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Old 12-28-2018, 09:24 AM   #1
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Waste valve protection on micro lite 25 fks

Has anyone attached steel fenders over tires to protect waste valves from a possible tire blowout
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Old 12-28-2018, 10:55 AM   #2
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There have been a few threads here about folks attaching steel reinforcement to the area where the tires sit.

Anything is possible if you have room.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:11 AM   #3
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A chunk of tire tread from a blowout could have a lot of energy in it as it flies off. Just putting a piece of wood or metal in between tire and pipes presents a problem. Because there is a slide involved it could be difficult to build enough bracing over the length required to keep the flying tire parts under control.

Might be far easier to just invest in a good TPMS and use the warning it can give when a tire is starting to fail to SLOW down and stop. Just slowing down is enough to cut down on the energy retained in large tire chunk to the point it can't tear anything up.

Unless driving around on old, possibly dry rotted tires, most tires don't just blow out. They start loosing air, get hot, then start coming apart in chunks. Catch them at the "loosing air" stage and lots of damage can be averted.

Checking tires carefully before leaving for signs of "rot" aka 'weather checking', "cracking", can prevent a lot of tire failures too. Just because the tires were fine on the trip you took last month, doesn't mean they'll be just fine on this trip, especially after you have a couple of years or more on them.

TPMS will give warning if you pick up a nail or other road junk. If you heed the warning far less damage risk.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:16 AM   #4
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I was thinking of steel trailer fenders front northern and mounting to frame as an extra precaution fenders wrap below plumbing shouldn't affect slide. They would be completely in the wheel well. What do you see as problems
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:18 AM   #5
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Will do tpms also
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:20 AM   #6
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Putting something like that under there might actually cause more damage to the trailer than without it.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:23 AM   #7
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Thanks for your input probably will just go with tpms and best tires I can get
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