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Old 10-03-2016, 06:43 AM   #31
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I made the choice to make a 10 year investment and bought 6 new namebrand (uniroyal) tires for my bus..

one of the things that kills tires is UV.. putting UV protectant on helps.. for steers if you drive your bus alot you will likely wear those out quick enough.. or you can buy a chinese tire like a samson or such (higher load ratings like H give you more Ply typically).. and then plan on replacing those every 5-7 years and make out OK..

on drives you can rotate to inners and outers to keep the UV off of the original outers.

when i got new tires on my bus we all know it was no joke that I had some weather cracking on my outer drives.. all 4 were re-caps and everyone put the fear of god in me about re-caps.. although thats a political thing here im not convinced about...

nevertheless when we took off my outer drives my inner drives were still in great looking condition.. they had never seen UV therefore no weather-cracking...

I went ahead and replaced them all anyway, just because I figured I would habve good years out of service.. and I knew I planedd to DRIVE my bus.. (ive run 8500 miles on it in 5 months or so)..

my new bus has 6 matching chionese (samson) tires on it that have no signs of cracking and the tread is good.. i havent looked at the age on them, however I plan to run them until I notice signs that something could go wrong..

Yes whenever I drive a bus I do a full walk around just like a commercial driver would do.. looking the whole bus over while it idles to warm up, that includes looking at the tires.. while I dont test the pressures every single day, i do it on a regular basis.

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Old 10-03-2016, 08:42 AM   #32
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are you talking about get new tires or rotate tires?

typically on a commercial vehicle you dont rotate your tires... the fronts and rears may be different tread..

as far as replacement.. your "drives" (rear tires) may last 100,000 miles.. Steers (front tires) usually last 50-60k miles depending on alignment..

often on our busses, because we dont run them nearly as much as a school does, have weather-cracking and aging problems on tires long before the treads wear out..

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Thanks for the info.
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Old 10-03-2016, 03:17 PM   #34
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great idea for UV protection!! what is it? I need to look into doing that for when my busses are parked in their storage units
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What is it? It's a tire cover. RV-related stores sell them. Many sizes. I put these on Millicent whenever she will be parked for a while. And smaller ones for the trailer.
But you can use anything -- plywood, for example. (Just try to make them look like it's not junk that the wind blew up against the bus.)
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Seriously? Totally inappropriate.

4 years ago inappropriate... i actually Laughed at it...

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Well, the time has finally come to replace my steer tires and maybe drives! I have a wide trailer to move down the highway and I don't dare to do the job with my current steer tires. I'll be getting a permit for the wide load and everything looks legal, but if the MTO pulls me over (which I expect) they'll likely have something to say about my front-right tire.
That being said, I live in Northern Ontario in a sparsely populated region. We have a handful of tire shops, but no wholesalers like in the big cities. The best I can seem to do for a chinese cheapy steer tire around here is $347.99 CAD ($257.80 USD). That's without mounting and balancing. I can do that stuff myself. Down near Toronto a similar tire can be purchased for $210 CAD ($155 USD).

How far off is that price from what others can get locally? I don't mind going for a drive to pick up some tires if the savings are worth my time. The next big town (Sudbury) is a 3 hour drive away. Lansing, MI is about 4.5 hours and we have family down there. Could tie in a family trip.
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Well, the time has finally come to replace my steer tires and maybe drives! I have a wide trailer to move down the highway and I don't dare to do the job with my current steer tires. I'll be getting a permit for the wide load and everything looks legal, but if the MTO pulls me over (which I expect) they'll likely have something to say about my front-right tire.
That being said, I live in Northern Ontario in a sparsely populated region. We have a handful of tire shops, but no wholesalers like in the big cities. The best I can seem to do for a chinese cheapy steer tire around here is $347.99 CAD ($257.80 USD). That's without mounting and balancing. I can do that stuff myself. Down near Toronto a similar tire can be purchased for $210 CAD ($155 USD).

How far off is that price from what others can get locally? I don't mind going for a drive to pick up some tires if the savings are worth my time. The next big town (Sudbury) is a 3 hour drive away. Lansing, MI is about 4.5 hours and we have family down there. Could tie in a family trip.
Best I can find on 11R's here is $250 for chinese. That's installed.
Do what ya gotta do, though, yall. Spending a few extra bucks for new, safe tires is cheap insurance.
My big bus' tires are so ragged, its next trip on pavement will be straight to the tire shop. Hell- I may even have them come out with the tires in their mobile truck.
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find me some taller 19.5's ive got Samson R283s on it now.. they are in decent shape but I want bigger ones
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