VIDEO: Tire Issues

Posted In: Maintenance, Video

In a little over a year of ownership, we’ve had three flat tires on our Airstream.

The first occurred in Myers Flat, California. After rolling into one of the prettiest private campgrounds in California’s redwood forests, our tire died. We woke up the next morning, and it was just…gone. It didn’t even leave a note. Thankfully, there was a tire shop right outside our campground, and we were soon up and running.

The second flat tire was at least 98% my fault. After a long day of towing across the great American West, we exited the highway in Amarillo, Texas. But alas! In a memorable case of pilot error, my exit trajectory was sloppy. When making a right turn on a tight street, we clipped a curve. Poof! The new tire we’d purchased in Myers Flat met its sudden, sad demise. It was so young. We got the tire replaced, but the rim never forgave me.

Our third flat tire happened in Florida. We woke up one morning to discover that our tire was flat. (Apparently they tend to die of natural causes in the middle of the night.) We towed our Airstream to a nearby tire dealer and got it replaced. One nice feature of a towable trailer like an Airstream is that you can safely tow short distances even with one flat tire.

Our latest tire drama involves a bizarre, uneven wear pattern. As you’ll see in the video, this tire is wearing in an uneven, dangerous fashion. Naturally, it’s happening to the NEW tire we had mounted in Texas. Coincidence?

My suspicion is that clipping the curb last summer caused further damage to our Airstream than we realized. I hope that I’m wrong, though. Hopefully someone out there knows better than me.

And so, now I pose the question to you tire experts out there. What’s wrong with our tire? If you have any ideas, please let us know.

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