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Old 06-06-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Tire Burst Story

Last Saturday, on my second day of driving from Mobile, AL to Chicago I had a tire burst just outside Louisville, KY. It sounded like an explosion. Not surprisingly this forum proved invaluable to me. Thanks to irv2 I knew to step on the gas first, get control and then let off the gas while pulling over onto the shoulder. Truth is I thought it was a back tire -- turned out to be passenger front. Thats how comfortable and in control i felt. I attempted to change it myself but quickly learned I was missing a tire iron (guess what I recently went out to buy). Fortunately I have road side assistance with my extended warranty. One phone call and an hour later we were on our way -- bill was covered by warranty -- and the knowledgable mechanic who came out didn't even want the $20 tip I offered!

The tires were original. 6 years old and only F rated. They never showed any sign of wear and only had 27k miles on them but 6 years is old in tire years. So, figuring it was only a matter of time until it happened again I now have 6 new G rated Cooper Tires for $1900 installed -- knowing I'll never wear out tread and will be swapping them out in 5 years -- it was the right choice for me. (and reviewed well by some other irv2 users).

Thanks forum -- just one of the many times you've saved me a huge headache!!

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Old 06-07-2012, 09:47 AM   #2
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On Jan 1st of 2007 returning from a Christmas trip to FL my '97 Flair 30H with it's original Michelin tires had a left front blow out. Called AAA RV+ and they were there within an hour to change the tire with the spare. Back on the road @ 2:00 AM New years day, not some 2 hours later had another blow out, inner left rear, limped along @ 30mph for 50 miles then lost the inner right. Finished the trip 63 miles going 30mph. Replaced all seven tires with Coopers! Traded the unit in Nov '07 for the 2008 Bounder 35H! The Michelins had 59K on them, no breaks or uneven wear. I rotated them every 7.5K and had a chasis alignment done every 2 years!

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Old 06-07-2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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I recall watching that video you watched.. I sat down thinking I knew exactly what to do when the tire goes BOOM.. Turns out.... I learned something.

Congrats on keeping a cool head and doing the right thing.

Oh, I had a tire go boom on me a day or two ago.. But it was not nearly as exciting.

Got a hole in the tube on my bicycle tire, So I put the "Spare" tube in, it blew up BOOM. about 20 PSI short of full.

Oh well.

(Since the bike is upside down to faciliate removal of the wheel for service, the only excitment was the ringing in my ears, dem things are LOUD!!!!)
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:31 PM   #4
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10 year old Michelins?

I also had a 10 year old Michelin go boom on me. Learned to replace them sooner.

Had the same experience with 2 year old (China made) Goodyear Marathons 2 blowouts, 4 of 5 tires showing tread separation. The spare had never been on the ground and it had severe sidewall deformation. Learned to never buy Marathons again.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:51 PM   #5
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One thing I learned a long time ago (BEFORE I bought this class A)

You put too much weight on 'em, they go BOOM faster.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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I cant figure out if this thread is about controling your rig under blowout conditions or more 5 yr tire fear mongering???

Tires fail... but for what reason? They just dont suddenly expire at 60mph on the freeway from being old. And I havent seen any concrete proof showing older tires are more prone to blowouts than newer tires. (when proper care, inflation, and storage is obvserved)
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:26 PM   #7
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Tire failures should be reported to https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:19 AM   #8
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Tires blow for many reasons. Old age is one of them. One of my jobs at work is to clean up all the rubber from blown tires on the Interstate. Mostly semi tires but there are a lot of tires from Class A and trailers also. If you can, never drive on the shoulder of the road. All of the debris gets blown over there. Nails, bolts, all kinds of stuff is over there. There are reflectors in the middle of the road. These come out and are made of steel. There are four prongs that help hold it in the asphalt. When they come out, it is a guaranteed puncture of large dimensions. You would not believe all of the metal trash I pick up. It's amazing there are not more flats than there is.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:04 AM   #9
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If you get a chance, drop by a tire store and check out the tires that have been pulled off that week. Look at the dates on the tires and then look INSIDE when you find an old one. They may look great on the outside but inside I have seen cracks, bulges and scary stuff. That is what taught me age matters a lot.

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