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Old 02-12-2020, 12:49 AM
Captain Avgas Captain Avgas is offline
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Default Emergency tire repair in the boondocks????

Having a flat tire in an RV in an out-of-way place can be a nightmare...envisage no tools, no jacking equipment, no spare tube....and maybe no people prepared to provide assistance.

Is it possible that any of the current automotive tire repair kits could be used to fix a puncture temporarily so that the aircraft could be flown home or to an airfield where there is appropriate maintenance support. We're talking here about tires with tubes, which is what most of the RV fleet has.

Has anyone had success with any of the tire sealants such as Slime etc?

I'm interested in all comments on this subject.
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:57 AM
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You can get lawn tractor tubes of the appropriate size at places like Tractor Supply or Grainger. You may not find the exact valve stem you want but a straight one will work, especially if all you care about is getting home.
Slime is like Marvel Mystery Oil. Sworn by some and loathed by others. The key like
many things is using it properly. Don't use too much and make sure it is evenly distributed.
I don't use it religiously but I have used it on occasion and never had a bad experience with it. It did stop a chronic slow leaker I once had and allowed me to get another leak free year or so out of the tube.
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Old 02-12-2020, 01:27 AM
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Had success with tire repair kit long time ago. Don?t remember any details, though.
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Old 02-12-2020, 04:04 AM
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Doesn't take too many tools / weight to carry minimum equipment to competently do it yourself anywhere. Look into the co2 cartridge inflators, hose clamp and scissor jack technique, carry a spare tube...
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:55 AM
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If the tube isn't destroyed, a bicycle patch kit would probably work. Probably just as easy to carry a spare tube though.

I don't see how a straight stem would work on a the main gear. You wouldn't be able to air it up. It would be great to find out what (if any) law-tractor type tubes would work, just in case.
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:39 AM
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Default I carry spares...

When traveling. I carry a main and nose wheel tube as well as tube repair kit, talcum powder, Jack, a couple U-bolts to tighten around the main gear leg to have something for the jack to grab on to, and 12volt compressor, ta. It has come in handy and kept me from being stuck... 1 hour inconvenience...
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:43 AM
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slime and air is your easiest way to get out. with wheel pants off and air in the tires you can get to safety even if you land with another flat. front flat even less of a problem. i landed with a front flat gave it the gas and headed home. dirt bikers swear by the green slime. great post.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:19 AM
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Been there done that, twice. The second one happened at an airport with not a soul around which meant no help, no air, no jack, and stuck on a taxiway. At least my cell phone worked and the rescue crew showed up three hours later in a Cessna 195.

I have an aluminum scissor jack which weighs 3lbs I mounted behind the baggage compartment in my Rocket, along with with a small mountain bike pump and a spare tube.

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Old 02-12-2020, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by rocketbob View Post
I have an aluminum scissor jack which weighs 3lbs I mounted behind the baggage compartment in my Rocket, along with with a small mountain bike pump and a spare tube.
+1 the same items (the vintage porsche aluminum scissor jacks are 2.2lbs) plus the jackpads from Winter Motorsports.
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Old 02-12-2020, 09:36 AM
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I carry a spare tube and have started carrying a CO2 bicycle tire inflator. I bought a 3 lb. aluminum Audi jack but haven't gotten it configured yet.
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