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Posted: 06/27/05 11:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WOW that was not fun. Coming home from Cape Cod yesterday, inside rear duel blows out. Very narrow breakdown lane. I was able to get off the highway to a self serve gas station to call Good Sam for help with the tire. Just a word of advice for everyone. When checking air pressure in your tires, don't forget the spare. I was lucky because the gas station had air (for free even).
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Posted: 06/27/05 12:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

More details please...

How old is your rig?
How old were the tires?
What kind of tires?
Weight?
Did you check pressures ahead of time, etc?


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1997 Four Winds 31N. The tires had been put on at the dealership where I bought it in Sept 2000. I can't remember the brand at the moment, but the dealer didn't charge me any more when they put them on so I suspect they are cheap. As far as weight of the camper, I have never had it weighed but we where very lightly packed this weekend (just me and my wife) no water, empty holding tanks half tank of propane. Honestly it was probably one the lightest trips I have ever taken with the camper. yes I checked the tire pressure last Wed. before using it. yes I should have checked again before the trip home. I guess that is a lesson learned. I will be replacing these two tires with Michelins XPS ribs. I have two on the front now but was hoping to hold off for a while due to the expense. My only point for the post was to maybe put a reminder out to check the spare tire pressure when checking the other tires. I know I will from now on. Hope the added info helps
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Posted: 06/27/05 01:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very likely these were 5 or more year old tires, since they were probably manufactured before Sept 2000. And the inside duals seem to fail most often due to the loading and extra heat stress (which in turn leads to extra loading).

Sounds like you were very lucky and there was no major damage from the steel belts of the blown tire hitting anything?

The advice to check the spares is good.

Jim

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Wow, glad to hear everyone is safe. Hope the MH survived the blowout without any damage. Are you planning on replacing the rear 4 tires and the spare, or just the blown tire? The irony is that we too took the MH to the Cape this past weekend, though only for the day.
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I had two of those tires, so they will be replaced. Yes I was lucky that there was no damage to the wheel wells. Back to Straham tire for the michelins
Jim

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Posted: 06/27/05 02:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At that age, get 6 new tires. Imagine a blowout on the front passing some truck.


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Posted: 06/27/05 04:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TonyMin wrote:

At that age, get 6 new tires. Imagine a blowout on the front passing some truck.


Tony's very correct, the expense may sound like it'll hurt, but 6 cheapo load-rated tires that are new are worlds better than 3 or four tires which are 5-6 years old and a couple of new high end tires.

You're just lucky the blowout didn't damage any of your plumbing, or worse cause any injuries.

I'm very glad that the blowout ended up being an easy issue to solve, but I would take the relative painlessness of this experience as a serious omen to purchase 6 new tires for your MH.

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I have said it before and will say it again.
5 years maximum on tires!!!
Look at them, know what to look for, don't make excuses after the fact, and protect your self, your family and others on the road!


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Posted: 06/27/05 06:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You've all heard this from be before but......
6 new tires put on by tire store.

My first blow out I figured was just that a blow out, nail whatever.....
took out the ~entire~ sewage bay, black/gray pipes, all of it!

Next trip 3 flat tires.....last towing service pointed out that I had "rubber"
valve stems, heat long driving times where melting the valve stems right in half.

First blow out was most likely from the same thing, it was very hot out
that day and I had power drove for about 12 hours.
3 flat tires where in Houston long driving time and 106 degree heat also,
need I say more? Thanks to Firestone Tire store I was an accident waiting
to happen and it did. Thank God no one was hurt, except my sewage bay. [emoticon]

My advice and I wish someone would have told me when I bought my first MH.
is check your valve stems. There are three types, rubber, hard plastic
and steel. Rubber stems should have NEVER been installed on my MH.

I stopped in AL and had ALL 6 tires taken off and broken down and stainless
steel valve stems installed, and the spare. [emoticon]


We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.


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