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Old 11-11-2015, 01:04 PM   #11
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I can't believe someone isn't offering wheel well protection add ons for just this reason. It would seem to me that some type of owner installed material stronger than particle board would sell a few sets.
I've seen several TT's with wheel well damage (my neighbor's was one of them).
Something that would protect the well would have to be TOUGH. When the tire starts coming apart the steel cables are like flails. Just a rough estimate but think of a dozen or so of these on a wheel turning something like 600 RPM.
Maybe 1/4" steel plate?
I had no damage from my 2 tire failures (other than 2 dead tires) due to my tire pressure monitor.
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Old 11-11-2015, 05:32 PM   #12
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I'd think that adding something would be better than the extreme flogging that the flimsy particle board flooring could withstand. Even if it was like a motorcycle helmet where you bang it good once and replace. Would still be cheaper than the damage to the unprotected wheel well.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:56 PM   #13
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Mine has Aluminum panels at the bottom. I watched a guy fix his press board siding last summer with a teen son in camp. He had the pieces precut unscrewed and rescrewed the panels, taped, rattle can painted the bottom all the way around the 5th wheel. Looked good when they left.

Cosmik Debris you got me thinking ....... a bolt on protector ...........
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I agree a protector form blown tires in the wheel wells would save a lot of heart ache and money. When a tire blew on a fifth wheel I had it took out the fender, side paneling, black water tank, plumbing, and bottom cover material. $3800 repair.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:40 PM   #15
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From all the reading I have been doing on a lot of different RV forums websites, The Tire Pressure Monitors like Tire Minder and TST have saves a lot of people from having severe blown tire damage to the RV. It warns you of tire pressure going down and you can get pulled over right away.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:20 AM   #16
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I am a strong advocate of TPMS on any rv. There are best, better or good ones depending on your preferences. IMO it is the best thing I ever did to enhance my towing experience.

That said, it is not the end all to tire problems. If you hit a sharp object on the road and have a catastrophic tire failure, The TPMS system will know about it almost the same time you do if you have eyes and ears.

I have a buddy that has one on his rv and lost a tire and rim on the interstate. A passing motorist told him about it as the TSPS system did not alarm at all.

I have had a similar thing happen to me and I got the alarm at the same time as the blowout. Other times I have been alerted to low pressure and high pressure conditions and was able to safely stop and correct the problem with no damage.
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Old 12-19-2015, 02:32 PM   #17
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I check tires regularly and the day I lost this tire I had checked pressure a couple hours before with 0 low tires and visual inspected as part of "I'm moving the trailer." I drove south on I25 about 30 miles ... I did not see any thing in the road but 65mph or just under the tire blew with no warning. Not sure TPMS would have changed a thing.
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My first failure was catastrophic. The tire threw 2/3 of its tread in one piece. The TM lit up with a "Blowout" message. I heard "something" but I would have spent some "seconds" figuring out what. The message prompted me to look closely in the rear view and could see the tread flopping in the roadway behind me. Got to the shoulder before the flailing tire could damage the 5th.
For me a TPMS is required equipment.
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