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safn1949

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Posted: 07/13/12 10:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are on our way to California in a big rig and we passed a class A with 2 rear axles in NE on 80. Both tires on the drivers side were destroyed with a lot of damage to the coach. I know that made a big bang.

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vance wrote:

You hit the nail on the head HeyBC. Most people don't have a clue as to what speed their tires are rated.


On my bus, 81 or 87MPH.


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MHs don't handle like sport cars. I don't believe they should be driven that way. Just because you can drive 75mph does not mean that it is a safe speed. I drive 5 to 10 ph under the speed limit and never over 63mph. I can't stop as fast as a car, I can't make emergency lane changes as well and I take up the entire lane with gives me little room to move left or right. For the safety of my family and everyone else on the road, I keep my speed down and try to avoid dangerous situations. The only advantage driving fast has, is that when you do have an accident you will not be injured, just killed. Just my opinion.

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Stopping Distances for MH’s

I recently attended a Hazard Avoidance Seminar for MH's and the instructor gave us these tables. So for all of those that like to drive fast consider this:
Reaction Time
30 MPH = 3 + 30 = 33' distance traveled
65 MPH = 6 + 65 = 71'
70 MPH = 7 + 70 = 77'
80 MPH = 8 + 80 = 88'
90 MPH = 9 + 90 = 99'

Stopping Distance

30 MPH = 3 x 30 = 90'
65 MPH = 6 x 65 = 390'
70 MPH = 7 x 70 = 490'
80 MPH = 8 x 80 = 640'
90 MPH = 9 x 90 = 810'
Now when you consider the distance you will travel while you are reacting and then add to this the stopping distance, the faster you are going the longer distance you will travel before you stop. Yes stopping distance will vary with the type of RV, weight, etc. but don't expect it to stop like a Ferrari. And the sudden stop when you meet an immovable object will have devastating results.


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Posted: 07/14/12 08:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I went to a similar seminar several years ago, and they also added additional time which then added additional distance because of age.


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Last time I blew a tire on the road it was a trailer, empty, on the way to the dealership to trade it in on what you see below (a 13' Scamp) and we heard it clearly inside the car.

Last tire I blew was on my bicycle, This is a 70 PSI tire.. The story is a broken air pressure guage caused me to over-inflate it tearing the cords a bit, thus the tire could no longer hold 50 PSI, let alone 70.. I put air in it, went inside and was sitting here typeing when BOOM.
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Now this is a tiny bicycle tire.

MAN was that sucker loud.


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We just purchased an older Pace Arrow (94) and it had Mitchlins on it. Tires looked good. But were 11 years old. I drove it home and went and ordered new tires for it. Yes I know on here we have experts that say they run their tires 10 -12 years with no problems but not me. We can not say how old the tires were on the coach in question but I try very hard not to let it be me!!!


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Jarlaxle wrote:

vance wrote:

You hit the nail on the head HeyBC. Most people don't have a clue as to what speed their tires are rated.


On my bus, 81 or 87MPH.


You must be running some of those Chinese racing tires........Dennis


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Executive wrote:

Jarlaxle wrote:

vance wrote:

You hit the nail on the head HeyBC. Most people don't have a clue as to what speed their tires are rated.


On my bus, 81 or 87MPH.


You must be running some of those Chinese racing tires........Dennis


Regular truck tires, casings from Bridgestone, Michelin, Kelly, and Goodyear, speed ratings of M and N.

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Executive wrote:

Jarlaxle wrote:

vance wrote:

You hit the nail on the head HeyBC. Most people don't have a clue as to what speed their tires are rated.


On my bus, 81 or 87MPH.


You must be running some of those Chinese racing tires........Dennis


He's a big on on re-caps!!!!......


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