is patently false!
I encourage EVERYONE that has had any problem with their blowmax tires to file a complaint against Power king on the DOT website: http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners This company should NOT be able to sell anymore of their tires!

Jun 13, 2015
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File a complaint
by: Tireman9

To those that have had problems with any brand of tire. You need to file a complaint with NHTSA. You will need the full DOT serial to make the complaint worth while.

Jun 13, 2015
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Terrible Tires
by: Shep

Do not buy these tires, very poor quality and they do not last. I had a set of 5 on my RV trailer and in less than 3000 miles two of them blew out and just running the spare for a few hundred miles during the blowouts the spare is now showing signs of seperation and blowout. I could not get them off my camper quick enough.

Mar 18, 2015
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Tow Max Multiple Blow Outs
by: Anonymous

Bought a PrimeTime Crusader in March 2013. Not full timers so not a lot of miles on the Tow Max tires. Tire pressure checked every trip before heading out on the road. Blow out in December 2014 on I-95 going 60-65 mph. Tire still in Canada with no response yet. Crusader at Dealer for another issue and a blow out on other side of trailer right on their lot. Didn't even get a chance to hook up or hit the road. Dealer said other tire is about to go and would not tow the trailer with these tires. Changed out all four tires and kept first replacement as a spare. Unfortunately I replaced the first blow out with another Tow Max. I would not recommend these tires and if a new unit comes with these tires, insist they change the tires or go buy a different unity. Manufactures just past the buck and say you have to deal with the tire distributer in Canada. NEVER AGAIN!!!

Dec 29, 2014
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Insurance company not doing their job.
by: Tireman9

Don't know what your policy says but normally the Ins company pays off then they go after the MFG. That would be the way most auto policies work.

I assume you got no warning from your TPMS and you had done a "Free Spin" inspection as I cover in my blog on RVTireSafety

Dec 29, 2014
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2013 Bighorn
by: Denise

Our 2013 Bighorn by Heartland with less than 3,000 miles blew 3 tires on the way to Florida...one in Indiana, one in Georgia and one in LaBelle, FL. We have tire insurance and we received rejection letters today. 12/29/2014 They say it is a manufactures defect .... we have now purchased 4 new tires .... how can we get our money back?????

Oct 29, 2014
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Trailer rated tires
by: Anonymous

I have news for you all! All trailer service tires are pure junk! Every brand. Not one is better than the other. Even if they are well with in there ratings and pressures. Doesn't matter. Find LT tires rated for the weight and your good. No problems. They clearly are under different scrutiny than trailer tires. This is personal experience hauling the heaviest loads, longest trips, hottest weather, lots of road side change outs and repairs to trailers and fenders. Everyone follow this advice and we will all be safer.

Editorial Comment:

Please use a wee bit of common sense before swallowing this kind of report. The writer has not identified him/herself and has provided the most gereral and scant information about the specifics of the experience supposedly involved. Just using LT tires in themselves without paying adequate attention to pressure, and loads, speeds and other factors isn't going to guarantee anything.

We welcome user's experiences however, especially if you wish to make a claim that runs contrary to common experience we would like to see some solid evidence backed up by some verifiable facts.

Sep 04, 2014
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Poor Quality Power King Tires
by: Anonymous

We purchased a new Keystone Cougar in June of 2012. In April of this year we had a blow-out on I95 coming home from Florida. Upon inspection two more of the tires were ready to blow-out and the third one was questionable. We suffered $2,500.00 worth of damage to the trailer plus the cost of 4 new tires. If you have Power King tires, please be very wary!

Jul 28, 2014
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Towmax Tires are DANGEROUS
by: Richard

I purchased my Heartland Elkridge Fifth Wheel new in 2011. It came with 235/80R16 Power King Towmax tires (junk). The tires only had about 2000 miles on them when on the way home from vacation in Virginia this past May I had a blow out causing $1740.00 damage to my fifth wheel. I installed the spare and made it home.

When I got home I found another tire was seperated . I filed a claim with Dynamic Tire Company in Onterio, Canada and they are trying to say that I hit something in the road causing the tire failure.

These tires need to be recalled before someone gets hurt . By the way Dynamic tire needs to change their name to dynamite tire , for obvious reasons.

Jul 07, 2014
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They Suck
by: Rick

2010 Keystone Rapture has had 2 blowouts in last 3 trips and I check pressure before leaving.Getting 4 new Maxxis tires.Who ever reads this do not buy these tires they are crap.







Jun 04, 2014
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Blowout or Run Low Flex ?
by: Tireman9

Having conducted thousands of tire "autopsies" I have to say that almost every single "Blowout" is in fact a sidewall flex failure. The physical evidence of melted body cord is the proof that the tire was run at highway speeds for a number of miles after loosing well over 60% of the inflation air.
I have posted on my blog RVTireSafety.com a number of photos showing the process of inspection and discovery of the evidence. Melted body cord in a circumferential pattern around a tire can not be duplicated in the manufacturing or design process.

The fact that someone checked the inflation last week, yesterday or even a few hours earlier is not proof that the tire had not suffered an impact, cut, puncture or valve failure.

