Tire Troubles

Normally, how many times do you drive without a care from one destination to another, joyously whipping right by everyone and everything between stops of your choosing? That’s what we all want! However, when you have no choice but to stop due to a vehicle issue, the tendency might be to get sour. Resist the urge! We’ve learned over the years that vehicle troubles don’t necessarily mean the fun is over. (I’m specifically reminiscing over our breakdown adventures in Germany, Hawaii, the Smokey Mountains of Colorado, and South Korea…)

Twice on our 30th wedding anniversary trip we had tire troubles. Thank the Lord that they weren’t major and that we were safe. And, that we met another really nice person. (Public Service Announcement: Stop watching so much pessimistic news on tv…There really are a lot more good, happy stories not being televised.)

We made a quick stop to visit with a friend from 20 years ago (who just happened to be in the path of our trip due to being deployed by Red Cross to help with Hurricane Irma). That’s when we noticed a leak. Our trailer tire had gone down from 50 to 15 pounds of air pressure. My husband removed the flat, put the spare on, and we continued down the road. No problem! Fast forward six days. We were listening to Pandora on our way from the sands of South Carolina to the red clay of northeast Georgia. That’s when we saw the truck driver beside us waving and doing his best sign language to convey we had a blown out tire. As soon as he saw we understood, he drove off and we exited. (I’m so thankful for the double axle/4 wheels on our 19′ camper…We never felt a tug or experienced any difficulty in towing the trailer even with the tire issues.) Good thing we were waved down! The tire was shredded, but the tread still loosely draped over the rim. My husband removed the tire and took our flat to the gas station’s air machine. The valve stem promptly burst…kaput. We were told to go to Reeco’s Tires.

My husband unhooked the trailer and we took the flat tire a mile down the road to the Townville, SC establishment. Joey was knowledgeable, honest, friendly, and fast. He cut out the old valve stem, replaced it with a new one, filled the tire with air, and charged us less than $10! There really are honest and nice humans out there, people. Confidence restored in humanity, yet again.

And just so you know, we ARE replacing all of our camper tires with Maxxis 8008’s straight from the TX manufacturer this week. Wish we were close enough to Reeco’s for installation, but the local and honest Gus Mariona at Discount Tire will work just fine.

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Author: Manatina

Mark and Tina are both US Army veterans who feel blessed to have served and to have seen so much of the world. Mark works as the Director of Military Outreach at a university. He also drives and maintains the camper. Tina is a retired homeschool teacher, does leatherworking, and writes/maintains the website. They unwind and live in the 150 square feet of their travel trailer as often as possible with side kick Hero (Lhasa Apso mix rescue). Their grown kids tent camp nearby when college and career schedules permit. Being close to nature rejuvenates the family and lends time to focus on what matters most. They're thankful to God for all of the blessings and opportunities.

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