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Old 06-28-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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Dodged a tire bullet, so far.

I've been traveling for the last 11 weeks (3,000 miles towing) and plan to continue for the foreseeable future. I have had full confidence in my Truck and RV, which is a comforting feeling when your on the road, solo. However, I noticed a slow leak in one of my RV tires about 4 days ago. I looked for a nail or some other puncture but couldn't find anything. By the way, I found a good way to check the tire. I used the video function on my cell phone. I could move it around and then was able to play it back to see a close up view of the tire, both tread and backside. Anyway, while checking again today. I saw a seam on the outside sidewall of the tire that didn't look just right. I tried water but the opening was too wide so I used some hand cream and sure enough, that was the leak. I was thankful that it didn't blow out on the highway because a sidewall seam blowout would have been bad. If that seam split had been on the inside, I may not have seen it until it blew. I'm glad I have the tire pressure/monitor sensors installed on the tires.

I called the Coach-net number and they have someone on their way out to mount my spare tire. Although I could do that myself, I figured I would take advantage of the service.

The reason for the "so far" in the post title is that I leave this campground tomorrow and travel about 200 miles to the next one. That 200 miles will be without a spare tire and I'll be constantly watching the tire monitor. There is a Camping World about 25 miles away from the next campground near Harrisburg, PA. So if I can make it there without a blowout, I plan to buy 4 new tires there and get rid of the tires that came with the RV. I haven't read anything good about them. They are Power Touring, Trail Express ST225/75R15. They only have about 3,000 miles on them, but I have lost confidence in them.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:44 PM   #2
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I would think it was unusual for a crack at the tire bead.
Did you hit something? Curb?
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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Did you scuff the tire sidewall for a reason or was it like that?

Looks like you may have brushed a curb or something.
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I don't remember rubbing any curb, but these New York roads that you have to pay to ride on (tolls) are very rough. Some of the bridge joints in New York and Connecticut were very bad. I would like to believe it is just this one tire, but my confidence level is pretty low.
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I don't remember rubbing any curb, but these New York roads that you have to pay to ride on (tolls) are very rough. Some of the bridge joints in New York and Connecticut were very bad. I would like to believe it is just this one tire, but my confidence level is pretty low.
All you would have had to do is just brush a chunk of broken concrete.
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There are no marks on the rim and no marks on the tire in front of this one. I agree it could have been a curb that wouldn't have reached the rim, but I don't think I could have brushed a curb with only the back tire and not the front. I wish I could mark it up as a bump or curb causing the problem, but I don't think so.
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I guess that would throw out the "Road Hazard" warranty.

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As long as I can get some peace of mind as I'm tooling down the road listening to the 60's channel, I'm OK. I had that until this tire. I asked the two guys that changed it how many they had seen with a split on the seam like that and they said this was the first. They were relatively young, but probably seen enough to count on their judgment. I have 200 miles of thinking tomorrow to decide to get 1 or 4 new tires. Thanks for ya'll's comments, they helped.
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There are no marks on the rim and no marks on the tire in front of this one. I agree it could have been a curb that wouldn't have reached the rim, but I don't think I could have brushed a curb with only the back tire and not the front. I wish I could mark it up as a bump or curb causing the problem, but I don't think so.
Have to agree that it is doubtful that it is a curb brush or similar due to the lack of scuffing on the tire or wheel. Looks more like it sat flat on the rim and the rim cut it, but it would of had to been sitting on a rather small block like a 2 x 2 to have only cut it about 2".
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I have the exact same tires in the same size as you. Put 5000 miles on last vacation. No problem with the tires--but, my confidence level is also low. Ordered in the Maxxis 8008 in "D" range from Discount tire last week. Should be in this week and installed and I will be ready for my next trip.

What is the age of the RV/tires? My RV is a year old.
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