Originally Posted by cgbrooks
Just got hit by the Rainier tire gremlin. Was checking tires prior to departure on a trip last week and noticed a bulge in the sidewall of one tire. I took the tire to Discount Tire and was told it had a broken belt. I had the spare mounted on the wheel and purchased a new spare tire. I guess I should be grateful I noticed it the day before leaving.
Be careful, my friends, be very careful!!! We had the same experience with our Raniers 2 weeks after taking delivery of our rig in May. We did the same, had the spare put on the rig in place of the bad tire. About 4 hours later and about 200 miles, we had a major blowout with one of the other Rainiers. Luckily, we were not far from a Discount Tire and were able to obtain a new tire for the blown out tire, got it changed, and limped into the Discount Tire where we promptly replaced all tires. Subsequently, we also purchased a Tire Monitoring system which we feel is a godsend. We have the peace of mind knowing what our tire pressures and temps are on the tires at all times. This doesn't mean we won't ever have a blow out again, but at least we will have some forewarning and be able to take quick action, hopefully preventing the massive camper damage we experienced before. Good luck!