Oddly enough, I only took pictures of the tire for the insurance company, showing the 3-4 inch band of missing tread from the Akuret tire. This was the second of two blowouts. It happend at 55-60 MPH, in the exit lane. The tire shrapnel pealed back the sheet metal underneath the driverís side slide, in both directions. Somehow it flew up behind the rear tire. The forward metal damage was as wide as your fist and about a foot long. The wheel well fender was completely gone.
I got my rig back today and took it straight from the repair shop to the tire store to have the last two Akuretís replaced with Maxxis. You would be amazed at how thin and flimsy the sidewalls are on the Akuretís, compared to the Maxxis. I had the luxury of having them both in my hands side-by-side. Akuretís are time bombs and shame on Columbus for putting this junk on what is otherwise a great fifth wheel.
Bottom line, I picked my rig up today; it has been in the shop since July 8th. The shop was able to complete the repairs in one day. Almost three months, all because of the ineptitude of the parts process and/or staff at the Columbus factory.