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Old 05-14-2015, 06:31 PM   #51
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First off, I will say that the catch fence did what it was supposed to do, it kept the vehicle from going to the opposite side of the interstate where there could be a head on crash and with that fatalities.

In my view, the blown tire caught the MH driver off guard for a second and he ended up in the medium. It looked like he regained control and kept the MH straight for a while and was slowing down. To me, if he did not nudge up against the catch fence, I think he could have saved it and just had a flat in the middle of the grass area. imo, the catch fence caused the MH to flip.

For several years, MO. had only a cable barrier on I-70. This was set up in the very center of the medium. The cable barrier seemed to have very few strikes in the area that I drive on. For the last ten years the Mo. dept. of Transportation has been installing these catch fences on almost every rural 4 lane road. They are installed on one side about 3-4 feet from the left driving lane. This has turned into a major jobs program of reinstalling these fences and a higher single car accident rate. There is literally no time or room to react if something goes wrong, be it rain, ice, snow or blow out, before 'you' are 'in the fence' because it is so close to the interstate driving lane. Hitting a fence so close at 70mph with no time to react it not preferred by me. I want the catch fence in the middle of the medium, with more space to react and grass to slow you down.

Drive safe and have both hands on the wheel at all times.

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Old 05-14-2015, 11:49 PM   #52
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Originally Posted by wmtire View Post
Excellent observation. So far, the site team has merged 6 threads into one about this accident. It is generating a lot of interest. We all hope that the person(s) involved in the rollover is not injured. Also does anyone know if the driver was a member of FRF?
That was an Itasca by Winnebago.

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Old 05-15-2015, 05:08 AM   #53
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Originally Posted by Sigmili1973 View Post
Ok as a "newb" that scared me , but my thoughts are I have TPM installed, I watch my speed im not in a hurry, and Check tires before after, and Check the tires check the tires.... I should be ok right??? I know its not a guarentee but it would be statistically lowered if i eliminate any chance for errors???

You're on the right path. There are no guarantees, as you know. Prevention is the key. I installed a TPMS on our 5er and within 6 months it paid for itself twice in the same trip! I had a flat on the way there, that I was alerted to by the TPMS and had time to safely slow down and find a safe spot to change the tire. The next day I replaced the flat tire and put it back on the 5er.

The TPMS saved us again when, on the way home from the same trip, we had a BLOWOUT. The TPMS alerted us, to be honest I heard it, and we were able to get safely to a location to change the tire.

The TPMS cost about 275.00 (sensors inside the wheels not on stems) and $79 for the tire shop to install them. Worth every penny. Many times you don't know you have a flat and that tire can tear up a rig, or worse, set it on fire.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:35 AM   #54
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Originally Posted by wildwoodtraveler View Post
As a newbie, relatively speaking, should I be running the trailer tires at their max and the truck tires at their max when traveling? Trailer is 50psi; I ran 45psi last Fall on long road trip (dual axel). Truck is 65psi max. I kind of figured with hot weather I should drop the pressure a bit from the max.
This has been a hot topic for years on this forum. I have spent a great deal of time doing research and a good amount of money in prevention, and I'll share what I've learned:

RV manufacturers put the minimum rated tires on the RV for their GVW. So, if you are heading out on a weeks vacation, chances are your tires are at the max weight rating or over, your tires may be overloaded. Get tires with the next higher rating if needed.

Weigh your rig, fully loaded. Know how much is on your tires and have plenty of buffer room.

There is a code on your tire that will tell you the month and year that your tire was manufactured. Don't be surprised that you have a 3 year old tire on a brand new rig. Replace your tires every 4 to 5 years. DON"T WORRY ABOUT HOW MUCH TREAD IS LEFT, it's what you can't see that's going to get you.

Run your tires at max cold pressure inflation (measured at 65 degrees). I found that adjust 2% for every 10 degrees difference in ambient temp (if it's 75 deg out when you check your tires, account for 2% higher pressure in them). This is ONLY for when the tires are cold, you haven't moved in 6 hours. As you drive, tires create heat, tire pressure increases, this is factored into the max cold tire inflation pressure by the tire manufacturer. The closer you run to the max weight of your tires, the more heat is created, the more pressure builds up, the more chance you have for tire failure. If you run your tires lower than the max inflation pressure, you don't get the max weight rating of those tires. The side walls will be flexing, creating more heat, and excessive wear to the plays of the tire. Under inflation can be one of your worst enemies.

My Tow vehicle runs at max tire inflation all the time, 80 PSI. Same thing applies to you vehicle. The vehicle manufacturer is looking for the median of weight and comfort. I can't be comfortable towing, if my tires aren't right and I confident that I have prepared for a safe trip. Look at the actual tire of your vehicle and make sure that the tire are the right rating for what you are towing (again, when you weigh your rig). Many people are surprised what they find out.

I hope this may help some of y'all out. I like to share what I've learned. The internet has all the info to back up what I suggested.

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