DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

Right front axle tire came unglued and shed it's tread.

Here's some of the damage results.

We are glad the tread didn't whip upwards and break our garden...

Black tire rubber marks and there's a few steel belts scratches in...

A good view of the extent of the sheetmetal damage, etc.

The freeway was very busy at milepost 45 headin south.

 

An hour and ahalf worth of work with a polishing compound the...

Now just acouple hours of sheetmetal work to straighten it all up...


The move from Asheville, NC to Fairplay, SC is only 135 mile total, but when we got to within 41 miles of our new home, a trailer tire threw a tread. We had to pull over in an area not the safest. We went right to work and got the problem taken care of in no time. While Rebecca unloaded the items from the basement to get to the big jack, Dave walked back up the road to get the tread. With so much heavy truck traffic buffeting the trailer, the stabilizing jacks had to be put down to keep the trailer from bouncing too much and possibly coming off the axle jack. In one of the distant pictures, you can see Dave had to be close to the lane of traffic while putting down the stabilizing jacks, dangerous and threatening. We had just passed a Goodyear tire store operated by Wingfoot. Wingfoot has many big tire stores throughout the U.S. The next day we drove back to Wingfoot, 55 miles, with tread and tire for their analysis and price adjustment. It turned out our tire had 8/32 of the original 10/32 of tread, the charge for a new tire will be $85.45! Whew! We learned from the last one that came undone, you've got to have as much of the tread as possible for their analysis.

The tires we run on our rig are GOODYEAR RST 614. They are load range "G" rated, 14 ply tire made just for these heavy 5th wheels. The retail of these babies is $387 plus mounting, balancing etc. EACH!

The outcome of this fiasco is this. We're blessed to have been safely stopped with not any "serious" damage done that we ourselves can't fix. Dave's pretty handy at this stuff. Yes, alittle delay in our travel and the next day a 110 mile roundtrip for the tire switch, but that's not bad considering the worst of all possibities. The Lord blessed us today!

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