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Old 05-09-2008, 01:52 PM   #15
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Glad to here you're ok Gina! Sounds like a very scary situation. Does anyone know if these trailer tires can be doubled up side by side like a dually wheel?

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Old 05-09-2008, 03:11 PM   #16
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Glad to here you're ok Gina! Sounds like a very scary situation. Does anyone know if these trailer tires can be doubled up side by side like a dually wheel?
Anything is possible with enough time, effort and money. But unless you want the tire to stick way outside the body, you'd need to take more of the valuable floor space to make a wider wheel well. Not my cup of tea! I'd rather drive a little slower, a little more carefully and check the bearing and tires frequently... as Gina did.

I'd think you'd rather have tandem axles if you were concerned anyway.

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Old 05-09-2008, 03:52 PM   #17
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We blew a tire similarly on I-88 in northern Illinois last Memorial Day. The whole tire came off in one round piece (re-tread?). This was our first trip out with the newly acquired 1986 UHaul trailer and it was a shock! I ran on the rim about 100 yards before I could pull off the road. The rim was so hot that I couldn't touch it for almost an hour, so I ate my lunch sitting by the trailer. I didn't have any special hitch set-up, but the trailer (16' UHaul VT) behaved as yours: just a lean with no swaying, but it felt like running on rumble strips. After I pulled the rim, I found the special UHaul hub had a real grinding noise inside. I think I probably cooked the sealed bearings! When I put the spare on, I discovered that the PO had guestimated on the rim - it didn't quite fit the special UHaul hub spacing. So I bolted it down the best I could, drove home at 35 mph on side roads with flashers on (about 110 miles), and promptly order two new rims from UHaul the next day (this one was bent, so I got a pair). The hub grinding went away when it cooled down, so we used the trailer for another trip without incident. Then, in Wyoming in July, we blew the hub apart - bearings rolling down the parking lot! Luckily no accident - I just saw the tire sitting cockeyed and checked it out. The whole thing was loose and fell apart when I removed the rim. We found a pair of new replacement UHaul hubs in Cheyenne (what dumb luck!), installed one the next day, and finished our trip. Moral of the story... Check your tires regularly, and don't forget to check the hubs and nuts, too! (The other new hub is getting installed when we have some dry weekends.)
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Old 05-09-2008, 04:34 PM   #18
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Glad nothing worse happened! Now you know your rig is stable.

I had a tire blow on my Scamp 13' (no WDH or sway control) and hardly felt it. It was just towing strangely and making some tire noise -- Looked in rear view and realized egg was no longer level, so I pulled over.

With Jayco 16' I had a spring break -- Body dropped onto wheel, felt the drag, saw the unlevel in rear view and smoke in side view -- Propped up spring with piece of pipe I use a extension arm for tools (which bent into a more convenient form) and limped to rv place to get new spring.
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Old 05-09-2008, 05:06 PM   #19
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Was it a passenger car tire?
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Old 05-09-2008, 05:44 PM   #20
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Gina -- I'm so glad to hear you are ok and had good equipment to help out in such a situation. It sounds like your trailer faired perfectly, as well.

When you say sway control, does that mean sway bar? And what is "WDH". I did a scan, but could find a hit.

Last year at Bandon, we camped near a great couple from texas. He told us their blow out story - he moved to "E" rated tires and recommended we do the same. After your story, I think we are ready to do our research and make some changes.

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Old 05-09-2008, 08:51 PM   #21
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I had a blow out as I pulled my new 13' Scamp home from Backus.

On Interstate 90, just west of Spokane, in heavy traffic at 55 mph, the right tire on the blew. (I knew that mainly by the sound, there was no wobble or fish tailing.) By the time I found a wide spot to stop, the tire was shredded and mostly gone. I managed to change the tire using the tools at hand. There seemed to be no damage to the wheel well.

Unlike Gina I didn't feel an earlier bump.
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:26 PM   #22
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Jim, it was a trailer tire, a "D".

I got the replacement and Fred, Robert, Dave and Leslie and I (We ALL stayed at Allensworth.. and Lisa, it's actually VERY nie there this time of year) are at Lake San Antonio. The rim was fine. I got lucky!

Internet is iffy here.. and most of you ARE here..but thanks for the well wishes folks.

but, yep, I don't want to do that again. The window bounced out of my car too (Thats another story). Luckily there were 6 guys here to fix it. Don't think it had anything to do with the big bounce, but.. maybe.

I am not moving for 3 days, so no disaster can happen until I go home LOL!
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:24 PM   #23
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Wow, Gina. So glad you are ok. It is reassuring to know that the Burro was so stable. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 05-09-2008, 11:33 PM   #24
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One of our 13" tires developed a knot and twisted tread last summer (we had hit some bad pot holes on I-40 in NM on our way up to ND). We found it not to easy to get a replacement in Minot, ND. It took about a week to get tires (I went to the next size larger in 13" tire size) (I could have gotten them from Sears sooner, but money is money). I decided to carry two spares, just in case. I carry the second one under the tongue.


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Old 05-11-2008, 03:35 PM   #25
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My local Sears here in Washington doesn't carry trailer tires and won't balance lug-centric tires.

Domenica, the thing about trailer tires is to keep them properly pumped up and avoid driving fast, especially in hot weather on hot roads.

WDH is weight distributing hitch, which takes some tongue weight off the rear of the tow vehicle and spreads it to the front axle and the trailer axle. WDH alone provides some stability but does not itself provide any sway control, however, some WDHs can have sway control built in. Equalizer provides friction sway control and Reese has a dual cam system.

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