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Old 10-30-2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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Do steel belted tires cause more damage?

I was on another forum and looking at pictures of severe damage to a fifth wheel caused when a tire separated. It appears the steel belt got wrapped around his spring shackle and bent it. I have had a number of tires blow or dissentegrate but never had any damage to the trailer. I don't remember if they were steel belted or not. By the time I stopped there was never enough left to tell. This caused me to wonder if the steel belts are so tough that they are what tears the trailer to pieces. Would we be better off without steel belts?

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Old 10-30-2012, 09:54 AM   #2
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i think what tears trailers apart in blowouts is the remaining tire on the rim still spinning at a high rate of speed beating the snot out of whatever gets in its way. radial tires run much cooler than bias ply tires. low tire pressure and speed also builds heat so check your pressure and slow down a little.
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