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Old 09-19-2016, 02:02 PM   #11
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After only 5000 miles I changed the Trailer King 235/80/R16 LR E to Carlisle of the same size. My dealer bought the TK tires so someone can get a good deal for a farm trailer that will not see road service
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:35 PM   #12
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Alll About Speed Rating

I won't ever buy tires that aren't rated for at least 81 mph, now that I know they are available. Increasing the load rating also makes sense. No flats on any of my 3 trailers since I upgraded.
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:59 PM   #13
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Tire Failure

We just purchased and installed the Tire Traker 500 monitor and sensors on our TT. What's worrisome to me is that your TPMS didn't warn you what was going on with that tire. The only excuse that I can think of is the absolute sudden loss of air pressure. I bought this to help forewarn us about this, so I'm kind of concerned they aren't as sensitive, or quick in responding as I want. Am I asking too much?
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:06 PM   #14
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The TPMS worked fine. The pressure in the tire was fine and the temp was a couple degrees higher than the rest but not to the point of bothering me. It still had air in it when the tread separated and blew shortly thereafter. The Tireminder immediately alarmed on the loss of pressure. The TPMS will save you in the event of a slow leak or even a serious gash. What it can't do is know when a delamination might occur unrelated to pressure change.

What I can say is to take seriously even the smallest oddity when towing. I knew something wasn't right because of the vibration that repeated both times I set off from a stop, I just didn't put it together with the rest of the information. If you notice something odd, and see something slightly different on the TPMS, it might be worth thumping the tires with a bat to see if any sound different. (Yet another implement I have in the TV that I didn't think to use in this situation.)
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:08 PM   #15
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I'm hoping wmtire chimes in on this. Great pictures for him to see and lend his thoughts on.
Posts 2, and 6.
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:09 PM   #16
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If the tire didn't lose enough air to set off the alarm until it blew, than that's what happens. A TPMS can never discern a blow out versus a slow air loss. If you breech the threshold you get a waring. Your tire is either losing air slowly, in this case you have a chance to pull over and repair or it goes all at once. I keep my thresholds set fairly high for my sensors so even if I lose just a few pounds I want to know so I can investigate and add air. Problem is the transmitters have terrible tolerances so sometimes I get a false error, especially when tires are cold.

I check tread depth every 1000 miles on every tread of each tire. I record it in a spread sheet. A bit difficult to do when tries are rotated often but still give a good picture of what is happening.
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:15 PM   #17
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I thought about a second or two delay before alert was a pretty good notification. We have the EEztire TPMS and it works great but a bulge just isn't normally enough.

I had an alert go off last weekend on the right front because the stem was loose and removing the TMPS sensor was slowly unscrewing it to a very slow leak (It is set to only allow 10% down). I checked them all but it was the only one.

I used a Slime 2X Inflator (Menards for $68) to top it right back up. It's very fast. What kind of portable compressor/inflator do folks carry?
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:18 PM   #18
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wow glad no one got hurt.
I switched out original tires on the SOB bunk house to MAXXIS 8008's

Maxxis ST Radial Trailer Tires | Maxxis Tires USA

no regrets here for sure.
i pick up our new TT toy hauler in 2 weeks and they have loadstars on them... fingers crossed
From the injury potential perspective this was a good event for my wife. She had driven the rig home the last time we were out. (Did a great job FWIW.)

After this, she was actually happier to drive next time. There was absolutely zero drama when it happened. Granted, we were under the speed limit on a generally straight road, but it was a non-event from control standpoint.

We heard the tread separate, felt the increased vibration for a couple seconds and then heard the boom when it let go, but beyond that, it was nothing. Slapped on the hazards and slowly pulled over to the side.

After it exploded, it was not turning so the vibration went away and it didn't even feel like there was a problem.

Like I told her while she was driving. To hell with everything else, DRIVE THE RIG. As long as you don't freak out and jerk it into a bad situation it's going to keep going where you point it.
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I used a Slime 2X Inflator (Menards for $68) to top it right back up. It's very fast. What kind of portable compressor/inflator do folks carry?
I have a $10 Walmart special. It's garbage, but was able to inflate my cut spare a couple months ago to 65 psi in about 45 minutes. (I probably need to buy another compressor..) (I had plugged the tire for emergency only use as that one happened on the way to the camp. It is long on the junk pile.)
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I gave my wife that one for her car. lol It took 2-3 minutes to top mine back off. More time to hook it up. It has 30' range between hose and wire which was more than I needed.
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