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Old 10-29-2016, 04:51 PM   #11
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DOT has the same rule for big rigs and most OTR trucks. No re-caps up front.
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Old 10-29-2016, 06:32 PM   #12
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FEDERAL law prohibits the use of retreads on steer axles on buses. Period.

49 CFR 393.75 (d) - No bus shall be operated with regrooved, recapped or retreaded tires on the front wheels.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/393.75
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Old 10-29-2016, 06:33 PM   #13
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Most schools around here get enough $$$ for good casings that they rarely are purchasing recaps these days.

At a savings of only about $100.00 per tire it isn't worth the hassle to have a recap. All it takes is one road call for a cap that has gone bad and you could have purchased a full set of brand new for less.
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Old 10-29-2016, 06:52 PM   #14
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I might be willing to use a recap as a spare tire, just to get to a shop to have the regular tire repaired/replaced. Not as a daily driver though.
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Old 10-29-2016, 11:55 PM   #15
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FEDERAL law prohibits the use of retreads on steer axles on buses. Period.

49 CFR 393.75 (d) - No bus shall be operated with regrooved, recapped or retreaded tires on the front wheels.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/393.75
But if you look up the definition of 'bus' on the same website, RVs and motorhomes are not buses.
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Old 10-30-2016, 12:05 AM   #16
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True. But I STILL wouldn't do it.

I only mentioned it in regards to an earlier post about AZ school districts not allowing it. Felt compelled to point out that it's federal law, not state or local. Guess I should have quoted the original post I was replying to.
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Old 10-30-2016, 08:48 AM   #17
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I took the Re-treads off my DEV bus.. at $320 for name brand (uniroyal) tire, I figured it was woerth it to pony up for 6 new ones and have oeace of mind, that I most likely wont have to buy tires for that bus for a very long time.
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