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Old 08-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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Tire blowout

Has anyone had the unfortunate experience of a tire blowout on their rig and had to have it changed or towed for service by a road service tech? In 6 years of driving my class C I never had that problem. And it had a spare. Now that I've moved up to a class A, I wonder (1) how much would the tire cost? Would the price be inflated with the tire seller knowing you're in a desperate situation? and (2) why don't the manufactures make room for a provisional spare that could be installed by a tow service tech on the spot and would at least get you to the nearest service facility?

Having worked for Goodyear in the past, I've had to change 22.5's, included the old split rims. Due to the weight of the tire itself, let alone factoring the added weight of a wheel, jacking, etc., it's not something you should do yourself. But at least give a guy a chance with a flat in the middle of nowhere. That way once the road service installs the tire the rv owner can get to the nearest facility and have more of an opportunity to "shop."
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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I carry an unmounted spare in a basement bay for just that reason. Roadside service may not always be able to get a spare for you on short notice, but they can always mount one. I don't want to get gouged, or be stranded.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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Yes, I had blowouts - the biggest problem is the damage that it can cause - compared to that the cost of the tire is minimal. Yes they did charge me full MSRP for the tire but Good Sam picked up the cost of their time to get to me.

The issue with carrying a spare for most people is where would you put it. Also carrying a $500 tire as a spare isn't something that people want to do unless they are traveling through say Alaska.

When I lost mine, we were 3 hours away from the nearest big town in KS so it was quite a wait to get one - but eventually they fixed it and we limped to the next town where I had all the rest changed.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:05 PM   #4
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yes, close to a large town. Coach Net found a dealer and paid to have them come to me on the interstate. All done in under 2 hours. Would not like to change mine ///tires too big ,heavy and I am to old!
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:16 PM   #5
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i have 22.5's and i keep a 80$ tire tool that takes the tire off the rim if need be
this is if i am in no where and have to do things my self

22.5's, is not hard at all on taking off and putting back on to the rim
look out when setting the bead as it can kill you i have the rim on the rv when put air in them to set the bead

the tool i have is a low cost looks some what like this but smaller to go in a bay
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:49 AM   #6
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Boy oh boy, and I thought my 19 inch tires were big. Mine are so heavy the spare doesn't get inflated until it's actually mounted on my rig. Otherwise I can't lift it, too heavy!!!!
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I have blown two on one trip last week. The first was in New Mexico rear inner tire and took out the propane to water heater, half of the 115 volt to the coach, half of the 12 volt to the coach, and damaged the water heater beyond repair. It will have to replaced. Not to mention the structural damage to the sub frame. I was 5 mile from a small town and once I had tied all of the electrical and other stuff hanging down into the wheel well. AAA was able to locate a tire for me and drove 40 MPH to town to have replaced. The second tire right front blew several hours later had to change myself on the side of the road. I am still young and able to do it myself. Once I got to a big town had all of the tires replaced. I have contacted the tire manufacture and chassie manufacture to have them determine why two tires had failed. The tire manufacture is collecting all seven tires to determine why they failed. Just an FYI most major tire manufactures have property claim damage departments, also; they have road side assistance for the first three years. It sucks when it happens and the damage will be massive. I carry spare mounted and ready to go at all times have rack under rig to carry it. I also carry all tools and jacks needed to change a tire.
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Nope, never had so much as a flat on a MH.
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I have blown two on one trip last week. The first was in New Mexico rear inner tire and took out the propane to water heater, half of the 115 volt to the coach, half of the 12 volt to the coach, and damaged the water heater beyond repair. It will have to replaced. Not to mention the structural damage to the sub frame. I was 5 mile from a small town and once I had tied all of the electrical and other stuff hanging down into the wheel well. AAA was able to locate a tire for me and drove 40 MPH to town to have replaced. The second tire right front blew several hours later had to change myself on the side of the road. I am still young and able to do it myself. Once I got to a big town had all of the tires replaced. I have contacted the tire manufacture and chassie manufacture to have them determine why two tires had failed. The tire manufacture is collecting all seven tires to determine why they failed. Just an FYI most major tire manufactures have property claim damage departments, also; they have road side assistance for the first three years. It sucks when it happens and the damage will be massive. I carry spare mounted and ready to go at all times have rack under rig to carry it. I also carry all tools and jacks needed to change a tire.

Had the same thing happen to me on my class c on a trip home from Branson a few years ago. Two Firestones on the RR within about 15 miles of eath other. First one didn't do any damage, the second one took out the black tank, LP lines, and some electrical lines. Firestone claimed I ran over something. I know for a fact I didn't.
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i have 22.5's and i keep a 80$ tire tool that takes the tire off the rim if need be
this is if i am in no where and have to do things my self

22.5's, is not hard at all on taking off and putting back on to the rim
look out when setting the bead as it can kill you i have the rim on the rv when put air in them to set the bead

the tool i have is a low cost looks some what like this but smaller to go in a bay
Ken-Tool's Blue Cobra
And what do you use for the 400-450 lbs. of torque required for 22.5 installation?
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Boy oh boy, and I thought my 19 inch tires were big. Mine are so heavy the spare doesn't get inflated until it's actually mounted on my rig. Otherwise I can't lift it, too heavy!!!!

Your spare is heavier with air pressure??
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I also have a 4 foot long torque wrench that goes to 600 lbs that I carry. I will drive conservatively until I get to a truck stop to have them check then get back on the road full speed ahead.
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I have blown two on one trip last week. The first was in New Mexico rear inner tire and took out the propane to water heater, half of the 115 volt to the coach, half of the 12 volt to the coach, and damaged the water heater beyond repair. It will have to replaced. Not to mention the structural damage to the sub frame. I was 5 mile from a small town and once I had tied all of the electrical and other stuff hanging down into the wheel well. AAA was able to locate a tire for me and drove 40 MPH to town to have replaced. The second tire right front blew several hours later had to change myself on the side of the road. I am still young and able to do it myself. Once I got to a big town had all of the tires replaced. I have contacted the tire manufacture and chassie manufacture to have them determine why two tires had failed. The tire manufacture is collecting all seven tires to determine why they failed. Just an FYI most major tire manufactures have property claim damage departments, also; they have road side assistance for the first three years. It sucks when it happens and the damage will be massive. I carry spare mounted and ready to go at all times have rack under rig to carry it. I also carry all tools and jacks needed to change a tire.
When the inner rear tire failed, you do realize that you drove 5 miles on a tire that was 100% overloaded. Glad you replaced all the tires and the outer dual tire is not on your coach.
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