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Old 07-03-2006, 05:26 PM   #1
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Tires....Tires....Tires

Remember fellow Airstreamers, when you have a tire failure report it to the proper group that can make a difference. You will need among other things the DOT number branded into the sidewall of the tire. Go to:

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/pr...callsearch.cfm

And describe your incident. If you have a tire pressure monigor system all the better.
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Old 07-09-2006, 10:15 AM   #2
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If you have a tire failure

NHTSA also has a toll free number for those away from home or don't have a computer handy. For those who do not have a computer at all, please pass this number on to them. It is

1-888-327-4236

You still need the DOT alpha/numeric(letters and numbers) branded into the sidewall to trace the tire lot.

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Old 07-09-2006, 11:10 AM   #3
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Flats, blowouts, etc. may soon be a thing of the past. Check out this possible look toward the future, an airless tire: http://autos.msn.com/as/article.aspx...w=autoshow2005
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:57 PM   #4
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Tires without air...

This is a bit off topic, however....

Once we were in the middle of nowhere.... no air pump, no power, flat tire on our truck. My husband managed to (not sure how...) put water into the flat tire and we were able to drive to town to be able to fix it! Water tires.... hummm

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Old 07-09-2006, 07:11 PM   #5
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This is a bit off topic, however....

Once we were in the middle of nowhere.... no air pump, no power, flat tire on our truck. My husband managed to (not sure how...) put water into the flat tire and we were able to drive to town to be able to fix it! Water tires.... hummm

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If you are very creative, city water is usually at around 35 psi and a little above. It's not good for a long distance, but if you are 50 miles from help, with no other way to get there, it can be done.
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Old 07-09-2006, 07:30 PM   #6
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If you have a tire failure

The only required information you need to file a complaint according to the internet is:
1. Tire Manufacturer (sometimes not on tire)
2. Tire Brand name (with this they can figure out
who made it)
3. Tire Line (Example:Marathon ETC)
4. DOT Number (Branded into the sidewall)
5. Tire Dealer Name (where you bought the tire)
6. Dealer Type (sales or service)
7. Trailer Vin (Not absolutely required like
items 1 through 6 but
extremely helpful to the NHTSA)
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Old 07-09-2006, 09:14 PM   #7
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Tractor tires are routinely filled with liquid at relatively low pressure. Water is not compressible so the only softening of ride you get is from the expansion of the tire.

Un-regulated water pressure at our house is 180 psi. I sure did blow up some hoses and values, nozzles, etc. until I found out about the pressure. Of course the house pressure is regulated (hope that regulator doesn't fail). Both of our outside standpipes and hose bibs now have pressure regulators. Even they fail from time to time.
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