Having said this it does not mean that any specific brand tire is the correct tire for the application but sidewall flex failures are simply the result of running a tire with very low inflation.

Jun 04, 2014
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Change of Heart from Experiance
by: Chuck D

Dear Tire Guy,
On January 27, 2012 I posted a comment on Tow Max Tires.
Due to my experiance this year on 3-30-2014 I have a change of heart.
As stated I bought 5 new Tow Max tires for my Cameo in March of 2012.
This year after leaving our R.V. park I lost a tire 10 miles down the road. I was able to stop in about a quarter of a mile. When we walked back to the trailer to see what happened the tire still had air in it but was leaking and went flat in a short amount of time. The entire center tread section peeled of the tire and needless to say caused about $3300.00 dollars in damage.
No more Tow Max Tires for me. They all came off and I put 5 new GY G series on and feel much better about it.
We have not changed how or what we do in preparing to take a trip with our rig. The tires are a problem.


Jun 03, 2014
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Complaint to NHTSA
by: Tireman9

Sorry to hear about your problems.
Do you know the Load Range (ply rating) of your tires?
What inflation did you set the tires to?

Did you record the DOT serial so you could file a complaint on the failrus to NHTSA?

Jun 03, 2014
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Crappy Tires
by: Cindy

We purchased a brand new 2013 Alpine travel trailer in August of 2013 The trailer had Power King towmax tires. We have taken this fifth wheel a total of 4 times traveling. On the 4th trip, one tire blew out in Dallas traffic. Damage to the trailer above. Put spare on and two hours later, the tire behind it blew out. More damage. Cut the hydraulic line tore up the jack and no telling what else. Have to put in shop to be fixed. Took the trailer next day to get completely different and better tires and low and behold, the third tire was fixing to blow also. Dealer pointed out to us that if we traveled any further we would have had another blowout. Very disappointed and would encourage anyone to check your tires and if buying new trailers to immediately put different tires on or have the dealer your buying the trailer from change them out to a better tire. I understand they are made in China. The tire dealer said the tires were two years old and made in China. They can tell on the tire the date if was made and ours were made in April of 2012. Will never have these tires on any of our trailers!

Editorial Comment:

One or two-year old tires are not normally an issue, nor is the country of manufacture.
As a dealer for one of the largest and most reputable tire company we were authorized to sell any tire made by them with a full warranty up until 5 years after they were manufactured. This company had tires made in plants around the world and again the place of manufacture wasn't a factor in the guarantee, either.
Both the date of manufacture and country is shown in the DOT code which is on the tire's sidewall.
The most important factor in RV tire use is often how the tires are treated when they are not being used. Tires will normally lose air pressure over time and when in storage it is best to remove all weight from them by placing your vehicle on blocks. Protecting them from UV light sources will also help.
The long and short of it is even if you switch the another brand of tires, unless you take the necessary steps to check and maintain your tires, you can have problems with them, too.

TG

Apr 16, 2014
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Crappy tires
by: Anonymous

I purchased a 2013 Lakota horse trailer with Towmax tires on it. Big mistake. After only 3 months I had a tire blow and it did $5054.00 dollars damage to my trailer which I had to turn into my ins company. My trailer was in the shop for 3 months being repaired. Now I have 2 more tires with busted belts and I am arguing with the tire distributer over them. This is ridiculus that these tires are still being put on trailers. The 2 tires that are bad are both on the drivers side, what would have happened had they both blown at the same time with a trailer load of horses.My husband is a mechanic and we always check tire pressure. Something needs to be done about these crappy tires. My trailer is less than a year old and I need 5 new tires.

Nov 03, 2013
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Less than 2,000 miles and they are junk
by: Anonymous

Bought a new XLR Thunderbolt last year. Noticed these tires, as unknowns to me, on the trailer. With less than Always check the tires before a trip. I run Doran Tire Pressure Monitor system. Lucky me today, it went off when one of the tires hit around 75 psi. It gave me a little time, about 1/8 of a mile to pull off. By the time I stopped it was down to 58 psi. Found 3 holes in the tire. At first I thought I ran over something but found it looks like the steel is sticking through the rubber. When we pulled the tire off I found a large bubble on the inside near the rim. I will bitch at the dealer and the manufacture of the trailer, but I will not run the other tires on another trip.

Editorial Comment:
As a person who has been trained to inspect tires for warranty claims, your case is one which I might find unusual from the way you describe it.

I would like to mention, however, that it is extremely rare for ALL tires from any major tire company to be defective ... if the tire was defective from the factory it is usually a single defect. Tires can also be damaged in transport, storage before they are sold and when they are being installed through improper methods or errors by the technician. Again, none of these is the fault of the tire company.

If you're nervous about these tires, you might have them inspected, inside and out, by a reputable tire shop and barring the discovery of any defects you still might get a useful long life from them by just giving them normal care and maintenance.

