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Old 07-31-2016, 11:59 AM   #21
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yes a punture from the road, and yourTPM saved the rest of the day
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Old 07-31-2016, 01:07 PM   #22
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Since we're on that track, please please please NEVER EVER let someone 'stuff' a plug in your tire, ANY tire, from the outside, without putting a patch on the inside as a flat repair. ANY tire. It's a recipe for disaster. This is a personal plea from me, David.
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Old 07-31-2016, 06:07 PM   #23
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Second tire has now failed...
Sitting at a rest area waiting on Coach Net..


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Old 07-31-2016, 06:23 PM   #24
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1) Your tire minder saved you from some damage to your unit by letting you know of tire problems... twice in one trip. The tire minder has more than paid for itself.

2) I would seem for what ever reason to have a flat about every third trip and I would change to the spare. 'Then'... with no 'spare'.... I would stop our trip until I bought a new tire, which most of the time took an hour or two out of our day. Now I have tire minders and TWO spares and our three very long trips this year have been very smooth and stress free. ....

3) Advice for everyone... get some form of tire minder and two spares.

4) Sorry about your issues and know that you will over come them. Safety, first and always. Safe travels.
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Old 07-31-2016, 06:56 PM   #25
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All 5 of my tire failures have been tread separations. None have been from striking anything on the road. Yours looks like you hit something IMHO.
X2 on the TPMS. Worth their weight in flesh.
X2 on two spares.
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Old 08-01-2016, 04:41 AM   #26
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That looks like a belt ply separation. The distorted tread and opening in the tread area show that. Usually, overloading and/or underinflation are the cause. We can be relatively sure you have maintained pressure, but when it was delivered to the dealer, can we be sure they weren't run low then?
Have you weighed your unit? I don't remember if you said so or not.
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:59 AM   #27
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Those are some Very Rare Tires! They should be "Called/named" Vare A Tread by the look of the Tread Gap! Youroo!!
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:04 AM   #28
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OP - Glad you guys are safe and you avoided major damage!

Now for a quick aside question regarding TPMS.

We just started RVing this year, our first 4 outings have been about 1 hour or less away.

This weekend we have a 3 1/2hr trip and was wanting a TPMS however, most say you need a metal valve stem. One out there says you don't but it is recommended.

OP did you have your valve stems swapped out?

Does anyone run with rubber valve stems? I would like the assurance for the trip. But don't really have the time this week to get the valve stems replaced.
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I run with TPMS on rubber stems and have done for approx 3000 miles so far but I can see why metal stems would be better.
Especially with larger flow through sensors which mine aren't.


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I run the rubber stems on both my TT and my work trailer. The sensors are pretty light. I suppose when I swap out the OE tires on the TT I'll change them then.
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