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Old 07-21-2014, 11:12 AM   #1
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Question Can you run on three wheels?

Probably a crazy question ...
I had to change a tire this weekend and use my spare. I was wondering if you can run on three wheels in case of emergency?
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:14 AM   #2
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Not very far :-)
Remaining tire and hub on that side will get hot.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:19 AM   #3
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Yup. Just take off the flat. That's one of the advantages of a torsion axle.
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Fortunately and unfortunately, YES. Fortunately, you can get somewhere and out of harms way. Unfortunately the flat or blowout can damage your trailer. Case in point, blow out, not known till signaled by a fellow traveler, damage done. Was able to drive to local Walmart for an unplanned over nighter till we were able to organize the change of tire.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:09 PM   #5
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Probably a crazy question ...
I had to change a tire this weekend and use my spare. I was wondering if you can run on three wheels in case of emergency?
You can also run on just 2 wheels, even if they are on different axles.

BUT, slow way way down, like to 25 to 30 MPH.

In that way, if you get a blow out, you would not lose control of the rig.

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Old 07-21-2014, 12:42 PM   #6
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I had to do it once on the Alaskan highway. At that time, in the early 80's Airstream even suggested you could do it in their manuals.

Today I would be very careful about what happens to the single tire which remains. It will have been overloaded and could have become damaged internally, very easily. That sets you up for a blowout on that tire which has been stressed.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:36 PM   #7
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Last summer, north of Las Vegas, on the way to Reno, I had a wheel bearing fail. Brake drum, broke, I was able to save the wheel, and the tire.
To make a long story short, I pulled our 30' Excella, (loaded heavy), nearly 50 miles to the campground where we were staying. The next day, went into Reno, found the new brake drum, bearings, seals, etc.
It's possible, but drive slow, and pay attention.....

For whatever it's worth..

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You can also run on just 2 wheels, even if they are on different axles.

BUT, slow way way down, like to 25 to 30 MPH.

In that way, if you get a blow out, you would not lose control of the rig.

Andy
Good point, Andy about speed. Once we were aware of the tire failure we very slowly got to were we were going thankfully, a Walmart! Other than the 90 degree temp, we survived!
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We made it for a few miles after we had a tire go. We didn't try to go far and we went slowly.
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I think the procedure is still in Airstream manuals, it is in mine.
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I think the procedure is still in Airstream manuals, it is in mine.
What procedure is that?
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:19 AM   #12
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From our Airstream Owners Manual:

"In an emergency, remove a flat tire. The independent suspension of the rubber torsion axle allows four- or 8 six wheeled units to be safely towed on three or five
wheels for a short distance (100 miles maximum) and
only at a low speed (30 MPH).
Be especially careful when crossing holes or dips in the road. Under these circumstances it is good practice to set your rear view mirrors so that you can observe your tires at all time."
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