My first flat tire in the Knight today
With the F53, being prepared was a mounted spare, 6 ton bottle jack, some tools, and a 4 foot pipe.
With the Knight, prepared = unmounted spare tire, coachnet, and a tst 507 tire pressure monitor.
I'm eastbound on I90, almost ready to wrap up South Dakota, after a week long "Business trip" when the TST monitor goes BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.
The left inside dual is down to 77 pounds. I see a set of ramps up ahead, and watch the monitor thru a couple rounds, down to 72 now. I swing her into the onramp and throw out the binders, getting her safely out of the traffic lanes but still on hard pavement.
Walking around, I can hear the tire going HISSSSS.
My coachnet contract is so new I don't have the cards yat. Call the number, first question is "are you in a safe location?" Answer "safe enough for now." So we go thru the ten wuestion thing on the phone and she dispatches a "service provider." Tells me he'll be ther in an hour and fifteen. Well he only needed the fifteen.
A couple weeks ago, I'd asked my next door neighbor, who is a truck tire dealer, if he could find me a 275-75-22.5 tire useable as a spare, and it was in the basement waiting.
The tire, a 2007 Goodyear G670, was starting to peel the tread off the casiing. 14" worth. I have a pic, on the celphone, I'll post it later.
I figure I was 3-5 miles from a catastrophic failure.
Thank you coachnet.
Thank you "Service provider" you were fast and efficient.
Thank you TST, who gave me the warning I needed to prevent a catastrophe.
Thank you Mike, who gave me a free tire that will get me home. I'll be calling you for some new tires very shortly.
Thank you IRV2, for giving me the knowledge of what it takes to be prepared for this type of incident.
And thank you ME, for using the advise I was given, for taking the steps to prevent this lil incident from being an expensive catastrophe.
From the time the TST beeped till I was back on the road was 1 hour, 10 minutes. Only damage was the failed tire.