TG

Feb 02, 2013
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oops bought em already yikes!
by: RLW

Well, prior to finding this site I purchased 4 Towmax tires for my Airstream. The airforum website is littered with horror stories of Good Year Marathon and Carlisle blow outs with damage. Some have gotten Towmax with 3 years on them with no issues, so, I bought those. Now I see this. My advice to us all is to get LT truck tires in the weight rating and size needed and be done with it. I would do that now if I did not have almost new tires. I will be watching them though!

Jan 14, 2013
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Questionable advice
by: Tireman9

TG you said "What is the correct pressure?

Rather than use a certain PSI, a much better way to deal with this is to learn what is your tire's operating diameter."

1 You mean Static Loaded Radius not operating diameter.

2. This is an approximation in the tire spec literature.

3. The only way to learn the correct inflation pressure for motorhomes is to know the load on each tire and adjust per the published load/inflation tables. For trailers you should always run the inflation molded on the tire to decrease the lateral shear. You should still get the trailer on the scales to be sure no tire is carrying more than 90% of the max load molded on the tire.

More info on trailers at
http://www.rvtiresafety.com/2012/09/what-should-trailer-owners-do.html


Motorhomes at
http://www.rvtiresafety.com/2011/03/tire-loads-inflations-heavy-topic-part.html


Editorial Comment:

Part of what you say is indisputable, but some part may lead people to act in an unadvisable manner.

1. Static Load Radius is indeed the correct technical term and should have been specified instead of "operating diameter". The SLR is the distance from the centre of the axle to the road surface, when the tire is mounted, inflated to the optimal level to carry the load which the vehicle is using. (If I can find the exact place where this was referred to, I will correct it.)

2. SLR is not an approximation, it is a specification which is part of the tire's design which must be used together with maximum load capacity and maximum tire pressure.

3. The tire pressure which is stamped on a tire sidewall is the MAXIMUM tire pressure and it is seldom advisable to run a tire at this pressure. Usually the pressure you use will be less than this (when the tire is cold), but the pressure should never be increased beyond this level.

4 The SLR is achieved by increasing or lowering the air pressure in a tire until it is achieved. If you have too much weight on the tire (more than the maximum load permitted) the pressure you need may exceed the maximum which is stamped on the sidewall. This is definitely a sign that weight must be removed, or a higher capacity tire used.

5. The info on the two web pages is good, but they do not address the topic of SLR and its use.

Dec 09, 2012
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Tomax 235/80R16
by: Sandpirate

I have taken care of my Tomax Tires. They are covered at all times, except when trailer in tow for the obvious reason. I had one de-laminate & tear up the left rear of my RV. While waiting for a Good Sam Tow company to change it for my spare, the one on the right rear grew a large bubble on the inside sidewall. Then while talking to the tow truck driver, I noticed that the front right tire was separating in the center from the steel belts. Now lets see, 3 tires at once and less than 1000 miles. I keep my tires at 80 psi and use a TPMS on all 4 tires. These tires should be removed from production and refused to have them imported to the US. They are garbage !

Editorial Comment:

Unless I'm mistaken and Towmax has some tires which are for other uses, these tires may only be used for trailers and or 5th wheelers … definitely not for motor-homes or any vehicle where power is being applied through the wheels or for use on steering wheels. If this is the case you may have had these tires on the wrong vehicle: your report does not make this part clear.

From the sounds of your description these tires were not inflated correctly for the load you were carrying. When you are choosing tires you need to first make certain that they are rated with sufficient load-carrying capacity to carry the weight you are going to haul. Next you have to inflate the tires to the correct pressure so that they reach the recommended Static Load Radius, according to the weight they are carrying, and this pressure can go up or down depending on how the vehicle is loaded. If you add weight you need to increase the pressure, if you take off weight pressure needs to be lowered.. This is something your TPMS isn't going to tell you. Finally, in using the tires, you want to be certain that you are staying within the speed range of the tires you've mounted.

Possibly you've covered all of these bases, but they weren't mentioned in your report, so it is also possible you might have overlooked one or more of these details which would then mean that the failure of the tires could have been avoided.

If you want to avoid future tire failures you need to make sure that you are doing all the correct things or you may wind up with the same problem after switching to another brand.

In my experience it is very rare that more than one tire fails at the same time as another. When several all go at the same time, this usually indicates that there was a problem that was the result of a mechanical defect, a problem in the roads, or they way the tires were maintained and used by the owner/driver.

TG


Oct 20, 2012
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2010 Outback Sydney Edition
by: Anonymous

Only 1 trip to Florida and 1 trip to Montana from our home in Ontario Canada and I will have to replace all 5 tires (spare also as I don't trust it) due to side splitting. Also 1 tire seems to have a quarter sized chunk out of it. I contacted the dealership but have bot heard back. Towmax Power King tires are pure junk. Very disapointed in Keystone for using a potentially dangerous tire.

Editorial Comment:

I always cringe whenever I hear someone call any tire "pure junk" because there are so many factors that can affect the way a tire performs and the use you get out of it which are beyond the control of the tire manufacturer.

In this case we do not know when the tires were made, nor how they were stored before they were installed and sold with the vehicle they were installed on. Also, we do not know how the RV was parked or stored when it was not in use. Heat and UV light are very strong bad medicine for any tires, among other things.

