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Old 01-12-2018, 07:24 AM
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Put baby powder inside of tire before installing tube. Also, inflate and deflate a few times to make sure tube is not kinked. I had a flat twice (no baby powder), once just after run-up, and once when I shut it down in front of hangar. Either way you slice, itís a pain in the arse.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:40 AM
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Put baby powder inside of tire before installing tube. Also, inflate and deflate a few times to make sure tube is not kinked. I had a flat twice (no baby powder), once just after run-up, and once when I shut it down in front of hangar. Either way you slice, itís a pain in the arse.
I did both of those, but it was at the last annual inspection 11.5 months ago. Yesterday I ordered some Desser 6-ply tires and Airstop tubes, the ones I had on the plane are the OEM Vans 4-ply.
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You can make a no-go gauge for your tire pressure, using 1" PVC pipe.

Inflate (or deflate) your tires to the point where you would want to pull out the compressor and tools to pump them up again. Then make a U-shaped wheel chock with three pieces of PVC, two elbows, and two caps for the free ends. The wheel chock should *just* fit around the tire where it meets the ground.

If the tire pressure gets lower than acceptable, getting the wheel chock in or out suddenly gets a lot harder... And you have instant feedback that you have to add air.

I made two of these and use them as my regular wheel chocks.
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You can make a no-go gauge for your tire pressure, using 1" PVC pipe.

Inflate (or deflate) your tires to the point where you would want to pull out the compressor and tools to pump them up again. Then make a U-shaped wheel chock with three pieces of PVC, two elbows, and two caps for the free ends. The wheel chock should *just* fit around the tire where it meets the ground.

If the tire pressure gets lower than acceptable, getting the wheel chock in or out suddenly gets a lot harder... And you have instant feedback that you have to add air.

I made two of these and use them as my regular wheel chocks.
Snowflake, I do this exact same thing, works great!!
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:53 PM
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I do the pvc chocks too, it works!
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I did both of those, but it was at the last annual inspection 11.5 months ago. Yesterday I ordered some Desser 6-ply tires and Airstop tubes, the ones I had on the plane are the OEM Vans 4-ply.
The Airstop tubes really help keep those air molecules from escaping.
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Old 01-20-2018, 07:39 PM
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Update...

My new tires and tubes showed up so I jumped into the task today. I had a little damage on both main wheel pants from pulling off into soft dirt and a little grinding action on the flat tire side, nothing some touchup paint won't solve. Apparently I picked up some piece of debris on the takeoff roll or very shortly before, in the wheel pant that cut the sidewall of the right main and got through it to the tube. I did not find the offending piece of debris, just the evidence of it's passage. I replaced the Vans OEM tires/tubes with Desser 6-ply retreads and Michelin Airstop tubes. Incidentally - kudos to Desser - they include a small baggy of talc powder with the tubes for convenience, nice to see that. No instructions on how to use it - they expect you to know that already - but it's nice that they include it.

My OEM nosewheel looks like the day I installed it, with 205 hours - guess I'm treating it correctly.



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You can make a no-go gauge for your tire pressure, using 1" PVC pipe.
Wicked smart. Love no tech solutions. Off to Lowes for pipe! Thanks!
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:59 PM
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Default RV 10 flat

We had 2. Flat on RV 10 in 12 months not sure why we keeping tyre pressure to 40 psi now .
Just wondering if any has a spare main wheel for sale
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