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Old 07-21-2013, 05:30 AM   #1
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Just looking for everyones opinion on repairing a tire. Today, I pulled the wheels on one side to repack my bearings--which is another story in itself (lesson learned: Sunday is not a good day to do bearings. If you need races pressed, no shops are open today.) Anyway, one tire has a screw embedded in one of the grooves (hasn't leaked 1lb). It could have been there for a day or for a year. the last time I pulled the wheels was last year to do the bearings. If it was my car or truck, I would just plug it myself. But since its a trailer, I am very paranoid about the china bombs. Aside from replacing the tire, if I brought it in to a tire shop and had it patched from the inside; would that be better? No difference? Whats everybodies thoughts???
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:46 AM   #2
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Here is a better look at it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:52 AM   #3
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Matt, maybe it is just the way it looks in the picture but to me it looks like that tire is wearing more on one side than the other.

I would think you could have the tire patched and be okay.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:33 AM   #4
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Keith, I noticed that too and I have been keeping an eye on that this summer. But I'm not sure if 5 tires are in the budget till next spring. I want to upgrade to LTs then. We aren't going too far with it this year, just a few more trips and the longest may be 200 miles from home at the most.

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Old 07-21-2013, 07:07 AM   #5
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I know lots of people don't like tire plugs, but I have never had a plug let me down.
I have used them in trucks, pickups, cars, quads , golf carts and farm machinery. I care them anytime I travel.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:29 AM   #6
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Are those the original tires? How many miles do you estimate on them? I have the same 5th wheel and most likely the same brand.....Al
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:50 AM   #7
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I would plug it. I like plugs over patches. You may be lucky and the screw didn't go through.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:19 AM   #8
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thanks for all the input.
I don't know for sure, but I would estimate around 12k miles


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I know it would worry me a little but I would go the plug route. Never had one on a camper but have had several on car tires and never a problem.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:57 AM   #10
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First fifth wheel I owned had a tire that would loose pressure very slowly. This went on for quite some time til I found a nail in it. Had it plugged at a tire shop and never had another problem with it. Go ahead and plug the tire, then just pay attention to the pressure, would be great if you had a TPMS.
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