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Old 10-18-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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Burnt bearing tow question

we recently had the unfortunate problem of a burnt out bearing while on a cross Canada trip. When we called CAA we were advised that the towtruck dealers could not tow in our Rockwood Ultra lite 8285ss because of the rubber torsion suspention. They would not just remove the wheel and tie up the axle, to tow. We had to be put on the flatbed of a tractor trailer unit.
Could we have run this 5th wheel on three wheels to the next town where we could find a service centre?
Has anyone tried this and with what results?
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:12 AM   #2
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I have a friend that had a flat on his fifth wheel, and he tried that- removed the tire/rim, and proceeded on 3 wheels to the nearest town- even drove at 50 mph, and the other tire blew after 8 to 10 miles! It also was very unstable- felt very different pulling it. I wouldn't try it myself!! Randy
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:22 AM   #3
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It depends on how far the next town is and how much load is on the axles. If it was just a few miles I'd probably chance it. One thing I would do is overinflate the one tire by ten psi. On ST tires you're allowed to do that to increase the load carrying capacity. I'd also replace the tire if it was more than a couple of miles.
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