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Old 09-12-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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Road gators

Had a rough experience yesterday. I was in the right lane on I-5 in heavy traffic. I had just gotten my Liberty set up for towing, and was driving the rig home from Portland to Seattle. Saw the guy in front of me swerve to miss a big tire tread on the road, too late to stop. I had a Semi on my left, and no shoulder on my right so I slowed but hit the road gator with my right wheels. There was a loud scraping noise so I pulled over immediately. Turns out the tread had hit my exhaust pipe where it curves in front of the rear tires and bent it down so it was scraping the pavement. I noticed the body panel in front of the steps was a little bent, and the steps don't come all the way out so they took a hit as well. Found a shop not far away that cut the pipe off so I could get home.

I didn't notice until I got off the freeway almost home that the light on my brand new Brakemaster wasn't coming on when I hit the brakes. :-( Did some crawling around under there and discovered a break in the brand new air line. Once I find a fitting it should be an easy fix. Those retreads are everywhere and can really cause trouble. I consider myself lucky!
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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I think a 1/4" air line splice will work for the Brakemaster air line.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:01 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about the damage from the tire.

Coming home from Michigan last week I had to avoid a complete re-tread laying in the right lane of I-75 south. I had a car about 10 car length's in front of me that swerved to the right shoulder. This gave me ample warning to slow down and pass it on the shoulder as well.

On the trip from Michigan to Georgia I saw at least 100 spots with tire pieces laying all over the road.
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Retread tires are nothing but junk and are a hazard to everybody on the road. I have been in the trucking business for 40 years and I can't believe people still buy and run retreads. They have killed many of innocent motorist and cause million in damage to other vehicles on the road. I would not run a retread tire if they were free as they just damage the truck when they explode and everybody that comes along has to try and avoid them! They should be outlawed and banished forever. Rant over.
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I think a 1/4" air line splice will work for the Brakemaster air line.
I found a fitting, but it can't be the right one. I think it's for copper tubing. Any idea where to get an air line fitting?
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Was going to leave this Monday to go to Lazydays (Tampa) to trade. Foolishly decided to make sure everything worked. Short 5 mile run on the interstate just to get up to highway speed and return home to finish loading. Need not say anything else but gator.

Got the coach back from the body shop today ($1.2K). Now leaving next Monday.

Spidey: Look at everything twice, a lot of damage is not readily seen.

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I found a fitting, but it can't be the right one. I think it's for copper tubing. Any idea where to get an air line fitting?
A truck parts store or NAPA should have them.....just specify that it's for an air line
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In downtown Portland I had an SUV swerve over in front of me, almost to the point of cutting me off, to avoid an alligator. Problem was he hit it, which threw it into my front end. Luckily all it did was leave some rubber on the cap and I was easily able to remove it.
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Spidey,
Consider yourself one of the fortunate ones that has the presence of mind to know what is around him at all times. Had you not been paying attention to your surroundings, the outcome could have been a lot worse. Glad you and any riders are safe.
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They should be outlawed and banished forever. Rant over.
I 100% agree. These retreads should be against the law in all states!!!
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Not trying to start anything but, not all of those gators are retreads. I've seen brand new ones do that. I don't run retreads and never will they are a cheap fix. Cheap in more ways than just money spent.

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Was going to leave this Monday to go to Lazydays (Tampa) to trade. Foolishly decided to make sure everything worked. Short 5 mile run on the interstate just to get up to highway speed and return home to finish loading. Need not say anything else but gator.

Got the coach back from the body shop today ($1.2K). Now leaving next Monday.

Spidey: Look at everything twice, a lot of damage is not readily seen.

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You got off easy

Road Alaggator in Arkanas on way home from NM. It was thrown up by another vehicle (car) in outside lane - it then hit front of MH, cracked/broke front cap fiberglass. Passed under MH home and bounced up and hit real cap - broke AC duct, crack in rear cap.

Total repair cost $10,000 + 10 days to repair fiberglass, AC duct, and paint

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Hate to say it, bu thats part of the dangers we face to enjoy the RV Lifestyle daily.
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