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Old 05-13-2015, 07:19 AM   #43
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We don't know if it was a blown driver's side tire or not. That tire may have become shredded hitting the cable.
You can see the tire tread pass behind the RV just before it hits the cable @ 0:12.
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The tires were less than a year old. The driver thought he hit something in the road that caused the tire to blow.
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Even if that truck was doing 60 that RV was easily 15-20 mph over that and to me that's too fast. If the truck was going even faster than 60, it's just way too fast in that RV. Tires aren't even rated for that speed. .......

bokobird and jacwjames...... Don't assume excessive speed based solely on impressions. Watch the video and time the passing. The MH looks to be about 40-43 ft, and takes just at 4 seconds- perhaps a touch less- to pass the truck. So he's doing about 10-12 ft/sec faster than the truck, which equates to 7-8 mph.
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The tires were less than a year old. The driver thought he hit something in the road that caused the tire to blow.

Interesting.

Where did that information come from?
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bokobird and jacwjames...... Don't assume excessive speed based solely on impressions. Watch the video and time the passing. The MH looks to be about 40-43 ft, and takes just at 4 seconds- perhaps a touch less- to pass the truck. So he's doing about 10-12 ft/sec faster than the truck, which equates to 7-8 mph.
I think the truck was running around 60 mph. And what is the TOP speed for those tires??? My XZA2's are limited to 75 mph. Running them at or near that limit is only asking for trouble IMHO.

I'm always surprised by how many RV's I get passed by (including those towing something), and perhaps I've misjudged their speed to be much faster than mine rather than 7-8 mph, but I just don't see the point in pushing things that big to that degree.
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It's amazing nobody was seriously hurt.

I never did see brake lights come on so he was either on the gas or just hanging on for dear life. My first reaction watching the video concerned his speed. I know we don't have all the facts but we've all been behind the wheel of these rigs a lot and I'm thinking our instincts are pretty good. I've just never felt I was in a bigger hurry that the guys in the 18 wheelers so only passed them on steep grades where they slowed due to their load.

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Step on the accelerator to get control and slow down gradually is the correct thing to do. My comment was directed to the comments on the newspapers web site BTW.
I may be going contrary to the "Gospel", but I disagree. When faced with the asymetrical steering forces inherent in a front tire failure, more forward speed is the last thing you need or want. What you want is to get STOPPED, and you don't punch it to make that happem.

Ease it back to the track you need with the wheel, and ease in with brakes to get it stopped. How do I know? It happened to me - 40' DP, 65 mph, left front. Ended up on the right shoulder, crippled, but parked, waiting for the wrecker.
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Absolutely terrifyingly unbelievable!

From initial tire blowout on the pavement to the coach landing on its side in the grass was what,

7 seconds?

Oh boy!

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we have a tuscany and its road ready weight is 27k to 29k lb

i wish someone had captured pics of it on ts side , before they dragged it out of the median
the pics look like they dropped the front windshield after the fact, not during the sudden stop.
i am surprised the baggage doors w did not go flying

lucky guy he was not dead , sure did happen fast
weird is the towed vehicle looks pretty in tact and able to drive in the picture. LUCKY
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......My XZA2's are limited to 75 mph. Running them at or near that limit is only asking for trouble IMHO..


I also run on XZA2s. I cruise at 1700 rpm-- about 63 mph-- but you should be able to run those tires at 68-70 all day with no concern. It's within their operating envelope (assuming proper inflation).

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..... I just don't see the point in pushing things that big to that degree.

And I'm sure there are others who don't see the point in floating along at 60. Neither point of view establishes an inarguably correct operating policy.

My only point is that as yet it has not been established that this driver has done anything wrong.
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I've been running all day today across NV and Utah at 70 mph on my XZ2A's - and you can bet that video was on my mind!
For those of you not familiar with I-80 across those states, it's pretty much 75 in NV and 80 in UT for MAX mph. But I don't want to push the speed envelope regardless - we don't know what caused this guy's trouble, but why risk it?
I do know over the years I've hit some pretty odd things on the roadway, and some have caused flats with quick - although not blowout - deflation. Best one - half of what must've been an 8 inch rat tail rasp/file! That one deflated a truck tire in about ten minutes. Did have a blowout once after hitting something on the freeway - but never found what it was as by the time I got to the side of the road I was long past where I hit it (and heard it). But in the coach - I can only imagine. And a good thing about seeing the video - I used to get lulled into barely having a finger on the wheel for much of my long distance freeway driving - now I make sure I've got a good grip on it.
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we have a tuscany and its road ready weight is 27k to 29k lb

i wish someone had captured pics of it on ts side , before they dragged it out of the median
the pics look like they dropped the front windshield after the fact, not during the sudden stop.
i am surprised the baggage doors w did not go flying

lucky guy he was not dead , sure did happen fast
weird is the towed vehicle looks pretty in tact and able to drive in the picture. LUCKY

The account I read indicated that it slid on its side across both lanes of on coming traffic and came to rest next to the guard rail.


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The account I read indicated that it slid on its side across both lanes of on coming traffic and came to rest next to the guard rail.
Yep, that is what I read as well. That pic on the side is where it came to rest, on the opposite side of the freeway and pointing in the opposite direction it was originally going.
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