I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sent me emails telling me to watch the tire that didnt blow after we had our blowout last week.
I've been keeping an eye on it and give them all a good look everytime I stop at the fuel station and before we leave each morning.
Well this morning we were fueling up before we got on the road for the day, and even though I had checked the tires while Cindy was finishing up with the inside stuff, I thought I'd look them over again.
Good thing I did. The tire that had been driven on for only a few hundred yards when the other one blew had a strange bubble on it. Now I know why when I had checked while still parked in the campground, I hadnt noticed it.
If you look at this image, the tire looks normal.
Now look at it from the other side and you can see that there is about 12"s of tread that is missing. I have no idea why only a small section of tread would be missing from the inside edge?
If you look close, you can see that the tire is acutally split and some wires are starting to hang out.
This taught me that from now on, I need to get on the ground and crawl around the tires to make sure they are in good shape. This worn section was on the inside of the tire tucked down against the wheel well.
Here is another image that shows how just the top section of the tire shows the wear. The only thing I can guess is when the other tire was flapping around so violently during the blowout, maybe a section of this tire was damaged, and it needed a week of driving to show?
I'm just thankful that I noticed it while filling up and not while cruising down some back road!
Just a reminder, that anytime you have a blowout, it's probably a good idea to change both tires even if one looks like it survived.
Thanks to all who sent me the emails to warn me.