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I was towing my travel trailer to a very small state park in the Redwoods. When I pulled up to the entrance road I stopped as the final 3/4 mile was a 1 lane “path” with no place to pull off if someone was coming out. At some points the Redwoods were less than a foot clear on both sides. I always stopped to check that the way was clear.

As I sat there a pickup pulls up and asks if I lost a tire. I checked and all 4 were on the trailer, but I looked under and the spare was gone with just a frayed cable from the hoist left.

Now when the cable broke the tire must have fell exactly flat to pass under both axles. Had it kicked up I could have launched the trailer like the car in the previous video.
 
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Driving thru western PA about 20 years ago, I was just about to pass a semi when one of its left rear trailer tires blew out and then left its retread in our path. Truck was probably doing 80-85 mph, and I had probably pushed the needle temporarily closer to 95 mph to overtake him, which are actually pretty common speeds for that section of road. We were in my wife's then-new Audi A3, which if you know the car, is a tiny little thing... but nimble!

In any case, it happened just as we were pulling up almost even with the axle carrying the failing tire, and the explosion was so loud from where we were sitting that I thought we'd been hit. Somehow managed to avoid the peeling retread, so our ending was better than the folks in that video.

I really do feel retread tires should be illegal, as they create a serious hazard for other vehicles on the road. I don't think anyone is ever going to wreck a semi driving over a discarded retread, but it could be the end of many smaller cars at highway speeds.
It's not the retreads. If the tire is run low it will do that new tire or retread. Those failures are at the sidewall where it meets the tread. Retread or new it makes no difference. The problem is that with a tire next to it holding it up in most cases on the trailer the driver has no idea. Since it's not unusual to drive 5 or 6 hours without stopping the tire has plenty of time to fail. A lot of newer trailers have a system that keeps the tire inflated if the leak isn't too bad and a white light come on the front of the trailer. But most trailers don't have them. But retreads are fine as long as they are properly inflated. They don't fail any more often than new tires. Infact the last one I had fail was on a new trailer and was a new tire. Our trailers had that system for several years but it's got a lot of problems. So they stopped getting it. That failure on my new trailer would not have happened if it had that.
 
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Seen this one awhile ago, sorry if it's already been posted:
I once got launched like that little Kia. Thankfully, less serious.

First generation Scout, IH tin on Jeep CJ running gear. Employer overloaded it with stuff to take up to Squaw Valley for our survey office there. I got up the grade to Auburn when BAM! and I was looking nose-down at the pavement for a moment.

RR wheel had snapped off at the wheel bearing and launched me as the chassis rode up over it.

I slid to a stop in the freeway as traffic darted around me. Engaged 4x4 to drag the carcass over to the shoulder.
 
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They will only recap tires that are 6 years old or newer . We run them on the sander/plow trucks no blowouts at 25mph and freezing cold outside...lol
The usual problem with recaps is the new tread not bonding to the carcass.

After shaving the carcass is visually inspected for separation. Suspect areas are drilled to see if the rubber comes up when the drill bit is extracted. Isn't a perfect process but when I witnessed in 1978 that was what they had. Many failed.
 
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Seen this one awhile ago, sorry if it's already been posted:
My question is, how could the driver of the truck not have felt something going on in the front end before the tire came off?
There has been a couple of times when I drove someone else's vehicle and they had a loose wheel or really bad wheel bearing, and you'd have to be deaf and numb not the hear or feel it. Both times I nursed the vehicle back to the lot and parked it. Both drivers said they never knew anything was wrong.
 
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My question is, how could the driver of the truck not have felt something going on in the front end before the tire came off?
May have occurred over a long timeframe, it was so gradual he never noticed it....maybe?
 
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They will only recap tires that are 6 years old or newer . We run them on the sander/plow trucks no blowouts at 25mph and freezing cold outside...lol
Good point. I was speaking only of highway usage, not low speed / offroad cases.

It's not the retreads... They don't fail any more often than new tires.
You're definitely more knowledgeable about this than me, so I won't argue. But the number of peeled-off retreads I see laying all over the shoulders of the PA turnpike at least make me think they do fail more often than new tires. How do you explain these road snakes I pass every day on the highway?
 
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I was pulling a little 2 horse down the freeway going about 65 mph in the dark when I ran over a recap. It flipped up behind the truck and the trailer hit it doubled over. That sent one side of the trailer into the air. No damage expect to the poor horses trust in the whole trailering idea. No damage done and they recovered
 
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The gravel quarry trucking company I worked for back in the 70's would get tires recapped. I do know the tire crew went out way more to change tires that had thrown a cap than they would for any other tire. But then if the recap actually survived and wore out the tread they would cap it again so throwing a cap was going to happen at some point.
 
 
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