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Old 05-13-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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How to Handle a Tire Blowout in Your RV

This may have been posted before but I had not seen it. Great info.

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Thanks Sandi! That has been posted before, but it's great info, and there may be just one person that sees your post and it saves their life!
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:21 PM   #3
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Saw this before and am convinced it is what saved my bacon 2 days ago when I experienced a left front blowout at highway speeds. Still trying to repair all the wheelwell damage now. Wiring harness shreded, HWH leveling hoses and asorted other goodies. This is not fun! Coach Net was awesome!
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:34 PM   #4
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Good information. I wasn't aware of the gas pedal. Hopefully I'll never have to use this.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:30 PM   #5
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A major issue with MH tire failure relates to whether the MH is gas or diesel. We owned 4 gas MH's and they all carried spares. Over the years I blew out at least 6 tires. The problem is these are heavy duty tires on vehicles that may be running at or overloaded, but the tread still looks good, and that lulls people into a false sense of security. While they may look good on the outside, they are bad on the inside. So RVers keep running them and eventually they will blow.

In 1998 we bought our first diesel pusher. I was shocked to discover they don't carry spare tires. The reason is, weight, space, lack of equipment or knowledge how to safely change a tire. It was brought to light what I learned the hard way with gassers .,.replace those tires no longer than 7 years after tires were manufactured. Haven't blown a tire on any of our three diesels.

Last month Lady Antebellum blew a tire on their Prevost tour bus after running it flat. The tire caught on fire and burned the bus badly. They escaped safely.

So, plan on replacing those MH tires after about 7 years. It might save your property or your life!
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wow. Thanks. Would instinctively go for the brakes. This is good to know.
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wow. Thanks. Would instinctively go for the brakes. This is good to know.
My take on the video is that you are only going for the gas for a second or two to help counteract the sideways pull. But as soon as you get steering control, your supposed to let off on the gas and feather the breaks.
Is that how others interpret the video??

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y take on the video is that you are only going for the gas for a second or two to help counteract the sideways pull. But as soon as you get steering control, your supposed to let off on the gas and feather the breaks.
Is that how others interpret the video??

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In my case, as soon as the tire popped there was a tug to the left, I floored it and was able to continue in my lane without acutally crossing into the left lane. Once I was comfortable with how I was tracking I let off the gas and made my way to the breakdown lane. I am convinced full throttle is the answer for maintaining control and it is used just long enough to regain complete control of the coach.
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Also this is a good reason to keep some speed in reserve on the highway. My MH has gone as fast as 75, but no faster. If I always drove that fast I wouldn't be able to step on the gas any further if I have a blowout. I rarely drive over 65 for this reason
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Thanks for the video, I like most people would have opted for the brake first as it is just a natural response, but having spent years on dirt bikes this makes sense to power thru a problem until you gain the control you want and then adjust the speed. Thanks it is a good reminder.
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