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Old 09-22-2015, 08:47 AM   #11
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4 way flashers on ..next exit 25 mph max.. stay on the shoulder...
I had to do that this summer...
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:59 AM   #12
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If I had a flat on one tire and I would remove IT, how far can I go with 3 ??? So I can reach a safe place to make the change. Just for the if.

One yr old tires.....5 yr tires how far?????
To the side of the road only. Swap to the spare. You do have the correct wrench and jack aboard? The spare is properly inflated?

That'll take you all the way to the nearest tire store to get the damaged tire repaired or replaced.

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When 1 tire fails, the other 3 are now running with 25% more weight on them. The pressure in them was for less weight. The heat buildup from improper loading becomes a factor very quickly.

Plus the whole suspension system is out of whack! The friction of the tires versus the pull from the hitch goes crazy.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:33 AM   #13
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Another consideration - if you drive too far on the flat, it can start to deteriorate and shred. FAST! And the pieces flying off can damage the wheel well openings (plastic), valance (light aluminum), and even rip off brake wires. I've seen that happen, first-hand, with a friend of mine. By the time he realized he had a blowout and got pulled over, all that damage, and more, occurred. He even had damage to the dinette seat above the plastic wheel well. And my tires are beneath the slideouts on either side, so there could be damage done to the slideout wiring harness (12V, 120V, and control wires). The further you drive on the flat tire, the more likely something(s) will be damaged - not to mention the pretty aluminum mag wheel!
Don't forget about the propane lines. I hadn't thought of those until a couple days ago when someone was telling me about a flat she was helping with on her dad's 5er. All that damage, plus it shredded one of the propane lines. The tanks and pigtails have safety valves just for this, but still...

I looked under my trailer, and the distribution block for the propane system is just inches in front of the front curb-side tire on my trailer. If that tire goes violently, I would be concerned about those propane lines too.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:32 PM   #14
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The GVWR on your trailer is determined by the maximum weight capacity of all four tires. Read the max weight on the side of one tire, then multiply by four. I'm sure that number will match the GVWR on the yellow sticker on the side of your trailer.

That said, if your trailer weighs more than 3/4 of the GVWR, then all three remaining tires are overloaded. So my recommendation is to drive no further than you must. As was stated earlier, if you jack up the trailer to remove the bad tire, why would you not put the spare on?
I thought GVWR was based on the axle ratings and not the tire ratings?

My GVWR is 8995 and the total of my tires rating is 10160.

Also I think it's a stretch to say that all 3 of the remaining tires would be overloaded. That would depend on balance. One tire could be severely overloaded and the other two could be just fine. Lot of variables but the answer to go no further than necessary for safety would seem to be the best answer.
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I know of one member that had an axle spindle failure. They called for road assistance and their solution was to remove both wheels on the bad axle and limp several miles to a gas station where a new axle had to be ordered and then installed. This method would of course place ALL the weight on one axle and 2 tires. I`m not recommending this and have no idea how often this is attempted by those that do this for a living, just passing it on.
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I know of one member that had an axle spindle failure. They called for road assistance and their solution was to remove both wheels on the bad axle and limp several miles to a gas station where a new axle had to be ordered and then installed. This method would of course place ALL the weight on one axle and 2 tires. I`m not recommending this and have no idea how often this is attempted by those that do this for a living, just passing it on.
1) We don't ordinarily carry a spare spindle. So we are dealing with a slightly different scenario.
2) The owner was instructed to put 100% of the weight on the remaining axel (2 tires) for the trip to the repair shop. The axle and tires were certainly overloaded, but still in balance. The OP suggested 3 tires, leaving out hypothetical trailer way out of balance.
3) The owner was instructed to drive slowly (limp) to the repair. The OP here was trying to figure how much he can get away with after a failure and improper repair.

So, the member with the bad spindle followed an expert's advice and all was well eventually.

Hopefully, no one here will try to continue their journey at full speed after they have lost a tire.
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1) We don't ordinarily carry a spare spindle. So we are dealing with a slightly different scenario.
2) The owner was instructed to put 100% of the weight on the remaining axel (2 tires) for the trip to the repair shop. The axle and tires were certainly overloaded, but still in balance. The OP suggested 3 tires, leaving out hypothetical trailer way out of balance.
3) The owner was instructed to drive slowly (limp) to the repair. The OP here was trying to figure how much he can get away with after a failure and improper repair.

So, the member with the bad spindle followed an expert's advice and all was well eventually.

Hopefully, no one here will try to continue their journey at full speed after they have lost a tire.

Yes I realize these are two entirely different scenarios, was just passing this on as food for thought.
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Yes I realize these are two entirely different scenarios, was just passing this on as food for thought.
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