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Old 05-24-2024, 03:32 PM   #1
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On a recent trip from Ohio back to Wisconsin a vehicle kicked up a tire scrap, it was headed for my windshield so I yanked the wheel to the right and thought all was well. When I returned home and parked next to the house, I looked out the window to see this. It sheared the head off the pop rivet but looks like it did no damage to the fiberglass. I'd rather be lucky than good any day.
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Old 05-24-2024, 08:22 PM   #2
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Woof, you were lucky.


Several years ago, my husband was driving our SUV behind a semittrailer when the trailer blew a tire. It hit our car, like you, he was fast enough to swerve so that the pieces didn't come thorugh the windsheild but they did destroy the right front quarter panel. Of course the trucker just kept on truckin.


He called the State Patrol who responded and the trooper said what we've been seeing for several years, more and more blown truck tires.



When I was stationed in Texas, it was common knowledge that Mexican drivers would rent new tires to put on their rigs and pass inspection to enter the US, and once they were in the US, they'd return the tires to the guy who made a living doing that . The trucker would then put his bald maypops back on the trailer/truck. And the Bush administration changed the law constraining them from a 25 limit in the US to being able to drive anywhere in the country. So now you see blown truck/trailer tires all over the place.



Is it related? I don't know, but as I said, tire scraps are common now. And it's why I give the big rigs a lot of room...I stay far behind them. I just wish they do the same. I usually drive in the right lane at 60 mph, the speed limit (for trucks) and they tailgate the living daylight out of me.
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When I was stationed in Texas, it was common knowledge that Mexican drivers would rent new tires to put on their rigs and pass inspection to enter the US, and once they were in the US, they'd return the tires to the guy who made a living doing that . The trucker would then put his bald maypops back on the trailer/truck. And the Bush administration changed the law constraining them from a 25 limit in the US to being able to drive anywhere in the country. So now you see blown truck/trailer tires all over the place.

Is it related? I don't know,
So the good tires were rented to allow entry to the US, meaning rented BEFORE entry to the US.. The driver then returned to Mexico to re-install the prior tires and then was able to drive back into the US without another inspection?
You have one thing right: You don't know.
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What did Kenny Rogers say when his tire came off his truck?

“You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel”
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What did Kenny Rogers say when his tire came off his truck?

“You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel”
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So the good tires were rented to allow entry to the US, meaning rented BEFORE entry to the US.. The driver then returned to Mexico to re-install the prior tires and then was able to drive back into the US without another inspection?
You have one thing right: You don't know.
Jonathan, the OP states the good tires are removed in the US and replaced with the bad ones. These trucks are probably not inspected upon return to Mexico…
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Old 05-29-2024, 04:29 PM   #7
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On a recent trip from Ohio back to Wisconsin a vehicle kicked up a tire scrap, it was headed for my windshield so I yanked the wheel to the right and thought all was well. When I returned home and parked next to the house, I looked out the window to see this. It sheared the head off the pop rivet but looks like it did no damage to the fiberglass. I'd rather be lucky than good any day.

Probably danged lucky all around
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