I was traveling westbound on I-10 west of Tonopah, AZ (about 72 miles east of Blythe, CA) when my left front tire on my 1982 Newell Class-A exploded. I was able to steer the coach over to the shoulder of the road without further incident. I turned off the engine and got out to see the “damage”.
The rim was on the pavement, although it did not look damaged…amazing. There was no apparent damage to the coach itself, other than a few lost rivits, and some marks made by the tire as it disintegrated. Looking back down the road I could see the remnents of the tire all over the highway. I was expecting major damage to the coach, but what I observed was minor cosmetic stuff. I then put in a call to Good Sam’s Emergency Road Service for HELP!
We were at mile marker 72 in the middle of Nowhere, but I was able to get through. The lady took my information, and noted that I needed whoever came to bring a replacement tire. She said she would begin making calls to find someone to come out. Within 45 minutes I had a call back from her advising she had found someone in Mesa, AZ who would be out in about 2 hours (we were about 1.5 hours out from Phoenix. At any rate the driver arrived about 2.5 hours later with the proper tire, and had us on our way in 30 minutes. Our total delay was about 4 hours, but we were able to make our destination that evening in time and our day was saved!
Thank you Truckers Assist for coming through!