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Old 02-04-2018, 01:32 AM   #1
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Tire blowouts on single axle trailers

I've seen a number of references to people upgrading to dual axle trailers from single axle trailers due to the risk of catastrophic blowouts. Searching the forum I saw one or two reports of people having blowouts on single axle trailers and the blowout was not catastrophic. I'm interested in hearing additional stories of blowouts on single axle trailers either first or secondhand, and whether they ended up as accidents, or alternatively if they were controllable. Please also mention if there was a weight distribution hitch involved and estimated speed, if known.
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:46 AM   #2
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If I ever have a blowout, I'll let you know.
I have heard of blowouts on tandem axle trailers where the driver didn't notice and the shredded tire thrashed the wheel well causing enormous damage.
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:18 AM   #3
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I had a wheel completely come off of a Coleman popup tent trailer once. It was a big one and probably weighed about 2,000 lbs or so. I knew when it happened right away because the truck yawed a bit as the trailer suddenly swerved and dragged on one side. Other than the initial yaw there were no stability issues and it was very controllable. I watched the wheel roll away into the sagebrush in my side-view mirror.

Speed was about 45 on a dirt road with washboard. Tow vehicle was a Toyota truck. No weight distributing hitch.

There was nothing catastrophic about it other than the effect on my wallet.

I know this is a somewhat controversial opinion, but tire blowouts are not anywhere near the top of my list of things to worry about on the road, even with a single axle trailer. It happens -- you pull over, put on the spare and go on with life.
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I've seen a number of references to people upgrading to dual axle trailers from single axle trailers due to the risk of catastrophic blowouts. Searching the forum I saw one or two reports of people having blowouts on single axle trailers and the blowout was not catastrophic. I'm interested in hearing additional stories of blowouts on single axle trailers either first or secondhand, and whether they ended up as accidents, or alternatively if they were controllable. Please also mention if there was a weight distribution hitch involved and estimated speed, if known.
Hi: paulk... From 2006 - 2014 towed single axle trailers. Never had a blow out. I did change the valve stems after reading warnings about them. Had a flat tire on my 5.0TA last winter. I suspect the first tire to run over the dry wall screw set it up for the second one to pick IT up. Noticed the tire was flat the day after setting the trailer up in the campground. $15. to repair it and still holding air!!! Alf
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I had a wheel completely come off of a Coleman popup tent trailer once. It was a big one and probably weighed about 2,000 lbs or so. I knew when it happened right away because the truck yawed a bit as the trailer suddenly swerved and dragged on one side. Other than the initial yaw there were no stability issues and it was very controllable. I watched the wheel roll away into the sagebrush in my side-view mirror.

Speed was about 45 on a dirt road with washboard. Tow vehicle was a Toyota truck. No weight distributing hitch.

There was nothing catastrophic about it other than the effect on my wallet.

I know this is a somewhat controversial opinion, but tire blowouts are not anywhere near the top of my list of things to worry about on the road, even with a single axle trailer. It happens -- you pull over, put on the spare and go on with life.

I also had a blowout on my Coleman popup, about a 2200 lb. trailer. I was towing with a Chevy Suburban with no WDH and I barely felt anything different. I did also see in the mirrors that the trailer was not level so I pulled off and put on the spare. It did not seem scary or dangerous.
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Also I was traveling 65-70 mph on a highway, and I got stopped before the tire could begin to break apart. It did no damage.
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Blowout of curbside tire on 15b wile traveling on interstate at 65 mph, no wdh.The trailer shuddered but tracked straight and stopped under complete control. The tread was completely separated from the sidewalls. No damage to wheel well. Worrying about a blowout would not be a factor for me in choosing a tandem axle trailer.
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I had a flat tire on my 21 Escape and did not stop for about an hour, noticed it when I pulled in for gas. When changing the lugs were loose. I was able to continue with my spare and plugged the tire that had a screw. Never noticed anything amiss while towing, no w/d set up.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:59 AM   #9
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I've seen a number of references to people upgrading to dual axle trailers from single axle trailers due to the risk of catastrophic blowouts. Searching the forum I saw one or two reports of people having blowouts on single axle trailers and the blowout was not catastrophic. I'm interested in hearing additional stories of blowouts on single axle trailers either first or secondhand, and whether they ended up as accidents, or alternatively if they were controllable. Please also mention if there was a weight distribution hitch involved and estimated speed, if known.
Blew a tire on my Scamp 5th wheel. No problems w/stability or safety just with repairing the hole in the floor that was flogged by a shredded tire. I pulled over as soon as I could but the tire shredded right away. Note to self always use towing mirrors so I can keep an eye out for soft tires! (forgot mirrors at home...once)
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I had a flat tire on my 21 Escape and did not stop for about an hour, noticed it when I pulled in for gas. When changing the lugs were loose. I was able to continue with my spare and plugged the tire that had a screw. Never noticed anything amiss while towing, no w/d set up.
I'm thinking of picking up an after market RF tire pressure monitor to give notice when one of the tandem tires underinflated or flat.

Looking on amazon, this unit seems suitable:

https://www.amazon.ca/CARCHET-Pressu...+monitor&psc=1
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