I can tell you this, the experience was scary.
It was a travel day and we were leaving Jacksonville, Florida to head to the Tampa area. On days we are hitting the road, Mike does the outside stuff by putting away our lawn chairs, the fire pit, the Blackstone grill–all of the things we get out while stationary. He loads the golf cart, hitches the truck for towing, takes care of the sewer, and disconnects the electric. It’s an unbalanced work load, because all I do is stow away items inside to make them safe for travel and do some housekeeping. We weren’t in a hurry since we were just a couple of hours from our destination, so the morning was leisurely and relaxed. I was ecstatic to get out of Jacksonville and looked forward to our next stop.
We were driving down the road and exchanging banter when all of a sudden I heard a loud bang, which sounded like a close-range gunshot. Mike tightened his hold on the steering wheel and got us onto the side of the road as smoothly as possible (I will post a video below which caught the moment on camera). When we exited the motorhome to see the cause, it was a front tire blown completely to shreds. We’ve heard stories about blowouts causing extensive damage to RVs and causing severe bodily injury in uncontrolled situations. We both said our prayers of gratitude for being safe.
Mike handled the situation calmly and expertly. He’s one of those guys who researches and practices safety measures before they happen. I’m so thankful for his tenacity in this regard. It could have ended very badly had he not been confident in how to handle the disabled motorhome and get it off the highway.
We called Good Sam Road Service for help. Mike explains the process in the video below. To make a long story short, we had a tire delivered and installed within two-and-a-half hours of the accident. It was enough to propel Mike to make the decision to purchase new tires all around.
The good news: We are safe and unscathed.
The bad news: It was a financial setback on top of other repairs we recently needed.
The outcome: We still love this lifestyle of working, living, and traveling full time in an RV. There are unplanned issues from time to time, but there are unforeseen events in life no matter whether it’s on the road or being in a sticks and bricks home. We are learning to roll with the flow.
Below is a short video describing the incident and the outcome.
This video was made the day of the actual event, how Good Sam responded, tire repair, and explains how the tire monitoring pressure system did not work in warning of us of impending blow out.
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