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Old 05-06-2014, 06:11 AM   #1
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Helped Out a Fellow RV'er

I was traveling north on I65 yesterday morning in central Alabama to pick up a couple of parts for my 5'er and I saw a large Raptor TH southbound pulled over on the side. I knew I would be coming back south in 15 minutes or so and sure enough he was still there so I pulled in behind him to see if I could help. He had a blowout on his right rear tire and broke his socket taking off the lug nuts. He said he needed a 13/16 socket real bad. I had one as well as a long breaker bar. He finished taking off his wheel and was on his way shortly. He offered to pay me, but I told him just to remember what I looked like in case the roles were reversed some day. The last time I saw him he was traveling south on I65 at the 219 mm.

The tires looked ok with plenty of tread, but we all know about that. I didn't snoop to see the age of the tires. They were ST235/80-16 and Towmax or at least the flat one was. It blew out according to the owner loud enough that he heard it. By the time he got stopped it had damaged the side of his rig including destroying his electrical wiring in that area. The entire tread came off and was wrapped around the axle inside the brake drum. He had a heck of a time unwrapping it. Fortunately his brake wiring was not damaged.

I was glad I was able to help. He had called his road service, but was expecting a long wait.


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Old 05-06-2014, 06:17 AM   #2
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It always makes me feel good when I can help a fellow RVer in need.
Like you said Ed, we have all been there at some point.

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Old 05-06-2014, 07:31 AM   #3
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Well done "edatlanta"

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I have done that twice now for a fellow RVer. Including my brother, who did not have the proper tools. He shredded a tire in the middle of a major interstate interchange at the beginning of a construction zone. That was fun.

Thanks for helping out.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:32 AM   #5
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You're a good person Ed and there are so few of us left we need to lookout for each other .
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:45 AM   #6
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"Pay it forward" is usually what I say to someone who I stopped to help.

I carry a 3 ton floor jack in my truck and frequently stop to help with flat tires
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Well done Ed.
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Thanks for helping out a fellow RV'er, Ed. What goes around . . .
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:45 AM   #10
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Learned a long time ago that boaters and Rv'ers can easily find themselves in desperate situations and in need of help. Something as simple as a small amount of fuel, a socket, or maybe a ride to the next exit is a trip saver for the person you help. I've been on both sides of this and have come away feeling good regardless of being the helper or the helped.

Good Job dude!

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