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Old 01-22-2011, 03:27 PM   #15
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It might be a good time to review the Michelin Video. By the way, every RV'er with whom I've spoken about tire inflation has given me values that are over-inflation, according to Michelin.
Over-inflation shouldn't be a problem. If not more PSI then listed on the sidewall or more then the wheel is made for.

Most RV tire problems are with tires that are under-inflated that give a lot of sidewall flexing.

Doing what the Michelin video says, does work. I got to use it with a right front Michelin zipper blow out.
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That's scary stuff...
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:42 PM   #17
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One of my worst nightmares! Thankfully they survived! It would be interesting to get the details such as tire age, other gear and what the driver did. Chances are we will never know.
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I have had 2 blow outs on a Diesel plusher MH both at hiway speeds 65/75 MPH R F; And L R. It's no fun; and it turns my gut when I hear people talk about shopping around ; and then bragging that they got a new/good set of tires At 1/2 the price of what there traveling buddies had to pay for theirs When it comes to tires Buy the best, And FORGET about the price. Life is good ;;
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:28 PM   #19
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Sure opened my eyes and the video was all new to me. I'm going to get DH to see it. Good to get these maneuvers in your head so that they are automatic.
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Had a Michelin Zipper on my right rear, inside. Heard an explosion and slowed down. No control problems. With a zipper you may not lose the tire.

I think a worst case would be tread seperation on a front wheel.

Another technique I am thinking about with a front blowout with a DP would be to actuate the Air Brake until control is achieved and speed is down. I would hesitate to accelerate if I am just inches from a bridge. I guess everyone has to decide for themselves. The air brake would force the front end to level and allow steering for the good front tire. Wish there was a video of it.
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What's a Michelin Zipper?
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What's a Michelin Zipper?
Think of "zipper" as a verb, not a noun.
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I had a blowout on left rear outboard about 20 yrs ago. Maintained control over to the side of the road. Luckily there was a truck stop at next exit less than a mile away. Limped in to have tire changed.
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What's a Michelin Zipper?

It is one type of a blowout and it looks like someone unzipped an opening in the sidewall.

Look in the Michelin RV tire guides and you can find a picture of one. It is caused by a weak sidewall. My zipper blowout was so close to the Pix that Michelin provides, there was no need for me to take another pix.
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Its salvageability is doubtful.
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Damage will be WELL over $50k --- I had a front end "boo boo" in May last year -- replaced the fiberglass below the windshield and the generator (it was totaled) and the cost was $31,000 +. I would figure this one is a total.
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Alot of crashes that resulted from a front tire blowout depends if the coach has a independent front suspension or straight axle. If straight axle, it would tend to pull in the direction of the failed tire, whereas, independent suspension allows better control.
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