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Old 09-10-2020, 07:00 PM   #1
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Sidewall blowout - ouch!

So I'm washing dishes in the kitchen this afternoon.... I heard what I thought to be an air discharge. Kinda dismissed it.

An hour later, I go out back for my weekly crank, and as I'm walking around the bus, I spot this depravity.

Who's got a good deal on 255/70 r22.5 going?
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Old 09-11-2020, 08:21 AM   #2
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If I'm reading the date code right, that's an 11 year old tire. If the rest of your tires are the same age, you will likely be having this issue recurring with the rest of them.

If it blew out the sidewall while just sitting there, parked, then it was definitely very weak. When spinning, a lot of heat is generated in tires, which often causes the blowout, and of course the centrifugal force tends to cause pieces to go flying.

I paid a bit over $210 for a single 295/75R22.5 tire when I pinched the sidewall on an outer dually on a curb. The shop was in Bridgeport, WV, and they mounted the tire without removing the wheel from the vehicle. I did not have the luxury of shopping around, I had to take what was available, so I could get back on the road as quickly as possible.

Shop around, see what kind of prices you can find. Don't forget tire rack as well, but then you still have to pay a shop to mount the tire.

While tires are on your mind, look at your other tires for the date code. That 1009 in the photo that is inside an oval, means the 10th week of 2009.

If your tires are over 7 years old, you should be planning and budgeting for their replacement. If they are over 10 years old, you should be replacing them.

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Old 09-11-2020, 09:58 AM   #3
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This may be a dumb question, but do they balance tires this size or just install them and call it good?
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Old 09-11-2020, 10:07 AM   #4
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Yes, they can balance truck tires but many companies skip it.
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Old 09-11-2020, 10:30 AM   #5
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If I'm reading the date code right, that's an 11 year old tire. If the rest of your tires are the same age, you will likely be having this issue recurring with the rest of them.
Exactly!!!

Replacing tires based on age (7 years) is a controversial topic. At least be aware that many folks in the RV world do it that way.
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Old 09-11-2020, 06:42 PM   #6
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that was a recapped tire see the new dot stamped in it 1R BRR 1 5114 it was recapped the 51st week of 2014. i dont know whose cap it was as i dont recognize the recappers code
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Old 09-11-2020, 08:27 PM   #7
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So I'm washing dishes in the kitchen this afternoon.... I heard what I thought to be an air discharge. Kinda dismissed it.

An hour later, I go out back for my weekly crank, and as I'm walking around the bus, I spot this depravity.
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That looks to be a bubble that formed quickly and burst just as quickly. It happens. Just be glad it wasn't a steer tire and you were parked... Watch the flatbed semi in the left lane at about 0:35 into this video...

For the uninformed, here's how to deal with that situation should it occur... Pay attention, don't panic and act accordingly with the info from this video. It can save your life and that of others. The reason this video says NOT to brake under this condition is that the brake on the affected wheel can lock up, causing the rim to dig into the pavement and overturn the vehicle.
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