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Old 04-27-2015, 07:17 AM   #15
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Which experts?

I just googled Allstate , State Farm and Travelers, insurance companies, The state of Pennsylvania and the National Safety Commission.

They all recommend, driving straight, not slamming on the brakes, and gently slowing down, to regain control.

I did find 1 site, involved in police vehicles, recommending "slight" acceleration. They referenced Michelin Tires.
Not sure I'd look to insurance co's to tell me how to handle a blowout in an RV. Isn't this a lot like how to regain control of a car that is skidding in snow/ice by steering into the skid direction, which is totally counterintuitive but works.

Here's some links from some respectable sources that discuss accelerating slightly to regain control:

FMCA safe driver course

Michelin video on how to handle a blowout

Or better yet, just google/search "rv driver training videos" and you'll see all experts agree about how to manage a sudden loss of air pressure properly.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:36 AM   #16
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Which experts?

I just googled Allstate , State Farm and Travelers, insurance companies, The state of Pennsylvania and the National Safety Commission.

They all recommend, driving straight, not slamming on the brakes, and gently slowing down, to regain control.

I did find 1 site, involved in police vehicles, recommending "slight" acceleration. They referenced Michelin Tires.

If you googled it then I'm sure you saw just as many (if not more) experts stating that accelerating is the best course of action. I've personally only experienced a rear blowout and it took me a second to remember to accelerate. That's the biggest issue, remembering at the instant you need it.

Do what you think best, you are the one ultimately responsible for your family's safety, not any expert.
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Old 04-27-2015, 10:52 AM   #17
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Tire blow out on I-10 in LA

I haven't experienced a front blowout but have had the wheel yanked hard right while creeping along less than 2 MPH and accidentally brushed a curb.
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:56 PM   #18
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Which experts?

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They all recommend, driving straight, not slamming on the brakes, and gently slowing down, to regain control.

I did find 1 site, involved in police vehicles, recommending "slight" acceleration. They referenced Michelin Tires.
Police and RV vehicles...apples and watermelons. LOL

I could be wrong but...

The available HP and/or torque for a police vehicle will be more quickly delivered to the drive wheel than the same for an RV especially if the RF is running at its it best RPM for optimal use of HP and torque. In that case the police vehicle should only need a slight bit of throttle to retain control while the RV (especially a DP) needs a harder foot on the throttle to achieve the same affect.

Again, I could be wrong but...I know ya'll will set me straight if I am. LOL
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I haven't experienced a front blowout but have had the wheel yanked hard right while creeping along less than 2 MPH and accidentally brushed a curb.
I think that is a reasonable example of when NOT stomping on the throttle is pretty smart.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:42 PM   #20
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they should have watched the michelin video about how to handle blowouts. imho a Tp monitoring system is necessary.
Pressure monitoring is useless in the case of catastrophic failure. Even when pressures are maintained where they should be, a tire can simply disintegrate instantaneously. Been there, done that.
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the reason why you step on the gas is to regain weight distribution (mostly to the rear), driving a vehicle is all about weight management. When you step on the gas, it is a way to gain what traction you have left. When you have traction, you are in control (somewhat) of where the weight of the RV should be. Problem is that sudden jerking of the (front tire) blowout. I installed a steer safe to help dampen that jerking. Pointing to where you want to go and accelerating will help in blowout situation.... but such as life, some do it better than others.
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:07 PM   #22
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I would never floor it. I'm not buying it. What would happen if someone was in front of you or of you were in a slight curve in the road? I had a left front blow out in my mh. I held the wheel straight and eased off the gas. I could feel a vibration in the steering wheel but held it tight and straight. I handled just fine as I eased to the side of the road. Completely non eventful.
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First off, very few will remember to accelerate. It's NOT a "muscle memory" response that most will do. Many are also using the words like "floor it". They're not telling you to "floor it" or run into the rear of the person in front of you, they're just saying to maintain or slightly accelerate versus the most common instinct which is to apply the brakes.

The best we can all hope for in a blow out is that there are no other circumstances that redirect/propel the coach in another direction when the tire blows and we're in a position to steer it safely to the side of the road.
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Have had a few blowouts at speed in service trucks over the years and the easiest thing for me to remember is thst the brake pedal is broken and not touch it.

Just get both feet firm on floor and grab the wheel and steer it.

The flat tire will have plenty of drag to get your speed down in short order.

With one tire gone the opposite one is also worthless so you have 2 opposite corners with good weight and ability to grab the road so hitting brakes could cause one to loose traction.

Another simple rule is whatever end of the car that has the least amout of traction eill insist on going first and it will if you are not careful.

You hit brakes and weight shifts to front allowing rear to go light and maybe lock and skid then around to the front it goes.

Hitting the gas is not a natural reaction but hitting the brakes in a panic is.
Darn hard to not do anything with your feet.
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I haven't experienced a front blowout but have had the wheel yanked hard right while creeping along less than 2 MPH and accidentally brushed a curb.
I can imagine that a sidewall blowout could exert sufficient force to affect direction of travel, sure could.

I think a steering stabilizing system is probably a great way to mitigate such a force.

Every driver is different, skill levels can be all over the map. Who knows what happened in this case.

I do think the Michelin videos are accurate, mostly. I would use that method if it came to mind during a blowout.
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I agree, best is just stay off brakes until you have it under good control, then light brakes so you don't upset the situation worse. I just had a catastrophic blowout on pass front on my big truck conversion MH, and maybe I am lucky that I was able to guide over to the road side and stop without any further problems. Or maybe I did exactly right and let off throttle, held steering wheel to guide straight while maneuvering to side of highway and did not panic and hit the brakes. Fortunately I did not lose the brake line (air brakes would engage if it did); and it did not tear up the fender or wheel beyond a few scratches. Just beat up some of the headlight wiring and the flexible seals.

I certainly would not want to do it again, but I do think many of the post-blowout problems/accidents are result of doing the wrong driver reactions to the blowout situation.
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I don't know about a TPS, but after a front tire blow out at speed, I would probably need a lot of TP.
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Now we're on a race track?
If you ever drove I-10, you were Probably the roughest Interstate in the country....it could damage a brand new set of tires.
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