Eldy decided to check that rear inside left tire since the tire pressure system kept saying something was wrong with it yesterday...Wouldn't you know, this morning, the manual tire gauge read ZERO psi's. During the night, all the air slowly leaked out it! ARRRRGGGHHHH! So we called Coach Net. We're hoping a stuck valve stem is all it is, because that's when we started having problems with the valve stems--when we installed the Tire Traker tire sensors on all the tires. We're thinking that the valve stem stuck in the "release" position. If somehow we ran over something that caused it to go flat, we're talking 500.00 for ONE new tire for the RV.
|Rene is checking the tire for leaks and damage
This is a poor design decision, in my opinion. Our tire extensions were on the coach when we bought it, so this is a Freightliner issue. But we think everybody needs to be aware that if you install tire valve stem extensions, which are sold everywhere, you really need to be sure you have good ones, and that they are protected from the metal tire rim wall in some way, like these black rubber grommets will do for us, now that we have them on. It was really amazing to see how they worked on the motorhome, got both tires off and checked them thoroughly for leaks and damage with very little raising of the coach to get the tires off. Look at the damage caused by the valve stems rubbing against the metal tire rim after 10,000 miles on the tires! These are BOTH inside rear tire valve extensions on the motorhome. There's actually a HOLE you can see worn through both extensions!
|"v" grooves worn through metal by friction on metal tire rim
Since we were temporarily incapacitated, we decided to stay another day! Off to the Chamber of Commerce to get information for the area. Indio is the golf mecca for this area, leading you to Palm Springs, Desert Springs and surrounding areas. Prices are high to get on the courses, they are championship courses or private....There is hiking in the area, some bike areas we might explore.....we'll see what Eldo wants to do! Bye for now......