Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
October, 2017 - Mexico

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tire Mishap

Yesterday was not one of our better days.  We left Casa Grande at about 11:00 am to travel the short distance of 90 miles to Buckeye, Arizona.  We’re staying at Leaf Verde RV Resort for a month with plans to attend several Brewers Spring Training games.

The trip appeared to go smoothly.  When we arrived at Leaf Verde, Kevin was shocked to see that there was a dent in the side of the trailer and the tread of one of the tires was completely gone.  Amazingly, the tire was still full of air.  Neither one of us noticed or heard a thing as we were driving.  Here’s what we discovered.


And here’s the tire.  You can see the steal belt!


The tread is completely stripped off.  We’re thinking it must have been flapping for a while to cause the damage.  We’re really surprised no one was honking or waving at us.

Two of the trim pieces on the side of the trailer are also cracked. 


That tire was only a little over 2 years old with less than 10,000 miles on it.  There is no way the tread should have pealed away like that!

Kevin went to the Goodyear store in Goodyear, Arizona.  By the way, he found out the town is named after the company.  It appears that tires used to be made with cotton, and the cotton was grown here in Arizona.  Who would have guessed.

The manager filed a claim with Goodyear.  We’re asking for the tire to be replaced and the damage to the trailer to be covered.  We’ll see how that goes.

We totally know that this could have been so much worse.  The fact that the tire didn’t go flat is beyond amazing.  All in all, we’re lucky we didn’t have an accident.  BUT, we’re pretty sick of stuff like this happening.  It seems to us we’ve had more than our share of bad luck with this trailer.  Hopefully, the rule of averages will kick in, and we’ll have some smooth sailing ahead :)

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!


  1. Good luck with getting Goodyear to help you out with that. Had a brand-new Goodyear tire blow on my truck, and they claimed it must have been "under inflated".

    A common problem with Trailers/5th wheels that can cause this is a bent axle. Hitting a pothole at speed, or clipping something can slightly bend the axle, and the result is a tire that looks just like that. It's worth a check. Good luck!

  2. Yep, it seems like the repairs never seem to end. :( Glad you were safe, however.

  3. We had the same problem with our back tires. Twice, two years ago in Mexico and again in Ontario last fall as we were just about in the States. Each time part of the steel tread came off but the tire held air. We only had a slight bit of damage to a cable running underneath the first time it happened. Kevin thinks there was something wrong with the tires as we had 3 of the back tires do this.

    Glad you didn't have any serious damage done and I hope the Goodyear will do the repairs for you.

    Kevin and Ruth

  4. Oh my goodness. How many miles were on the tires? I'm currently trying to get new tires for my Winnebago and have been having so much trouble getting Michelin tires with a DOT of less than 6 months and had considered just trying some other tire but I sure won't try Goodyear.

  5. Wow, scary moment. We have heard of so many tire issues, doesn't seem to be any commitment to quality these days. Hope Goodyear backs you up.


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