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protect truck from blowouts?
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:49:57 pm »
So my buddy just had a tire blow out and do 10K worth of damage to his 2014 Dodge ram-new bedside,new tail light,new bumper,new bumper sensors,plus bodywork.He has full coverage so he only has to pay 2 $500 deductibles one for body work and one for tires and his truck will be fixed good as new.Now I'm wondering if there is anyway to protect against that sort of damage because non of my vehicles are worth enough to have full coverage on, nor do I make enough to justify the extra expense of full coverage...So I am wondering if anyone has ever made some heavy duty wheelwells to protect against stuff like like,and if they every had to do their job?
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    Re: protect truck from blowouts?
    « Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 02:43:00 pm »
    hd well wells ain't going to stop the steel belt from tearing stuff up . better to check your tires often , make sure they are at the proper air pressure , as that is often the cause of a tire failure . replace severely cracked dry rotted tires . You are your best protection , check them , and if you air down , 4 wheel over objects KNOW you are bruising your tires by severely bending the belts . If they thump , check them .
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    Re: protect truck from blowouts?
    « Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 03:39:17 pm »
    I've had blowouts take out frame rails on a trailer. , Most blowouts can be traced back to tire damage. In the big truck world, it is often from idiot drivers bouncing trailers over curbs. Except for one brand new front tire, Every blowout I had, was an outside trailer tire, and less the two hours after I picked the trailer up from a trailer yard.

    Blowouts are rare, most non professional drivers may go their whole life and never have one.

    As said, better to put your efforts into tire maintenance, then trying to harness the energy of a blowout.
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    Re: protect truck from blowouts?
    « Reply #3 on: September 11, 2017, 05:00:38 pm »
    Exactly, prevent the blowout, don't try to prevent the damaging effects from having one. There is some more preventions not listed above, watch the road and avoid running over debris or drifting off the pavement.

    I drove commercially for 10 years for two different tight ass company's but I never had a blow out on my truck or trailer. I took care of the tires and they lasted until the tread was gone, usually had to be slicks before they would get replaced. 

     However, a few years back I was returning from a camping trip and had a bolt come out of my front drive line and take out the right tire on my tent trailer at 70 mph. Holy smokes it was violent! I will never forget that crazy next few seconds and glad there was no on coming traffic. Luckily there was no damage to the trailer or rim. It was a new tire and the pressure was checked before the trip, now I take my Ryobi air pump with and check before it hits the road both directions.

     Anyhow, some you can't prevent, sure, but most can be. If I had gone back and checked the torque on my driveline after a period time driving the truck I may have noticed the bolts were loose before they fell out. I can understand not being able to avoid a piece of debris or simply not seeing it in time to adjust but, tire pressure, condition , and abuse are all things that can be controlled and they happen to be the common reason for having a blow out.

    Prevent the blow out!
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    Re: protect truck from blowouts?
    « Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 07:31:42 pm »
    blowouts are actually the #1 reason I prefer a dually chassis for my serious tow trucks over a SRW truck - having another tire supporting the weight on each side takes a lot of the 'stress' off of the tires.  Plus if one does grenade then the other is still there keeping things in line until you get pulled over,... to change yer shorts...
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