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Old 01-04-2015, 03:38 PM   #85
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I saw a Chevy Duramax dually, towing a 3 axle Raptor toy hauler, get on the highway and he had no problem getting all the way over to the fast lane. He passed me as I was going 80 in the middle lane. I just shook my head and hoped he would not have a blow out. I can't have imagined why he was going that fast. I hope I never have to tow that fast to get somewhere.
Did he happen to have a big set of balls hanging from the bumper of the trailer? Some that go by like that do!
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:45 PM   #86
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I saw a Chevy Duramax dually, towing a 3 axle Raptor toy hauler, get on the highway and he had no problem getting all the way over to the fast lane. He passed me as I was going 80 in the middle lane. I just shook my head and hoped he would not have a blow out. I can't have imagined why he was going that fast. I hope I never have to tow that fast to get somewhere.
Those guys are what I refer to as "disasters looking for a place to happen"
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:54 PM   #87
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Gordon,
I again agree with you. It seems li they just go like a bat out of h _ _ _ , jut because they can, with no regard to their or anyone else's safety. You can tell that they have never seen what happens in an emergency situation when traveling that fast.
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That is a nice saying, if I may borrow it, I will use it when appropriate.
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Drive like hell, get there faster. With the HP and torque of the new diesels the old days of the truck and TT slowing everyone down on the grades are gone.
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Drive like hell, get there faster. With the HP and torque of the new diesels the old days of the truck and TT slowing everyone down on the grades are gone.
Trailers are so much better now with tires, spindles, bearings and brakes made in China. Sure, with no advancement in design or quality in 50 years, you can trust to go as fast as you want.
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I find it interesting to see all the complaints about tires failing at a high rate on various RV forums. I offer fact based information but few reply with "I didn't know than. I guess I need to slow down and not exceed the max speed rating of the tires"

All I can offer to those that travel while exceeding the load or speed rating and not monitoring their tire pressure with TPMS is the request that they not post complaints about tire failures.
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I'm not an engineer, but from over 40 years of commercial towing, the majority of trailer tires I've seen fail, are due to low air, caused by a sharp object, not speed.
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IMO Most if not of all tire failures are prefaced by a reduction in air pressure. Speed enters with factors like heat generation. I believe tire construction and materials (which determines speed rating) comes into play with regard to how the belts hang together and how the tire will react in all conditions including going flat.

If we were to treat car tires the same as some folks treat the ST tires there would be no reason why we would not be using L rated tires on our V, W, or Y rated sports cars.
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So what factor does air temp play in all this. If I can tow at 65mph on a 100F day, can't I go 70mph on a 40F day?
Tires will surely run cooler.

A bit of a rhetorical question, but should be relevant to the heat question.
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Absolutely air temp makes a difference. If you drive I40 through the desert in August vs I90 from South Dakota west, there is a big difference in the amount of tire debris.
However, a tire run flat for too long will come apart in cold as well as hot temperature.
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When a tire fails there is almost always evidence left behind that points to the Root Cause. I have shown this in tire "autopsy" posts on my blog.

"Blowouts" with sidewall flex failures are most likely the result of air leak not just low air pressure due to poor maintenance. The leak could be caused by puncture, cut, leaking valve, cracked wheel or the like

Belt Separations come from long term heating of the tire belt/body interface. This heating comes from a combination of insufficient air pressure for the load and excessive speed.

Punctures, cuts and external damage form hitting pot-holes or other "road trash" can lead to leaking air (fast or slow) or in some cases broken body cord (see my blog post on sidewall bulges).

The physical condition of the failed tire points to the most probable reason for the failure and in almost all cases the reason is not a manufacturing defect but either external damage or poor maintenance and usage practices by the user.
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I thought so.
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I like to travel my 43 ft motor home at 63-65. However, I will go faster if the traffic (Atlanta) is pumper to pumper and going 68-70 or faster. I do not want to present a traffic hazard with making people cut in and out. I can do 80 comfortably but will generally fall in behind the truckers who seem to settle in at 65 for a 70 mph posted limit. Also, I try to stay out of rush hour traffic as I'm retired as most guys do. I try not to travel in the far right lane if I have three lanes so that merging traffic does not have to worry about me. Away from cities and busy interchanges I can settle into my 63 without being a hazard. I could go as slow as 55 - the posted minimum on I75- but that wouldn't be very nice to the poor guys still trying to make a buck.
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Go Faster

I want to go fast. Why, because I get less reaction time, I can take my eyes off the road more to see the scenery going by faster, and I don't upset the speeding drivers and distract their texting and talking on the phone.

I want to live fast. I want to fast so I am paper thin and acceptable to society. I want to drive fast to show everyone around me that I am fast.

.....just kidding.....

I will continue to drive 55 mph and enjoy the trip. I use my TT and old/new slow non-diesel truck in my line of work. I carry a small compressor and maintain proper tire pressure. I carry all the spare Chinese parts and tools to replace my cheap Chinese wheel bearings at least once a year (I put some miles on). I love this life on the road and have been fortunate enough to experience people and places.

It's all about knowing tires, brakes, axle spindles, bearings, seals, drums, lug nuts, and the tools/materials to maintain and repair.

I drive 55, watch out for others, and maintain my equipment. The result is safe travels with no roadside breakdowns.

Recently, I left Fresno, CA to return to Atlanta. I checked and greased my bearings. I did this in the campground before I left. I did a full wheel and tire inspection while the rims were off.

Arrived home safely and enjoyed the trip.

The Mothership (my trailer) keeps rolling since 2007. Sofia and Lulu say hello to all our friends on the road - and you know who you are.
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