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Old 07-21-2021, 04:19 PM   #21
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I could not get the plug in, even the smaller diameter one. I have done plugs many times before without problem. When I returned home I had the tire repaired properly, with a combination plug/patch from the inside.
Yikes. I carry a plug kit but I've only plugged a tire once before. If a situation like yours were to arise, what would be viable options since this is an emergency situation?

Could I drill out the hole to make it large enough for the smaller plug to insert?

Could I use a lubricant like liquid soap to help insert the plug, or would this cause the plug to not adhere?
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Old 07-21-2021, 05:58 PM   #22
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I have the Safety Seal kit. It is made in USA and very heavy duty and good quality. It has a reamer, small and large thickness plug, and lubricant. I just could not get the plug in even after reaming, lubricating and using the thinner plug. I worked it pretty hard and probably would have eventually got it in. But it was hot, and I already had the spare on. I was patching it to have a usable spare onboard for the rest of my trip. I was only 150 miles from home so I figured I would be OK, and just get the tire repaired properly when I got home.

I did learn that the patch kit should only be considered a temporary repair. The problem is that if water gets into the patch area it can rust the steel cords and result in a tire failure down the line. As I said I have patched several tires in the past (smaller car tires, not the big 16" Roadtrek tire) and never had a problem. I will still patch a tire if I can in an emergency, but will have that temporary patch replaced by the proper patch when I can. And I will still carry a spare.
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Like mloganusda, had a rear tire separation on 2-lane in NW Arizona. Was able to pull into a cell tower access area. Sunday. The roadside assistance from my insurance estimated 3-4 hours. Took off cover to check spare. It was ok. AZ DOT truck pulled in at about same time. The guy had all the equipment and changed out the tire for me on the spot. Wouldn't accept any $$. I don't think that other states have that type of gov assistance, though. Glad I had the spare.
Arizona Nice.

A few years ago a Missouri State Park ranger stopped and helped me change a camper trailer tire. He recognized me from the park, insisted on changing the tire for me, had me follow him to the nearest Goodyear dealer and asked the dealer to make sure they took care of me -- 'cause I was from out of state.

Missouri Nice.

But changing a one-ton dually tire on the side of the road isn't going to be fun, so my first choice will be to call Coachmen.
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Old 07-22-2021, 03:40 AM   #24
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I just could not get the plug in even after reaming, lubricating and using the thinner plug. I worked it pretty hard and probably would have eventually got it in.
I had one recently that was a bear like that. It was a small hole caused by a small screw. I used a hammer to help drive it in, and split a couple plugs before i was successful.Luckily, I was in my driveway so there was no urgent pressure on me, just stubbornness.
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I have the Safety Seal kit. It is made in USA and very heavy duty and good quality. It has a reamer, small and large thickness plug, and lubricant. I just could not get the plug in even after reaming, lubricating and using the thinner plug.
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I had one recently that was a bear like that. It was a small hole caused by a small screw. I used a hammer to help drive it in, and split a couple plugs before i was successful.Luckily, I was in my driveway so there was no urgent pressure on me, just stubbornness.
This thread has been a good discussion and made me realize my backup plan might not actually work.

I hadn't even looked at my kit closely to discover it has a reamer and lube included. The last plug I did was over 15 yrs. ago and on a scooter tire. It is now obvious to me that plugging a 6 ply truck tire is a totally different animal.

So I will continue to carry a spare and be content with "rather have it and not need it" peace of mind. I'd always intended to have the tires swapped by roadside serrvice rather than trying to change the tires myself. I might attempt it myself under perfect conditions (away from traffic on a level paved surface) but only if unable to get roadside help.
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