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Old 08-29-2014, 05:53 PM   #31
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Wow. A front tire blowout is my biggest fear. How fast were you going at the time and what was it like to wrestle control of it and get it to the side of the road safely?
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:18 PM   #32
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I was on cruise control at 65mph on smooth, straight road. Initially it was not hard to hold the wheel. I remembered to not apply brake but rather press the accelerator and let the coach slow down gradually. It was a side wall blowout on the outside of the tire. As the tire continued to disintegrate and the coach slowed it got harder to steer. Eventually all the outside rubber was gone and the wheel rim was digging into the pavement. It was very hard to hold then but not impossible. Towards the end I was a couple feet across the center line before it slowed down enough to move off to the shoulder. Fortunately no one was near me.
It was not as scary as I had imagined it might be. BTY I did not have a steering safety device but am considering getting one now


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Old 08-29-2014, 07:09 PM   #33
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Good info to know so thanks for sharing. Glad everyone was ok and hope your repairs go smoothly!
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:16 PM   #34
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Romer, did you have road side assistance? If so from whom and any problems?

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Old 08-29-2014, 07:28 PM   #35
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Romer. Glad you are ok. Next question. What brand of tire & how many miles on it?

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Old 08-29-2014, 07:38 PM   #36
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Also what size tire. Have you had the MH weighed? So very happy to hear that everyone is ok and that you handled it so well. Great job.


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Old 08-29-2014, 07:45 PM   #37
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I have Coach-Net and they responded quickly and followed up to check whether the repair vehicle had arrived. It took over 2 hours for the Goodyear Service truck to arrive even though I was only 40 miles from their store. Then the mechanic couldn't get the new tire to seal and hold air so he could inflate it. Had to take the tire and wheel 27 miles away to a place where could mount the tire. That took another 2 hours.
Good news was that local police were very helpful in traffic control of the steady stream if semis headed to Atlanta.


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Old 08-29-2014, 07:50 PM   #38
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Roamer,
So it sounds like you have Goodyear tires on your coach. Sorry to hear that because I have Goodyears also but happy to hear that you could maneuver your coach easily even with the blow out. Also happy to hear that everyone was ok.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:56 PM   #39
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It was a Michelin 255/80R22.5 G with 21000 miles. I had checked the tire pressure the night before and it was at the normal level of 105 psi. I have had the coach weighed front and rear and know I am at, but not over, max capacity. I have never had the individual wheels weighed. I keep covers on the tires whenever I am parked for more than a couple days. If this was my oldest tire it was made in 2011, but it could have been one of the 2012 tires. Not sure.
Randy at FR says I am the first one to have a blow out on the Berkshire. The road service guy did not have Michelins so he put a Goodyear tire on that was made in 2007. Not happy about that and will either replace it or put it on inside rear.


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Just for grins what is your Steer axel weigh?


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