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Old 11-30-2009
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Angry Tire blowout in Knoxville Tenn.

I am traveling with my parents returning home from thanksgiving in Gulf Shores Al. My father has a 2003 LX which has(d) original tires. We were traveling through Knoxville Tenn about 9:00 AM when we heard a loud bang and knew that the front passenger side had given way. The pressure pro started yelling but by that point it was too late. Luckily my father had put on a Safe T Plus last year. The coach performed flawlessly in rainy conditions and on a corner no less. It could of been a lot worse.

We found on Google a tire shop 5 mi from us that had a Michellin XZ2 tire. They were not the cheapest and had a dot date of the 43 week of 07 but we had little choice at that point.

Damage report: the fender came apart in the blowout of the tire as seen in the photos.

Are there any shops around that have the fender since BB closed its doors? Does Stephen Birtles have one?

We got back on the road by 11 am headed for NY.

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Dan,

Good no one was hurt. Good job Dad.
Do you know the date code of the blown tire??
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Yeah, it was in 01. I can't say for sure because I'm on the road but I think in the end of that year. I had spoken with my dad on replacing them next spring prior to leaving on this vacation. Well guess we didn't make it that far...
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Thanks Dan , this is good info. I'll stick with the seven year rule.
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Nasty day to be stuck by the side of the road with a blowout. I'm glad nobody was hurt and that the damage was relatively moderate. When one of those big tires come apart, it's pretty amazing.

I had a Tag Axle tire blow last year -- and I'd figured "one more trip" -- and I was wrong. I note that when the tire blew out, my wife thought someone had run into us. Fortunately, it occurred just after we'd stopped at an intersection, so we were going less than 5 mph and nothing was damaged.

About the best I can offer, is, if in doubt, change 'em out.
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Grahamn and Dan,

Glad you guys are ok! Safe travels the rest of the way home.
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Glad to hear that no oe was injured. We blew a RF on our FC last winter. Scared me half to death. Luckily we had a steer safe. I finally got around to fixing the damage.My "fenders" were fine but inner fender panel at the rear of the wheel well was bent. The air brake hose had to be replaced as well. I was lucky that the FC is steel. Even the inner fender panels are heavy steel. Had it been our Dynasty ( Plastic Fantastic) probably would have had damges approaching $5000. The tire blowing was my fault. The date codes were 8 years old!!!
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Thanks guys. We are grateful it occurred with little traffic that enable my father to get out of the middle lane and over to the side without any tractor trailers making any evasive maneuvers. My dad said that he had no loss of control what so ever. That is a very good thing when talking with others without Safe T Plus on there coaches who have experienced blowouts. I also had a Safe T Plus installed about 2 yrs ago. Man, after that experience I can say that they are worth it.

We need to find a good body shop who can get & replace the body piece. My folks will be going to Fla come this Feb. and all options are open. Any help will be greatly appreciated....

In Harrisonburg VA and heading home.
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Dan,

Get on the horn and call all the usual suspects: Holland, Parliament, Bleakley, Coachcraft. Maybe someone has a lead on the original vendor. Let us know what you find out. Those molds have to be somewhere. Good Luck.
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