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:
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.
- 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.