2000 NEWMAR DUTCH STAR User Comment / Complaint

2000 NEWMAR DUTCH STAR User Comment / Complaint

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2006-07-24 00:00:00 Nashua, NH

While traveling in our 2000 dutch star motor home, diesel pusher, through houston tx, on march 23, 2006, we experienced an inner rear tire blowout on the right side of the vehicle. this tire has a "zipper" fracture of 14 inches on the sidewall. we were able to make a safe stop and exited from the highway. we had the tire replaced with a matched michelin tire. on april 1, 2006 while traveling through elmira ny (1600 miles later) on interstate 86, we experienced another blowout on the inner rear tire on the left side of the motor home. we were able to make a safe stop. however the rear left fender skirt was blown off by the rupturing tire. this "zipper" fracture was 12 inches in the identical tire position as the first rupture. we were unable to get an identical replacement tire for the blown tire and we made the decision that all four rear tires should be replaced since it is not advisable to have mismatched tires. we replaced these rear tires with an h rated tire by goodyear 275/70r 22.5 g670 rv. in 2004, newmar (manufacturer of dutch star motor homes) had a recall and replaced only the front tires on this motor home which was built on a freightliner frame. the new tires were michelin xza1 275/70r 22.5 which is higher rated than the original equipment tires. previously, we have had this motor home weighed on at a family motor coach assn. (fmce) rally. the four corners were weighed and we were within the recommended gvw (gross vehicle weight) of 27,900 lbs. we were not overloaded. the tire pressure on the original equipment tires was 105 lbs. each which was recommended. it is our opinion that the tire failure on this unit was due to having inadequate rear tires and that when the recall took place in 2004, the rear tires should have also been replaced at that time.

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