Originally Posted by gbstewart
thing I don't like about recaps, is when the come apart they can do thousands of dollars worth of damage, taking out holding tanks, wire, plumbing pipes, etc.
"Virgin" tires can do this too. A tire's main enemy is heat. Tires are designed to be able to carry a certain amount of load at certain pressures safely. Underinflation causes the tires to flex, and in turn, build up heat. Too much flexing will cause the tires to overheat, up to the point of melting the rubber inside the sidewalls and causing a blowout. This is true no matter if it's a virgin tire or recap.
Recaps can separate, but if it's properly inflated and not overloaded, this is pretty rare. The DOT would prohibit them if they were too unsafe.
Those items some call "tire thumpers", I call "Panhandler Malfunction Adjusters".