The point I'm making here is not to doubt that our anonymous writer is stretching the truth, but that if a tire is properly cared for both before and after it is put into use, even some of the cheapest tires can give satisfactory use, and the best, most expensive brands can fail if they are not given the care and treatment that they need.

TG

Jul 30, 2012
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These tires should be recalled!!
by: Anonymous

On June 30, 2012 less that 10 minutes from home the left rear tire blew out on our 2008 Grand Junction. We replaced it with the spare.

About 30 minutes from our destination in Myrtle Beach, SC the left front tire blew. We have had significant damage done to our camper with an estimate thus far of $8653.78 which we have already been told will go up as the further they go into the more damage they find.

These Power King Towmax ST235/80R16 need to be recalled. We are dealing with 2 different divisions of the tire company. We have found out that the tires that were originally installed on our camper when new were made in 2007 and 2006.

We had to replace all of our tires while in Myrtle Beach because we feared for our safety and everyone's safety around us. The 2 remaining tires on the right side would have blown out as the tread was already starting to separate from the casing.

We were not overloaded, and also had the proper tire pressure in the tires as recommended. These tires come out new with 10/32 of tread on them, and our tires still had 9/32 of tread on them.

We own and operate an automotive repair garage and we do also sell tires, so we are well aware of how to check tires and inflate them properly.

As I said we are dealing with 2 separate divisions of the distributor for these tires as they orginated in China. They appear to be well versed on how "not" to be helpful, as I am sure they are getting 100's of complaints. Surely these tires will be recalled before somebody is killed.

Our tires had approximately 2000 miles on them and were certainly not worn out.

May 24, 2012
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TowMax PowerKing 235/80 16
by: Anonymous

We have a hitchhiker 2010 Discoverver America with 2,000 miles on it.

We were coming home from a campground 15 miles away, and blew out the side wall on one of the TowMax PowerKing tires. They are 235/80 16 tires.

We checked the tire pressure before we left and made sure that there was 80 pounds in each tire. Luckly it blew out the sidewall and did not do any damage to the camper.

We called the 800 phone number for these tires, and they told us that they have had any problems with them. We took the tire and had it checked, and they said it was a defective tire. When we looked on the computer, it appears that there is a problem with these tires.

We are going to replace all 4 of the tires. When you look on the back of the tire, it says for trailer use only, if they are not junk tires, why do they have trailer use only? They do not want sued if someone has a wreck with them on a vehicle. We are going to put truck tires on our camper, and they are not any higher priced than a trailer tire, and a lot better quality.

As far as we are concerned, these TowMax tires are junk, and they are made in China.

May 05, 2012
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sick of blowouts
by: Anonymous

After three blowouts we talked to a tire expert. He informed us we need a larger tire size. 17.5 were his suggestion. I have filed a complaint with the Department of highway safety. We need to all do this so we can get to the bottom of this.

Mar 07, 2012
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Power (BLOWOUT) King Towmax st235/80r16
by: Jack Ptashnik

On Driving home from Florida to Michigan on 2/27/12, Spent the night at KOA at the 350 mile exit in Georgia. Prior to continuing our trip from there, I found my right rear tire was flat with the steel belt protruding through it on the side. I changed the tire prior to leaving, feeling lucky that it did not happen on the highway. Left the KOA about 10 am on 2/28/12 and had a blowout at the 97 mile marker exit in Kentucky.

The flapping steel belt cut a propane line supplying my refrigerator and electrical harnesses and my trailer brake wire to the left front wheel that blew. I hurriedly shut off the gas and had to call a tire company to bring out two tires and to change them on the road.

My 37ft Sportsman 5th Whl by KZ is 2008 model and I had less than 7000 miles on it. I am shocked to see all the other difficulty that so many people are having with these tires. RV manfacturers should never use this product the law should ban them. I had faith in the manufacturer and did not suspect that the tires could be so bad. This was a costly experience.

DO NOT BUY OR USE POWER KING TOWMAX TIRES.

Jan 27, 2012
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TowMax 235/80/16 tires
by: Chuck D

I thought it was just me who is having trouble making an educated decision on tires for our 34' Cameo.

The facts are this. According to the date code, our tires will be 5 years old in April 012. We have put approximately 6000 miles on the tires in that time with no problems.

On our trip to Florida 3 weeks ago from Michigan I noticed that 2 of the tires were showing signs of side wall checking in Tennessee. We ran the rest of the trip on the tires because it was New Years Eve and we did not like the looks of the spare.

We stop ever 200-250 miles for fuel & the tires ran cool & got us where we were going with no surprises. Tires were inflated to 75# cold when we left. I have put Nitrogen in the tires 3 years ago but I do not believe that it has a lot to do with things.

We have stopped in 5 different tire stores thus far looking for suggestions and alternatives. The only thing that seems to be consistent is we are being told to plan on changing tires every 4 to 6 years no matter what brand of tire you go with.

This shocked me a bit. I have to say based on my situation & the information or lack of, that we will probably put 4 more Tow Max tires back on our rig.

