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Old 03-17-2016, 09:47 AM   #1
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Stuck in Austin TX with leaky GYM - Options?

Well, here we are in Austin TX with a leaky Goodyear Marathon tire.

TT is a 2016 27' FC FB bought in Dec from Colonial. We have about 3,100 miles towing so far and till yesterday had no tire issues. Yesterday morning in Lomgview TX leaving camp my TST 507 TPMS alarmed for the left rear at 54 psi. All three others were 65 psi. I aired up that tire to 65 and we drove to Austin. During the trip the tires heated to approx 72 psi 82 deg and ended there, except the left rear which ended at 68.

This morning left rear is 57 psi. I cannot visibly see a nail or defect in the tread or rim. We are going to discuss options with both Coach Net as well as the local Airstream dealer in Buda TX (30 miles).

Looks like options I have are:

- Keep airing tire up daily. I am worried this leak will get worse.

- Go get a can of Fix A Flat and attempt to seal the leak. This Might work more short term, but not sure this is a permanent fix.

- Put the spare on and get the original left rear's leak addressed. This is ok but I still have the suspect GYM.

- Take more time in Austin and get a set of Michelin P235/75R15 LTX M/S2 15" tires installed. Obviously this is my preferred magic wand solution, but we have yet to see what logistical tire fitter support is available in the Austin TX area.

We have one night left in our current RV Park (Oak Forest) and will be relocating RV parks tomorrow to a TBD park in the Austin area for a longer (5-7 day) stay.

Thoughts?

Suggestions?

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Old 03-17-2016, 09:56 AM   #2
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Take it to a Discount Tire dealer in Austin area. Have the tire fixed and don't make a big deal out of it. SXSW party is still going on in Austin... enjoy the stay.
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:02 AM   #3
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Logistical tire fitter support. Now that's a new one on me.
You do not need to go to an A$ dealer for a tire problem.
Austin is a large city. There are plenty of options.
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I have purchased Michelins from the Sears store at Barton Creek Mall. It is on a major highway and has a huge parking lot. Give them a call today and they can have most any tire in stock for you by early morning the next day. You could tow your trailer there or just remove your wheel and drive it over. It shouldn't take them more than half an hour to swap out for you. Take I-35 South and exit Ben White/71/290 West. It circles west and then north after a couple of miles. Exit onto 360/Capital of Texas Highway. The mall is just a couple of miles north and immediately after the intersection of MoPac/Loop 1.

Yes, all streets in Austin have 2 or 3 or 4 names. Some have no names. And there are no loops. Good luck with the SXSW traffic this week. Avoid downtown if you can.
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Take it to a Discount Tire dealer in Austin area. Have the tire fixed and don't make a big deal out of it. SXSW party is still going on in Austin... enjoy the stay.

+1

Also, if you want to get a bit away from the SXSW crowds, try:

http://www.riverwayrvpark.com/

just outside of Llano - about an hour or so west of Austin


Or, the State Park in Blanco

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/blanco
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While considering options, I decided to soap the tire to see what might happen.

Discovered a nail or staple stuck into the sidewall near the edge of the tread.

I called Coach Net and arranged to have the spare fitted. Then we'll take the tire and see if we can get it fixed/repaired, then drive on with the trip.

If it can't be repaired, I will likely just get them all replaced with Michelins but at a later date.
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A sidewall puncture cannot be repaired.
Are you up for a 16" wheel and LT tire upgrade?
Will be worth more than the price in peace of mind-
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A sidewall puncture cannot be repaired.
Are you up for a 16" wheel and LT tire upgrade?
Will be worth more than the price in peace of mind-
Why are 16" wheels preferable to 15" wheels?
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Doubtful the sidewall can be repaired.

So few miles, I'd leave the (GYM) spare on the ground, get the "new" spare you want, then eventually replace the 4 on the ground with what you want.

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We had two much more obvious road hazards on our last trip down I-95 and used many of the suggestions above. Since the tire can't be fixed your task is now to find a replacement tire mounted quickly for a good price. We found the GYM at WalMart - twice! - took the tire and wheel to the tire center there and had the new tire mounted (did I mention twice?). If you don't have a good way to jack the trailer and change the tire you now have a more complicated problem but you can work it our. For later look into a Trailer Aid or something similar.
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Why are 16" wheels preferable to 15" wheels?
The reason is the fact that I assume that if one is trying to use an LT replacement rather than ST. The caution in going with 15" LT tires is finding one that truly has the weight capacity to stay within the same cargo carrying capacities that your ST tires have. My Michelin 16" LT's can meet those requirements.

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Doubtful the sidewall can be repaired.

So few miles, I'd leave the (GYM) spare on the ground, get the "new" spare you want, then eventually replace the 4 on the ground with what you want.

Enjoy Austin!

That is my thought also.

I'm getting a quote at a local (3 mile) Southern Tire Mart for 4 Michelin 15" tires in parallel. Thinking they could have them in stock or overnighted, and get them thrown on the trailer tomorrow. I'd just keep the GYM spare on the steel wheel.

Yeah, we are finding Austin RV parks very full. Both the Rodeo and SXSW are ongoing. We were not planning for Austin this week, but because of the closure of I10 at the LA/TX border due to flooding, found ourselves in the area (we are headed to Galveston).
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Highly recommend Lamb's on So. Lamar. Fixed a tire (GYM) on my Sport last fall. I live just blocks from there but I'm at the AS mothership in Jackson Center watching my Pendleton being built!
If it is close to the tread there's a slight possibility that it can be repaired. I like Slime better than Fix A Flat- Nice Selection at Pep Boys just down the street from Lamb's, behind Pluckers Wing Bar (good food, usually). 16" Michelin's are LT, light truck and far more dependable and durable than "trailer" tires. Love the guys at Discount for auto/truck tires... Do not use NTB... they're crooks. Good travels. If you stay a few days I'm back on Saturday; would love to help.
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