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Old 05-02-2021, 07:51 PM   #1
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Rivets Popping

I have a 2012 Flying Cloud. Towed 48k miles. Is it normal for rivets to still pop?

I added stiffer 10 ply Goodyear ST225/75R-15/10 tires and used them 5,000 miles. 4 rivets popped - seems excessive based on my experience. Thinking about trading in the tires.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:02 PM   #2
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If this is a new phenomenon since you changed tires, your tire pressure might be too high. We have the same tires and run them at 65 PSI. What are you running yours at?
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:43 PM   #3
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The first thing that came to mind was "what's the tire pressure?".
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:59 PM   #4
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Likely tire pressure. When I changed out to 16" Michelin's I started out at 75lbs. In the first 2 days of travel, I popped 4 rivets. Lowered the pressure to 65lbs and have not popped a rivet since.
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Old 05-03-2021, 01:11 PM   #5
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I like the 'tire pressure' reason for rivets popping. Seems after any long trip, I have 2-4 rivets to replace. I have assumed that the normal giggling of the rig easily causes a relatively thin rivet to get sheared off. No big deal, easy to self-replace.
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Old 05-03-2021, 01:38 PM   #6
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All my trailers post 19' have been 10 ply "E" rated tires. I have yet to pop any rivets. I agree, tire pressure and you might also consider adding these too:
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:04 AM   #7
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My experience has been to replace any rivets that have popped. I have not had any rivets pop again after I replaced them.

Airstream service tech predicted this when I asked him about popped rivets and his observation proved true for me.

Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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