Battle of the Bulge
“It’s a good thing that you do your circle checks.”
So said Heidi, our service advisor at our dealer.
Being a bit of an OCD kinda guy, okay, a major OCD kinda guy, I walk around the coach almost every day. I check the tire pressures frequently regardless of whether the coach has been driven or parked.
As we have been enjoying our stay at the Petoskey Motorcoach Resort, I also start the day with a bit of detailing to keep the coach looking nice. I generally do a quick pass with my detailing spray on the areas of the coach I can reach without a ladder.
I was cleaning the wheels of the coach when I noticed something on the front driver’s side tire.
A bulge on the sidewall, roughly six inches long, half an inch wide and rising up from the sidewall about one eighth of an inch. A bulge like this could easily lead to a front tire blowout.
How serious is a front tire blowout? I think this video says it all.
Our dealer is working with Newmar and Michelin to see how we can get ourselves back home safe and sound.
We expected a few issues with our first major trip and we have so far uncovered two: a required software update for an engine control module and a bulge in one of our tires.
We should hear back from our dealer later today. Hopefully we can settle the tire issue on site.
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