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Old 09-18-2015, 12:58 PM   #31
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A heat gun is no substitute for a TPMS. Wise up folks, you can't use the gun unless you are stopped and that is a long time after the tires have heated up due to low inflation which could only be a nail, etc. B&B, just keep on believing that N filled tires don't loose air and a heat gun is the best preventive measure.
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:46 PM   #32
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We purchased our Rockwood ultra lite 8289WS in October or 2014. Currently we are only weekend campers with a few longer trips here and there. One tire blew out in August of 2015! (the tire wall blew). They were Trail Express only 6ply (the lowest ply you can put on a trailer). We contacted Forest River and were told since we purchased "better" tires (10ply) instead of the cheap ones they couldn't reimburse us on the warranty. We have been fighting with them. As of today they said they would reimburse us $75 for the tire (we did replace all 4 for fear the others were as crappy).
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:57 PM   #33
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You are right, Tireman9. I should not have called it a "blowout", as I have no technical background or understanding to say that was what occurred. I should point out that I did not use the term to critique the tire or to glamorize what occurred, though. As I've posted on here about this event before, it was my "first flat tire on the TT". I do have this photo, which I took alongside the road:
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I did not know it was flat. My TPMS did not alert. Instead, I was waived over by a fellow traveler, and I stopped to find the tire in the condition pictured above. I checked my TPMS to see if the pressure loss registered and saw this:
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I don't know if the sensor was working prior to the flat, or if the incident somehow destroyed the sensor.

In answer to your question, no complaint was filed, since I don't (as you suggest) really have a basis for blaming the manufacturer. Tires were all inflated when we left home, then one wasn't. I treated it like a flat, just like an flat on a car. I suspect the damage illustrated in the photo is from driving on it unaware of the air loss.
I lost a tread belt using the same TPMS monitor and the tire held pressure for a minute or so after I stopped on the roadside. My replacements for the OEM tires had a nylon cap which is supposed to prevent total separation like the one I experienced. I had considerable damage from a short duration flogging.
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Old 09-19-2015, 07:41 AM   #34
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A heat gun is no substitute for a TPMS. Wise up folks, you can't use the gun unless you are stopped and that is a long time after the tires have heated up due to low inflation which could only be a nail, etc. B&B, just keep on believing that N filled tires don't loose air and a heat gun is the best preventive measure.
After I had my blow out, I took OC'S advice to me to spend the money on a TST system. I have a heat gun and use to do the same thing as B&B. Now that I have the system I measured my tire heat with the gun. The temp was like 15 degrees different then what the TST system showed. The heat gun is good for measuring the temp of the hub, to see if they are not getting hot from a dragging brake only. If you see on your monitor that a tire is getting hotter then the rest, there is a reason for it. But it is really useless to get an internal temp of the tire. That is why it's best to invest in a TST system. Do I check my air pressure with a gage everyday no, I turn on the system and wait til I get a reading on each tire. If I'm between 65 and 63 PSI all around I'm good to go. That is the way I do it but others might do it differently.....
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:01 AM   #35
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:38 AM   #36
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Tires,Heat gun,or TPMS? Youroo!!
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:35 AM   #38
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Bob I used the #507 flow through and plain old air....
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I used the TireMinder system for 3 years. What I experienced with mine was, I would check and adjust tire pressure before every trip. And with Monitor in hand I would install the sensors. All would appear good. Then while on the road after an hour or so I would scroll through and check psi and temp of each tire. I would have random tires that the pressure and temp never changed from when I left my house so I knew they weren't working. I would stop walk back to the tire with monitor remove and reinstall the sensor and it would start working again. I totally lost all trust in the TireMinder I never knew if they were working or not. TireTracker TireMinder and a few others are all from the same manufacturer just different names on them and are worthless IMO. After talking with TireMinder support they suggested I send my Monitor back to them and pay for a upgrade at a price that was just about equal to buying a new complete TST - 507RV 4 Wheel Towed Vehicle System w/ Cap Sens & Repeter from Vulcantire.com I went with the TST-507RV and they are flawless...
Back on topic, IMO most tire failure or what people are calling a blowout is caused from losing air and driving on an under inflated or flat tire and not knowing it.
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:35 AM   #40
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I'm a believer in the 507 system. I had one sensor that would not read correctly, I called and said to loosen my schrader valve on that tire. It wasn't making good contact. Did that and never had a problem since, so once again OC thanks for breaking the difference down for me on the best to by. If I had a MH with a toad attached, I wouldn't buy the repeater til you try it out I know I can be 15 to 20' from my trailer and it will still pick them up. So I would wait you can always get it later.
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