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Old 10-24-2015, 04:36 PM   #71
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So where is the driver??

I was sort of hoping this guy (Driver of the subject RV) would come on some forum somewhere and give us his story.

If you are out there somewhere You might be able to save someone's life by sharing the back story with us.
Was the rig over loaded on one side?
What was your speed?
How old were your tires?
Did you have any sort of steering stabilizer?
Were you on cruise control?
What was the major take away from your experience?

So many unanswered questions that we can all learn from.
Hello? Is it you we're looking for?
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:08 PM   #72
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I'm not that guy but having watched the video I do have some personal experience about what I think caused this fellows accident. This September we were just north of Dallas tx in our 30' class c on I believe it was the Sam Houston turnpike( although we never paid a toll). I knew that our exit was a left exit and not being familiar with the area I was in the leftmost lane. When we got closer to the exit I found that the left two lanes exit so I stayed in my lane. The exit was a two lane uphill elevated exit. As soon as we cleared the split it happened. BANG( and I mean BANG). Right front tire blowout. I've driven lots of miles in my life but rarely feel totally out of control but this was one of those times. I was pulled into the right lane faster than I could react and thought the concrete wall was my next stop. We got stopped about two feet from it but we still had1/3 of the rv in the right lane. I wasn't too concerned that someone wouldn't see us as you could see 400 yards on approach. It happened so fast that if someone would have exited on my right at the exit it would have been exponentially worse.

Now a little about my driving style. I enjoy driving sports car and the like on the edge but I have never felt that comfortable with the rv. I tell my wife that the rv just feels fat going down the road. I normally drive the mh 5 below the posted speed and if I notice that I'm 5 over I break out in a cold sweat! I've had a truck driving friend drive it and he assured me it drives exactly as it should and I'm just too apprehensive about it. There is no reason to think I was above the speed limit when the incident happened but for that second I was just along for the ride.

Now for the tires. The fronts were just 5 years old and I had expected to replace them before next season. I alway carry 80 lbs cold ( load range e) and I check them every morning before we start out. Not being from the Deep South I had noticed all the tire carcasses along the interstates and I was always concerned and as best prepared as I could be for a problem.

Now the good news. The wife called 911 and within minutes a rescue truck arrived. I was ready for him to call a wrecker to tow me off the ramp but he said since I had a spare he could close the lane and we could change it where it sets. I carry enough tools to repair about anything that breaks and he joked that I had more tools than he did! A sheriffs deputy came along with more flashing lights for traffic control and 30 minutes later we were on our way. Our next stop was in Durante Oklahoma for new front tires so now I've taken care of one of my spring rv jobs already ( new front tires)! The blowout threw the tread off completely and the casing was split from one sidewalk to the other. Other than a black streak all the way around the wheel well and a chunk of rubber stuck near the exhaust pipe there was no damage at all.

My takeaway. We may never know what was going on inside that class a but I know from experience with a front blowout for that first second you, as the driver, are just along for the ride. After that first second you can fight it for yourself but in his situation the gravel and grass just made it unrecoverable. Hey just my opinion but thanks for letting me share my experience. I don't have nightmares about it but I do think about it a lot and realize how much worse things could have been! Cheers!
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BANG( and I mean BANG). Right front tire blowout. I was pulled into the right lane faster than I could react and thought the concrete wall was my next stop.

I was 18 years old, driving my Dad's Ford pickup truck down the highway at 60 MPH.

BANG! Right front tire blowout! Next thing I know, the truck was sitting in the bottom of the ditch, inches away from a telephone pole.

It all happened so fast, I didn't react. I was just sitting behind the steering wheel going along for the ride. I still have no idea how that truck got into the bottom of the ditch. It was as if it literally jumped over into the ditch.

The experience impressed upon me the hope that I never experience a front tire blowout again.

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I was 18 years old, driving my Dad's Ford pickup truck down the highway at 60 MPH.



BANG! Right front tire blowout! Next thing I know, the truck was sitting in the bottom of the ditch, inches away from a telephone pole.



It all happened so fast, I didn't react. I was just sitting behind the steering wheel going along for the ride. I still have no idea how that truck got into the bottom of the ditch. It was as if it literally jumped over into the ditch.



The experience impressed upon me the hope that I never experience a front tire blowout again.



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And you were 18 . . . Just say'in . . .
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Thanks for sharing that with us... Glad you were OK Wow
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