The drive from SLC to Moab using hwy 6 was pretty uneventful, nice scenery and pretty easy driving. Then ten miles outside of Moab my front left tire just exploded! No warning, don't think I ran over anything, tire looked good this morning. Temperature outside was 105, didn't check the tire temp.
I've got Tyrons but obviously they were useless in this case. As you can see on the video it pulled me to the left and then I just slowly deaccelerated and got over. Nobody was around me, thank God!
It tore up the panel around the tire but did no harm to anything I have found. Called 911 to get someone to pick up the three foot gator straddling both lanes a few hundred feet behind me, thn Good Sam roadside for tire repair. Thought I'd figure out the other damage after the tire was replaced.
These guys were good! Used a few self tapping screws to secure the panel, both pieces. The front part with the fuse box among other things had broken off from the rear part, which was being held on by the gas fill line. Replaced the tire with the rim still on and jury rigged the mud flap which the gator had tore up on it's way under the coach. Then slowly drove to the KOA past Moab.
So tomorrow, really today as it's after midnight, I'll be talking to an adjuster and inspecting under the coach and the jeep to see if there is any obvious damage.
Here's the link to the video, I hope:
Here's my dilemma. I'm running on a cheap tire with a patched up panel under me. Do I trust it to drive to NIRVC Las Vegas 400+ miles away or even NIRVC Dallas 1100 miles away but close enough to home where we could leave it there. Or have a mobile company come and maybe do a better patch job to feel safer on the road? Having two old dogs is also a consideration. We'd obviously rather be able to take them home while repairs are done. Of course there is also the matter of who could actually start work the quickest.
As I'm typing this going to Dallas and dropping it off is the best solution. I'll just have to make sure the fix will hold and there is no other hiding damage.