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 5/10/2012 4:22 PM
 

Hi all my grandparents have 94 bounder on a ford chassis with a 460 motor. Every time they come from Florida to CT or vise versa they have a blowout from one of the rear tires. The tires a fairly new especially because everything one blows they replace with a new one and this have happend several times. They tow a Saturn view an it is connected bumper to hitch so all for Saturn tires are on the ground. Any thoughts? I am using this Rv in August to go to minasota and want to make sure it is in top shape, which it is in except for the tire situation

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 5/10/2012 4:53 PM
 

First off, it's imparative to make sure "all" the tires have the correct pressure in them, especially the inside duals on the rear. More than likely the valve stem extentions are the culprit, they usually are. Tires of the pressure required on a motor home, "should" all have steel or brass valve stems, no rubber ones with a tire that carries over 50 psi. Another thing is learning how to read to age of the tires. Just because they have lots of tread doesn't mean they're road worthy. If you'll look in the sidewalls of "all" the tires, you'll find an imprinted section that has a manufactures code stamped on them. Usually it starts off as DOT then some numbers or letters I've forgotten what they pertain to. Towards the end of the little oval DOT spot will be 4 numbers, usually the very last 4 numbers. The first two digits of these four indicate the number of weeks in a year, example "3504" this would be the 35th week of the year, or about August or so. The last two digits denote the year, "04"= 2004. The rule of thumb especially on something as heavy as a motor home is about 5 to 7 years depending on how often the motor home is used. The longer they sit the harder on the tires. Frequent driving, warming up the tires is actually good for them. It keeps the chemicals in them pliable, the more they sit the more the flexing compounds leach out. This can usually be detected by tiny spider web sidewall cracking. After owning five motor homes and 2 5ers, I'd like to feel I'm passing along good information.


Neil
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 5/10/2012 9:38 PM
 

I have solved my tire blowout problem on my fiver by buying the cheapest tire I can get and driving not over 60mph and limiting my driving time per day to 5 or 6 hours. so far from Missouri, 2 trips to Florida and back and one trip to Colorado and back with no problems. Heading for Utah on Saturday with the same tires and max inflation of 80psi as usual.


Every Day is Saturday funner travelin, Ebs,Donna & Beezer the Beast & Buffy the Bitch
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 5/11/2012 8:25 AM
 

Neil: Your post couldn't have been more informative


Frank FitzGerald Middleton MA RexAir 37' with Saturn L300 Toad Oh Yes I almost forgot, Pat-my copilot
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 5/11/2012 9:38 AM
 
 Modified By Neil  on 5/11/2012 10:44:16 AM

Hi Fitz! it's good to know some of us "old timers" are still around and keeping an eye on the newer generation of RVers. You no doubt remember, let's see how long ago was it?" when the discussion of tire life was a prime subject on the forum. Apparently all that research, knowledge and findings have gone by the way side. Now if we could only reincarnate (here goes the ole faulty memory again) ???, Rosie, and Tina the terror" in the Ole Entry Level".

"Ah Ha"!...... I had one of those fleeting memory recall moments. I think the gentleman I was trying to refer to was DD Williams, of "eog" fame.


Neil
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 5/14/2012 5:28 PM
 

Yes, DD Williams was always a joy to read. I always enjoyed his posts and his point of view. Going back even further we had a lady who's name started with "M" I believe. I am having difficulty dredging that name out of the cobwebs of my mind. Wait, was it Mavis? She was always in the thick of it and so much fun. I believe she started the blue tarp thing and perhaps the box wine. Another we haven't heard from for awhile is Dutch. Those were fun times on the board.

Bob K from PA


Bob and Gwen K from PA '99 Endeavor 37WDS4 2009 Ford Tarus or boat Four cats
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 5/14/2012 8:55 PM
 

You're close, it was Melva, and she passed away several years ago. She was a very special lady, who added a lot of color to the forum. Dutch is still on this side of the grass and lurking. I just returned from Dutch Country, the Maryland Eastern Shore, and thought of him with every crab I ate. Is that enough to flush you out Dutch? Good luck - Dave

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 5/14/2012 11:18 PM
 

Yeah, Dutch is still around. Not very active on this (or any) RV bbs but that's because of sloth. I remember those "good old days" when "Fleetwood" was a fighting word for some people and Willy was looking for the coach of his dreams. John, Kirk, and a number of folks made the board an exciting place. I guess I just got away from it. (Sniff) I'll try to do better, especially since I finally remembered the %$#@ password!

Dave, we just got back to the ES but haven't had any crabs yet. Trying to decide which child to sell into slavery so we can afford a dozen.


Dutch '07 Allegro Bay 34' '09 Honda Fit Sport Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly
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 5/14/2012 11:23 PM
 

Regarding the tire blowout problem, Neil gave you good info. I'd only add that an old timer (and tire-savvy motorhomer) said that he's discovered that if one of the tires on a set of duals is a Michelin and the other is not, there can be blowout problems. Why? Because (he said) the Michelin sidewalls are a bit softer than most other tires. This can cause a disproportionate amount of weight to ride on the non-Michelin dual which can cause heat build-up and premature failure. He (and I; I have Michelins all around) was not downing Michelin but was saying that they don't play well with other brands. Just a thought.


Dutch '07 Allegro Bay 34' '09 Honda Fit Sport Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly
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 5/14/2012 11:39 PM
 

Dutch - It's been a long time since I got sticker-shock in a restaurant. 18 crabs, 2 beers, 2 cokes, 4 very small bowls of crab soup = $170 + tax and tip and a cleaning bill! Those little cans of crab that you buy in the grocery store now look pretty good. Good luck. - Dave

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