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Old 08-23-2008, 08:33 PM   #15
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Couple of months ago I had a flat due to a failed stem. Didn't think too much about it until I read this post. After inspecting all stems, two more were looking poorly. Had them all changed today, including the spare. I really don't like changing a tire on a busy interstate.
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Old 08-23-2008, 08:53 PM   #16
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I had to replace all the valve stems in my 2006 Dodge same reason
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Are these vale stems marked with a code/number or anything so you can tell if they are part of the recall? I went to the article about it but it's not longer available. We have rubber valve stems now, but will switch to "high pressure" stems when we get new tires (or replace them for some other reason)...

And just when I had just about run out of things to worry about!
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I have no idea if they can be identified or not. The tire folks pitched the bad ones and I did not look beyond the cracked area when I decided to replace.
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Are these vale stems marked with a code/number or anything so you can tell if they are part of the recall? I went to the article about it but it's not longer available. We have rubber valve stems now, but will switch to "high pressure" stems when we get new tires (or replace them for some other reason)...

And just when I had just about run out of things to worry about!
Terry,

I would replace them all rather than worry if you have bad ones and when they will fail. BTW, if you decide to replace them, go with all metal valve stems......just to be on the safe side. They're all I use on all of my tires.
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Terry,

I would replace them all rather than worry if you have bad ones and when they will fail. BTW, if you decide to replace them, go with all metal valve stems......just to be on the safe side. They're all I use on all of my tires.
Thanks for the advice, Lew...I'll look into doing this at our AS dealer...I'm really leery of anyone not familiar with Airstreams jacking up the Bambi. Or maybe I should just jack it up myself, take the tires (one at a time, of course) to a tire place and have them remounted with metal valve stems. That should kill a day....but then I'd have exprience jacking the little bugger up, at least!
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Thanks for the advice, Lew...I'll look into doing this at our AS dealer...I'm really leery of anyone not familiar with Airstreams jacking up the Bambi. Or maybe I should just jack it up myself, take the tires (one at a time, of course) to a tire place and have them remounted with metal valve stems. That should kill a day....but then I'd have exprience jacking the little bugger up, at least!
Terry,

You should be familiar with raising the little bugger anyway....on-the-job training on a bust road trying to chance a tire is NOT FUN!!!

You'll find a small diamond shaped piece of aluminum riveted to the underside of the trailer in the exact position to place the jack. It is midway between the rear bumper and the wheel well.

Don't forget to use a jack stand next to the jack when you get the trailer off the ground and remove the tire. You could also (if you have a pair of stands) raise the other side and save a trip to the tire shop by removing both tires at the same time and leave the trailer on the stands. It's quite safe, as I store my Bambi like this for 6 months.
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:48 AM   #22
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Terry,

You should be familiar with raising the little bugger anyway....on-the-job training on a bust road trying to chance a tire is NOT FUN!!!

You'll find a small diamond shaped piece of aluminum riveted to the underside of the trailer in the exact position to place the jack. It is midway between the rear bumper and the wheel well.

Don't forget to use a jack stand next to the jack when you get the trailer off the ground and remove the tire. You could also (if you have a pair of stands) raise the other side and save a trip to the tire shop by removing both tires at the same time and leave the trailer on the stands. It's quite safe, as I store my Bambi like this for 6 months.
Well, Lew...here's a toast to your expertise and good advice! Our conversation above came about just before we left for a week to Northern Arizona for the 4CU Labor Day Rally (which was great, by the way...we are new members)...so we had not yet changed our valve stems out.

On the way home from NoAZ down through the mountains and into the Valley of the Sun by less traveled roads...we were going to make a stop for the night in the desert mountains NE of Metro Phx to check out a park there for future reference...but we missed a turn somewhere along the route and ended up in the northern outskirts of Mesa, AZ (an eastern suburb of Phx). So we just decded to head on home rather than back-tracking to hit the park...we'll do it another time...

But it was fate! As we made our way through town to catch our main route home to Tucson, we were coming up to a light in Mesa and suddenly the tire pressure monitor alarm went off and our street side tire on the Bambi was showing 49 lbs...yikes! Within seconds it was down to 14 lbs and the monitor was beeping frantically... We were on the inside lane and had to wait through a stop light...then turned left and pulled into a gas station on the corner along side the building...got out and checked, and sure enough we had a flat...after a little inspecting we realized the tire valve had failed...there was air hissing out of it where it met the wheel... So there you have it. Lew told us so! I examined the valves earler and saw no apparent problems... We are just glad we weren't in the middle of no where and that we weren't traveling fast when it happend. We jacked the Bambi up, put the spare on and were on our way within the hour... We were prepared happily, and all ended well. So listen to Lew when he tell us something! He's the man!

And we also were thanksful that we had the Pressure Pros in operation...we had instant warning that there was a problem...without it we would not have known we had a flat until it was too late.

So thank you, Lew...and thank you, all you Pressure Pro advocates that we listened to...it made what could have become a very bad situation just a good story to tell around the campfire. And that is a good thing.

We are taking the Bambi in to Oasis on Monday to switch out our valve stems and do a laundry list of other things...one more thing to make us feel safer on the road...
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We became aware of the problem last month and published it on our unit website. I hope to get it into our local newsletter. There are no outer lot or manufacturer's markings on the stem to identify the bad stems. The only marking is inside the wheel and can only be seen once the tire is dismounted from the wheel. There are no lot numbers or traceability. The US company that had them manufactured in China is Dill. They are a major US company but their Chinese suppliers let them down by not properly formulation the rubber and leaving our a key anti-ozonant. (Compounds like this can have upwards of seven ingredients.) I would suggest everyone look closely at their valves and replace any showing any cracks in the rubber. The small cost of steel valves with the additional security offered far outways the potential damage that could be done by a bad rubber valve.
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Terry,

Thanks for your kind words.................glad that you made it home safely.
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