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Old 03-26-2016, 07:21 PM   #1
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Exclamation Rear tire gone flat next to the double wheel

If you get a flat on a tire that is next to its double wheel, can you tell it easily or does the double wheel keep the coach up so that it would be hard to tell that one tire is flat?
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You may not realize, until the other dually fails. Get a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Do a search to see which system fits your needs.


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Your other wheel will support you, but not at speed nor for any distance. As suggested get a TPMS and you'll get the warning in time to prevent costly damage.

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If you can't get a TPMS than get a club, truck stops sell them, and thump the tires every time you stop for a break.. you will hear quite a difference in the sound of thumping your tires.. It is not perfect by any means but it could help.
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On dual wheel vehicles, a ground level look from the rear is a way to notice a low tire or flat.

If one of the tires is low, the gap between them at the bottom will almost be touching and different from the other set.

I am not suggesting that this is the way to check pressure, but a quick glance may make you aware of a problem.

Another old fashion way is to strike the tires with a bar or pipe. The flat or low one will not bounce as much.
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If you blow an inside Duel- the TPMS will report late- way too late- your Coach will Vibrate and shake and you'll need to pull off where ever you are ! And Change the Tire or make the Roadside Call !
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Do you always keep a spare tire in one of the storage bins?
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If you can't get a TPMS than get a club, truck stops sell them, and thump the tires every time you stop for a break.. you will hear quite a difference in the sound of thumping your tires.. It is not perfect by any means but it could help.
Truck magazine tested 50 professional drivers on "thumping" tires. Only 2 out of the 50 could pick out a tire 20% low. 20% low is considered the lowest pressure that a tire can run without being damaged internally.
I'd say the if only 4% of professional drivers get it right then a RV'er is likely to be wrong even more.
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On dual wheel vehicles, a ground level look from the rear is a way to notice a low tire or flat.

If one of the tires is low, the gap between them at the bottom will almost be touching and different from the other set.

I am not suggesting that this is the way to check pressure, but a quick glance may make you aware of a problem.

Another old fashion way is to strike the tires with a bar or pipe. The flat or low one will not bounce as much.
Tire companies publish tire guides with pictures of just that scenario in them. It is almost impossible to spot them as suggested above.

And tire "thumping" is not accurate either as I stated earlier.
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Do you always keep a spare tire in one of the storage bins?
No but I don't leave home without Coach Net.
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My Bounder has a rack right in front of the trailer hitch on the back of the coach. The spare tire is there and I mounted my spare dolly tire right below it using a threaded rod mounted in the lug nut hole on the coach's spare. If I have a bad tire on the coach I have to call out road service but at least I have a tire available for them to install.

BTW: I also have a TPMS for the coach and dolly. It has alarms for loss of air, slow leak, and high temperature.
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If you blow an inside Duel- the TPMS will report late- way too late- your Coach will Vibrate and shake and you'll need to pull off where ever you are ! And Change the Tire or make the Roadside Call !

If you 'blow' (sudden decompression) any tire, not just an inner dual a TPMS will do you little to no good. It can help in the case of a gradual loss of pressure to prevent a 'run low' which will result in sudden decompression. Not sure why the reference to an inner dual.
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The OP asked about a FLAT !!

Not a way to check pressure.

A flat will look different and thump different. Let all the air out of one of your tires and see for your self.

No, I didn't read about it in a book. I repaired dual wheel trucks for 36 years.
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