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Old 12-26-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Flat tire repair question/ERS

I was going to head out in the morning on a trip in the motor home but when I checked my tire pressures one of the inside rear tires had dropped 50 psi in a month or so. I have ERS from Coach Net and know they will send someone change a flat on the road, but will or can that service guy repair same? If it's a simple puncture from a nail I'd rather fix the tire and put it back on than put on an old spare to drive elsewhere to get the tire repaired and changed again.
I've had ERS from Good Sam, Camping World (yeah I know it's the same), and now Coach Net for 15 years of RVing. The 1st two changed blown tires on 3 different occasions on other coaches I've owned. In those instances new tires were needed but it does not appear for now that a new tire will be required this time.
So, does anyone around here have 1st hand experience with this issue, or think they know, or once new a guy whose barber's sister in law's cousin's next door neighbor dealt with this?

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I don't think a tire that has a slow leak, qualifies as an emergency.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:32 AM   #3
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Air her up move up look for what ever liston for air leak,if you cant change drive slowly to fix up place and "GET HER DONE"
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:40 AM   #4
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We have Coach Net. On 2 separate occasions we had a flat on the rear dual. Both times, the tires were repaired. Coach Net always has them bring a new tire just in case the puncture is not repairable.

The question of whether or not they will cover the service call for a slow leak is up in the air (pun intended). If the leak is slow enough, you can always put air in the tire and drive somewhere to have it fixed. However, if you do have a slow leak from an actual puncture rather than from something like a leaky valve, then this may be unsafe.

Call Coach Net to see what they say about covering the repair; but as far as fixing vs. replacing, we have tires fixed on 2 separate occasions. Coach Net covers the service call, but the repair is your expense. I think they charged us $30-35 (ours were both outside duals, but they may charge a little more for inside) to jack up the coach, break down the tire, put a patch on the inside of the tire, and remount the tire.
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For a nail type flat I just fix it with a plug with the wheel still on the rig, then inflate to desired pressure. I've ran tires for tens of thousands of miles with plugs, they are different than the old solid rubber plugs, and very reliable IMHO.

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For a nail type flat I just fix it with a plug with the wheel still on the rig, then inflate to desired pressure. I've ran tires for tens of thousands of miles with plugs, they are different than the old solid rubber plugs, and very reliable IMHO.

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You can buy a heavey duty plug kit at any truck parts supply store. Don't buy the one for car tires. You can use this on car tires though.
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Yeah....you're right. I better go let ALL the air out. :-) Just kidding. Called tire guys here they'll come out and fix for $65 or IF I can get some air in the remote location where the MH is stored I can add air and drive to them.
However, if i was on the road at say a roadside park (rest area) I myself would deem that an emergency situation as it would be unsafe to drive fully loaded with compromised capacity.
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Thanks to everyone for the prompt responses. I may call Coach Net and tell them the full story and see what they say. If I get that done I'll report back for informational purposes. Now to figur out how to get sokme air out there...hmmm.

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For a nail type flat I just fix it with a plug with the wheel still on the rig, then inflate to desired pressure. I've ran tires for tens of thousands of miles with plugs, they are different than the old solid rubber plugs, and very reliable IMHO.

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I would not use a plug, in fact Coach Net will not plug a tire. The tire is dismounted and patched from the inside.

Not for sure, but I believe it's illegal to plug a highway tire.

Yes Coach Net paid for service call, I paid the $20.00 repair cost.

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Have you thought about using a portable air tank to get some air in your tire?
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I would not use a plug, in fact Coach Net will not plug a tire. The tire is dismounted and patched from the inside.

Not for sure, but I believe it's illegal to plug a highway tire.

Yes Coach Net paid for service call, I paid the $20.00 repair cost.

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Well all I know is if I'm stuck somewhere and I need to get going I will use a plug. You can always have it booted when you get to a tire shop. Most flats i have had have been in the boonies. I also have a compressor on board.
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Well all I know is if I'm stuck somewhere and I need to get going I will use a plug. You can always have it booted when you get to a tire shop. Most flats i have had have been in the boonies. I also have a compressor on board.
No sweat, if you are in the boonies, off a hard surface, most roadside plans won't come to help.

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Just an idea here, if it still had air in it, it might be leaking from your valve stem. As a mechanic that works on road trucks, I can tell you it happens more than you think.
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Just an idea here, if it still had air in it, it might be leaking from your valve stem. As a mechanic that works on road trucks, I can tell you it happens more than you think.
Or the valve core may be loose.
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