Editorial Comment:

Simple tire age isn't necessarily a problem provided tires are maintained and stored under ideal conditions.

While your tires don't seem to have much driving use one thing that may be causing them to deteriorate is exposure to heat and UV. These are two of the biggest enemies which tires face particularly in areas that are hot and get a lot of sunshine.

If you take special pains to make sure that your tires are protected from direct sunlight you may be able to delay the sidewall cracking which results over time and perhaps prolong your tire life somewhat.

TG

Jul 22, 2011
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Tire Care
by: Tire Guy

There seem to be a lot of reports of tires blowing out without showing any appreciable amount of wear and aging, and leading people to conclude that the tires were faulty.

I'm not denying that tires sometimes --very rarely-- are defective, but I would like to review what is involved in maintaining the correct tire pressure.

I hope everyone who is checking tire pressure is doing it when the tire is cold because as a tire is put into use, they heat up and the pressure increased because hot air expands. This means, that if you adjust your pressure while a tire is hot, it will later have less pressure when it cools.

An important thing to take into account especially with trailer tires is that the "correct" pressure changes with the amount of weight which the tire is carrying. So, every time you add or remove , people, cargo, or anything with a significant amount of weight you ought to recheck and adjust the pressure.

What is the correct pressure?

Rather than use a certain PSI, a much better way to deal with this is to learn what is your tire's operating diameter. The operating diameter is the size which the tire is designed to be run at when it is loaded below it's maximum load range and inflated to the correct pressure. You can learn this by getting the manufacturer's tire specifications.

Once you know the operating diameter, you then inflate your tire so that the distance from the ground to the center of the axle matches this distance. Then, when you add or remove weight from the trailer, measure the distance again and if this has changed, add or remove air.

A simple way to control this is to mark a simple piece of wood or some other object which you carry with you and hold it against the wheel to see if the mark is above or below the center on the wheel. If there is any change, adjust the pressure.

I hope this will help some people get better results from their trailer tires.

Jul 22, 2011
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Now What?
by: Stan

OMMA GOSH! I was all ready to buy 4 Power King Towmax ST225/75R15 10/E after reading one excellent review elsewhere. I have had nothing but blowouts with Maxxis and Carlisle on our 2006 RV trailer. I maintain correct inflation on all tires and they never show any wear - just blow. Never any noticeable dry rot. I've read several bad reviews on Goodyear Marathon too.
I am at a total loss as to what tire to change to and sure could use some good advice.

Jun 09, 2011
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Towmax Power King
by: Rafael Ortiz-Vazquez

Bought my trailer, Dutchmen Victory Lane5th wheel toy hauler. Came with four Towmax tires. On our maiden trip from Massachusetts to Florida, in the middle of S. Carolina on Route 95, a tire blew. The tire was completely shredded (dual axle front left tire). Replaced the tire with a spare. In Orlando replacedthe the tire with a Goodyear. On our return trip crossing to Maryland another tire blew (dual axle right rear). Again replaced the tire with spare. The remaining of the trip we had concerns of an other tire failing. We made it to our house with no further problem. All tires were replaced with Goodyear. After reading the reviews by others on Towmax, these tires should be outlawed, unless you like junk!

May 30, 2011
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Shredded tire, less than 400 miles
by: Anonymous

We bought a 2011 Keystone 5th wheel. We took it home, about 250 miles. Then on our maiden trip, 100 miles from home, one of our tires blew and was shredded. Haven't yet checked on warranty but it looks to have done probably about $2,000 worth of damage. They are towmax 16 inch. We'll post again when we find out what they say about paying for a new tire and for the damage..

PO, WA

Apr 08, 2011
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Chunks out of tire
by: Anonymous

We bought a Keystone RAPTOR 5th wheel in November 2010. One of the Tow Max tires looked low last month and we stopped at a truck tire place. In examining the tire, the man said you have a chunk out of the tire that looks like a broken belt. He put on the spare until we could get a replacement from a Tow Max dealer. We went to one in Maryland and he looked at the tire and said it was driver error - we slammed on the brakes and damaged the tire. The tire on the left side also had the same chunk. We have never heard of any tire sustaining this damage from brakes. They would not cover the tire nor pro rate it. We got another Tow Max tire and now I am sorry after reading these blogs on line.
Has anyone every heard of this kind of thing?

Sep 19, 2010
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towmax tires
by: Clark Stacks

All four tires on our trailer blew out within 3,000 miles and we were stranded on the highway with horses on the trailer. I highly recommend if you are looking to buy a trailer and the trailer has towmax tires on it, don't buy it unless the dealer will replace the tires at his cost as part of the deal. From what we are reading, why aren't these tires being recalled because they do not stand behind their product.

Sep 08, 2010
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Junk Tires
by: Steve Zoller

I recently experience two blowouts on Power King Towmax tires that came on my fifth wheel camping trailer. These tires were two years old with less than 1,000 miles when the first tire blew out. Then seventeen miles later after replacing the first tire, the second tire blew out. Both tires had seperation in the tread area similar to a recap. The tires were properly inflated to manf. recommended pressure and the trailer was properly loaded within trailer recommended weight requirements. These tires are rags, I replaced all the tires and haven't had any problems since then.

