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Default Tire Blow Out - RV Service Recommendations Needed

On my first outing my right front tire blew out heading out of DC on 95 South. Luckily no other cars or people were harmed but it was about 10 seconds of pure excitement. After a three hour delay and two new front tires I was on the road again. Unfortunately there was some damage done behind the right front tire, like the wheel well being folded in half and the main propane line be taken out and some cross brace gone as well. This far exceeds may expertise so I would like to leave this repair to the professionals. Can anyone recommend a RV Service Center in the Northern Virginia Area?
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Dan, Sorry to hear of your trouble. Can't help you with service centers but check the date codes on those other tires if you have not all ready. If the front ones were bad the back ones might be as bad. Maybe that is too obvious to mention but better to say something sooner rather then later.

When I was looking at BB's a couple years ago I saw some with tires 15 years or older. SCARRY
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I'm adding this to my growing list of things you learn the hard way. No need to check the dates now, I'm planning on replacing the other 6 tires before my next trip.
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I'm adding this to my growing list of things you learn the hard way. No need to check the dates now, I'm planning on replacing the other 6 tires before my next trip.
Sorry about your tire problem.
When you get a chance, check your NEW front tires also.
I've seen NEW tires with a 3 year old date code.
Goodyear,for example, will give you a new warrenty on 3 year old tires when I checked with them. Passed.
I'm told tires our size truckers buy (also 24" size) and they don't care about dates as they put 100k miles on them in a year and change them out anyways.
Good luck with tires.
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Hi Dan,

The P.O. of my coach must have had a similar experience with a RF blowout. The large piece of sheet metal that forms the inside rear of the wheel well was loose and had been wired up with a coat hanger. My cross-brace was also loose and all bent up. I have doubts about the "abilities" of most RV service centers and you might have better luck calling a bus company and seeing who they would recommend for body work. I made my own parts and fixed mine here at home. The propane line is likely one for the front heater if it is in the wheel well- the "main line" comes off the tank as rubber hose and then connects to copper up behind the tank on the frame. It is usually high enough up that any road debris would never hit it. Assuming that it's the fuel line for the front heater, just turn off that line at the shutoff in the refrigerator compartment until you are able to get it fixed. There should be an LP gas manifold in there with tags labeling each line. If you are up for a weekend project, I'd be glad to help you do the repair up here in Hershey. I have the tools to pull the tire, safely support the coach and fabricate a new inner wheel well from sheet metal or aluminum tread plate. Making a new piece of copper LP line is pretty easy too with a flaring tool and some new fittings- both of which I have.
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wow,thats an offer nobody could refuse!
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Yeah, Shanes too good to be true.
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I've just got ADD real bad I'll do anything to get outta my real "work". Usually, I go to the office on Saturdays & do payroll. Workin' on buses sure beats that! In all seriousness, he's got the same chassis as I do & I've done the same repair on mine. That makes the job a lot easier.
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If it works out, I'll come and help. Not good for much but I'll buy lunch and run for tools and parts. In addition I'll keep ole Brisket boy focused on the job. ADD my foot. Shane just walks the walk.
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