Originally Posted by Gadget Man
I saw a tire plug kit advertised for RV owners and I was wondering if I should have something like this in my onboard arsenal. Plugging a tire is a temporary fix and is something I would only do in an emergency if I need to find a safer place to wait for road service, or limp to a close by tire shop. Iím just wondering if these kits work well. Anyone ever use one?
I have that exact tire plug kit. I won it in a drawing while at a Motorcycle Accessory/Parts supplier center during a Christmas party. I've been plugging tires for decades. I trust them explicitly. This is basically a "Manual" version of the pneumatic ones that have been around since the beginning of time in the Gas station business. Remember the full service gas stations of yesteryear? Well, I've still got two different versions (sizes actually) of the pneumatic ones and, still have those type plugs.
But, what most folks have gone to now, especially the average guy on the side of the road, is the Sticky cord type repairs for repairable flat tires. I also have a couple of different kits of those too. The one below in the link is very close to what I carry in the coach.
I have used those types of plugs on many types of vehicles, including motor homes, cars and MOTORCYCLES. Those sticky rope plugs are amazing. In some cases, depending on the size of the hole, multiple plugs are required. But, I have YET to have any of those fail. It's not that I get flats on all my vehicles/motorcycles/motorhomes every ten minutes. It's just that, I've had to fix a few and, I have used both repair systems and, have had great success with both.
But, that one you're showing is a serious pain in the a$$ to use. The reason is because it's a manual version. I say manual because, in the old days, in Gas station days that is, the pneumatic versions would work way easier.
The manual one, (like what you're showing) forces the plug into the tire via a plunger, that's moved by squeezing the trigger in the gun. It's seriously hard to do it.
But, the pneumatic one, uses air pressure to force the plug into the tire. Waaaay easier. But, not every one has available air pressure to utilize that style of gun/repair.
What you do is:
1. Mark the place where the puncture is with something that remains visible like a yellow crayon etc.
2. Pull the offending puncture item out, nail, screw, etc.
3. Using the supplied course file, ream out the hole.
4. Insert the plug into the gun, per instructions
5. Insert the tip of the gun, into the reamed hole
6. Squeeze the trigger until the plunger inside the gun, forces the Plug, into the tire/hole.
7. The Head of the plug will "Umbrella" out and, at that point, you pull the gun/tube/tip back out of the tire. The head holds the plug in place while the gun is withdrawn from the tire.
8. The tire is repaired.
In the Sticky Rope repair:
1. Again, mark the area with a yellow crayon
2. Pull the offending object out
3. Ream the hole
4. Insert the sticky rope into the insertion tool
5. Insert the tool, with sticky rope, into the hole.
Sometimes a slight twist will ease the release of the sticky rope from the tool.
6. The tire is repaired.
Now, people will get their panties all in a wad here thinking that this is an un-safe repair. Well, that's most certainly to them. The logistics of motor home tires and, all that's been said and written about them, leaves "repairs" to them questionable. But, in the event of a flat tire at an RV park or, camp site due to the acquiring of an object, i.e. screw, bolt, nail, etc. while out on the road, I'd repair it in a heart beat. Then, I'd do what's needed to either get an EXPERT opinion on the repair or, make arrangements.