Memorial Day Camping 2011 (Day 1)

So Mrs. Nomad and I decided to go camping for our Memorial Day. We got ourselves, the trailer, and the Jeep all loaded up and set off for Idyllwild Thursday afternoon prepared for a great weekend…

After battling our way past traffic on the 91 freeway we were finally¬† on CA60 heading past UCR on our way towards Banning when we heard a distant “POP” Not thinking too much of it we continued on our way. Now, this stretch of the road is a bit of an incline, in fact lets just go all out and call it a hill. So we were heading up the hill after our “POP” and I was feeling the Jeep getting more and more sluggish, and I was starting to wonder what was going on. It was right about then that several people passing by us started motioning towards us and mouthing “You’re on fire!” . Needless to say we immediately pulled over only to find this:

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After much swearing we managed to get the spare on and bolted down, adjusted air pressure on both tires at a gas station one exit further on and eventually made it to the campground.

Lessons learned:

  • Always check the tire pressures, especially with the small diameter/high pressure tires like these (nominal is 90PSI, when I checked the intact tire it was running at 60!)
  • Always carry a spare,you never know when you might need it
  • Always carry the jacks and tire irons you will need to change a tire, we were lucky that Mrs. Nomad’s Jeep had a jack sufficient (if barely) to the task
  • Always carry an air pump capable of inflating your tires. I had the air pump, but the extension cord needed to make it reach the trailer tires was safely inside the closed trailer and therefore inaccessible.

Comments

Comments

  1. Frank Pardo says:

    Just wondering what’s a good price for one of these… I see one on craigslist for 3500$ seems to be in good shape and according to owner everything works.
    has 6.5 onan, awnings, everything seems to be good. even has a backup camera. u think 3500 is good? I;m thinking of working him down to 2500$ What do you think. Same exact one like yours