Travato’s First Tire Change

Jan 31, 2017

Is this because I bragged about not having a flat on the trip to Alaska? 😀

Silver lining: it’s a lot easier to change a tire ourselves on this van when needed, versus those on our bigger motorhome or trailer, previously. A parking lot is also far more preferable to have this happen in than a blowout while driving down a busy road. The last time we changed a tire, it was for a trailer on the soft gravel shoulder of a busy highway, on a very hot day in middle-of-nowhere central Oregon.

We’d love to hear some other tire stories — feel free to share yours in the comments!

(Please also ignore how dirty our van is – it’s been a while since the weather was nice enough to give poor Gandalf the Grey a well-deserved bath!)



  1. Comment by Mush

    Mush Reply Feb 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Funny you should mention epic tire issues.Yesterday’s 68 mile drive included a massive sidewall blow out and accompanying stripped tread and devastation to the wheel well, washer/dryer right above it, gnarled looking metal, missing pieces of the floor (yes, I can now see the road from my windowless bathroom (through the heating vent that got shredded), destroyed lower drawers under my wardrobe, etc, etc. The tire blew so fast that the TPMS was beeping about the time I came to a stop – okay maybe 5 seconds later.

    Come to think of it, I guess there is nothing funny about that hmmm. Fortunately, the blow out happened 5 miles from my destination. I limped down the shoulder at 10 mph of a very busy interstate to the next exit (where I had already planned several nights). Unfortunately, the closest repair is still 30 miles down the road and I will need a mobile mechanic to change out the 22.5 tire.

    Looks like I will be headed back to my favorite repair shop – BRC Coach in Las Vegas – for some major work. Today, I’m just trying to wrap my head around how all this happened and what it means for my travels for the rest of the year.

    Glad y’all had a better experience.

    • Comment by Kristin

      Kristin Reply Feb 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Oh gosh! I’m so sorry to hear that, but thank goodness you’re unharmed and were near your destination already, and not in the middle of nowhere. I hope they get you fixed up soon and it doesn’t put too much of a delay on your travels. How old were the tires? You don’t hear much about that kind of instant blowout happening on newer tires, without a warning first – maybe the tire had a defect? 🙁

  2. Comment by Mush

    Mush Reply Feb 5, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Well I’m never in a hurry but all the “plans” just went out the windowsI am now going to be headed north and east rather than south and west. I really liked the work BRC Coach did on my rig before and I trust they can get this mess put back together. Plus I’m only about 300 miles from them.

    I had just replaced my front tires last summer and the tire shop didn’t say anything about the others needing attention, however the mobile mechanic that came out told me to get to town (30 miles) and get all four replaced now. Ouch!

  3. Comment by Paige

    Paige Reply Feb 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Jason looks like a pro! Enjoy your trip!

  4. Comment by Audrey

    Audrey Reply Feb 9, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Where did you find to carry the spare tire?
    I’ve been fretting over where to mount one.

    • Comment by Kristin

      Kristin Reply May 12, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Audrey! We didn’t have a spare on the RV – we thankfully were at home, and changed it in the parking lot there after running to a store for a new one. I’d love to carry one for longer trips, but don’t want to add any more length to the van and have a lot of solar up-top that I don’t want move for a tire. If you check out the Travato Owners group on Facebook, quite a few people have mounted one. There’s some good ideas there! I have roadside assistance through my insurance company though, and that’s good peace of mind.

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