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Old 12-06-2013, 09:13 AM   #1
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Smile Front tire blowout on class a mh

Last spring I attended Lazy Days Safe Driving School in Lakeland, FL offered to everyone regardless of whether you are a Lazy Days customer or not. You don't even need to bring your MH, you can drive to it and take the class. My husband attended with me as a refresher for him since he does most, if not all, of the driving. We have a Class A 35' MH. The first half of the day is classroom and extremely informative and in the afternoon everyone drives a provided 40' MH around the parking lot, between cones and taking corners. Again, very informative to everyone.

The reason I write this is not only to show the importance of learning how to drive a rig, but how it saved our lives.

Fast forward, we were heading north on I75 towing our car on a tow dolly just south of the Corbin KY exit in streaming traffic that only I75 can have.....when our front left tire exploded. I looked up and we were crossing over to the left lane heading for the median and possibly the SB traffic. The MH then evened out and Dave brought it back to the right lane and then to the breakdown lane at a nice slow stop.


Dave initially applied brakes which pulled the MH to the left, then he remembered in class the instructor said to accelerate through a blowout....so he accelerated bringing the MH back up under control and he was able to get back across to the breakdown lane. I am sure there are many experienced drivers out there who know about this ..... but there may be some who do not realize that is how you handle a front tire blowout on an Class A MH. Between Dave's calm reaction and the instructors words and God's blessing, we were not a fatality on I75 that day.

Hope this is helpful to some others who read this forum.

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Old 12-06-2013, 09:19 AM   #2
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WOW what a ride. I was not aware of this technique and will try to remember if ever needed. I hope not.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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Good information

...and glad you guys are safe and sound
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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Thanks! I was not aware of that. Hopefully I will never need it, but if I do, it's a life saver.
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If you are unaware of it or interested, Michelin has a very good video on their site that explains and illustrates blowout control on a motorhome. Checkout the Michelin North American RV Tires website. Look under "RV Videos" for "RV - The Critical Factor".
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thanks for posting!
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I am sure the more natural reaction for most of us in that situation would be to apply brakes but since I did see the Michelin video, it makes sense from a physics standpoint that hitting the brakes will only contribute to the problem.

I hope we never have to deal with a steer tire blowout but if so, I hope I can keep my head and do what they suggest in the video.

Glad your outcome was positive.
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Hope I have the mindset to follow the Michelin steer tire blowout recommendation too.
That must have been really tense.
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Good for you and glad you made out OK with your problem. Based on what I've seen of folks driving RV's, MANY MANY more RV drivers could use a good training course and a LOT more practice. Just cause ya' can afford one doesn't mean ya' know how to drive one, and a great many don't.
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Sounds like someone took the driving course at Lazy Days. For a free course it is probably one of the best. Even if you are experienced as a truck driver you can learn a lot from the course
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I am sure the more natural reaction for most of us in that situation would be to apply brakes but since I did see the Michelin video, it makes sense from a physics standpoint that hitting the brakes will only contribute to the problem.
It seems like second nature to apply the brakes when hearing something like a blow-out. Glad it worked out.
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Last spring I attended Lazy Days Safe Driving School in Lakeland, FL offered to everyone regardless of whether you are a Lazy Days customer or not. You don't even need to bring your MH, you can drive to it and take the class. My husband attended with me as a refresher for him since he does most, if not all, of the driving. We have a Class A 35' MH. The first half of the day is classroom and extremely informative and in the afternoon everyone drives a provided 40' MH around the parking lot, between cones and taking corners. Again, very informative to everyone. The reason I write this is not only to show the importance of learning how to drive a rig, but how it saved our lives. Fast forward, we were heading north on I75 towing our car on a tow dolly just south of the Corbin KY exit in streaming traffic that only I75 can have.....when our front left tire exploded. I looked up and we were crossing over to the left lane heading for the median and possibly the SB traffic. The MH then evened out and Dave brought it back to the right lane and then to the breakdown lane at a nice slow stop. Dave initially applied brakes which pulled the MH to the left, then he remembered in class the instructor said to accelerate through a blowout....so he accelerated bringing the MH back up under control and he was able to get back across to the breakdown lane. I am sure there are many experienced drivers out there who know about this ..... but there may be some who do not realize that is how you handle a front tire blowout on an Class A MH. Between Dave's calm reaction and the instructors words and God's blessing, we were not a fatality on I75 that day. Hope this is helpful to some others who read this forum. Betsy Billy Chronicles (BILLY CHRONICLES)
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I have known this for some time. I just hope I remember it if the situation arises.
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