Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Travel Trailer Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-25-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
jbenoit28's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 290
Pipe routing....no protection?

We were on our way to go camping today and we had a major blowout shortly after we came out if a construction zone. My tires were properly aired up before we left and aren't that old. My guess is that I ran over something sharp. The tire was nearly blown in half down to the rim. Many years of towing I've never seen out heard (it was loud) one like this. I was lucky and could stop very quickly in a safe place.

When the tire came apart, it ate right into the black fabric above it, ripping out a lot of insulation. It also tore a big chunk out of the plastic fender trim, bent part of the rear stairs, and beat up the lower metal body trim.

The I noticed a small water leak dripping from the damage areas. I looked into one area and found several hard plastic water pipes and one had a pinhole.

My question is this: is it normal to route water lines right over the tires?

If it is normal, why wouldn't you provide some kind of armor or protection from blowouts in this areas?

Should I contact Keystone about this?
__________________

__________________
2005 Ford Excursion Diesel 4X4 with Roadmaster Active Suspension, F350 1 3/16" rear sway bar, Bilstein shocks & steering damper.
2012 Sprinter 311BHS
jbenoit28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-25-2013, 10:55 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,381
Very normal. And the manufacturer can't armor plate every place that might take hit by a tire.
__________________

__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,232
Normal 100%. Odd if they actually protected them.
When I fix blowouts (have two to do right now) I put a metal wheel well, sort of, to help protect later on. It'll get destroyed anyway, but hopefully protect everything else from smaller blowouts.
__________________
jesilvas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
jbenoit28's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 290
On my Pace American trailer it has a typical metal box wheel well. It gets beat up, but has survived a few blowouts. Never allowed penetration to the interior. They also didn't route any wires in this area. Just seems crazy to me that you'd run actual water lines directly above the tires and not protect them. Now I have a much more involved and expensive repair than just replacing a tire. I will also be installing wheel well armor to protect those pipes. Thin metal is better than fabric.

I know I'm new to RV'ing but I didn't think all those stories about the crazy things RV manufactures will do to save money were true....two years in and I'll be a much more informed and savvy buyer when we decide to upgrade.

Thanks for the responses, this site as usual is always very helpful.

Joe
__________________
2005 Ford Excursion Diesel 4X4 with Roadmaster Active Suspension, F350 1 3/16" rear sway bar, Bilstein shocks & steering damper.
2012 Sprinter 311BHS
jbenoit28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2013, 09:28 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Ray,IN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North America somewhere
Posts: 13,684
If you can access the leaking pipe easily, you might use a PEX fitting to repair the pipe. You don't even need any tools, other than a cutter to cut the tubing so you can install the splice fitting.
Even heavy duty semi's sustain damage to their fiberglass/plastic cabs when they have a blowout.
jesilvias offered the only option for protecting the RV from blowout damage, a utility trailer fender installed inside the present wheel-well.
__________________
2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA 1SG, retired;PPA,Good Sam Life member,FMCA."We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts - not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution. "Abraham Lincoln"
Ray,IN is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2013, 09:50 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,232
It's Keystone, I'm not surprised.
And I wouldn't install a utility trailer fender unless it fits really easy. I use roof flashing, make a long flat piece to fit between the frame and floor, and then extend out and make a 90* bend up around the floor on the outside edge.
__________________
jesilvas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2013, 06:19 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
jbenoit28's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 290
Good idea about the Pex fittings. I used a tire patch and two hose clamps for a quick fix.

Roof flashing was what I planned on. My father has a break so i can make a flange an screw it right into the frame.

Joe
__________________

__________________
2005 Ford Excursion Diesel 4X4 with Roadmaster Active Suspension, F350 1 3/16" rear sway bar, Bilstein shocks & steering damper.
2012 Sprinter 311BHS
jbenoit28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.