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Old 06-28-2014, 04:40 PM   #21
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Repairing a tire with a puncture wound is very common. As long as the hole is up in the tread area, its not a safety issue. The newest style plugs will look like a black pencil eraser in the tread area. Tire repair facilitates routinely repair trailer and automotive tires this way. If the damage is on or near the sidewall, the tire cannot be repaired. If its a slice or cut in the tread area, there needs to be a boot or patch placed on the damaged area from the inside.
Any puncture needs a patch on the inside. Think about it, the plug will not prevent air from migrating past the inner surface (lining) of the tire. When compressed air is allowed to migrate into the plies, a separation is likely to happen. That's a bubble, not good. Add to that, forcing a plug into an opening can further the damage already done, and often does. The only reason to plug a tire is to save time.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:50 PM   #22
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Im not going to debate whether its "acceptable" by your standards or not. Im telling you that tires are repaired everyday with success with plugs. I have one on my truck and one on the DW car as we speak.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:56 PM   #23
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Repairing a tire with a puncture wound is very common. As long as the hole is up in the tread area, its not a safety issue. The newest style plugs will look like a black pencil eraser in the tread area. Tire repair facilitates routinely repair trailer and automotive tires this way. If the damage is on or near the sidewall, the tire cannot be repaired. If its a slice or cut in the tread area, there needs to be a boot or patch placed on the damaged area from the inside.
I agree. I've had a couple tires plugged with no issues. However, on a brand new unit, for what you pay, you had better get brand new tires. No exceptions.
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:04 PM   #24
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Just trying to help.

From the Rubber Manufacturers Association:



"Remove the tire from the wheel.
Inspect the tire inside and outside. The tire may be repaired when the puncture:
Is 1/4 inch or smaller
Is located on the tread
Repair the tread with a plug, and repair the lining with a patch.
Repairs cannot overlap.
Never repair a large hole or one that's in the sidewall. It isn't safe and could lead to a dangerous blowout.

A plug by itself, or a patch by itself, is not acceptable. But a safer tire repair, done to the RMA standards, can give you thousands of miles more use from your tire."

Don't worry, I won't be further bothering anyone here that has made up their mind already. Happy camping.....
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:49 PM   #25
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I know of several tire shops that choose not to plug tires. I would have a problem if both sides were sealed.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:12 PM   #26
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Out of curiosity, because we pick a new trailer in a few weeks, how did you know. Tires look worn, dealer tell you, etc... Usually plugs are tough to see. Only asking so I can be on the lookout. Thanks.
I spotted the plug by accident, I just happen to park the trailer in such a position the the plug was visible.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:19 PM   #27
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Repairing a tire with a puncture wound is very common. As long as the hole is up in the tread area, its not a safety issue. The newest style plugs will look like a black pencil eraser in the tread area. Tire repair facilitates routinely repair trailer and automotive tires this way. If the damage is on or near the sidewall, the tire cannot be repaired. If its a slice or cut in the tread area, there needs to be a boot or patch placed on the damaged area from the inside.
I guess it was a shock because I thought I got four new tires with a new trailer.
The repair is in the tread area, But since I don't know the circumstances as to how the tire was damaged I'm still not happy with it. I've had a tire blow on a trailer,I don't want to experience that again.
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I guess it was a shock because I thought I got four new tires with a new trailer.
The repair is in the tread area, But since I don't know the circumstances as to how the tire was damaged I'm still not happy with it. I've had a tire blow on a trailer,I don't want to experience that again.
I can certainly understand your position. I would have to assume that a nail or screw was found in the tire during the repair process.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:34 PM   #29
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snip.....Did you know that its not uncommon for jayco to plug (repair) a tire at the factory and reinstall it on a new trailer. I have one on my trailer, and this is the story I was given......snip
I guess I could see it happening when in transit from the factory to the RV dealer, or even at the RV dealer's lot....., but a common practice at the factory I find an interesting story.

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Nothing wrong with plugging a puncture in the tread area, it will last as long as the tire if done properly. We used to plug tires all the time back when I worked in a tire shop. Never had one come back with a problem. However, on a brand new unit, I would expect a brand new replacement tire for it. If they won't do it, maybe they will swap the spare tire over for you, and use the plugged tire for a spare if you aren't comfortable with it.
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