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Old 10-10-2016, 09:48 PM   #1
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Tin snips in your tow vehicle tool box?

A buddy had two blow outs over the weekend on his 9 mo old trailer. (Cheap tires). He changed the remaining tires out.

The damage it caused involved the sheet metal liner in the wheel well. He said it was so mangled that he could not mount the spare. He had tin snips to remove the mangled sheet metal.

You folk carry these just in case?
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They are in my tool box. Along with all the basics and an electric impact gun for getting those lugs off without having to work.
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Red, yellow and green handle! Also a 4 and a half Makita side/grinder, very handy and relatively small to pack. Being fulltime I have tools and know how to use them.
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:28 PM   #4
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A big dogone hammer works too and has many other uses.

Better?
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:51 PM   #5
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Good tips, Muffin the side/grinder rocks, Getter'done!
Yeah, got snips and a hand break several visegrips.


Most importantly get those China-bombs E,LR off there.


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Tin snips? Nah, my toolbox is already so heavy that I shouldn't add more weight to it.

Yes, I've had blowouts on trailer tires, and the result was a messed up fender well. But fixed with vice grips and a hammer. And that was before I learned that stock trailer tires all have too little weight capacity for dragging a heavy trailer on high-speed highways around the country.

I replaced the ST205/75R15C tires on my 5er with ST225/75R15D, which required I also replace the 5.5" wide trailer wheels with 6" wide rims. After that change, I put another 100,000 miles on that trailer over 10 years with no more trailer tire problems. The trailer tire brand of choice back then no longer makes trailer tires, so I had to change brands. So I mounted Maxxis ST225/75R15E tires with 6" rims on my cargo trailer and a utility trailer. Again, no more trailer tire problems.

On my current small TT, I replaced the OEM Goodyear ST205/75R14 with TowMax ST215/75R14. The Tomax tires are so-called China bombs, but they have an excellent reputation for being durable if not overloaded. I would prefer the Maxxis ST225/75R15E, but there's not enough room in the wheelwells for them to ride without bumping against the wheelwells. So far, the one-size upsize has worked to result in no trailer tire problems for thousands of times.
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On my current small TT, I replaced the OEM Goodyear ST205/75R14 with TowMax ST215/75R14. The Tomax tires are so-called China bombs, but they have an excellent reputation for being durable if not overloaded. I would prefer the Maxxis ST225/75R15E, but there's not enough room in the wheelwells for them to ride without bumping against the wheelwells. So far, the one-size upsize has worked to result in no trailer tire problems for thousands of times.
Go on the Heartland Owners website and search Towmax (nicknamed Blowmax). I can't speak for them in 14" size, but their 16" ST's on heavy 2 and 3 axle 5th wheels have a horrible reputation. There are countless threads on them and the damage they have caused to many practically brand new 5th wheels. Heartland finally quit using them after enough complaints. I saw the damage on a new Big Horn at the dealer when I was doing my PDI. I removed mine before I ever hit the road with my Cyclone 4100 and traded them to a sub contractor, for some concrete work.
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Run flat to disintegration is often called a blowout. The difference is, run flat damage is preventable by an alert driver that uses their mirrors.
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