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Old 10-03-2016, 11:49 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by JPSPete20 View Post
We were early into a two month trip when a similar blowout took out the under liner and both water lines. I duct taped the lines and we ran off of the pump, only leaking some when the pump was running until I could get to a hardware store with the correct tubing and couplings to splice in new sections of water lines. This only took about an hour.

Following that, I measured the areas above the wheel wells on both sides. At a Home Depot, I had two pieces of half inch plywood cut and sprayed them with black enamel. I then screwed the wooden panels in place and applied more spray paint.

A quick and inexpensive, on the road fix that came out well enough that I have just left it in place. The plywood is not as strong as steal plate, but as it is screwed on, it is easily replaceable and may be removed if I need access to the area.
I attempted the same immediate repair, buying some 1/2" ID lines and connectors. I cut and damaged pieces and added the connectors numerous times, but there was always another hole somewhere. Must have cut 6 to 8 inches off each hose. The wire in the tire was like bullets on those lines. I ended up finishing the trip without water, but luckily it was just me. I patched the hole as well, but it isn't pretty. On the same trip, a semi blew his tire in front of me and a piece went right under my truck and trailer, ripping the underbelly liner off. Epic trip and I'm glad it's over.
I currently own two trailers, both less than a year old. One in the shop getting delamination repair, and the Forest River getting tire damage repaired. I should have stuck with tents!

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Old 10-03-2016, 11:58 PM   #12
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I've been thinking of having the wheel wells sprayed with LineX, the material used to protect truck beds. Has anyone heard of that being done?
Got to agree with 325BH. I've got Linex in my truck bed and had them spray my tool box as well. I threw a ladder in my truck one day and dented the tool box pretty easily. The linex didn't soften the blow. Linex needs a strong, solid base I think. It would work on our frames, but those floors aren't as thick as I thought they'd be. A tire hits hard and has wire similar to a stripping wheel in it. I'm leaning towards some 1/16" sheet metal welded to the frame, and even that may not save me from a future blowout.

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Old 10-04-2016, 12:18 PM   #13
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What will help more than anything is a good TPMS. That should be standard, I mean you can't see your tires back there so when the tires lose the air and you keep going is what's causing the problem.

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Old 10-07-2016, 10:31 PM   #14
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Most times those crap tires just blow cause they are junk ! Buying good tires is the first thing to do , then a moniter. Ist tire sets up the nail and the second tire gets it !
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Old 11-13-2016, 10:43 PM   #15
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Wheel well mod: Blowout Prevention

We have a 2015 Shockwave. The tires that came on it were two years old. One blew on the road and the others were coming apart. They were no name brand. I kept them at 80 psi before every trip. We were in a pinch and ended up with Rubber Master tires all the way around which are load range F, 12 ply tires. Recommended pressure is 95 lbs on these ones. Hoping we get 3 years out of them.

I also had to repair the insulation above the tire that blew out. Used sheet foam insulation, galvanized sheet metal, and 2 cans of auto under coating over everything. Pain in the butt but it's way better than the way it was before I repaired it.

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