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Power King,Tow Max ST225/75r-15 Tires

by RICH
(REDDING,CA)

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I have Tow Max ST225/75R-15 tires, Dot code year 2007, pulling a 28ft 5th wheel trailer. I am aircraft mechanic, the tires had good tread and tires properly inflated, I drive @55mph to keep tires cool, and do not exceed speed rating of these tires and cover the tires when stored to prevent deterioration.

I had 2-tires blow out at different times, it caused a lot of damage to the r/h rear quarter panel of the trailer, lots of lost time and dollars to fix.

You're looking for trouble with these tires.



Editorial Comment:
I've seen tires similar to these listed as Boat Trailer tires.

I don't know if these are the same as what you used, but if they are the same you might be facing a weight issue. By this, I mean if your 5th wheeler weighs more than what these tires are designed to carry, that is the cause of your problems rather than a faulty product.

Check the load capacity of these tires which you will likely find stamped on the sidewall, and compare this to the weight of your trailer. If you are not within the maximum the tire will carry, that would cause the failures you discribed.

TG

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Mar 11, 2015
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These tire blow literally
by: Anonymous

I have a 2014 Heartland Cyclone with the Power King Tow Max 235/80 16r properly inflated and clear road. One tire separated and replaced with spare and less then 50 miles later a second tire separated with tread coming off in one piece and trashing the side of my trailer. Sat on the side of the road for 3 hours and $260 later because I used my spare 50 miles prior. Can't believe RV manufactures are still putting these junk tires on there products and risking there customers safety. TOW MAX MY ASS

Editorial Comment:
It is amazing how quickly people jump on the brand when something goes wrong with tires before looking at other possible explanations.

Many of the thing which can affect the life and performance of tires is beyond the control of tire manufacturers. An example is the conditions and length of time a tire is stored. If, and I stress that this is just a supposition, IF those tires had been improperly stored between the time they were made and when they were put into use, they could have been damaged in a way that would cause them to fail prematurely.

My years of experience in the tire business has shown me that virtually ANY major brand of tire will give good service if it is used and cared for in a proper manner. Much of this falls on the shoulders of the ultimate user, but also on the tire dealer, the RV manufacturer (in this case) the transportation company which delivered the tires, and possibly other players in certain circumstances. All of these things are out of the hands of the manufacturer. When you eliminate these secondary external players in the game the facts are clear that most manufacturers produce tires which are reliable and safe to use.

TG

Feb 13, 2015
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Good tires
by: Anonymous

Have these on my 2003 30ft 5th wheel cruiser. DOT code says 3705. Previous owner kept it inside.
I've had it now going on 4 years and had no trouble with these tires, fixing to put a new set on it. Probably put 3000 miles on it since I bought it.

Aug 18, 2014
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Mess up tire
by: Anonymous

St235/80r16, drove around 3000 miles 2 of these have blown. I'm waiting for tow service to change my tire. This tire is shit.

May 03, 2013
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Can't believe
by: Anonymous

Have a 2010 Keystone travel trailer we have towmax str power king st225/75r15 8pr the sidewalls are cracking alot unsafe to use we have about 4500 miles on the tirers only used the trailer 4 times.Not good but it's under 5 yrs and the company so far has been nice and helpful but we will see, they need to replacement them for use. we drive around 60-65 on hwy 75 otherwise 50 maybe 55 depends on the road.

Editorial Comment
If you've taken the time to read any of the other comments in this topic, you may have noticed that sidewall cracking, which is sometimes called "dry rot" is something that is influenced by the heat, and sunlight which the tires are exposed to and not the number of miles they have been driven or the speed.

TG

Sep 27, 2012
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NO DRY ROT HERE !!!!!
by: AL

I have 4 Power King ST205/75r-15 on my Car Trailer. Although they only have about 1,000 Miles on them they have been on the Trailer for approximately TEN YEARS, thats right, TEN YEARS and sitting on the Ground in all types of weather, tremendously hot and cold, there is not the first sign of any DRY ROT, NONE. I have used the trailer twice in the past 2 months and they are fine, matter of fact I intend this next month on a 1700 Mile Trip with these tires on this Trailer, GREAT TIRES thus far.

Editorial Comment:

Just to clarify matters, it is not just heat which causes dry rot but a combination of heat and ultraviolet light (which is in sunlight) that causes cracking in the sidewalls. Also, certain chemicals could contribute to removing the components in the tire which prevent tire cracking and preserve flexibility. This is why it is highly recommended to cover tires on trailers whenever they are sitting for any extended periods.

TG

May 25, 2012
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No problems with these tires
by: Anonymous

Have had the original ST225/75R-15 Towmax S/T Power King tires on my 27 foot 5th wheel with no issues. Will be replacing them only because of the tires are now 8 years old (wear on them actually looks like I could get a few more years out of them).

