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Old 01-27-2013, 10:39 AM   #1
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Sidewall Tear

I cut too short turning into a parking lot and what started out to be a grass patch at the street ended up being a curb in the parking lot. I slowly pulled forward as the front of the two tires (on the driver side) came off the side of the curb. When the back tire came off it was extremely compressed for a second.

Sixty miles later, when I parked in the campground, I noticed a tear in the sidewall of that squished tire (see picture below).

It looks pretty superficial, but I'll probably replace it out of an abundance of caution. What do others think?

Secondly, other than getting experienced enough not to cut corners, what should I have done when I saw that I was going to come off the side of that curb? Backed up and started over perhaps (when practical)?

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:38 AM   #2
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I would not drive on that tire. You cut right through the sidewall, that looks like it could blow any time.


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Old 01-27-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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Back up and start over - - or - if time/space allows, lay down wood blocks or jack pads to make a ramp to roll down.
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Put the spare on before doing any more traveling, then replace the tire as soon as possible.

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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That tires trash. Next time back out and cut it wider or forget the turn. We all been there, and it hurts like hell to replace an otherwise perfectly good tire.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:01 PM   #6
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Thanks all. It's great to have people who will tell you what you don't want to hear...when you need to hear it. The Discount Tire close to where we're camped had 6 in stock. It didn't cost quite as much as I feared. New tire now on the RV.

I like the idea of getting out and making a ramp off the curb. Thanks.

I also appreciate that I learned from these forums in general that I needed to be able to change a tire on my own, so I was well equipped to do that. Best regards.

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