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Old 02-21-2011, 12:03 PM   #15
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Ray, it would be worth buying the magazine just for the coupon! What page does it appear on and what's the date of the issue. Please and thank you.
It's in the March, 2011 issue, but you can't just buy one. They are only sent to members of the NRA. However, if you send me your address, I'll mail you mine, I don't need the jack.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:05 PM   #16
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Walmart will not jack up a camper to replace a tire, they would not even put the spare on the back of the camper. Maybe it was the W-M in Tallahasee. The advantage, they are everywhere. I


Not sure if you ever found the cause of your blowout, but wonder if the valve stem was checked? That was the cause of our blowout.

As for Walmart, to my knowledge they will not touch trailer tires (no Walmarts!) They wouldn't even touch my valve stems! I hate valve stems! Had two issues with them, one blow out, one leaking (went directly to the first tire store I could find. Made it!) New valves put on. I have replaced them 3 times since buying our trailer in 08.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:33 PM   #17
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It's in the March, 2011 issue, but you can't just buy one. They are only sent to members of the NRA. However, if you send me your address, I'll mail you mine, I don't need the jack.
Well that's something I can pass up, thanks for the offer... PM sent
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:34 PM   #18
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Harbor Freight has an on-line store, e-mail fliers, all kinds of goodies.
I bought one of the Al jacks after our flat. It is still heavy but has the lifting power. There is a 2 piece handle so you can crank it up pretty easy. I hope I never have to use it.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:16 PM   #19
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Did you get metal valve stems that are put in with a threaded nut ?

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Not sure if you ever found the cause of your blowout, but wonder if the valve stem was checked? That was the cause of our blowout.

As for Walmart, to my knowledge they will not touch trailer tires (no Walmarts!) They wouldn't even touch my valve stems! I hate valve stems! Had two issues with them, one blow out, one leaking (went directly to the first tire store I could find. Made it!) New valves put on. I have replaced them 3 times since buying our trailer in 08.
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Not sure if you ever found the cause of your blowout, but wonder if the valve stem was checked? That was the cause of our blowout.

As for Walmart, to my knowledge they will not touch trailer tires (no Walmarts!) They wouldn't even touch my valve stems! I hate valve stems! Had two issues with them, one blow out, one leaking (went directly to the first tire store I could find. Made it!) New valves put on. I have replaced them 3 times since buying our trailer in 08.
How can a valve stem cause a blowout?

From the dictionary... Blowout - a sudden bursting or rupture of an automobile tire.

The valve stem is not even connected to the tire, it is attached to the rim. Maybe if there is a tube in the tire the valve stem could be involved? If the valve stem leaks, that would be a flat.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:41 PM   #21
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How can a valve stem cause a blowout?

From the dictionary... Blowout - a sudden bursting or rupture of an automobile tire.

The valve stem is not even connected to the tire, it is attached to the rim. Maybe if there is a tube in the tire the valve stem could be involved? If the valve stem leaks, that would be a flat.
How about a sudden loss of air because the valve stem has been torn from the rim? It can happen.
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The first thing replaced on a used trailers should be tires. Metal valve stems are nice but if you replace you tires every 5 years, less if in southern climate, the rubber stems are fine.
For less than $200 you can order 2 new tires mounted on new wheels- http://www.easternmarine.com/14-15-a...ailer-Tire-Rim
that is where I got mine, shipped to my door and I already had the HF jack- worked like a charm!
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:36 AM   #23
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Several years back, there were major problems with rubber valve stems manufactured in China. Anyone in the know, immediately had the rubber ones replaced with metal, not only on trailers but tugs as well. I'd think most people only carry one spare. If you're boondocking and experience two flats or blow outs
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I had the same thing happen on my big Burro. The actual blowout was a non event.. thought I too, was hitting the rumble strips, then I saw the trailer leaning to one side and knew what happened. Sway control, wieght distibution and a clear head saved me from any more damge than a new tire. There was only a few scraps left on the rim when I stopped.

I used my Jeep scissor jack to get it off the ground, put on my spare, waited for manly Dave Boduex to come and tighten the lugs and I was on my way.

I had Good Sam, but for stuff like this, it was faster to do it myself.
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The first thing replaced on a used trailers should be tires. Metal valve stems are nice but if you replace you tires every 5 years, less if in southern climate, the rubber stems are fine.
For less than $200 you can order 2 new tires mounted on new wheels- Trailer Parts Superstore - 14, 15 and 16 inch Trailer Tire & Rim
that is where I got mine, shipped to my door and I already had the HF jack- worked like a charm!
I notice that those tires all all bias-ply. The ones on my camper now are radials (Karrier, 5 ply, ST205/75R14 50psi 1760lbs.). Is there any advantage of one over the other? I do like the idea of buying tires made in the USA like the CARLISLE tires in your link.
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Hi: All...I for one had all my valve stems changed. After hearing about the poor rubber compound in "Made in China" stems I checked mine!!! Sure enough...wiggle the stem and watch the cracks open and close. YIKES! Between '06& '07 aprox. 13 million stems were made and I got 3 of 'em. Ten buck$ a tire to change the stems and no repeats as yet. Trailer Mfg'd in '07 with a Dexter 3500# axle with 15" Goodyear Marathon Radials. Knock on wood I'm still running the original tires.
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Andy, As Greg stated it can and did happen. I had read about the valve stem issues and had taken the trailer down and had the stems changed before we took off ( dumb, a$$ put on faulty stems!) . Our blow out was the first trip after getting the Casita home, total blowout! Tire everywhere! Of course I had new tires put on in the next town. The comments from the tire shop (second tire shop in a week) was, those are new tires they Shouldn't blow out! In my world "shouldn't" shouldn't be a word.................................


The next valve stem issues was later that camping season and the stem completely cracked (which allowed air to blow out if the stem wasn't in the right position), I found it while checking tire pressure before heading down the highway. I drove 4 blocks praying (God answered that prayer!) I would make it to the tire store. Again had stems changed (metal) and haven't had an issue again.
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Sure enough...wiggle the stem and watch the cracks open and close. YIKES!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie

Exactly, What happened to my second valve stem issue!
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