Apr 05, 2012
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Power King Towmax TROUBLE
by: Ray

I have a 2010 Keystone Everest 5th wheel with Power King Towmax ST235/80R16 tires. They came as standard equipment with the trailer when I bought it new in 2010. I have less than 4000 miles on the rv. I keep the tires at the recommended psi as per side wall and use tire covers when not in use. I only carry food in the frig., cloths in the closet and pet stuff and two chairs in the under compartment. I never exceed 65mph. I also check for heat on all four at every stop. Just had a blow out on the Pa. Turnpike that took out the side of the rv. The tread came off the tire in strips. I will do my homework on finding replacement tires. I would never trust Power King. Run the DOT tire code online before buying any tires. It will tell you if a brand is coming out of the same plant that made the Power King. The Chinaman doesn't care what happens to your rv or your loved ones!!!!!

Editorial Comment:

You may have caused your own problem through misunderstanding the tire pressure which is stamped on the side of the tire.
Look closely at what is printed there. It will say something like "Maximum Pressure", which means that the tire should never be inflated beyond that level when measured cold.
The Maximum pressure is very seldom the best or recommended pressure for any vehicle. In most cases using the maximum pressure will result in your tire being overinflated and over inflated tires will not wear at the normal rate.
Your vehicle should carry the pressure which is adequate for the load you are carrying and if the weight you carry changes from time to time you should be increasing or reducing the air pressure to compensate.

TG

Sep 07, 2011
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Towmax ST23580R16E
by: Anonymous

I have a 2010 Keystone Raptor 300MP with Towmax tires. I check tire pressure when they are cold, don't pull overweight, and don't hit curbs and had a tire blow while driving down the highway at 60 mph (To keep the tires cool.). Don't see where this could be my fault. I have seen way too many posts about the Towmax tires being defective to think this is always the owner's fault. It is also nice to know they back up the tires with the posted warranty. I will be buying LT tires in the future, they seem to hold up much better!

Aug 13, 2011
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Poor Choice
by: Charles Bavier

I bought two new tires for my boat trailer and after just 60 miles maximum I had one blow out at 45 MPH. I almost lost my pontoon when the tire blew. The tires are 5.70x8 rated C or 6 ply and for 910 Lbs each. My pontoon and trailer only weigh 1600 Lbs. I cannot find the web site for Power king as I feel they should send me a new tire. I still have the blown tire and ruined wheel. My advice is stay away from Power King. I cannot find the receipt for the tires but the dealer told me there is no warranty on trailer tires. I am really afraid to tow the pontoon again with the power king tires on it.

May 09, 2011
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Not bad at all
by: Anonymous

The tires came on our 06 United Exspressline 28ft Super Hauler (enclosed car hauler). Mileage I’m not sure of as we started pulling it with a dually truck for the first 2 years and then when to a diesel motorhome, but it’s a bunch. We run all over the country and rarely at speeds under 70. This past weekend was the first time I’ve ever had a problem with the tires. One of them looks like it’s got a cord that let go in the tread area that fortunately my wife and son saw when we were stopped at rest area before it let go completely. After 5 years of hard us I think they have held up pretty well.

May 07, 2011
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TIRES
by: Anonymous

My parents camper has power king tow max tires on it and they are already dry rotting on all 4 tires. we have only had our camper for 2 years.

May 02, 2011
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Tires no good
by: Anonymous

These tires are junk, stay away from them. They dry rot to fast.

Apr 27, 2011
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Had a blowout myself
by: Mark

I had a set of these on my trailer, less than a year old, less than 200 miles on them, and hauling a boat that has a total weight of approximately 7,500 lbs inclusive of the trailer. I recall that each tire had a load rating of 2650 lbs each, which adds up to about 10,600 lbs = 70% capacity. With proper inflation, conservative speeds and so forth I thought I was safe. One tire shredded while driving at 55mph on a highway, however I can't be absolutely certain that I didn't hit something on the road. I don't think I did because my truck tires are right inline with the trailer and I didn't feel anything.

To be safe, I upgraded to a 9-ply trailer tire.



Editorial Comment:

The fact that your tire shredded suggests that it blewout after having suffered structural damage produced by overheating probably caused by driving with low pressure.

I'm not suggesting that you weren't careful in checking the pressure, but suppose, while you were driving you ran over something which caused a slow leak. That slow leak results in a lowered pressure while you're driving down the highway ... the tire heats up and ... pow!

This could happen even with increased plies, although the chances of having the exact same circumstances repeat themselves are pretty slim.

TG


Apr 18, 2011
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POWER KING TIRES R GREAT......
by: Anonymous

if i was towing a trailer be it an RV fifth wheeler or travel trailer i would check tire pressure before i hit the open raod,
these are great tires and i am happy with the wear i have had to date and the performance.
any tire may blow out and it is quite presumptious to assume it is the tires fault.
check alignment and pressure and also stay away from the curbs.

Sep 14, 2010
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blow outs
by: Anonymous

I had the same issue on 2007 st225/75r15 towmax tires! the end result was alot of damage on my 5th wheel, lost time camping! and who is to be held responsible for this blunder!

