Always something... blown tire

Discussion in 'Let me tell you about my trip' started by Balthisar, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Balthisar

    Balthisar Active Member

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    On the way home from Covenant Hills in Michigan, on our first trip there to join my cousin for some Halloween shenanigans for our daughter and her granddaughter, we finally blew tire.

    I did everything wrong, and I knew it. I deserved the issue.

    • The tires are rated at 65, and I was regularly doing 80+
    • The tires are old. I don't even know how old. They predate DOT date requirements. But they've been stored indoors, no cracks, plenty of tread. I knew they were a ticking time bomb, but, you know: short distance.
    • My current truck tracks trailer mileage: wow!, 600+ miles, even with my knowledge that my tires were about to expire!

    If you were on S.B. US-23 today and you saw someone changing a tire, that was probably me at 3:45 pm or so. For those changing lanes, thank you! It was the street side tire, so damned scary with 85 mph traffic passing you while changing a tire.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    What can we say. You knew better.
     
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    Most times you can call the police (use a non emergency number ) and they will gladly send a car out to block traffic for you while you change a flat.. Some officers may even help or change it for you.. They all know it is safer if they block for you and most times have no issues doing it.. it's better then them having to show up to a mushy puddle that got side swiped..
     
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    This is a good reminder to me to put on my buy list some Safety triangle reflectors. OH, and to dig out that car safety kit now buried in the garage (somewhere) and put it in the TV...
    Anyone want to share the roadside safety devices/ kits they keep in the TV?
     
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    Yup. I own this one. I was even asking around here prior to my previous trip where I might purchase wheels and tires locally. Procrastination, and all.

    I actually have one of these kits, in my other (older) Expedition. It's a Mexico mandatory safety kit from a 2004 Mondeo, and includes triangles, jumper cables, and a few other mandatory safety items for that market. My other Expedition also has my air pump. I'm really, really glad that I remembered to fill the spare before leaving home on Friday.
     
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    Wow. Tbh never thought of triangles or flares for the TT. Im usally the guy taking care of the accident not the other way around. Something else to go buy. Dam.
     
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    We have a floor jack, shovel, chains and a box with some tools and other doohickies that we can use for minor repairs in order to get us home or to the closest service station.

    However, the best roadside safety devices that I've found are our cell phones and a roadside assistance subscription. Though both of us can change a tire without too much trouble, neither one of us wish to do so at the side of a busy road. :)
     
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    I just got the good sam roadside assistance. It was half price for a year. ( reacuring billing) but they say they will tow your TT if needed to the nearest repair place. Normal price is like 120 usd? I figure finding someone to tow a pop up or simmile would be $$$$$. Better to have and not need then to need and not have!
     
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    Balthisar Active Member

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    I actually have the RV rider on my AAA, but in my experience they take a long, long time to respond. If it had been raining and I were in a muddy spot, then maybe I'd've called them, but changing the tire in 20 minutes seemed like a better option than waiting 45 minutes for AAA, and 20 minutes for them to change the tire. If they travel with pneumatic tools, I suppose it would only be a 5 minute job. The TV's scissor jack also slowed things down a lot.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I carry a floor jack, a piece of plywood to use under it, a long 4 way lug wrench, and a new spare tire,I also stay within the limits stated on the tire, and use an infrared thermometer, I check the air prior to leaving (cold tires) and add if needed.
     
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    Balthisar Active Member

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    Well, my state is open for camping, and I don't know if I accumulated some extra lifetime by replacing the tires now rather than back in October, but I've not got three brand new Carlisle Radial Trail HD's at 185/80R13.

    I really, really wanted to step up to a 14" or 15" rim, but apparently trailer tires are only made in a few sizes, so there weren't any that would fit according to my own tolerances in the wheel well. On the other hand, this was a step from from 175/80 to 185/80, and it's noticeable enough to look like properly sized tires rather than "those puny things hold up my trailer?"

    Funny enough, the other old tire had a bubble about the size of a grapefruit on it, too. Amazing that they were about to fail at the same time, and really lucky that I made it home with just the one spare.

    Anyway, a fresh coat of paint on the steel rims, and some new paint on the chrome-plated hub covers, and I'm now ready for the parks to open back up on June 22!

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    Old tires and long trips (or high speeds) is the best mix to make a bad trip. Glad you got them replaced.
     
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    This can be a contentious subject to put it mildly LOL........A super sore subject at some of the RV boards like RVnet or IRV2.

    IMO blowouts are very much dependent on your definition of blowout. I am convinced a lot of what you hear are not blowouts, but folks who clip curbs, generally abuse tires ( running old tires at 70 mph for a few hours sort of qualifies, sort of), or have a habit of running off or pulling over on the road shoulder. Have you ever walked a few hundred yards on the shoulder of an Interstate? You'll probably find as much hardware as in a Lowes store, and as a bonus pick up at least one rubber bungee cord with steel S hooks for every 100' walked. All it takes is a small chunk of metal, a slow leak that goes unnoticed, and next thing you know it's a blowout. Especially so on something with tandem axles like a TT. I have been passed by more than one or two guys with a shredded tire, who were just motoring along like nobody's business, including a single axle boat trailer riding on the rim @ 70 mph, trailing contrails like a 737 and sparks, while the guy driving and woman riding shotgun in an F150 were smiling like a Cheshire cat and could not see the thing was riding 6" to 8" lower on one side.
     
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    All of that is why I am glad my latest TV has factory TPMS for a trailer.
     
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    Did you have the new tires balanced ? having them balanced will help them run cooler.
     

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