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Old 06-12-2007, 09:42 AM   #211
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It worked for me! I'll be ordering my tire pressure monitors soon.

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Old 06-12-2007, 09:57 AM   #212
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Wow, twice in one trip. I'm thankful you two remained safe and that Lucy didn't suffer any major damage.
Right now I'm thinking I'll be buying new tires before next season or maybe even before.

I, too, am glad that there were no injuries to anyone and no damage to Lucy or passing motorist.

Three tires on one trip and two of them in the same day...scary.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:19 AM   #213
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Thank heavens you were alerted to the first blow out, and what a hassle to then have another. It's a good thing you were not that far from a good tire shop. You are having a tremendous journey and it is good that these issues coming up are not limiting your desire to continue to have fun.

Are you emailing Airstream/Thor and your selling dealer with your tire issues? If so, are they responding with any suggestions? Also the tire manufacturer? I'm sure the tire dealers know who the regional rep is and I would think that they would want to be aware of this issue before thousands of us hit the roads for the summer. Have any of the installing tire dealers given you any thoughts on why they believe your tires are blowing? It would be interesting to know what they think it could be.

We really appreciate your keeping us posted on the good stuff as well as the bad. Too often all we hear/see is reports of the problems and not a lot on the upsides of the trip. Please keep the pictures and narrative coming.

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Old 06-12-2007, 10:32 AM   #214
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Why did you not let the tire changer jack Lucy up? I assumed, always dangerous, that we could jack up if necessary.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:39 AM   #215
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I just looked back at your photos of the tires again and it just occurred to me that I should probably get a set of those orange triangle thingies...does it sound like I'm getting paranoid to anyone? Can you get the triangles at Wal-Mart or do I need to go to one of the Auto-Zone/Pep Boys auto supply store type places?
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:49 AM   #216
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My Airstream is one model year newer than yours. Were your tires all the original factory issues? Sorry, I'm not sure if that is what OEM means.

I have used my trailer one season so far plus a few trips this year for a total of probably 6,500 miles. Almost all of my trips involve interstates and interstate speeds. How many miles do you think you had on your tires? I seem to have good tread left, but I don' won't to take chances. I will be having the bearings greased and the brakes checked before our next trip over the 4th. I may have the tires rotated then.
Lucy's tires that have been blowing out on this trip were the ones that came on her from the factory. OEM stands for Original Equipment (from) Manufacturer. We keep a very accurate mileage log for Lucy, and her right front tire that blew near Dallas had 13,700 miles on it. The left front tire that blew yesterday had 16,500 miles on it, and the right rear tire blew out 25 miles later. The tire pressure had been checked before heading out yesterday morning, and the tires had been visually checked about 30 miles before the first blow out of the day. This whole thing has us gun shy when it comes to Lucy's tires. All three of Lucy's tires that have blown out all appeared to be in very good condition and had a lot of tread left on them.

While Lucy's new Maxxis tires were being mounted yesterday, I had a discussion with the service manager at Big Horn Tire Co. in Gillette. This is the kind of place that does mostly big truck and commercial tires, and the manager seemed very knowledgeable. He told me that this type of trailer tire is only good for about four years regardless of mileage.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:52 AM   #217
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Wow, twice in one trip. I'm thankful you two remained safe and that Lucy didn't suffer any major damage.
Unfortuneately, it's three times in one trip. We had two separate blow-outs yesterday.
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What pressure were your running in the Goodyears?
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No, I'm not a tire pressure monitor sales rep, nor do I own one of the companies that make such equipment.

After Lucy's first blow-out several weeks ago in Texas, we discussed which tire monitor system we would be buying. Needless to say, after yesterday's two blow-outs, this will become a priority when we get home.
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Thank heavens you were alerted to the first blow out, and what a hassle to then have another. It's a good thing you were not that far from a good tire shop. You are having a tremendous journey and it is good that these issues coming up are not limiting your desire to continue to have fun.

Are you emailing Airstream/Thor and your selling dealer with your tire issues? If so, are they responding with any suggestions? Also the tire manufacturer? I'm sure the tire dealers know who the regional rep is and I would think that they would want to be aware of this issue before thousands of us hit the roads for the summer. Have any of the installing tire dealers given you any thoughts on why they believe your tires are blowing? It would be interesting to know what they think it could be.

We really appreciate your keeping us posted on the good stuff as well as the bad. Too often all we hear/see is reports of the problems and not a lot on the upsides of the trip. Please keep the pictures and narrative coming.

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No, I have not sent anything to Airstream or the dealer. I figure that they know as much about tires as I know about nuclear submarines.
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Why did you not let the tire changer jack Lucy up? I assumed, always dangerous, that we could jack up if necessary.
I have heard so many horror stories about jacking Airstreams that I didn't want to take any chances, as we were already having such a lucky day.
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I just looked back at your photos of the tires again and it just occurred to me that I should probably get a set of those orange triangle thingies...does it sound like I'm getting paranoid to anyone? Can you get the triangles at Wal-Mart or do I need to go to one of the Auto-Zone/Pep Boys auto supply store type places?
We bought ours at the Airstream Dealer in Alachua, but I have seen them since at Pep Boys. We have gotten a lot of use out of ours already. In addition to tire mishaps, we use one when camped to alert people to the rather long Hensley hitch bar sticking out of the from of Lucy. Mainly it's to alert me.
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What pressure were your running in the Goodyears?
I was running 65 psi. I had checked the pressure in all four tires before we headed out yesterday morning. This was about 100 miles prior to the first blow-out. We were on I-90 the whole time, and We did not notice any debris in the road. We were running about 65 mph and the temperature was 83 degrees. When we changed the first blow-out, I again checked pressure in all of Lucy's tires and all were at 65 psi. The second bow-out happened about 25 miles later.
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THe guys at the factory told me to run at 60 PSI. This has worked for me for over 20,000 miles I had to replace one tire due to a sidewall puncture. the rest of mine are still in good shape. From the failure of three of your four I suspect you got a bad batch from Goodyear. Are they all the same lot number?
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