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Old 04-30-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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Tire inflation conundrum

I have a 2012 Daybreak on an F53 chassis. On one page of the owner's manual is tells me to check my tire pressure often and inflate all ties to the recommended pressure. Four pages later it states that tires with steel cords in the sidewalls like my Continental tires "cannot be treated like normal light truck tires. Tire service, including adjusting tire pressure, must be performed by personnel trained, supervised and equipped according to Federal OSHA regulations. For example, during any procedure involving tire inflation, the technician or individual must utilize a remote inflation device, and ensure that all persons are clear of the trajectory area." Is this just a cover your butt move? I can't possibly comply with this safety recommendation. I realize as a private individual I'm not required to follow OSHA rules, but what gives? Am I missing something? How risky is this?

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Old 04-30-2014, 04:45 PM   #2
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If you have your own compressor it is quite simple to do the job safely by using a clip-on chuck fed by 4' of hose leading to the gauge and the trigger. That way you can stand well to the side while adjusting the pressures.

In the real world, nobody bothers simply because the chances of a tyre exploding in those conditions are close to zero. Of course that is not the case when inflating a just-mounted tyre, or one that has been run way under-inflated for a long time.

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Had the same issue when I bought my Daybreak. Look at this response to my question.

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Old 04-30-2014, 05:16 PM   #4
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The statement sounds like a left over from the days of split rims. I doubt your coach has split rims. I've had a coach since 1978 and none of my coaches had split rims.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:31 PM   #5
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We can only assume that it warns of a potential danger that has been identified by the tire or wheel manufacturer and is probably in response to an accident that happened or a lawsuit that was filed. I check my own tires and add air as needed and i do not have a special tool with a remote button. I use the coach air as well as a compressor that i carry.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:57 PM   #6
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Steel belted tires are much more prone to tread separation than nylon belted tires. They are also much less forgiving to under inflation. SO while your instructions are certainly on the crazy side of caution, there is some small amount of merit to them.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:02 PM   #7
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There's still to many lawyers around these days. They are just CT butts. Man I'm fed up with this type of absolute cr#p. What ever happened to COMMON SENSE and accepting responsibility for ones own actions. I haven't seen a split rim in 25 years.

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Thanks for the timely replies. I don't have split rims. I''ll just ignore this warning for now and take my chances.
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Another problem and maybe why the warnings, is that some insist on pumping their new modern tires on an older coach, to the max that's printed on the tire, which could be well over 100psi, when the old wheel has a max of 90psi and very common on some of these rigs.
For inflation, as per say, the rig's axles need to be weighed and the tires inflated according to the chart plus 10 - 15psi for a cushion and for taking care of the many variables, one will most surely encounter during their travels.
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Tires can indeed explode and every commercial shop now has those cages (OSHA regs) to use when mounting a tire on a wheel, but that applies to inflating a tire from zero, not topping them up with a few lbs. If your tire is already sealed to the rim and holding air, the risk is infinitesimal. Not zero (is it ever), but not worth losing sleep over.

A tire shop won't use the cage if you stop in and ask them to adjust your tire pressure on the vehicle.
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Old 05-02-2014, 05:43 AM   #11
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OSHA REGS That's government talk for way to many lawyers.

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When I had a tire replace, they caged it during inflation.. and they have had tires explode at that shop.

However once it is mounted.. Well I have never seen anyone remove a tire for inflation unless they were also replacing the rubber.. and the only time I've had a tire "Explode" during inflation it was a bicycle tire, There was no injury (The tire itself did nto explode only the inner tube) but there was a short term loss of hearing. (MAN is that thing loud).

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