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Old 03-28-2022, 11:34 AM   #1
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First flat and dw driving.

My wife has been driving more these days due to my back issues. We had never had any tire mishaps before, but our driver side steer tire blew out yesterday while she was driving. We had just got off the interstate and on back road doing about 45 when the tire let loose. She handled it great, not braking until she had slowed enough and was able to get to side of road. She said she knew she had the blowout, but it was not at all hard to steer. The Michelin tire had just turned five years old. She is getting more and more experienced.
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Old 03-28-2022, 12:05 PM   #2
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My wife has been driving more these days due to my back issues. We had never had any tire mishaps before, but our driver side steer tire blew out yesterday while she was driving. We had just got off the interstate and on back road doing about 45 when the tire let loose. She handled it great, not braking until she had slowed enough and was able to get to side of road. She said she knew she had the blowout, but it was not at all hard to steer. The Michelin tire had just turned five years old. She is getting more and more experienced.


Iíll be the first to ask so you have a tire monitoring system?
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Elon Musk doesn't have enough money to get my wife behind the wheel of our MH!
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Elon Musk doesn't have enough money to get my wife behind the wheel of our MH!


He could pay me but Iím not riding!
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Old 03-28-2022, 01:25 PM   #5
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Good for her, she did the job and got you safely stopped.

BTW, there is now way I could ever get my wife to drive the MH. All that glass makes her nervous.
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Elon Musk doesn't have enough money to get my wife behind the wheel of our MH!
Love the comment and I can vouch for my wife too. Never going to see her behind the wheel of our coach and its a small one too at 25 ft.

I would like to know if you have a TP monitoring system onboard and did you get a warning alarm. I just received a TST507 that I'm looking forward to using.
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A blow out won't produce advance warning unless you have a high temperature or low pressure issue occur prior to the failure.
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When we had a 32ft TT my wife said she would drive if she had too but not untill. One day I hurt my back and we were one day from home. She drove us home and said that was easy. When we got the MH we said she would drive it just to make sure she could. She doesn't drive but much but she says she can if she has to.
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Old 03-28-2022, 03:56 PM   #9
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No, we donít have a monitoring system, it wasnít like we were loosing pressure and I doubt that it was building. It just went ďboomĒ and that was that. Weíre going to need a new wheel cover, but no other damage that I can see.
As far as my wife driving the mh , she started off driving around the neighborhood and she had the tendency to drive to the right to the edge of the road. Then she would only drive the interstate, still too close to the edge. She now can drive those winding, hilly, narrow roads. She says she would rather drive the coach than my pickup.
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Good for her, she calmly got the coach slowed down and stopped. My sister always wanted to drive their Dp and learned to do it on flat sections of the highway. My wife is content to be the passenger. In an emergency, she could get it down the road for a short time.
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Iíll be the first to ask so you have a tire monitoring system?
Just a heads up, but a TPMS won't help much with a blowout. They are great for slow leaks (like when you pick up a nail/screw) and overheating, and monitoring tire pressure, but a blowout is so fast the TPMS won't have time to react when it goes from full pressure to zero! (been there, done that four times, and never had a pre-blowout alert!)
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Just a heads up, but a TPMS won't help much with a blowout. They are great for slow leaks (like when you pick up a nail/screw) and overheating, and monitoring tire pressure, but a blowout is so fast the TPMS won't have time to react when it goes from full pressure to zero! (been there, done that four times, and never had a pre-blowout alert!)
What causes a blow-out that is not detected? Defective tire?

Still new to RVing and have not experienced any tire incidents yet.
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Well Tegu,
Glad it all turned out well for you. And as far as the DW driving when it happened, GREAT for her! Not that I mean I'm glad it happened to her, I mean I'm glad she handled it just fine. My wife's been driving any and all our coaches for well over 35+ years. I even started the kids out at driving the RV's when they first got their license. I wanted EVERYONE to know how to handle those beasts, towing or not, just in case something would ever happen to me.


Guess what, something DID happen to me. I tweaked my back on a dumb-a$$ three wheeler in the sand dunes and by the time I got back to camp, I couldn't walk! The family and all the surrounding folks we were camping with helped loaded up for the trip home and to the doctor. The son, at 16 took care of the driving with our 34' Bounder and towing our 18' trailer with all the toys on it while the wife and daughter tended to my needs.

Without a doubt, training ALL of them to handle the big beasts was one of the best things I could do for all of them. As stated, the wifes taken the wheel of our coaches countless times to relieve me of driving fatigue. The daughter and son both have their own coaches/RV's and drive them like pros.

It never ceases to amaze me how many men won't teach their wife to handle their coach BEFORE any type of potential emergency could or would happen. I mean, if something were to happen to the male driver 200 miles from no where, what's she gonna do, sit there and watch you die!!!!!!!!!!!! And that's NOT the time for her to learn! Glad the OP's situation turned out as it did.
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