Add me to the "Blowout Club"

Discussion in 'Tires / Brakes / Bearings / Axles' started by tfischer, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. tfischer

    tfischer Well-Known Member

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    Our Yellowstone trip started with a bang.

    We were driving from the Twin Cities west toward Yellowstone, taking the North Dakota route on I-94. We had just gone through Bismark and were maybe 45 minutes west... everything was going smoothly. We were just about to an exit where we were going to pull off for gas and a bite to eat, and... BOOM!

    My tires were new last year. We had checked the air that morning so I knew everything was OK. I will also add that our Chrysler Pacifica does not have a spare tire or jack, so I had no way to lift the camper. I had considered buying a bottle jack but hadn't ever gotten around to it.

    So we called the roadside assistance that comes with our Chrysler. They sent someone out, which took about an hour since we were in the boonies. In the meantime a very friendly ND Trooper came by and kept us company. Finally the roadside assistance guy came, swapped out our spare, and we were good to go.

    It was a very strange blowout... failed at the *bead* of the tire. There is a split there and the rest of the tire looks fine. It blew the trim piece right off the camper, but fortunately it was dangling by a bit of caulk/sealant. The wheel well was fine.

    We replaced our bias tires with radials last year, but the spare was one of the old bias ones. We had to make due with one of each until we got to Miles City, MT, about 4 hours up the road, where we had called ahead and reserved another radial to purchase. So for the remainder of the trip we had a new radial and the old spare as a backup. My plan is to get a warranty replacement on the obviously defective tire, so I have a matching set once again, then the radial we got on the trip can become our new spare.

    Scary experience, but honestly it happened at a good time. We weren't on a tight schedule driving out... we had a couple nights before getting to Yellowstone that were loosely planned. We had cell service, and was able to line up a new tire just fine.

    I also now own a bottle jack that will travel with the camper :)
     
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    Snow Well-Known Member

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    Be wise to ensure you have a tire iron that fits yhe pup too.
     
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    Glad you're okay and there was minimal damage!
     
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    Glad everyone and everything is OK. I had a similar experience with my boat trailer a few years ago. I had a jack but no spare. I called the local Walmart but the tire shop was closing soon and the mgr wasn't interested in waiting for us.

    County Sheriff came by and helped me get the tire off the trailer then gave us an escort to the store. Made it just in time.
     
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    How fast were you going before the blowout?
     
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    It definitely sounds like a warranty issue. I carry a small scissor lift type Jack and a cordless impact with corresponding sockets. Feels like being on a nascar pit crew when I need to change a tire on the side of the road.
    No need to prolong being exposed as cars rush by.
     
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    p Active Member

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    And it's important to have the correct socket for the spare wheel. It's mounted with a different size bolt.
     
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    Tires have a speed rating of 82 (or something like that). I was going no faster than 70, probably slower.
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    If you have Discount Tire places, they have great tire warranty. We had to pay extra, but was very reasonable and got a 3 year replacement/refund warranty regardless of why the tire fails. It can even be your fault of a road hazard or any reason.

    We ordered our trailer tires from their website, had them shipped to the local store and had them mounted there. The prices are good, too.

    Glad it all worked out well and that nobody was hurt and no wheel well damage.
     
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    I have had a number of blowouts over the years. Worst one was in a construction area, no where to pull over until I got out. Needless to say that tire was completely shredded along with the rim. Got lucky though as there was no damage to the camper. That same trip The spare blew out on the way home. Thankfully I had purchased a spare after the 1st blowout. Both of those were on old tires though, and I should have replaced them earlier but failed to do so before the trip. Lesson learned.

    I use a scissor jack out of a Dodge truck. Plenty strong to handle the pup, and way more reliable than a bottle jack. I have had multiple hydraulic jacks fail over the years as the seals go bad. It would suck just as much to have a flat and find out the jack won't lift because the seals went bad.

    I also carry the flat top plates for my lynx blocks - most jacks are not tall enough to properly lift a trailer so you need to crib them up to work.

    I used to carry a 4-way lug wrench, but I found a really nice one on Amazon that can be configured into a 4-way or a breaker bar type, and it all nests into itself for storage. Works great and I bought extras for the other cars.
     
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    That's a good cautionary tale. I just went outside and pulled the cover off our spare to look at it (we bought the pup late last summer), and the date-code shows that it's 19 years old (the spare is 2 years older than the pup). Yow!
     
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    I'm glad everything worked out. I've had several blowouts over the years, with the scariest to change happening on a shoulder-less road on Cape Breton in Nova Scotia two summers ago. I also have two spares mounted on my pup, after a big trip out west where I had a couple of flats. Fortunately, they happened far enough apart that I was able to get them repaired, and not be stranded.
     
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    jeeper88 Let's go Camping and Jeepin

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    I just bought 4 new radials for my pup. yes I said 4! Two mounted on the rear bumper. Im ready, I hope....
     

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