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Old 03-29-2021, 10:53 PM   #1
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First problems on my new to me coach

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Its a major job to remove the spare tire. The tire looks to be in poor condition and unserviceable. Im wondering if I even need to carry it. All six tires are new, I have roadside and I will not let the tires get more than 5-6 years old. Thats 150-ish# on the tail end of the coach.

All six tires are date coded 0420 or 0520.

The right rear tires have issues. The outer tire will not accept air. I hope it isnt full of fix-a-flat. The inner tire is missing the extension hose, I couldnt get a chuck or gauge on it.

The tires have a max cold inflation of 110 psi. All four were between 76 and 83 psi.

I specifically asked the PO if he had checked the tires, he said he had and they were all 90 psi.

Wonder why the coach was all over the road on the trip home?

Im off to the tire shop in the AM.

The mufflers are rusted out. The cats look new. I think I will go with Dynomax 17769, about $200 with tax for the pair.

It rained hard for two days, not a drop inside the coach that I can find.
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Old 03-29-2021, 11:06 PM   #2
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Tire issues can be a problem. Are you strong enough to manhandle the tire off the axle and lift it back up to reinstall it? I'm not, and I usually can handle stuff like that. You could carry a spare in the case that you get a blowout, and have a roadside repair change it for you. Your roadside insurance won't buy you a tire, just pay for the service or repair. Don't inflate the tires to the max, weigh the rig, preferably all 4 corners and air the tires to the recommended amount based on weight.
Sounds like a trip to the local truck tire facility to have those 2 tires looked at.
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Old 03-29-2021, 11:17 PM   #3
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If your question is whether or not to carry a spare, most of us with diesel pushers don't.
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Old 03-30-2021, 06:27 AM   #4
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As far as tire not accepting air, most issues are due to some sort of extension of the stems. Older balancing beads did break down into dust or were small enough to to plug traditional stems ,but tire guy got the tires full very recently.
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$60 for a pair of valve stem extensions from Napa and $45 labor and all is well.

I had them inflate the tires to 90 psi.

Once Im ready to start RVing we will load the coach and run it across the scales, then figure out what we need to air the tires to.

Solve one issue and another one appears. The steps worked fine this morning. When I parked the coach after the tire repair they didnt work.
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Not familiar with your coach but mine has a step on/off switch by entry door, if you have one some one may have bumped switch.
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$60 for a pair of valve stem extensions from Napa and $45 labor and all is well.

I had them inflate the tires to 90 psi.

Once Im ready to start RVing we will load the coach and run it across the scales, then figure out what we need to air the tires to.

Solve one issue and another one appears. The steps worked fine this morning. When I parked the coach after the tire repair they didnt work.
The Federal Tire Placard states minimum air pressure to support the vehicle at it's maximum recommended weight. That is what should be done until you know the vehicles actual weight.
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Most tires are run at substantially less than the maximum cold pressure listed on the sidewall. My Dolphin calls for 85 psi all around, but you need to go by the label inside your coach. Better yet, weigh your coach and set the pressures based on the tire manufacturer's inflation chart.

Most people are not up to changing a 19.5 or 22.5 inch tire themselves. What I do is carry a spare tire without the rim. Saves about 75 lbs, and if I have a failure I can call roadside service and have them mount the tire on the wheel for me. Potentially saves me from getting price gouged for a new tire or having to wait days until a suitable replacement tire arrives.
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Haven't carried a spare for 8 years and 70k miles. Too heavy, takes up too much space. Rarely used. CoachNet or alike service used once for towing in 12 years.
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Ive yet to locate the tire placard. Where would it usually be ?
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Ive yet to locate the tire placard. Where would it usually be ?
Mine is on the wall near the floor right behind the driver's seat
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Mine (not a Fleetwood) is in the overhead cabinet in front of the driver's seat.
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