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Old 12-05-2019, 05:38 AM   #1
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We have a bit over 11,000 miles on the Rainier tires that came on out HC321MK. Our dealer recommended Towmax tires as replacements. We aren't familiar with those tires and did not see any threads about them. They claim there are manufacturers that are starting to use them as OEM, which doesn't give a warm and fuzzy since some manufacturers do use the best tires out the door.
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Old 12-05-2019, 06:29 AM   #2
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Old 12-05-2019, 06:45 AM   #3
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We have a bit over 11,000 miles on the Rainier tires that came on out HC321MK. Our dealer recommended Towmax tires as replacements. We aren't familiar with those tires and did not see any threads about them. They claim there are manufacturers that are starting to use them as OEM, which doesn't give a warm and fuzzy since some manufacturers do use the best tires out the door.
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Towmax are the ORIGINAL China Bombs that started people running from strangely named tires after blowouts and significant trailer damage. At Tire Rack they are about 80 or so bucks each - and absolute junk. Don't cheap out on your 80-100K investment.


Sailun
Goodyear Endurance
Goodyear G614
Michelin XPS are trailer rated

Bridgestone also have a trailer rated tire
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Old 12-05-2019, 07:03 AM   #4
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I thought we all figured out awhile ago that it was: go with Goodyear G614s or Saliun.


I guess people just want to go outside of the box....


good luck on whatever choice you make.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:21 AM   #5
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If you ever have a blowout you will never go for cheap tires again.
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Thank you. They are off the list.
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:48 AM   #7
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We have a bit over 11,000 miles on the Rainier tires that came on out HC321MK. Our dealer recommended Towmax tires as replacements. We aren't familiar with those tires and did not see any threads about them. They claim there are manufacturers that are starting to use them as OEM, which doesn't give a warm and fuzzy since some manufacturers do use the best tires out the door.
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Your "dealer" probably has had someone demand that their trailer get Sailun tires installed before they drive off the lot. Now he has to get rid of the OEM Towmax and then you come along.....
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:01 AM   #8
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You made a smart choice. For your application the Towmaster tires are junk.
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Towmax were the original nicknamed Blowmax I believe
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Good question, some good responses.
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:06 AM   #11
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I thought we all figured out awhile ago that it was: go with Goodyear G614s or Saliun.


I guess people just want to go outside of the box....


good luck on whatever choice you make.
Note: G614 tires no longer qualifies for fitment on trailers having 7000# vehicle certified GAWR axles. Reason; not enough load capacity to pass the RVIA 10% load capacity reserves for OE tires.

Note: The popular steel cased Sailun trailer tire is a high load capacity 16" tire. Trailers fitted with tires 15" and smaller have no need for the that much load capacity. There are now 15" steel cased tires on the market with a LRF that provide 3195# of load capacity @ 95 PSI.
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Old 12-06-2019, 01:31 PM   #12
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Note: G614 tires no longer qualifies for fitment on trailers having 7000# vehicle certified GAWR axles. Reason; not enough load capacity to pass the RVIA 10% load capacity reserves for OE tires.

Note: The popular steel cased Sailun trailer tire is a high load capacity 16" tire. Trailers fitted with tires 15" and smaller have no need for the that much load capacity. There are now 15" steel cased tires on the market with a LRF that provide 3195# of load capacity @ 95 PSI.
I did not know that about the G614 tires. Thanks. (I do have Sailuns)
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Old 12-11-2019, 07:18 PM   #13
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I put on a new set of Towmax tires on my rig last summer before a big (for me) trip of 1200 miles in July 95º heat.

Had I read up on this site on Towmax before I left I likely would have went back and had the dealer pull them.

As it was, I made the trip just fine and the tires preformed just fine in the heat. I did not have them anywhere close to max load capacity.

I did some research on Towmax following my trip and reading the thoughts on them on this forum and found out that they are made by the same parent company that makes the beloved Saliuns, though I assume it might be a plain old Chevrolet vs Cadillac thing (both GM vehicles) but the Towmax tires to have an outstanding warrantee and I suspect their newer generation tires are better than those that earned them their bad reputation.

That being said, I will be keeping a close eye on them going forward and remove them at the first sign of abnormal wear or weather checking or cracking.
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Old 12-11-2019, 09:53 PM   #14
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Had to replace all 4 Towmax tires on my 2014 Mont.HC at about 3000 miles as they were losing big (4 x 12)chunks of the outer layer. Replaced with Firestone light truck tires which now have about 70,000 miles on them and still look great but will soon replace because of age.
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Old 12-12-2019, 06:11 AM   #15
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Towmax are not made by the same company as Sailun. They are distributed woldwide though by the same company. The distributors website is misleading. I spent some time a couple years ago checking that out - and it took a fair amount of time IIRC to dig that info out. You cannot compare a Towmax, which you can literally wad up in a ball in yopy hands with a Sailun that is very tough and very heavy


Oh, and Simple Tire as well as Walmart and AMAZON had them at about 139 bucks yesterday when I looked - may be different today
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:04 PM   #16
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It's very difficult to determine where a China tire is made and by whom. Ever tire has a plant code on the sidewall. You can cross reference the plant code on plant code charts and pin point the plant that actually built the tire.

Here is a plant code reference. It shows you how to find the codes on your tires.

http://www.tiresafetygroup.com/tire-...ed-plant-code/
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