Be Prepared for a Blowout

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Be Prepared for a Blowout

Postby Bassin' Ted » Mar Mon 05, 2018 1:59 pm

All of us who trailer a boat carry a spare and everything needed to change the tire but what about if you have a blowout and damage your fender? I've had 2 blowouts in 20 years or so of boating and they were easy tire changes. Yesterday while coming home from Braidwood, I had a blowout while driving on I80. After changing the tire my fender was damaged and rubbing so bad that I would have blown out a second tire if I didn't stop. I carry basic tools but I didn't have what was necessary to take off the fender. Needless to say, from this point on those tools will be in my truck as well. Just my PSA for the day.
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Re: Be Prepared for a Blowout

Postby MrB » Mar Mon 05, 2018 2:29 pm

Great tip! Thanks for sharing. I have a crap load of tools in the boat too as you never know.
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Re: Be Prepared for a Blowout

Postby ffishman » Mar Mon 05, 2018 5:30 pm

Some years back, I had a blowout on 53 just outside of Duluth. Not much of a shoulder, so I pulled over as much as I could. The blow out was on the left side. Here I am changing the tire, and semi's and cars are wizzing past my rear end at 50 miles an hour. That was it for me. When I got home, I sold the single axle trailer and bought a tandem. Sure enough, a couple years later, another blow out, only this time I was able to limp to a side road. Moral of the story, be prepared.
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Re: Be Prepared for a Blowout

Postby Aux Pleins » Mar Mon 05, 2018 7:52 pm

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Re: Be Prepared for a Blowout

Postby Buffleheadbill » Mar Mon 05, 2018 7:57 pm

I always have a complete socket and wrench set along with pliers, hammer, and a pipe wrench. That way if you can't remove it or bend it you can break it.
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Re: Be Prepared for a Blowout

Postby Bassin' Ted » Mar Mon 05, 2018 8:10 pm

ffishman wrote:Some years back, I had a blowout on 53 just outside of Duluth. Not much of a shoulder, so I pulled over as much as I could. The blow out was on the left side. Here I am changing the tire, and semi's and cars are wizzing past my rear end at 50 miles an hour. That was it for me. When I got home, I sold the single axle trailer and bought a tandem. Sure enough, a couple years later, another blow out, only this time I was able to limp to a side road. Moral of the story, be prepared.


If I didn't have to maneuver my trailer in my garage every time I go fishing, I would have gotten a dual axle trailer. Thankfully, I blew my right side tire. I couldn't imagine doing all that work just feet from vehicles cruising by at 75 mi/hr.
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Re: Be Prepared for a Blowout

Postby HEDDONFROG » Mar Mon 05, 2018 8:16 pm

Yeah yeah, tire blows out and all that...how’d the fishing go?! ;)
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Re: Be Prepared for a Blowout

Postby Bassin' Ted » Mar Mon 05, 2018 8:52 pm

HEDDONFROG wrote:Yeah yeah, tire blows out and all that...how’d the fishing go?! ;)


Good day. Biggest was this 19"er.

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Re: Be Prepared for a Blowout

Postby HEDDONFROG » Mar Mon 05, 2018 9:22 pm

Bassin' Ted wrote:Good day. Biggest was this 19"er.


Paul, you’re a well-spring of information, haha jk brother. Very nice fish!
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