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Old 12-20-2007, 03:40 PM   #1
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OK, first tire problem in 4 motor homes. Passenger side tag has slow leak from a bolt or screw right in middle of the tread. Used a compressor to air it back up from 40 to 85 lbs so I can get to a truck tire dealer. Any advice or things to watch out for? Not sure if it will be repairable or need to be replaced.

BTW, called the insurance carrier for the tire policy and they authorized repair or replacement over the phone. We'll see how it goes.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:40 PM   #2
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OK, first tire problem in 4 motor homes. Passenger side tag has slow leak from a bolt or screw right in middle of the tread. Used a compressor to air it back up from 40 to 85 lbs so I can get to a truck tire dealer. Any advice or things to watch out for? Not sure if it will be repairable or need to be replaced.

BTW, called the insurance carrier for the tire policy and they authorized repair or replacement over the phone. We'll see how it goes.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:23 PM   #3
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Be sure they don't stick a plug in it from the outside. It will fail.

The tire needs to be removed and a patch plug combination repair will make it good as new. An example of a radial repair patch combo is here http://www.patchrubber.com/tire_repair/14040.html
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:41 PM   #4
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Donavon's advice on the plug patch repair from the inside is right on. Picking up things, - bolts, screws, nails - in a tag or rear dual tire is not uncommon. The front tire essentially stands the piece of debris up as it rolls over it and the rear tire gets stabbed by it before it has an apportunity to fall back down.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:02 PM   #5
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Please let us know how the tire insurance plays out (pays out, hopefully). Had considered it in the past, and still thinking about it.
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Old 12-23-2007, 03:10 PM   #6
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Here's an update on the tire problem:
1. Called North Trail RV in Ft. Meyers and they suggested Martin's Garage for tire repair.
2. Called Martin's and they got me in. Pulled the tire, took it off the wheel, patched it and reinstalled. Took about one hour.
3. Cost was $36.99
4. The tire insurance carrier called my the same morning, as promised, gave me a claim number and said to fax the receipt and my policy front page to them for reimbursement. I'll do that later this week when we are back home.

All in all not a big deal. I'm glad I noticed it before we left on this short trip to Key West. I'll let you know what transpires when I submit the bill for payment.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:35 PM   #7
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A follow-up on the discussion pertaining to using a "Plug". It is ILLEGAL to use a plug on ANY on highway use tire.

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Old 12-24-2007, 04:49 PM   #8
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Re: plug for the tire. That must be why Martin's said they would not plug it, but instead used a patch-type repair from inside. Anyway, it is holding fine, and we had no problems in the 275 miles down to the keys.
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FYI: Tires repaired from the inside often use a patch which is similar to what most people are familiar with when they patched the inner tube of a bicycle tire. If the injury was a bit more severe, a plug patch may be used. The plug patch is made with a plug as an integral part of the patch. The inside of the tire is prep'd the same as it would be for a standard flat patch, the hole is cleaned out, then the plug portion of the plug patch, gooped up with tire cement, is pulled through the tire injury hole and the patch portion is applied normally to the inside of the tire. The plug portion helps protect the tire cords that were damaged during the penetration of the foreign oblect and insure the hole is filled. A larger tire injury is normally repaired by a retread shop using what is called a section repair.
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So I'm curious, what does a "section repair" consist of?

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Update: got the check today from the insurance company to cover the repair. Paid in full. So, it worked this time .
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Who issued the tire repair policy? NSD or.....?
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