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Old 06-02-2014, 08:33 AM   #1
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Where not to have a blowout.

Friday on our way to Virginia's Eastern Shore we suffered the nightmare of a blown front right trailer tire. Where? Just before the 3rd island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel! We made it slowly to an emergency pull off. Not a fun place to change a tire but kudo's to the Emergency Assistance folks on the CBBT. They provided traffic management and a longer lug wrench! I had checked the tire pressures the night before and looked them over. I suspect I hit something. Other than hearing it and the Ecoboost downshifting, no other indications. No sway whatsoever. Our weekend ended up fantastic though.

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Old 06-02-2014, 09:09 AM   #2
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Camping is an adventure isn't it! Changing a tire within a few feet of the white line isn't fun. Especially on a major highway. You made it safely and that's what matters.

I had to change a tire a few years back, no berm on the road, just a few feet of gravel. Of course it was the road side tire. When I can, I try to travel roads that have plenty of pull off options or secondary highways where I can pull off rather shortly. Like I said, I try to travel those roads. In your case, you had no choice.

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Old 06-02-2014, 07:23 PM   #3
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If your TT has Carlisle or Aukert (I think thats how its spelled) tires, count yourself lucky! I had a Cherokee that had all 4 tires PLUS the spare (all were Carlisles) blowout within 15 months of each other on various highways and I always checked tire pressure and covered them all the time and they were only 8 months old when this started. Carlisle made good on 2 of the tires citing Mfg. defects but nothing on the other 3 plus the damage done to our TT. These trailer tires are usually speed rated for only 65mph and your taking a BIG chance if you travel faster. Word around various forums is that Goodyear Marathons and Maxxis RV tires are the best out there...My Columbus 320rs came with Westlake tires but I constantly monitor pressure and cover them. For the time being, I am keeping my fingers crossed but after 5 years of the Mfg. date on the tires, I will probably go to either Goodyears or Maxxis.
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:44 PM   #4
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I have Westlakes on my '14 320 and TPMS. So far so good. 8500 mi last yr and 2100 this year with another 9000 mi to go. I watch them closely.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:46 PM   #5
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I had a blowout on a new Flagstaff from hitting a curb...never felt the flat tire until a passerby alerted me to it. My trailer did not leave the driveway until I put a tpms system on it after that!
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