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Old 08-11-2006, 06:20 PM   #1
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bubble boy!

Here's a photo of the 'bubble' tire that we replaced today!
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Old 08-11-2006, 06:29 PM   #2
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That happens when the tire gets an internal break, and air is forced between the layers in the rubber. It could be from a pothole, or a curb scuff, that happened weeks or even months ago.
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Old 08-11-2006, 06:31 PM   #3
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good thing you spotted that since it was on the inside.

most folks would have driven on it until it failed.

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What is really fortunate I think, is that a passerby stopped along side us just as we turned on to our corner and were pulling up to our driveway..he apparently lived in the neighborhood..

We wondered if it happened too because it might have been underinflated???..Steve didn't want to fill it to the max, especially because of the heat coming back from the Coast to Sacramento where it was 100 yesterday Steve did also notice that there was indeed a small crack on the outside next to the bubble
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We wondered if it happened to because it might have been underinflated???..Steve didn't want to fill it to the max, especially because of the heat coming back from the Coast to Sacramento where it was 100 yesterday
Tires are designed to operate at higher pressures assuming you fill them to the max inflation values. In actuality your tire probably ran hotter because you used the lower air pressure rather than keeping at at the max load figures. A lot also depends on load factor so its very well possible that you didn't need max inflation due to the tire's weight carrying capacity and weight of your unit.

Excessive heat will lead to failure. Although in your specific case the failure may not be heat related. I think we have a thread roaming around somewhere where someone did some measurements using different pressures and the resulting temperatures of the tires after rolling a number of miles. I'll look around.


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Old 08-11-2006, 07:03 PM   #6
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Less pressure will lead to more flexing of the sidewall, and the flexing between the layers of rubber is what causes heat to be generated. Remember the Explorer debacle, with Ford's recomended tire underinflation?
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Old 08-11-2006, 07:18 PM   #7
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You know Terry,

I remember that vaguely!!!..everyone tried to blame everyone else..

At least next time we head out, we'll keep all the info in the front of our minds and hopefully won't have the same experience..of course this is nothing compared to what happened 3 years ago..

We were 40 miles from Sacto on the freeway, Steve looked out the right side mirror and saw smoke coming from under the right side of the Safari, we pulled over safely but pronto!..turns out the wheel had cracked, and fell sideways, got wedged under the Safari. the wheel housing rim tore about 12 inches..There was shoulder of the road that dropped right into a ditch..Steve was thinking about jacking the Safari up, and putting on the spare..I said let's call AAA..we waited then for 20 minutes..the guy who came was a complete idiot..he wanted to put the jack where he wanted to, it ended up going up through the floor next to the oven! he finally put the spare on..we went home, dropped off the Safari and had to leave it for 4 days for another required place we had to be..I called AAA to see if we could take the Safari to any shop, no, had to be the shop from where the tow truck was sent to us..so we drove back 40 miles and they rivited the rip, replaced the aluminum skin..and we lost our moonie, so we had to ge a new one..I'll send some pix in a couple
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Here's a photo on the left: of the rip on the aluminum covering the right tire..note also the tirew/out the wheel

And on the right:here's the after shot of the repair
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ironic door

Funny thing about the warped door..somehow it doesn't affect the door and it's ability to stay closed..in fact, it must need a replacement because sometimes it is hard to open it from the inside!..I'm afraid we could lock our selves in!..sometimes I have to push the dorr really hard to get it to o pen ..maybe it's sealed to tightly w/the strip around the door we put on??

We've only had the problem of the whole door swinging out when parked on uneven ground..not on the road as lots of folks have told us
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You have been trying to come up with a name for your Airstream. How about Bubble Boy? You will always be reminded of how lucky you were.
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Old 08-12-2006, 05:28 PM   #11
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You have been trying to come up with a name for your Airstream. How about Bubble Boy? You will always be reminded of how lucky you were.
Now that's funny, Kent!..I'll always remember the Seinfeld episode if I name the Safari Bubble Boy!..ever watch that???
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I remember bubble boy and would also think of it all the time. How about just "bubbles"?

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I remember bubble boy and would also think of it all the time. How about just "bubbles"?

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Hi Joe,

If I get another 'bubble' in the tire then 'bubbles' would probably be a great fit!

Which reminds me of the other characters on Seinfeld: little Jerry, Elaine, George Can'tstandya, or Cosmo/Kramer!
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