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RE: 16 years with no blowouts, now two in a month.

The tire has been replaced, we'll be on the road home tomorrow, so hopefully that's the end of the story for now. I can change a tire as easily as the next guy, but all the additional nuance from this group really helps build the understanding and knowledge. I'm thankful for this community! It really has been quite a weekend. There's all the tire stuff you know about, but there's more too. When the tire blew out we weren't on the side of the road for too long until the highway patrolman stopped to check out the situation. He was so helpful. When I was getting the spare off the spare carrier the bolts were NOT cooperative. (The square part of the bolt had stripped out the soft metal of the carrier.) I just didn't have the right tools to wrestle with it. The patrolman was an RVer too, and he said, "I live 5 miles from here. I'll go get some tools. Unless another call comes in that takes priority I'll be right back." Sure enough, he was back with a vice grip, and a sawzall. He ended up sawing the bolt off and helped put the tire on, and I was on the way to the campground! When I got to the campground (and mostly set up), roadside assistance FINALLY called to say they're on the way. It's been a very rainy weekend. No problems, though, because we chose this destinatio so we could see our oldest daughter who's in grad school now. We must have reached the "parents must be cool" stage again, because she skipped staying in her apartment and stayed in the camper with us (me, my wife, and her two younger siblings). It was just like old times again! :-) So yes, the blowout and the rain could've wrecked the weekend. But getting the family together for a camping weekend like we used to do ... that made it all worthwhile! Thanks again for the comments, suggestions, and advice, everyone!
davehultin 08/08/21 04:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: 16 years with no blowouts, now two in a month.

Sizes are all the same: ST205/75R14 Weight ratings are: Original tires: 2200 lbs Spare tire: 1760 lbs New tire (the 65 lb tire): 2040 lbs And on the placard, the GVRW lists 7660 So ... does that mean (assuming I'm not overloading the camper) that with the combined tire weight ratings of 8640 being greater than the GVRW of 7660 that I should be safe towing?
davehultin 08/07/21 07:29pm Travel Trailers
16 years with no blowouts, now two in a month.

I figure anyone pulling a trailer will probably have a blowout at some point. I dodged the bullet for 16 years, but now I'm up to TWO blowouts. Hmmmph. Picked up some wire on the road a month ago for the first blowout. The wire wrapped around the axel, the tire didn't have a chance. OK, that's understandable. Yesterday we were seven miles from our destination and someone pulled up beside us on the interstate and waved us down. Not sure where yesterday's blowout came from. Driving too fast? Tire overinflated? Probably not. Damage from the wire on the last blowout that didn't show up until now? Maybe...? Anyways, now the questions begin. For the first repair I used the original spare tire as the permanent replacement because it's an exact match, and then got a similar tire, but 6-ply vs. 8-ply for the new spare. So far so good. For the current replacement I was able to find a trailer tire in the town we're camping. It's also an 8-ply, but when I told the tire guys that my original tires inflated to 75 pounds, that really puzzled them. They just didn't know of any 8-ply tires that inflated to 75 pounds. Everything they saw was 65 pounds. Well, I don't have a ton of options on the road so I went with it so I could put it on tomorrow. The tire guys were pretty convinced that even though the trailer placard said 75 pounds I shouldn't inflate past 65 pounds. OK. Back to the campground. The original trailer tires do indeed have a max inflation of 75 pounds, and are 8-ply. The newest tire has a max inflation of 65 pounds, and is 8-ply. The spare tire has a max inflation of 50 pounds (or so, I have to double-check) and is 6-ply. I'll put the new tire into the mix (the 8-play with 65 pounds max pressure) tomorrow before we head home. What kind of trouble will I make with 3 75-lbs tires + 1 65-lb tire?
davehultin 08/07/21 04:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow vehicle tire size not to spec

There's a story behind the story, of course. The short version is that we're starting to sense some mechanical issues might be sneaking their way into our tow vehicle, so it might be time to replace it. But we're not ready to replace it ... yet. But we might be ready to replace it in three months. Then there's the whole thing with new and used vehicle inventory being so incredibly low. And the price of tires being so incredibly high. Pretty soon we'll be using commas in the price of a set of four tires. :( So for now I was able to locate a set of take-off tires for about half the price and will kick the can about three months down the road.
davehultin 07/30/21 12:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: parking on a slight driveway

I wish I could be a part of the "slight driveway" category. My driveway slope isn't extreme, but you can sure see extreme from here. I let the trailer tilt when not in use so gravity can do its thing with the rain. But when we're preparing to go I crank up the jack as far as I can and it's STILL not level. Close, but not level. Every time I move the slide out when we're prepping I wonder how much unwanted stress I'm putting on the the slide. So far so good, but I do wonder...
davehultin 07/29/21 07:23pm Travel Trailers
Tow vehicle tire size not to spec

I'm looking to replace the tires on my tow vehicle (2010 Ford Expedition) and I was surprised to learn that my existing tires do NOT match the tires specs on the vehicle placard. I don't know when or why that happenend. Anyways... Placard specs are P255/70R18 Existing tires are P265/70R18 So my existing tires are 10 cm wider than what's specified. Is that a bad thing? Or just a "thing?" My Expedition is no champ for gas mileage, but does that extra 10 cm per tire take the mileage down significantly? In your opinion, should I return to specs when I replace the tires, or is there a compelling reason to stick with the wider tires?
davehultin 07/29/21 06:54pm Travel Trailers
What is the most efficient way to bypass Chicago?

We're getting our trip plans lined up for summer, and one trip will have us coming from Wisconsin, then going around Lake Michigan, and then heading towards Ohio (to Cedar Point in Sandusky). We did this route once before and went through some very congested (and kinda sketchy!) areas of Chicago. Looking for advice from any veteran travelers of this route, what's the most efficient way to bypass the busyness and congestion of the Chicago area?
davehultin 01/09/21 10:16am Roads and Routes
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