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Old 02-04-2015, 01:41 PM   #1
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Have you ever had a front tire blowout on your DP?

If so, I'm curious....does the coach actually pull in the direction of the blowout? Is it so violent, that you can't control it?...

I've seen the video on what to do but I've heard of numerous instances where the tire blows out and the driver loses control and runs off the road. Is the blown out tire able to over ride the hard inflated tire? In other words, it has more traction to steer the coach off the road than the inflated tire has?

Does a rear blowout behave the same way?
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:54 PM   #2
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Hi tankcj,
No, I have never had a blow out (the official term is rapid air loss) on a front tire. I have had two rapid air losses on an inside rear duel tire. Gut feel says without the tire, the weight on the front corner will pull the coach in that direction. As to the loss of control, that would depend on several variables. Skill of the driver, type of road, speed, steering stabilizer installed, etc.. The loss of a tire on the rear axle was hardly noticeable. Just felt a little rough.
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I had a left front blow at 70 mph. It dropped and I felt the expected shake. Other than that it drove just fine. I steered it to the shoulder without any problems. It drove just fine. I know some will say to floor it and gain control. When it happens the natural thing to do is get off the gas and there was never a control issue.
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:03 PM   #4
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Odds are those that had a blow-out and ended off the road hit the brakes as soon as the tire let loose rather then just letting off the gas and regaining control then slowing. I did have a front blow-out while driving 65 in a Semi, just rolled out of the throttle, let things settle down, then braked lightly to a stop.
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:05 PM   #5
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Nope, in fact I've never had a blowout in all the time I've been driving (52 years now)
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Had one blow out on a gas model, but not my dp. Did not hit the brakes hard, but slowed gradually. It did drop down, but had no trouble steering to a safe stop. Had two outside duals go on the same day. One took out the sewer connection bay. Made a mess and curled a lot of noses, but three roadside tire changes on a Sunday took a long time to travel 300 miles. Made me like to travel on weekdays when possible.
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Yep both gas unit and DP.Did not have hard time controlling . Both times close to an exit with a rest area. Lost about an hour both times and back on the road.

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Never had one and don't want one! When we bought the MH in 2012 one of the first things I did was to install the SteerSafe stabilizers! I did it only for the control in case of a blowout. The coach was steady as a rock on the road without them! I just considered them good insurance, hoping to never need them!
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blow outs

twice, once my 4 year old tire on bounder blew, I believe as the result of pot hole damage, drove coach to the shoulder, swapped out the spare tire and back on the road in 20 minutes, second time last month on return trip from florida, one hour from home, front tire on tag axle coach, 6 year old tire according to manufacture had inadequate inner liner, allowed air and moisture to enter body of tire, coach drove like a champ, kudos to my Roadmaster S chassis 10 bag coach, easily drove to shoulder, 3 hours this time, slight scratch on rim and severed brake line.
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... drove coach to the shoulder, swapped out the spare tire and back on the road in 20 minutes,
I've been told that changing a MH tire is next to impossible for the average bear due to the torque on lug nuts from air guns, and due to horsing a heavy load onto the lugs.
What is your secret to doing this in (almost) NASCAR time?
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20 minutes may be a little bit of a stretch but all you need is a big pipe and lug wrench. Break them loose, pick it up, swap wheels snug the nuts, drop it down and grab the pipe again. It`s a tire like a car, just bigger.

Been there done that.
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I've been told that changing a MH tire is next to impossible for the average bear due to the torque on lug nuts from air guns, and due to horsing a heavy load onto the lugs.
What is your secret to doing this in (almost) NASCAR time?
I had a tire problem last year. Fortunately we were at a truck shop that serviced tires.

Otherwise, out on the road I will call 'Coach-Net'

A front tire blowout can go either way. It didn't go so well for this guy.

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Actually if you can use your jacks to raise the flat tire off the ground there's no need to take the rim off the spindle. Just a couple of tire irons to remove and replace the tire on the rim while jacked up, and then full air tanks on the rv to reflate the tire.
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