Have you ever heard of the term “China Bombs”? If you’ve been RVing for any length of time, you’ve probably heard another RVer complain about the “China Bombs” his RV manufacturer put on his brand new vehicle and how he unexpectedly blew a tire on the highway.
Unfortunately, this is a reality for many motorhome owners. Let’s take a look at these China bombs so you can avoid a dangerous accident or costly repairs. Let’s dive in!
What are China Bombs?
RV enthusiasts often refer to the standard tires installed by RV manufacturers as China bombs. Usually they are made by a foreign brand you don’t know and probably not made in the United States.
They are still rated ST, which means “specialty tire,” and are designed for heavy loads, but they don’t have the same quality as many tires from major brands like Goodyear and Cooper.
Where does the term “China bombs” come from?
Many RV enthusiasts assume that RV manufacturers source these cheap tires from China. Because they fail more often than higher quality American brand tires, RVers have nicknamed these standard tires “China Bombs.”
Punctures are more common with manufacturer-supplied tires than with Michelin or Bridgestone tires. And they happen unnoticed. You don’t see any signs of wear or decreasing tire pressure. It’s like a bomb exploding under your RV.
This is also why many RV owners change their tires immediately after purchasing an RV. They don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road right at the beginning of their vacation.
They also don’t want to deal with insurance or a large repair bill. It’s worth paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars up front to avoid the inconvenience and expense of having your China Bomb tires fail.
Which RV tires are considered China bombs?
China bombs will not have a brand name you recognize. They may not be made in China, but they are not made in the United States either. If you see “Made in China” on the sidewall of your RV tires, consider replacing them with higher quality brand name tires made in the United States or by a premium manufacturer.
You’ve spent a lot of money on your RV. You don’t want to take on damage from blown tires because you don’t want to spend even more money on new tires.
You also don’t want to cause an accident because parts of the tire blew into another lane of the highway. Tire blowouts can lead to dangerous situations on the road.