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Old 09-07-2017, 03:23 AM   #1
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Heads up on tire blow out

This past weekend we went up in Pa camping. On our way up the road we had a china bomb blow out, I knew it would happen eventually but the wife was totally against getting new tires when these " looked fine ". I changed the tire and off we went, no big deal right, wrong. When we got to the campground and was setting up I realized we had a major problem when the back part of the slide wouldn't go out. Apparently when the tire blow it ripped out about 12ft of the wiring harness to the slide motor. Needless to say we spent the weekend having to climb across the couch to get from one side to the other of the camper. The idiots ran the wires directly above the drivers side rear tire and that is the one that blew. I plan on looking into putting steel trailer fenders up in there to help deflect blowout stuff from hitting important stuff. I haven't measured to make sure it will work but by the eyeball it should. Have a set of Sailun 14ply on there way for replacements for this set of bombs. Moral of the story, check and see what might get damaged when they go booom.
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:51 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear of your troubles... but if the only collateral damage was losing the wire harness, I'd say you got lucky. I've seen tire blowouts take out entire fenders, siding, flooring, and anything else within a 6' vicinity above & behind said tire... including water heaters, furnaces, etc, depending on their location on various rigs.
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:46 AM   #3
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These new Goodyear tires I bought last week are supposed to be the same size as the ones I took off (better load and speed ratings) but they are very different in size! the new tires are a bit taller (about .75" and WIDER and are made in the USA. I am wondering if they are labled then they change the sizes...
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Old 09-07-2017, 12:30 PM   #4
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ATC is right.. you were lucky. My first China bomb blowout took out the fender, steps, and half the rear quarter panel. Major damage not to mention it wrecked the rim before I got it stopped. I upgraded tires to a "better" known brand and still another blowout. It took out the other side fender and quarter panel. Thank goodness no wiring was involved in either blowout. I now run "J" rated tires.. I feel much more comfortable now with them. You were lucky in the sense of the damage amount.
Welcome to the world of inferior tires for RV's// Buy you better-rated tires and name brand and you will ride more comfortable knowing your tires won't explode. Happy Camping......
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:17 PM   #5
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I know it could have been worst but it made me start to think about what else major could have been damaged, plumbing, gas lines, ect. The rear side panel has a little damage but a little hammer and dolly work will make short work of that. Rim is perfectly fine, I was lucky and was able to stop and pull into an abandon gas station quickly to have a safe place to change the tire. Also I was only doing about 55 at the time so that helped I am sure.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:13 PM   #6
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ST tires are generally rated at 65mph. Good that you were doing 55. Many people are just asking for blowouts by going too fast.
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Did you make your wife change the tire? I would have.
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This past weekend we went up in Pa camping. On our way up the road we had a china bomb blow out . . . the back part of the slide wouldn't go out. Apparently when the tire blow it ripped out about 12ft of the wiring harness to the slide motor . . . Have a set of Sailun 14ply on there way for replacements for this set of bombs.
Sorry to hear about the damage.

Were these the original 10-ply, E-rated, OEM tires? Westlakes?

The Sailuns are a great choice. I've yet to hear of any Sailuns failing outside of flats and road hazard damage.
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:30 PM   #9
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Yes they are the original Westlakes 10ply . The wife didn't change the tire but I did make her get out of the ac'ed truck and stand there and watch and hand me tools. She feels bad but what can you do, stuff happens. I think the remaining Westlakes will work good on the front of my old John Deere tractor, it needs some new shoes'
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ATC is right.. you were lucky. My first China bomb blowout took out the fender, steps, and half the rear quarter panel. Major damage not to mention it wrecked the rim before I got it stopped. I upgraded tires to a "better" known brand and still another blowout. It took out the other side fender and quarter panel. Thank goodness no wiring was involved in either blowout. I now run "J" rated tires.. I feel much more comfortable now with them. You were lucky in the sense of the damage amount.
Welcome to the world of inferior tires for RV's// Buy you better-rated tires and name brand and you will ride more comfortable knowing your tires won't explode. Happy Camping......
What are your J rated tires? How many ply ? What size? On stock rims ? Max load per Tire?

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