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Old 03-31-2014, 02:34 AM   #1
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Yet another blowout!

Had my third blowout in three years on Saturday, again, an inner rear dual. I have replaced four of the original Dunlops with Bridgestones, and can't wait to biff the other two Dunlops on the rear out and replace them with Bridgestones as well. This blowout threw about one metre of tread off the tyre, luckily, no consequential damage, apart to my wallet. The one fortunate thing was it was only 50m from the Bridgestone agent, but it still cost me a callout fee on a Saturday night of $150, plus $625 plus fitting for the tyre. If he had had three Bridgestones in store, I would have done the lot at once, but I won't be driving far till I can do the last two. I currently have a brand new tyre as a spare, and two older Dunlops on the rear to keep a pair.

I am getting better at removing the wheels myself, the hardest bit is putting the spare back up on the frame at the back for travelling. I know many on this site don't carry spares, but I wouldn't be without one after my experiences. My one regret, is that the TST TPMS did not show an overheating tyre, because (I suspect) of the valve extension on the inner tyre. I had no warning till an almighty bang. The Dunlops are showing quite a bit of wear according to the agent, so they may be quite old.

It all adds to the fabric of life, and gives me wonderful stories to share with you all, but given that I have replaced the awning ($2300), the batteries ($1850), the tyres ($2000) and the bed mattress (by choice, $1500), I am scared I am going to have to go back to work!

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Thank you for the insight, i'm sure having the thought of when the next one will be takes away some of the enjoyment.
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How old were the Dunlops on your MH?
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I have replaced the awning ($2300), the batteries ($1850), the tyres ($2000) and the bed mattress (by choice, $1500), I am scared I am going to have to go back to work!
Someone is charging you way to much for a awning. The best 21' awning at Camping World goes for $1726 with a extra $39 to install.
If you had a trade in $1,626.

Batteries I just replaced 2 T105's for $300 Could have bought 12 of them for your $1,850.

You may have gotten a bargain on the tyres if you bought 6.
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Graham, what were the date codes on those Dunlops that have been failing?
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Are you sure they have these companies in NZ?

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Someone is charging you way to much for a awning. The best 21' awning at Camping World goes for $1726 with a extra $39 to install.
If you had a trade in $1,626.

Batteries I just replaced 2 T105's for $300 Could have bought 12 of them for your $1,850.

You may have gotten a bargain on the tyres if you bought 6.
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Someone is charging you way to much for a awning. The best 21' awning at Camping World goes for $1726 with a extra $39 to install.
If you had a trade in $1,626.

Batteries I just replaced 2 T105's for $300 Could have bought 12 of them for your $1,850.

You may have gotten a bargain on the tyres if you bought 6.
The challenge for the OP is that he is in New Zealand.
I would assume these prices are in New Zealand dollars. Even with a conversion it is more expensive for these items in New Zealand than the U.S. It looks like the New Zealand dollar is about $1.15 US at the moment.
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How old were the Dunlops on your MH?
Well, he said they were the originals on a '99 rig, so sounds like at least 15 years old. Seems like they morph into Dunpops at that age.
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The batteries are five 12V 100 AH AGM's, so no maintenance. The awning is a Carefree awning from Australia, and is 19 feet. Same length as the Dometic, but, given that the local Dometic agents don't want to know about anything they didn't import into New Zealand themselves, it should be easier to get parts in the future. Don't ask about getting parts for a 1999 Dometic fridge!
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Well, he said they were the originals on a '99 rig, so sounds like at least 15 years old. Seems like they morph into Dunpops at that age.
That's good stuff there. hehe.

Are these really 1999 Dunlops?
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Had my third blowout in three years on Saturday, again, an inner rear dual. I have replaced four of the original Dunlops with Bridgestones, and can't wait to biff the other two Dunlops on the rear out and replace them with Bridgestones as well.
Sounds to me like his latest blowout was a 15 year old tire !!!
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Sounds to me like his latest blowout was a 15 year old tire !!!
We RVers in Australia and NZ are probably made of sterner stuff, perhaps because dry rot and all those other dreadful tyre diseases haven't made it across the Pacific yet.

I bought a 4wd truck (OKA) in Western Australia and drove it across Australia in the middle of summer and the tyres were 15 years old.
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If I were running tires that old I would carry 6 spares ;-)
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The Dunlops are showing quite a bit of wear according to the agent, so they may be quite old.

It all adds to the fabric of life, and gives me wonderful stories to share with you all, but given that I have replaced the awning ($2300), the batteries ($1850), the tyres ($2000) and the bed mattress (by choice, $1500), I am scared I am going to have to go back to work!

Cheers
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Graham, I returned a few weeks ago from a trip to your beautiful country. Landed in Wellington, then a trip down the South Island ending up in Queenstown. I'm not too surprised at your prices, a gallon of petrol was over $8.30 and a Coca Cola was $4.90. (didn't buy the coke, did buy the petrol)
You can tell the age of your tires with the information found here: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=11

Hope this link works in NZ, I found many links were blocked because of location while I was there.
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