He was going down the mountain doing 65 an hour
when suddenly there was a scream
something is wrong with the Airstream
the steering was really gittin mean
He heard a big THUMP and a bang
the truck began to swerve
the sound of metal wrenching
coming to a curve
As he tried breaking, there was a lean
stopping this monster was getting mean
finally off to the side of the road
Did a tap dance and slowed down the load
What he found when he looked to see
was the shell of a tire that used to be
steel belts sticking up in the air
held together with what seemed like hope and maybe air
Anyway enough of that tomfoolery. I took the Airstream out with my Brand new tow vehicle (2013 F-150, 300 miles) and as you may have surmised from the above I had. a tire disintegrate at speed, while going down the mountain
That's when I found out that the RV dealer that had service my bearings last, had put the tires back on with about 2000 pounds of torque. Even with a 24 inch cross wrench it was damn near impossible to get the tire off. I had two of my nephews along and even they had difficulty removing the damaged tire.
In addition to the above difficulties I realized that my spare was at least 15 years old, was a 700/15 six ply truck tire and was mounted on the original split rim. It looked a lot better than the tire that was on the Airstream so we put it on and limped on in to our camp at 55 miles an hour the rest of the way.
The next day I had to take the other tire and rim off to make 107 mile round-trip and buy a new set of tires. Imagine my surprise when the tire guy looked at the shredded tire in the back of my truck and said these tires are from 2004. I thought they were a couple years old obviously time slips by when you're having fun.
The tire did some pretty severe damage to the underside of the Airstream as evidenced by the pictures below. You can see it even bent the steel cross brace behind the wheel, tore off quite a bit of the belly pan so that you can even see the insulation under the bed.
While the damage is bad enough it could have been a lot worse, so I'm thankful that I got away with the minimal damage occurred.
I guess the moral of the story is I should've been more diligent in checking the condition of my tires before I left on the trip.