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Old 06-29-2015, 06:04 PM   #21
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If you are towing a trailer and are scared, I hope I don't meet you coming toward me down the road. As a Boy Scout and a Pilot, I was always trained to "Be Prepared". You have to always be thinking of what can happen while you are moving. You are not "Site Seeing" you are responsible for those you have with you and your equipment.

I have had three "Blow Outs" in my years of towing and had them all under control. As for the damage, it is what it is. You just fix it and plan another trip
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Old 06-29-2015, 06:33 PM   #22
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I had two blow outs on my V-Light several years ago and brand new. We have found out most folks that had the tires on FR call them China bombs as they are about as close to being under rated for your TT.(C rated an most trailers need D) I bought my new camper and had them replace the tires with the ones off my old trailer as they where Good Year Marthon Rated D tires and low mileage. The tires that are inflated with nitrogen is a joke and just another gimmick. Later RJD
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:17 PM   #23
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One of the best purchases I have made is a tire pressure monitoring system. Definitely peace of mind. Real time pressure monitoring for all tires. Shows pressure and temperature. Will set off alarm if pressure starts to go down so you can make a timely stop and repair before structural damage results from a blowout. The best RV $250 I've ever spent.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:23 PM   #24
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I had 2 in the last two trips.. but the GoodYear Marathon tires have ALL (5) been replaced.

1st blow out in April 2015 was on a friday 4:30 PM traffic on HWY I4 just west of Orlando doing about 65 MPH, I was in the middle lane and it was not bad getting over and off the shoulder. Most drivers will get out of your way.

2nd blow out was on HWY 1 about 96 miles out of Key West.. doing 45 MPH @ 1PM on a Sunday in the slow lane and it was easy to get of the road and take care of business... as long as you have double axles or more you should be able to get off the road. Now for damage that depends how the tire blows as to damage to your rig.
Glad everything went okay. I've, also, never had a flat on my TT's (thank-You, Lord) but I do have a fish-eye mirror on the bottom of my tow mirrors and that let's me see down the side of the trailer when I'm towing. (And I never drive faster than 60-65)

So when you got a flat did you feel it? Did you hear anything? Did the steering wheel want to go left or right?
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:40 PM   #25
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This was on one 450 mile trip last year. All inflated to max and using TPMS. BOOM, BOOM and BOOM! Tow Master Tires. OEM from FR. Did I mention over $2,000 damage to unit?
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:55 PM   #26
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With the one blowout I had on the car hauler, I didn't have TPMS on the trailer, just the RV. A passing car flagged me down and let me know the tire blew. Tandem wheels, so it kept going on the one good tire. I have TPMS on the toad now (no more car hauler).

Question for JeffLynn: I've read that if one tire blows in a tandem setup, you should replace both tires as the remaining good one could have been damaged by the increased load. Seems like overkill to me but your opinion would be appreciated for future knowledge. Thanks.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:56 PM   #27
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Oem tires suck, suck, suck. Replaced them all with Carlisle tires.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:02 PM   #28
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First..... Underinflated tires flex more and flexing rubber builds heat. Underinflated tires build heat faster than the air passing over them can dissipate, so they get hotter and hotter, and sometimes blow. Inflate them to the max pressure marked on the sidewall, when cold. What does "when cold" mean? If it's 90 out, and you haven't been driving, that's "when cold". If it's 30 out, same thing... but if you haven't checked them since it was 90, they'll need air. Colder weather will drop the pressure. Check them every day before leaving, while on a trip. If they're more than 3 psi low, add air... again while cold, before driving very far at all. They will show more pressure when you've been driving on them for a while. This is normal and that pressure should not be let out of the tire.


Second..... Nitrogen is a sales gimmick. The air all around us in over 78% nitrogen. Don't worry about nitrogen, it won't help underinflated, or correctly inflated tires.


If you do these things and avoid road hazards and curbs, you'll be fine, unless you have a bad tire to begin with. Not much anyone can do about that. And, unfortunately, all tire makers make a bad one now and then... some more than others, it seems. I know your rig is new and you don't want anything to damage it. Just keep it under 65 and keep the tires checked... You'll do fine...


Quit worrying... and... go camping!!!
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:15 PM   #29
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First..... Underinflated tires flex more and flexing rubber builds heat. Underinflated tires build heat faster than the air passing over them can dissipate, so they get hotter and hotter, and sometimes blow. Inflate them to the max pressure marked on the sidewall, when cold. What does "when cold" mean? If it's 90 out, and you haven't been driving, that's "when cold". If it's 30 out, same thing... but if you haven't checked them since it was 90, they'll need air. Colder weather will drop the pressure. Check them every day before leaving, while on a trip. If they're more than 3 psi low, add air... again while cold, before driving very far at all. They will show more pressure when you've been driving on them for a while. This is normal and that pressure should not be let out of the tire.


Second..... Nitrogen is a sales gimmick. The air all around us in over 78% nitrogen. Don't worry about nitrogen, it won't help underinflated, or correctly inflated tires.


If you do these things and avoid road hazards and curbs, you'll be fine, unless you have a bad tire to begin with. Not much anyone can do about that. And, unfortunately, all tire makers make a bad one now and then... some more than others, it seems. I know your rig is new and you don't want anything to damage it. Just keep it under 65 and keep the tires checked... You'll do fine...


Quit worrying... and... go camping!!!
Great words of encouragement. You mean, wait for your camper, then go camping.. Still have about 12 more days before I take delivery
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:31 PM   #30
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I have a healthy respect for the bad possibilities of a tire or bearing failure on any vehicle or trailer.

I grew up in the era of tubed tires (yes, I've had my AARP card for 20+ years), and had my share of running flats and a few blow-outs.

My current practice is to check cold pressure before leaving in the morning, then stopping as close to 1/2 hour into the trip as I can to do a complete check-over of connections, safety chains, visual on the tires and a heat check of all tires with an IR thermometer. Temperatures should be fairly even, but when driving with the sun on one side all tires on that side will be higher.


I use the thermometer every time I stop for any normal reason (Food, fuel, etc.)
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