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Old 02-26-2018, 09:11 PM   #1
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Tire life expectancy

Can anyone give their experience on tire life. I have a 40 foot 2 axle 6 tires. New tires or retreads? Any input is appreciated.
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Old 02-26-2018, 10:39 PM   #2
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Can anyone give their experience on tire life. I have a 40 foot 2 axle 6 tires. New tires or retreads? Any input is appreciated.
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Old 02-27-2018, 05:31 AM   #3
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Bus tires (like care or truck tires) wear differently depending on the way they are driven and on what.
I bought 60,000 miles tires on the rears. I didn't like the idea or retreads - but I know many use them. I mostly drive backroads - and some highway, maybe a cow pasture or two - but my expectations is that they will be there the 60K miles, likely more. The previous tires were from 2009 - and the bus (a 2000) had 290k miles when I got it. They had decent tread left - they were just worn oddly.

Keeping them properly inflated and a balanced load will certainly prolong the life of the tires - I would think.
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Old 02-27-2018, 06:41 AM   #4
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they mostly age out, check the tire date code. first two numbers are the week it was made and the second two are year. its a four digit code. most say dont run anything older than 8 years old on the front and 10 on the back. retreads are illegal on the front. from what i understand retreads dont like to sit in one place for long periods of time, makes them fall apart.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:10 AM   #5
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they mostly age out
Exactly!!

I use the 7 year rule of thumb that is used by most motorhome/coach folks.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:14 AM   #6
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I know peoiple like to age out tires... I look for actual tire wear and damage.. weather cracks, tread separation, etc regardless of age.. many RVers put covers over their tires when parked to keep UV from damaging them. since they often put far less miles on their rigs than what the tire wear would be.. tire inflation is extremely iomportant on our busses.. under inflated tires will wear out or fail catastrophically.. its more important than ever on our busses to make sure the tires are properly inflated..

im not a fan of re-treads but people use them.. as mentioned you cant use retreads on the front.. ive also heard that retreads dont fair well for vehicles that site for long periods...

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Old 02-27-2018, 07:42 AM   #7
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We had a semi throw a retread at us on the way to the skoolie swarm the other weekend. Not the first time that has happened to me, in fact I can think of two other times in my life that it happened. Now I know the smell of it happening. I've never witnessed a real tire fail on someone else's vehicle. Anecdotal I know but I won't run a retread.
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Old 02-27-2018, 08:03 AM   #8
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We had a semi throw a retread at us on the way to the skoolie swarm the other weekend. Not the first time that has happened to me, in fact I can think of two other times in my life that it happened. Now I know the smell of it happening. I've never witnessed a real tire fail on someone else's vehicle. Anecdotal I know but I won't run a retread.
Be aware that semis tend to run faster, and carry much higher loads. Re-treads are a different proposition on a fairly light bus at reasonable speeds.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:49 AM   #9
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Recaps on the rear are OK. NEVER run them on the front.
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Old 02-28-2018, 07:02 PM   #10
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in truck use I have had as many tires that are not retreads blow out as retreads. Inflation, overwieght, hot days, all can cause trouble. Had not heard about sitting a long time effecting retreads, hmmm might look into that. I have not priced new tires for my bus yet, and it has been a while since I have since I have sold my larger trucks.
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