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Old 06-10-2009, 10:36 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by 85MH325 View Post
That's exactly what happens... the valve stem has a crack, lets air leak out, the tire overheats and either blows out or just comes apart as a high-speed flat. Unfortunately, there's usually not enough left of the tire to tell what actually occurred... and when they replace the tire, the tire buster just pulls the old stem and pitches it... so very few of them are diagnosed.

That's what happened to me, except for the blowout part (thanks to the PressurePro tire monitor), on a recent trip to Florida. I was doing under 55 MPH when the monitor alerted. I pulled over and confirmed the pressure drop, which had dropped to 36 PSI, with a tire gauge. After I got it changed, I noticed the tire had stopped deflating at 27 PSI. After inspecting the valve stem, I found it was cracked at the base, and audibly leaked when flexed. Easy fix... this time.

I plan to replace the 4 year old tires and get metal valve stems all around. After reading some of the horror stories on some of the tire threads, I'm still pondering which tires to buy. Since I'm only riding on two, I'd like them to be the best available.

BTW- Congrats on your Airstream, Chief.

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Old 06-10-2009, 11:41 AM   #16
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Picture time!

This tire has a date of 16/06, Bob
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:41 PM   #17
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I have blown out two sets of Goodyears on my trailer, I have now got Maxxis M8008 ST225/75R-15/E1's Had them for two years and no problems. But they have a speed limit of 65 mph as all trailer tires do, I run them at 85 psi.

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