Originally Posted by mrpep
Sorry that I'm off topic but what happens when a tire goes boom at 65 or 70 mph on a double axle ?
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I've had 2 'ohcrap' episodes on 2 different 5ers that are eerily the same. The first was on the freeway going 70 (I can hear the slowpokes saying that 70 was the problem). I never heard the first tire blow (passenger side rear axle) but saw debris flying everywhere behind me. No problems slowing down and getting off the freeway (just don't jam on the brakes). Then about 50 miles later the front axle passenger tire exploded and I did hear that one. Again, no problems pulling over. Total damage to the 5er was about 5k plus tires.
The second time (different 5er) was on a rural road going the speed limit of 55 (guess I should of been going 40 according to this thread
Same exact scenario. Same side, rear tire first then front later. Total damage this time was 8k plus tires. Thank goodness for insurance. Of course the next year the rates went up and we had to change companies
I don't know whether I ran over debris that damaged both tires or that the first blowout damaged the tire in front of it. I don't think speed or air pressure had anything to do with either one. I'm pretty anal about pressures and checking the rig at every stop.
I think being tandem axle actually helps during a blowout as you can stay under control on the other tire in my experience.
And I would love to have a tpms but so far I can't bend my brain around the cost for one that actually works
So that's my story about blowouts. Hope it answers your question.
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