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Old 11-11-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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Crabman suffers a blowout.

Crabman suffers blowout Sunday just outside of Crisfield Md. returning from Janes Island SP. Tires are Good Year China Marathons and are date coded 2008 so its time to replace. Was only a few miles from campground so speed and heat were not a factor. I had just completed my usual walk around before departure and the tires were not noticeably low on air. Luckily I saw the damaged tire when making a turn and it must have just happened cause there was no damage to the wheel well or anything else. The sidewall blew out but the tread did not have a chance to separate and flap into the wheel well which usually wrecks havoc. Pulled over at an old abandoned gas station and put on the spare.

New set of Maxxis load range D (had C on old tires ) will be ordered post haste.
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:12 AM   #2
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Good to hear it didn't do any damage. That's quite the blow out. Front or rear axle?
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:18 AM   #3
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You are most fortunate.
I had 2 of my China Marathons blow last month. They were all less than 2 years old. First one did 2k damage to the side of my rig. Second one had tread separation and went flat while I was camped.

After the dust cleared with Goodyear, Insurance and local dealer, I have 5 new G614s on the rig and it is at the dealer getting repaired.
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:56 AM   #4
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Good to hear it didn't do any damage. That's quite the blow out. Front or rear axle?
Rear axle. The sidewalls on these tires are very thin and soft.
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:58 AM   #5
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Glad your safe!
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Old 11-11-2014, 01:07 PM   #6
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That's a good failure when you don't get camper damage along with it.

I will not run one of those tires farther than from camper dealer to tire dealer and in my case that's about 5 miles of white knuckle time.

Maxxis is a good choice and going from C to D is another good decision.
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Glad there wasn't any damage . Seeing and stopping is very important. Had a friend have that happen last week on the way to Florida he was not so lucky as he had some damage . I am really thinking about tire minder as we usually put 5 to 6 thousand miles on a year.
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I think the "noticeably low on air" is the key. It's been a couple of years now, but when I replaced all my tires after a blowout the mechanic told me that the valves were all cracked and in bad shape. The tires were only 3 years old, but the valves maybe had not been replaced with the tires. The valve on the tire that blew probably let the tire deflate and then the walls flex too much and give out.
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Old 11-11-2014, 01:59 PM   #9
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When pricing ST tires I noticed the Maxxis were a bit higher then the Marathons and others. But folks seem to have nothing but good things to say about them. Money well spent for the peace of mind. I have 4 on the way...
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Glad you're okay and no damage to the TT either.
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