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Old 05-26-2022, 05:40 PM   #1
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My Turn / Tire Failure

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Heading to Las Cruces NM, rear tire BLEW. Heard the pop, saw debris fly and TST Alarm … believe front tire kicked up something and rear tire ate it. Had been debating changing the 2017 tires. Lessons learned:
1- Make sure jack will jack up trailer (try it)
2- Make sure you have the plan to fix it
3- Impact wrench would not loosen nuts
4- No break over bar, had to use torque wrench
5- Got spare out because bolt and slide were lubed
6- Practice changing a tire

1- Minor body damage
2- Spare had tire monitor and pressure
3- 54 Towing in Tularosa NM was four miles away ( jack wasn’t big enough)
4- From tire failure to drive away was 45 minutes
5- Shady side tire failure, opposite side from traffic
6- Wide shoulder
7- Day time and breeze blowing and temperature below 90

Big-O Tire in Silver City NM (next days stop), got me a set of Sailun tires the next day $960 out the door on four tires.
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Old 05-26-2022, 06:39 PM   #2
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When we did our original upgrade from the Goodyear Marabombs, the Sailuns weren't available, so went with the Goodyear G614's, which were available if you ordered the rig that year. Not only did I have the four on the ground replaced, but also had the one on the spare rim replaced with a G614. Didn't want to risk a failure of a cheap spare in the remote possible need to have to use the spare if a tire went flat. Finally had the Sailuns installed last year due to wear caused by a bearing failure several years earlier. At bit over $2,000 for the five G614's in 2013, but was well worth it having serious tires on the rig. Glad your damage wasn't more serious than it could have been.
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Old 05-26-2022, 07:26 PM   #3
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wrench is key

If your impact would not remove the lugs you need to get the Earthquake impact at Harbor freight. Cheap insurance that you will get the tire off. I have a medium duty DEwalt that claims it will do it but it would not if the battery is just a little low even a full charge it would struggle. I had a flat, in a parking lot thankfully, and the Earthquake made quick work of the lug nuts using the truck Hyd. jack and a torque wrench to tighten things up. If you have a flat on the truck at 165Lbs believe me you`ll need it. The Dewalt wouln`t budge them. Works great for the wheel bearing greasing routine to. Manual labor is for the birds at my age.
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Old 05-26-2022, 07:56 PM   #4
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Welcome to the club! Unfortunately, THIS is a club no one want's to belong to. I certainly feel your anguish, but glad you kept everything under control and were able to get a fix in a timely manner. This is the part of RVing that certainly is no fun!
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Old 05-27-2022, 04:16 AM   #5
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I would add $960 for four sailuns installed to the blessings list. That's a great price. I paid close to that for the tires alone and had to pay another $35-$40 each to have them mounted and balanced.
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Old 05-27-2022, 08:02 AM   #6
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What brand of tire blew? And, they were original tires?
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Old 05-27-2022, 09:32 AM   #7
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I use a large socket and long handle to do lug nuts. But actually haven't done that in 5-8 years or so.

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Old 05-27-2022, 06:53 PM   #8
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I have carried a long handled 4 way chrome lug wrench in my truck bed for years. Has worked well on the 5er as well as the truck. The extra length and being able to push and pull at the same time makes it pretty easy.
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Old 05-27-2022, 08:30 PM   #9
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The tires were taken from my 305 when I traded - 2017 date code. Now have a 25"break over bar and 20T jack. I'll get the tire off the ground after breaking lugs loose.

Take a close look at the wheel - not on the ground - IS kept the tire OFF the road saving wheel ... never heard anyone mention that.
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