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Old 09-14-2015, 04:24 PM   #29
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This the whole point of my post. If I had a spare i could had it installed and down the road to a safe place quickly. As it is I had little to say about the new tires the truck bought to install. The Coach Net operator advised that needed two tires since it was the front tire... I ended up setting up the service myself through a dispatch service... I have yet to contact coach net about service reimbursement. Also.. in my case the police requested me to have the coach moved off the shoulder since it took so long.. i was fortunate to have insurance for that and more importantly a tow truck driver that worked with me. I was under the impression that insurance, a phone and a piece of plastic would quickly get me along my way...eventually it did....but next time im gonna have my spare.

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Old 09-14-2015, 04:29 PM   #30
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cause of blowout


I drive Semi, and have had blowouts several times. All GOOD tires, not recaps. It is amazing what hitting a piece of debris on the road can do to a tire, and you have no way of knowing what caused the blowout unless you see the debris. One blowout I had was a new tire that had less than 200 miles.

When You see debris, it is usually too late to avert it without going out of control. Swerving too sharply can be devastating. That is good reason to keep at least a 4 to 5 second safety gap between vehicles. You might be able to see debris in time to avoid it, but sometimes it is not very big, and unless you are VERY alert you won't see it anyway.

Spare tire is good idea, also towing and roadside repair insurance is advisable if you can get it.

I have Good Sam Club and had to be towed 2 times with my motor home.. Pays to be prepared, or you pay after the fact.

I'm glad you have an experience to talk about instead of being a casualty in the local news.


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Old 09-14-2015, 05:28 PM   #31
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OP, I think you are lucky that rig didn't roll right over. Not saying there was anything you could do, just lucky.
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:32 PM   #32
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My preventive maintenance prior to carrying the "new to me" spare is mostly a short prayer before leaving the driveway. I have taken this experience to heart. If nothing else i will keep an eye on the age and condition of my tires in the front. Also i plan to spray the inside and out of my tires with 303 protectant. In this case ignorance is not bliss.

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