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Old 09-21-2015, 04:00 PM   #1
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TT on 3 wheels how far can I go?????

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?????
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Old 09-21-2015, 04:06 PM   #2
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Too many variables, age of tires, temperatures, road conditions, are all factors in this. A few miles maybe. Keep in mind that you would be doubling the weight on that one tire that's left on the one side. I would slow down, turn the flashers on, and get off the freeway ASAP.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:19 PM   #3
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Pure curiosity, but unless you didn't have a spare, if your going to pull over and jack the trailer up and pull the blown tire where it sits anyhow, why wouldn't you put on the spare? I haven't yet had a blowout, but I assume even with a blowout the dual axels would rotate weight onto the blown tire requiring you to jack the trailer up to remove the blown tire
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:24 PM   #4
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Seems if you taking the time to remove one tire, it would be a no brainer to throw the new tire on. Not sure you could drive anywhere with 3 tires on 4 hubs...bigger question is Why? If it's unsafe to put a tire on, wouldn't it also be unsafe to take one off ?

Easier to just sign on to a motor club and let them worry about it.
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:07 PM   #5
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I have much experience in this area. Go no farther than you have to in order to get out of traffic and safely stop.
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:34 PM   #6
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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?
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:39 PM   #7
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A problem that I see with this scenario is that you really have no idea whether you have damaged the single tire while doing the work of two.

Some other things to consider.

The missing tire can cause the axle to unload on the opposite side so you are really loading up two tires, not three.

It isn't unusual for a dual axle to only have trailer brakes on one axle. If the missing wheel is on that axle then you only have one tire doing the braking.

Crawling along might be ok, but that has its dangers on an interstate or highway. That said, from experience I can say that changing a tire on an interstate is no fun either.

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Good info guys. Thanks for clearing that. I was told to keep going until a safe place. My thinking WAS, why drag the flat.

Thanks, got it.
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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!
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This happened to my son on the Interstate. We were following him pulling another trailer and saw the whole thing. What we did worked out great and nobody got hurt.

* Pulled over and stopped immediately.
* called 911.
* The police knew a good local station that serviced the interstate and he called him.
* The police stood by with lights flashing all the time the service guy took care of the problem.
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