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Power King Towmax e rated 235/80/16

by Peter J Bunn
(Stittville NY )

THESE TIRES AREN'T SAFE FOR A MANURE SPREADER LET ALONE A FAMILY R.V. THEY GRENADE AND NO-ONE WILL STAND BEHIND THEM. ANYONE KNOW OF ANY HELP WITH THIS MATTER? Contact me please!!!! 2011 Heartland Cyclone tri-axle 41' 5th wheel. Neither the manufacture nor Meyers Camping World of Syracuse that sold me this unit want anything to do with it.

Editorial Comment:

It is evident that you have had a problem but unless you spell out the details and circumstances we cannot begin to appreciate or understand what your situation is about.

A review of this kind is almost useless to publish and a waste of your time to bother posting it except to bad-mouth the dealer who you purchased it from.

I am publishing this "review" only as a bad example of many similar reviews which we simply reject when we receive them.

If you have a case, please give us all the details. Then we can form our own conclusions, but put yourself into other people's shoes and ask yourself why anyone should accept the opinion of a perfect stranger without any concrete facts to back them up?

TG

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Jul 08, 2012
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Your Power King Tire Failure
by: Wheels Etc

I understand the reason you are upset about this failure however as you were told it is to your advantage to list all the details of this transaction.

For example the correct notation for this tire includes an "ST" either in front of these numbers or following these numbers. This means the tire is not meant for use on a power vehicle.

They are specfically for use on trailers that are not allowed to travel at speeds exceeding 55mph in California and possibly other states. The "e" in your description says this is a 10 ply rated tire and will have a limit to the amount of weight it can safely carry in combination with other tires on the same trailer and the amount of air pressure in each tire. That is also printed on the side of the tire.

The DOT number contains information that will help you find the manufacturer, the distributor and the dealer you already know.

I suggest you write to us again and include this information along with a description of the purchase, the use, the failure and the steps you took to contact the dealer.

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TOWMAX STR ST 235/80R16 POWER KING RADIAL 10PLY

by KAREN
(TEXAS)

We have a 2013 Bighorn 5th wheel that came with Tow Max tires. We were traveling from Texas to Ohio. In Arkansas we experienced a blowout that shredded the right tire and damaged the underside and wheel well and left us without lights on the right side. The tires looked new. We kept them covered. We used correct air pressure. We drove correct speed. We did everything right. My husband is a retired aircraft mechanic and is very careful about tires. He checked them every time we stopped. In Tennessee a lady alerted us to the
Second tire failure so we pulled over and he changed the second tire. 25 miles later he discovered a big bulge in the center of the tire so we changed that tire! We had one spare and bought 2 more Tow Max after first blowout. We got to Camping World in Akron and we¿re told our tire insurance did not cover mfgr defects. We bought 6 Goodyears, 4 were put on and 2 spares. I repeat...my husband is very careful about tires!!!
TOW MAX STR ST235/80-R16 POWER KING RADIAL TIRES ARE JUNK!! I think the insurance companies know it too and thats why they deny any claims. Do not put your life on these tires. Too dangerous

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Tire Review: Power King Towmaster

by Peter Schemenauer
(Saskatchewan Canada)

I have just experienced tire failure using Power King Towmaster tires at less than 3000 miles and driving at 60 mph on a good straight road with tire pressure at manufacturers reccommended pressure.

I could not beleive how thin the sidewall of these tires are. Since our trailer is new and we have a list of issues with it alrady I stopped by a major rv dealer in Yuma, Arizona.

One of the sales people reccomended I change all four tires. I would think by this and the amount of online comments it is time someone does something to prevent a serious accident if it has not happened already.

If you have had a problem with these tires and would like to join a group action please contact me at pschemenauer@yourlink.ca

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by: Anonymous

How old were the tires? Did you check the dates? Were the tires used at other times exceeding 65mph?

Do you know the exact weight of your trailer?

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Power King Navitrac, 10R-22.5

Having trouble balancing tires. Could it be the bud wheels or tires?

We have about 7000 miles on these tires. They are about 6 years old.

We changed the axel bearings and seals since, greased the front bearings, since tires are out of balance.

They are on our short 24 ft. school bus.

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Because of the age of the tires and the mileage it would seem that the vehicle spends a lot of time without moving. This raises the possibility that the tires may have become deformed due to remaining stationary for long periods and losing air (which is normal) over these periods. If the tires have become deformed for this reason, they could very well be impossible to ever balance.

Another possibility are the wheels, as you suggest. Over time they may have experienced some deformation, maybe because of impact in use and this, too, could cause balance problems.

If you have a good wheel on which these tires fit that has been balanced with another tire, try mounting one on that wheel and seeing if you can balance it. If you can't then you definitely have a problem with the tire. The other tactic might be to mount a tire which you know is good on the bud wheel and trying to balance that. This would tell you whether or not the bud wheel is adequate, or not.

TG

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by: Anonymous

Thanks for comment. I was wrong about the kind of wheel, its not bud wheels, its DAYTON wheels.

Sorry for confusion about the type of wheels.

We always drive the bus around the yard and keep the tire pressure right.


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