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Old 08-05-2020, 12:19 AM   #1
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Eventful trip to Moab

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:

https://youtu.be/XkEF2A_ogxM

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.

Any thoughts?
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Here's a couple of pics of the damage.
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Perhaps if you are towing a car and have a passenger with you, you could have that person drive along side and see how the panel behaves. Good duct tape added along with the screws should help.
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Old 08-05-2020, 03:17 AM   #4
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Gary, so sorry you experienced an RV'ers worst nightmare. Thank God you had blowout protectors and everybody is okay.



Here is my thought after reading your story. I would get a new tire, It will probably have to come from SLC, Patch the coach up and drive it to Dallas close to home. See how much the insurance company will cover to make it road worthy to get you there.
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Old 08-05-2020, 04:44 AM   #5
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These kind of stories make me consider selling my coach. I hope RetroBand fixís their problems ASAP!!! Thankful everybody is safe ✝️
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Glad you are ok. And thanks for posting the video. Your Tyron's probably did help prevent a worse situation. Glad you had no one next to you when it went. I'm assuming those are Michelin's on a 2018 Anthem ... that in itself is scary. Understand the Goodyear problem .... hopefully Michelins aren't starting to have a problem as well.
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Iím traveling get a 2018 spy now. I have pressure monitors. My Tire settings on the front I have me at 120 pounds, and as I said I have tire monitors but how Highup should I start being concerned? When Iím driving from the north into the south I see they get to 140 sometimes. When should I start being concerned? Iím waiting for retro bands
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Old 08-05-2020, 05:43 AM   #9
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Does anybody know how the big class C RVĎs react to a front tire blowout? You know that has a big truck front, where youíre not sitting right over the wheel itís out in front of you??? Iím talking about the big diesels itís a big international cab
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Glad you're OK, Gary. I would replace that tires asap. I'm surprised there is that much damage with the Tyron bands. I wonder how a properly designed Retro band would fair in comparison. Hope all works out for you
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Great job handling that coach with that blowout!
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Glad your are safe. It looks like your tire is still on the rim, I think your bands did help you from a situation that could have been a lot worse. What was your speed at the time of the blowout?
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Glad you're OK, Gary. I would replace that tires asap. I'm surprised there is that much damage with the Tyron bands. I wonder how a properly designed Retro band would fair in comparison. Hope all works out for you

I think the damage from the blowout itself would be the same. If I understand the concept the drop in the Retro Band is designed to be less, which will equate to better steering. It is similar to the Tyron true run flat. The Tyron Band is designed to keep the tire on the rim to permit you to safely steer. The question with any of these devices is how fast you are driving and how you have your hands on the wheel. With a blowout at 70 mph on a tire that has 125 psi you are going to get a pull and damage. When these company's do test they usually use professional drivers who know a blowout will occur at some point. Their driving reaction and ours will be different, hopefully our reaction will be sufficient to avert a disaster. Right now the majority of fire engines in the US and Fedx are using Tyon's. Hopefully at some time in the near future true run flats will be available in the big tires. Believe me I look forward to that time.
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Wow, glad you're ok.
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