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Old 05-22-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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Tire Blowout!

On the other forum there is a report of a horrendous wreck of a motorhome because of a front tire blowout. I'm posting the Michelin video just as a reminder of how to react when the situation occurs.



It is hoped that this wreck might have been prevented if these steps had been taken. As many have, I have seen the video, but because it is counter-intuitive it needs to be reviewed periodically.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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This was the news story of the motorhome wreck:

Driver killed, 3 children injured in Loop 202 motor home crash | azfamily.com Phoenix
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Driving otr trucks for years, I have had 4 steer tire blowouts. Not one of them was the same. I was extremely lucky and never crashed, although it was close a couple of times. The one in particular it blew on a corner that was banked, I hit the throttle down and it still pulled me over onto the wrong side of the road. Luckily no traffic was close, and the traffic that was coming at me were able to get stopped. It all happens so fast and can be over in a second. The above is such a tragic accident and my heart goes out to the family.
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My heart and prayers go out to the family. A front tire failure has always been my biggest fear especially on a MH. This is why I had the Steer Safe system installed. Read the testamonials on their website about the few who did have front tire blowouts. It's too bad the manufacturers don't install something like this on their MH's. Something like what this family just went through could have been prevented.
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What a horrible tragedy and it happened only a few miles from us.

I've done all I know how to prepare (TPMS, Safe T Plus, watching the Mich video, and regular visual inspections) but this type of thing is still always on my mind.

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I flew in the Navy for 26 years and we practiced drills over and over again in the aircraft. When I drive my MH I practice what I would do if I had a front blowout so hopefully it will be done correctly and I will not hit the brakes. You have to really think on the procedures because 9 times out of ten you are going to have the cruise control engaged so when you slam your foot down on the accelerator pedal you also have to hit the power off or the cancel button on the cruise control so when you get the mh over into the right lane and start slowing down it will slow down because the cruise control is off. When you have a death grip on the steering wheel when slowing down you don't want to be looking for that cruise control off button or having to hit the brakes to turn it off. If I don't get the cruise control off with my hands because I am fighting it my next move is to just tap the brake pedal to turn it off. Something I have often thought over in my mind is if hitting the Jake Brake is the best way to slow down because it is going do it all from the back wheels so do danger of tucking a front wheel or locking up a front wheel. Any thoughts on that?
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Mike, you bring up something I've often wondered about. The cruise control will almost certainly be on when a blow out happens and will attempt to keep the coach at the set speed. So long as one doesn't hit their brakes, do you think the cruise control would provide the required "acceleration" to keep the coach under control?

As for the engine brake question, it sure makes sense to me so long as one can reach their brake switch (mine is on the dash instead of on the wheel) while having a death grip on the wheel.

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No, I do not think the cruise control will accelarate at the rate you need. I have tried it on mine and have compared it to pushing the pedal to the metal. My Jake Brake has a foot pedal to engage it so I am good to go on that. The only time I would not use the Jake is if the road is wet and I had a blowout unless it was in the low mode on the Jake. We don't like to think about these things but we need to. I also go through this routine when my wife is driving. There is IRV2 member that had his DW driving in a 45' Signature on a two lane road at 65 mph and they had a blowout in the front. They had both just viewed that Michelin video and she kept control of the mh by doing exactly what the video said to do. The tire coming apart still did $12000 dollars worth of damage to the front. Think about that versus the cost of replacing a tire. Their tires were only about four years old if I remember correctly.
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Just as the Video stated, even the Jake Brake will slow forward momentum, therefore allowing the sideways momentum to make it even more difficult to steer. As far as the speed control goes, it is designed to apply light, gradual power for the acceleration. You probably need more thrust than the speed control would provide.
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I am only talking about using the Jake after I have let the mh slow way down. Sooner or later one is going to have to use the brakes or the Jake to bring it to a stop
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We just installed the Tyron system on our coach for his exact reason. I hope we never need it but am glad we have it.
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I'm in Phx and either I missed it or it never made the news.



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We had a right front blowout on our Bluebird while driving 60 mph on a curve in Mexico. It was not a blow out but an explosion. Just like ab had gone off. I had a Steer Safe and the BB steering wheel is quite large so had some mechanical advantage. I was able to keep it on the road. There was a 1 ft. shoulder and a sharp drop off. I was sure we would roll. The tire came apart with only a little bit by the bead left on the rim. I keep a spare tire only on the roof so was able to get road service and all was good. BUT the tire ripped up some non essential wiring and damaged the air line to the brake pot. It still held air. The BB has 2 thick metal inner fender wells. One was fine. The one that is exposed was all bent. We cut some barbed wire from a rancher's fence to tie it all up. I was able to make all like new. Had this been a Monaco the damage would have been in the many thousands. There is another moral to this story. My GY tires had about 90% tread but were going on 8 years old ( or maybe a little more). Like many who write on this forum I was trying to milk an additional year out of my rubber. Very stupid idea. I installed all new Michelins the same week. When we examined the old GY's off the rim one more had cracks on the inside! I will never run tires beyond 6 or 7 years. I will consider the $1000 or more per year to be part of the cost of owning a MH.
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Moisheh, Did the Steer Safe help you hold it or were you fighting the wheel to keep it under control??
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