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Check your tires

Postby Barnyard » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:56 pm

Some of you recall I had a blowout on the inside dual of our motorhome on the way to the Tug in July. It had done a lot of damage to the underside. At the time we found out the tires were made in 2004. They had a lot of tread but I still went ahead and replaced all six tires.

Last week we took the motorhome in to get an estimate. Turns out the frame support that runs all the way across the back tying the two side rails together and supporting the fuel tank, as well as protects the floor from damage, was twisted on the side of the flat tire. This is one piece and has to be install as one. None of the shops around want to mess with it due to the time it will sit in the shop if further damage is found above that support. I am told it may have to go back to the factory in Elkhart for repair.

My shop has not come up with a final cost as yet, but they said I could be close to $12,000.00. Yes, that is 12 thou not 12 hundred.

Bottom line, check your tires and be safe.
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Re: Check your tires

Postby Urbish » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:59 pm

Holy $&^%! Ouch!

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Re: Check your tires

Postby tst » Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:17 pm

trade it in

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Re: Check your tires

Postby Barnyard » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:27 pm

tst wrote:trade it in


Why?
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Re: Check your tires

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:00 pm

Local body shop here just finished one that had the same problem, except the wheel was directly below a slide out which was also damaged. I think it was at their shop nearly 2 weeks.
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Re: Check your tires

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:02 am

Sounds like it is time to call your insurance agent.
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Re: Check your tires

Postby Gary Dotson » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:08 am

I've seen a lot of R.V.s damaged by tire failure, it gets expensive real fast! I have followed the 8 year rule for some time now. I pulled a great looking set of tires off of my motor home, last year because they were approaching that age. I hear that some tire experts are now saying that they should be replaced at 5 years. I follow the same guideline with my trailers. The idea of setting along the side of a busy highway, with a flat tire, does not appeal to me, especially with the motor home.

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Re: Check your tires

Postby Barnyard » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:24 am

outdoors4evr wrote:Sounds like it is time to call your insurance agent.

Agent was called before I took it in for the estimate.
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Re: Check your tires

Postby Mr E » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:55 am

Gary Dotson wrote:I've seen a lot of R.V.s damaged by tire failure, it gets expensive real fast! I have followed the 8 year rule for some time now. I pulled a great looking set of tires off of my motor home, last year because they were approaching that age. I hear that some tire experts are now saying that they should be replaced at 5 years. I follow the same guideline with my trailers. The idea of setting along the side of a busy highway, with a flat tire, does not appeal to me, especially with the motor home.


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Just lost a tire on my big trailer on a return trip from Louisiana. Happened within a 1/2 mile of home so I got really lucky. When I put the new tires on they told me to change them in 5 years or 60 months, whichever came first. :lol:
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Re: Check your tires

Postby Denny Clayton » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:36 am

Gary Dotson wrote:I've seen a lot of R.V.s damaged by tire failure, it gets expensive real fast! I have followed the 8 year rule for some time now. I pulled a great looking set of tires off of my motor home, last year because they were approaching that age. I hear that some tire experts are now saying that they should be replaced at 5 years. I follow the same guideline with my trailers. The idea of setting along the side of a busy highway, with a flat tire, does not appeal to me, especially with the motor home.

There may be something to that 5 year thing. Just yesterday while winterizing and preparing my 2012 camping trailer for winter, I was putting on the tire covers and while hooking up the ties I noticed one of the 4 original tires had a big knot on the back side. Really makes you stop and think! :big what:
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Re: Check your tires

Postby Mr E » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:30 pm

Denny,
Do the tire covers really help? Should we be using them on our trailers??
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Re: Check your tires

Postby Bill » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:46 pm

When I replaced my tires, I said did not want new tires that were old at the time of purchase. Check date code before they install them.
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Re: Check your tires

Postby Denny Clayton » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:35 pm

Mr E wrote:Denny,
Do the tire covers really help? Should we be using them on our trailers??

They came with the camper when we bought it, so I use them. It keeps the sun off the tires. Maybe they're only as effective as aluminum foil under your hat. :hattip: :roll: :wink:
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Re: Check your tires

Postby Ben B » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:41 pm

Definitely true about the tires. On our lo-boy trailer at work we got new tires, or so we thought. 4 of the 8 they put on were 8 years old, new old stock. Well, they started cracking in about 3 months. Company rules state that we must replace tires every six years regardless of condition, but none of us thought to look at the date codes on brand new tires. We sure do now. Even with tires new in a warehouse, after setting for years, or even covered, they're not safe after so long.
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Re: Check your tires

Postby Bbhzx12 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:08 am

I had one peel apart on my trailer, not duals, Northbound in Va. The tread landed square in the middle of my friends hood, that Saab paint didn't look too hot afterwards!
Good luck with the camper, blowouts make a huge mess.
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