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Old 11-08-2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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Blown Tire Example

In another post I mentioned the beginning of our search for a 5th wheel as a step up from our current TT. I came across a fiver on Ebay that had suffered through what many have described... looks pretty scary and obviously gets you thinking about the value of good tires. Check out Ebay listing #301377447576 to see what I am talking about. Surprised to see this happen on such a small newer rig. Now a salvage title cheapie on Ebay... too bad!
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:34 PM   #2
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That damage sure didn't look to be enough to give it a salvage title to me, but I have not seen it in person.
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Just knocked the cheap plastic skirt off. The dealer will sell you another one. Common problem with blowouts.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:23 AM   #4
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That damage sure didn't look to be enough to give it a salvage title to me
I buy salvage vehicles to repair & resell and I've seen less damage than that get a salvage title.
You have to remember, the vehicle doesn't know what kind of title it has.

The current 5'ver we're using has a salvage title and the only thing we did to it was clean it and change the fresh water pump. It was supposed to have had "water damage". Five years later and I've still haven't been able to find it.

The ones with the obvious damage are the best ones to buy (such as the one linked to).
You know exactly why it was totaled.
That one looks to have a bit of flooring damage too, I can see some insulation hanging.
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It could be due to internal damage done to the rear kitchen from the tire failure. When I had my tire failure on my 5er; the dealer said I was lucky that I did not have any internal damage from the tire failure. He has seen cabinets, heaters and the likes totally destroyed due to a tire failure. My tire failure only cost $3,000 to fix but I only had to paid the deductible and buy a new tire; insurance covered the rest. I now run LT Michelin XPS Ribs on my trailer no more Chinese tire bombs.

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When I took my 5er in to my dealer to repair damage from a blown tire he told me we were lucky. He had just finished a rig that had blown a tire and it ripped out the kitchen floor as well as base cabinets. Mine was body work and some minor mechanical repairs.
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