A friend of mine owns the tire shop in our town. When I was ready to hit the road I asked for his opinion. Take it for what its worth. I have never been a fan of Chinese tires or recaps. But he convinced me that for the purpose of my bus, I would be wasting my money on new Goodyears all around that I was thinking of getting. So after the sticker shock, my bus got Samson steers, and Bandag retreads on the rear. He told me to run them 7 years and do it again. At that time he said he would even give me some trade in then too. He said he sells them at that age to farmers for their hay wagons. The verdict, I'm actually really happy with the steers, I won't admit it though to anyone that knows me well
The recaps I'm on the fence. One came apart last summer at two years old and 6500mi. My friend made it right. Replaced it for free, and felt real bad about it. Then he told me he sells about 200 retreads a year, and usually 1-2 will come back apart. He didn't tell me that before hand. If these make another 5 years without trouble I will probably do it again.