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Cummins12V98

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Posted: 03/26/21 04:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2oldman wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Asked the wife you want to set here..
Boy does that look like my ex! How nice to have a wifey helper along.


It is, she does whatever she can.


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We've been lucky so far. Have only had one flat on the RV in 20 years or so. The one we had was in a bad place on US 58 in VA with a 2 foot wide shoulder and a ravine. First thing I did was call the State Police non 911 number and ask for a block. They transferred me to the local Sheriff dispatcher and I had the block not 5 minutes later. So a shout out to Suffolk VA for the great department they have.
I found a Discount Tire store about 30 miles up the road and bought 2 new tires. TPMS did alert but it was too late, whatever I hit sliced the tire good.
This was a very new to us 5er at the time. I found out that the spare on the road side would not come out the access door on that side, I had to crawl thru from the door side to get it out. Something to check on some 5ers with the spare in the storage area.
Also this 5er has the axles mounted under the axles whereas the former Jayco had the axles mounted above the springs. Make sure if you use a ramp it will get the flat off the ground. I had to use leveling boards to make that happen.
Like someone else said, practice in your driveway. My ramp worked great on the Jayco when I was doing brake/bearing maintenance.


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RAllison wrote:

Getting ready to retire and travel with my travel trailer a lot more. Was thinking about getting another spare tire so I have 2 and a 1/2" impact to change them with. And that got me wondering how many people change their own tires and how many people wait on roadside assistance to show up.

One big thing I did back in the '80s was change all my RV and non rv trailers with 4k up to 6k axles was move to all LT tires. No more carrying 2 spares on road trips. No more ruined tires. Tire mileage went from 12k-15k up to 40k-50k.
The big plus was no more tire issues on any of my trailers and no more hauling two spares around.

For 7k-8k axles the Sailun S637 made for regional service trailers is commercial grade all steel ply carcass that comes in a ST235/8016 G load range at 4080 lbs/110 psi...or for more capacity the same Sailun in a ST235/85-16 G at 4400 lbs capacity. These ST tire can easily go for 50k+ miles. Carrying two spares with these tires is a waste of space and money.


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First thing I did was call the State Police non 911 number and ask for a block. They transferred me to the local Sheriff dispatcher and I had the block not 5 minutes later. .
I'm not sure what you mean by a 'block.' Road cones?

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2oldman wrote:

bucky wrote:

First thing I did was call the State Police non 911 number and ask for a block. They transferred me to the local Sheriff dispatcher and I had the block not 5 minutes later. .
I'm not sure what you mean by a 'block.' Road cones?



Sometimes LEO will put their car in the lane to warn traffic of your vehicle in/near the roadway. Most often they will just order a tow.

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wowens79 wrote:

Had on blow drivers side on the interstate. Luckily a wide should, but it was like 95 degrees and humid in South Carolina. My 16 year old and I coordinated our plan before getting out of the truck. He started loosening lugs with the 4 way while I jacked. I handed home the spare as he pulled the shredded one off, slapped the new one on and dropped the Jack down. Back on the road in less than 10 min.


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2oldman wrote:

I'm not sure what you mean by a 'block.' Road cones?


Probably a deputy's car 50' behind the trailer with his strobes on.

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I recommend better shoes and a pair of leather utility gloves to handle a shredded tire.

I always keep a pair of gloves in my glove box. People often ask what are these for? My answer... it is a glove box, what else would you have in there?


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Hey, let's just be happy a fellow member posted a pic of his pretty lady! Would you rather she had steel toed boots, coveralls, and a dirty face.

I'd sure accept her help, if she stopped to help change my tire! [emoticon]

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I can assure all that she was totally safe doing the tasks she did. I handled the RnR of the spare and bad tire while she installed and removed the lug nuts.

She will appreciate the compliment Jerry!

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