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Old 04-07-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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tire age, recaps

whats the oldest tire you should drive on,even if they look new,10 years? what about recaps, are they worth it? thanks
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:34 PM   #2
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FWIW. My old motorhome had 7 y/o tires on the front and 10 y/o on the rear. I was planning to replace the rears so off to the tire store I went.
On the way I lost tread on one of the 7 y/o fronts so I had all replaced.

Take from this what you will but I will be goosey when my bus tires get to the 7 year mark.
The bus has 14/16 ply tires, the MH had LT tires, 6 ply..

No caps for me.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:13 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:28 AM   #4
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thanks, i had a 6 year old spare that had never been on the road fail after a few miles , caved the rear panel in on my f150. every bus for sale has "like new tires" when you ask about the age/ date code they can never find it, hmmmm.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:08 AM   #5
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My rears are 2010, fronts 2014.


Tick-tick-tick......
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:14 AM   #6
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I would never run a recap on a bus. The difference in cost isn't enough to risk one letting go.

I have seen some pretty impressive damage done to buses due to recaps coming apart. On one Setra motorcoach it cost $14,000.00 to repair the body work, air suspension, and brake lines that were ruined or damaged.

As far as age is concerned, your location will make a big difference on how long a tire will last.

In the desert SW the sun and heat will kill a tire long before the damp and humidity in the wet NW will kill a tire.

But 7-10 years is a pretty good yardstick to use to replace tires--seven years if there is any cracking or weather checking and ten years if there isn't any.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:37 PM   #7
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Having 13 years of truck driving experience, brand new tires will come apart like retreads if run under inflated, my blue bird wanderlodge has 10 year old tires on back and I am looking for replacements
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when they recap the tire do they put a new date code on it?
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they put marks on them but new laws say they can no longer recap a casing over 5 years old
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thanks kubla, what about tire inflation, my truck tires max at 44 but the dealer airs them up to 36-38 for a softer ride. do you max out bus tires?
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