Originally Posted by honda03842
Our approach is to start with good tires. As a result our only failures have been only nails or screws, no blowouts.
Over our 14 years on the road we've plugged at least 6 tires. Every plug worked until the tires end of life. Is their a better approach? Maybe. Though nothing is handier when you're absolutely no where.
I have heard negative comments about them but have never seen them not work.
I only run good tires, also. I'm not saying I wouldn't use those plugs for an emergency, but I wouldn't use it permanently, either. They can dry out and leak, or worse, allow water into the plies and rust the belting. They can also allow air in between the plies and bubble the tire. Sadly, many half-baked tire shops now use them, because they charge the same price and "fix" the tire without taking it off the car, looking for inner damage, or preventing further tire damage.
Like I said, I carry two spares, so I don't have to worry about it until I get home. Once home, it's about a 15-20 minute job to put a rubber patch/plug in to seal it. I do it myself as most tire shops don't hablo ingles, and ram plugs in after you specifically request they don't.
If you want more info, talk to a local retreader. They'll tell you all about rusted belting falling apart while shaving the tire, and it wasn't even from a flat, just something that managed to penetrate to the belting.
The only thing I will put in my tires is a plug/patch one piece combo. If that doesn't work without hitting the sidewall, then my tire is scrap.
has never had an issue, but one tire is pretty much rated for the entire camper weight
. My car trailer runs much closer to max weight
, and likes to eat them. I get the heaviest load range e's I can on it, which helped a lot, but it still happens sometimes.
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