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Discussion in 'On The Road' started by Harrisds9880, Apr 18, 2017.
Ok now we know what the culprit of 2 blowouts...
did you have 2 blowouts on one side of camper?
Yes both were on the same side
Wow hope this does not happen to you again. I use some old plastic trash can lids that I had laying around to cover cover the tires to protect from the suns rays. Only 13 inch wheels so they work real well they cover the tire, and they tuck under the wheel well and don't blow away. I think your camper has 14 inch wheels, there are some load rage E rated tires available. If it were me I would replace all 3 for peace of mine. Good Luck!!
The wife and I have been discussing that, looking at several different tires, reading the reviews, but replacing all 3 even though we will be getting a new rim and tire through the insurance as that one is MIA.
Ok now that makes more sense... 2 blowouts on one side. the 1st one may have damaged the lugs some and then the 2nd one utterly broke off the damaged lugs. Just my unproved theory but I could be wrong.
I saw a brand new fifth wheel come rolling into a campground with a spare on each side. Owner said he had a blowout, put on his spare, had another blowout and had to borrow his buddy's spare.
My guess is that either the bearings were bad or the brakes were somehow engaged on that side. It was causing the heat to build up on that wheel and tire. Basically, after 2 hours of heat buildup, the first tire failed. The second tire failed after 2 hours of heat buildup, only this time, it took out the wheel and lugs because of the combined impact of the 2 tire failures. Something else is going on that caused the failures.
2 hrs into trip sounds like heat is building up. On same side too. Odds are pretty slim Lugs working loose 2 times. I'd put my money on excessive brake drag or a bearing. Overtighten axle (castle)nut. I've had a coupla wheels go flying into the toolies and the cause was bearings. The bad one is when you snap a spindle. keep us posted when you find out
Before you started driving to the CG did you notice any out of the ordinary wear on your tire? It could be that your axle is bent and your wheel isn't tracking properly, causing heat build or or more likely just wearing the tire rapidly. When you get new tires take a close look at how your wheels are sitting. Is the side that blew out sitting differently than the side that did not? When I bought my trailer it had the original tires on it, 9 years old. First thing I noticed was how badly they tires were wearing, the inside half of both tires looked horrible leading me to believe the PO was overloading the camper. If one side had worn on the inside like that but the other side was normal I would have been concerned that the axle was bent.
You did not state how fast you were pulling the camper, tires have a speed rating on them (example my is 65 mph). Not saying that is what happened, but may have contributed to the tires failing. Hope you get it fixed soon so you can get back to camping!!
That sounds a bit under pressure depending on the tires... Mine run at 60 psi, previous tires ran at 90 psi.
48 does sound low for a trailer tire.
Depends on the tire used on the Rockwood, but sounds right to me. The 13in tires on the Bayport were max 50 PSI. And the 14in tires on our current Niagara HW are 50 psi.
This time the Customer is right.....
For what's it's worth, my friend bought two tires for his pup from Costco last summer. I'm not sure of the brand. He got an email this week stating that they are being recalled because they have a tendency to shread and blowout.
If I understand correctly, you didn't recover the tire and wheel? If so, how do you know it was a blowout and not a puncture from the tire wobbling around and hitting something like a suspension bolt?
This is interesting that I just found this thread. This past weekend, we had a tread loss blowout on one side. Digging deeper on this, it appears that my 2018 Coachman, purchased new in 2019, had tires with a code date of 2015, which is the 20th week of 2015 for those who do not know. I have been camping 2 times now, always checking the pressure and condition of the tires before the camper moves each day, coming or going. I had been told originally that the max speed I should tow is 65mph, but, I never go over 60mph. Whenever I stop for gas or other breaks, I inspect the tires, touching the rubber, and the hubs to see if they are warm. There was no indication of any issues prior to the blowout (at only 40mph) Not only the tire has no tread, but, part of the side of the camper is now damaged. Getting that fixed next week. The only thing I can think happened was a defect in the tread.
Must of been a factory defect or hit some debris in the road.