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Old 09-19-2012, 07:25 AM   #21
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Yes, it was white knuckle driving. I was so glad to pull into the Red Top Mountain State Park Campground north of Atlanta and just relax. No damage to the trailer or the wheel on my pickup, I thought I was lucky in that. I went yesterday and put 4 new Michelin tires on my truck. My truck is only a 2007 with about 13,500 miles on it now. I bought it last Sept. at CarMax, only had 4,397 miles on it when I drove it off the lot. We were looking at my tires at the tire shop...they were manufactured in 2003 and was installed on the truck probably when it was built in Mexico around 2006. Low mileage on them but the age and effects got them, plus I think the bumpity bump on I-16 was also a contributing factor. The only thing suffering now is my pocket book.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:11 AM   #22
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ARGH-- Atlanta expressways I HATE them!!
This June we towed northbound thru there via I75.
Mid day on Thursday. It was HORRIBLE.
6 lanes of traffic bumper to bumper all going 65-75 MPH.
Sheesh. My blood pressure goes up just thinking about it.

One guy tried to kill us. I was keeping up with the flow.
Not tail gating but only allowing about 5 or 6 lengths in front.
Some jerk came flying up on my left and cut over in front of
me just missing my front bumper by inches
I thought he had me and braced for the crunch but we didn't hit.
It was that close.

If we have to go thru there again it will be night or early Sunday.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:08 PM   #23
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Yes, it was white knuckle driving.

No damage to the trailer or the wheel on my pickup, I thought I was lucky in that.
I guess I must have timed it just right to drive through Atlanta on a Sunday morning.
I'd be terrified if I had to drive I-285 at anytime of the day or night.

I'm glad your truck survived the blowout without any damage.
On 7/15/10 while pulling my 21' Orbit, I had blowout on I-20 west of Birmingham Ala. The tire destroyed the whole rear passenger quarter panel and exhaust pipe.
Luckily there was no damage to the camper.


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Right after that I had 4 new Cooper Highway tread tires put on.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:23 PM   #24
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I guess I was lucky in no damage to my truck or trailer. My wheel had a few nicks on it but otherwise was good to go. My tire blew out...nothing on the outer side wall was connected...I guess the way it did that prevented damage to my truck. It appears that yours did not go that way.. A friend of mine asked if I had checked tire pressures...yep..checked everything before I left, even the trailer spare. Dw said we could have had the blow out in Atlanta on 285. That would have been a rough one.......I am lucky I didn't blow a trailer tire on it because of the condition of the road. Some of the concrete has some big cracks in it. Next time I got that route I will overnight just north and then go through under the cover of darkness..
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Next time I got that route I will overnight just north and then go through under the cover of darkness..
Amen brother!!! X2
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:17 AM   #26
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Actually, Atlanta is a terrific place to blow out a tire! Roadside assistance will get there fairly quickly. And while you are causing a major tie-up on I-20 or 285, there will be lots of nice people slooowly passing by you, gawking and giving you a wave! Last time it happened to me, many were giving me the sign that I was #1.

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