NO ONE ON MHF can beat this

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  1. slobadoberbob

    slobadoberbob Read Only Funster

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    Ok, it had to happen to me.... But I bet know one can beat this...

    I came over to France on the Tunnel yesterday... being 45' long with the trailer is not easy to get the RV on the 'shuttle' but holding my breath I did it... loaded last as always with to euro vans ahead.. the whole carriage to myself..... time to get off come.


    The doors open and I start up and roll forward I get half way through the doors and I hear a large hiss.. I roll a few more feet and it is hiss and nothing then hiss as the wheels rotate.

    I though something wrong here then pop.. and a that is it. came to a halt. (I stopped dead - worried) then one big hiss.

    I had blown my offside rear tyre ... but it is not on the outer wall of the tyre but a hole in the wall between the tyres (double back wheels). As I am hauling a 2,600 kgs loaded trailer I am now stuck... hazard lights on and a few flashed of the head lights .. got them running.

    good job I am the last one in the train.. 20 minutes later we managed to get out on to the roadway.

    Now what do I do? euro tunnel staff all done a bunk by now and I am sitting beside the cab of a very noisy loco. Question? do I call ADAC and can they get to the live side of the system? was I in France yet or the UK... (I passed the French sign on the way out? - afterwards)

    I crawl very slowly.. hazard lights on from the tunnel to Euro Cite and head for the bus station where the motor homes park up. Boy that is some slow journey and long at 5 mph.

    I turned the mobile on and called ADAC ... first time ever... Germany... hang on the phone number is for France.. anyway with a lady with some English I try to explain I need assistance to remove a tyre and put the spare on.

    two calls and 1. 30 minutes and a breakdown truck arrives.. yes one of those little things... he stands there scratching his head... off he goes and 20 minutes late a much bigger truck... this one with an air compressor fitter.. he was trying to blow the tyre back on... (we only found the hole on the inside when we removed the wheel).. remember this is a breakdown truck not a tyre company. I wondered if I had caught the tyre on the curb in the train as there is not a lot of room for my yank.

    Using my 10 ton bottle jack and my American stacking jacking pads we get the RV up off the ground... I had by now disconnected the trailer.. with my tools we managed between us to remove the true and put the spare on...

    Now we hunt a new tyre in France.. shame as the tyre was only 10 months old and had done only 1,000 miles... The camp site this morning are trying to locate us a tyre.

    Oh yes JIMS, light up tyre pressure units work.... I saw the light work as the tyre went down...

    and yes ADAC worked and all it cost me was €20 drink to the chap that when that bit further to get me on the road... arrived at the site in rain and faced a set up late in to the evening.

    Bob:Blush:
     
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    Hi Bob, hope you get sorted and resume your holiday soon. :thumb:
     
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    Real bad luck Bob.. hope you get sorted out soon and enjoy the rest of your trip..

    sounds like you picked up a stone between the two tyres..
     
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    I saw the light

    Hi JIM, I can confirm the tyre pressure monitors do work... as they say ..I saw the light:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    We are now set up ... took as long as it does at a show:cry:.....

    I am now on the site wifi.. the signal tower is beside the RV.. now more than 4' .. own water and 10 amp power.. good satellite signal .. a warm welcome from the owner as usual .. a lot of English motor homes and a few Dutch.. Site has improved a lot since last year...

    Bob:Blush:
     
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    Sounds like a great adventure Bob... glad it is all sorted...

    My sources inform me that sometimes holes in the inner walls of twin wheels are caused by a sharp edged stone getting trapped between the tyres... The flexing of the tyres as you travel makes the stone wear through the wall...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Logic says the other tyre is suspect too.
     
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    Hope they inspected the outer tyre Bob, chances are that if it was a sharp stone that was lodged between the tyres it will have damaged/weakened the inner wall of the outer tyre.
     
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    >> NO ONE ON MHF can beat this

    No-one on FUN wants to beat this.
     
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  9. slobadoberbob

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    we could only fit the spare

    We could only fit the spare.. the company that came out was a vernal break down company... we will have to see what the situation is regarding getting a spare over here and then deal with the issues on our return.

    I did not see any marks on the other tyre. .. but who knows.

    Point noted.

    Bob
     
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    Sounds like a bit of a drama but better happen when stationary than on the motorway. Enjoy the rest of your trip:thumb:
    Dont forget to change the caps over to the new tyre or you wont know if that goes flat. Sorry couldn't resist it.:Wink:
     
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    already done that Buttons

    I have already done that Buttons... the breakdown truck driver was impressed with them... We are in the same place for the whole trip and using the car on days out.. so only have the return journey to do... looking at the miles I did it was only 173 from home to the site via the tunnel.. but as said, better it happened on the train rather than on the motorway.

    Bob
     
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    Bob , please check your e-mails as i don't have much time ! thank you

    Frankie
     
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    Jeez, what a start. I can sympathise as we"ve had two blowouts over the years in France, both on a Sunday, one on the autoroute and one in "the middle of nowhere":cry:. First time we were left 3 hours on the hard shoulder waiting for monsiur to finish his "lunch" , second time we carried on slowly (5/10 mph like yourselves) and on rounding a corner found a superb restaurant/hotel/truckstop, only one thing for it, stop for a veeery long lunch and await the cavalry ... at least it gave time for swmbo to calm down...:Doh: Hope all"s now plain sailing and you enjoy the hols. We"re off to France in 5 weeks, can"t wait.:Smile:
     
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    Just a thought Bob, can Brian get one sent over to you at the site, as couriers go everywhere nowadays??????, Hope you get on ok and sorry to hear about your misfortune, Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    Nothing to worry it will be soon sorted


    IF Bob watches his e-mails .....Come on BOB!!!!!!! :BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin:

    ps:the cavalry is awfully sleepy
     
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    Bob what a start, glad it is sorted, enjoy the rest of your French adventure.
     
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    No , not yet Carol , but without any answer from Bob I can't go further and get the tyre for Friday! Then he'll have to wait till Monday !:Doh:


    Frankie:Smile:
     
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    I sent email as requested to you Frankie

    I sent the details by email to you as requested.. have also sent them by p.m.

    hope you got them.. ..????????

    Bob
     
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    That is always possible, but I think Frankie may sort it

    That is an option, but I am hopeful our little frog will sort it out... a little bit of communication problems at the moment.. Have sent her an email to the address advised and also p.m.d her with the info she needs... I know her mail box was fairly full earlier.

    But just in case we are on Camping St Claire, Rue St Claire, Neufchatel-en-Bray .. Normandee... East of Rouen ...


    The pitch number is 20 ..

    the site telephone number 02 35930393

    the tyre we need is 225 / 75 R 16 C ... we have a mix of Kuhmo and Michelin (old spare - original from the USA when made) have had continental before on the RV.. Brian switched that out when we had 6 Kuhmo's fitted last August.


    Make is not important.. just to have the spare ... before we roll again... I will get them switch about later... We can take it to a garage if that helps in the car.. of a tyre company call out to the site as needed.

    ... just in case Frankies mail box has fall over as she said earlier it was nearly full.


    Bob
     
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    very good to see another member helping out, thats what this site is all about, Many thanks Franki and hope to meet you one day, Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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