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First pitstop for Yoko

Posted by daveb on September 14th, 2007

From day one, I’ve had a deep mistrust of one of the tyres that we were running on our camper; it just looked wrong. The tyre was the right model. The air pressure was right. It had just passed an MOT test.

Yoko, our VW camper van, has been developing a new sound every day. Nothing serious, but rather just a bit of personality growing as we wake her from the slumber in which she was placed by her previous owner.

Today, those charming noises developed into something more serious. At low speeds, we developed a significant chug and at high speeds, well, we couldn’t actually get to any high speeds. Happily I spotted a ‘Speedy’ workshop (same chain as Kwik-Fit in the UK) out of the corner of my eye and pulled over. A tyre change later and most of our squeaks and squeals had gone, however another tyre had suffered badly as we ignored the early warning signs. In fact, the mechanic mentioned that we had been quite lucky in getting to him without it going “boom!”; for those that read my last travel blog, contrast this with having <link>two tyres simultaneously explode on a 36 foot motorhome</link> at speed on a highway, in which we had to get the police to close a lane and the poor on-call tyre-changing guy nearly got killed when a dumb motorist ignored the police signs and narrowly avoided his legs.

I’m pleased to say that two new tyres later, and our machine is running brilliantly again. We even treated her to a hoover and a wash to say thanks for not adding another notch to my bedpost of crashed cars.


Comment from Gayleen
Time: December 21, 2014, 7:45 pm

The screwdriver trick is good but if you’re a beginner, you’ll also want to have a tire gauge with you. The MAX pressure (PSI) will be printed on the wall of your tire (where the brand name, size and other information about your tire is printed). You want your tires 5-10 lbs under the max PSI (example: if your max PSI is 35, then deflate your tires to between 25-30lbs). Personally, I have all my tires 5lbs below the max PSI.If your still uncomfortable doing this yourself, go to a gas station and ask a pump attendant to show you. They can show you where the max PSI is printed and how to work an air pump in case you’ve deflated your tires too much.

Comment from levitra cheap
Time: February 23, 2015, 9:11 pm

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Comment from Dllm
Time: April 1, 2015, 4:43 pm

As far as I know the regulators theeselvms are all the same. You just need to match the fittings.The best selection I have found for propane items like that was at Joe’s Sporting Goods. They have a whole aisle of appliances, fittings, regulators and such. They have the biggest selection of any I have seen anywhere. I think you could find what you need there. If you don’t have a Joe’s you might try other, similar, sporting goods, camping supply stores. Good Luck

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