A friend of mine owns the tire shop in town. But by no means did I get a huge discount. He's building a new house, has to pay for it somehow.
I've never been a fan of retreads, but for my use, new ones just don't make sense. $230/tire drives, $330/tire steers, mounted/equal balance. I was going to take the bus up to his shop, but he just sent one of his guys over to my place. I'm also not fond of the fronts, but same guy that owns tire shop, has put them on his ragbraii/party bus the last couple times. Never had a problem with them. I don't even like saying it, but they are chinese made.
Samson is the name on the sidewall. The drives are Bandag D4300 retreads. He has sold them for years and said he has never had one come back from coming apart. When I bought the bus, I knew I was going to have to put tires on it. I really hope to put alot miles on it now, and the last thing I want to deal with is tire problems on the road. I do have a almost new virgin goodyear I am going to carry as a spare.