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Old 03-21-2013, 05:59 AM   #15
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If you see a gator with steel wires hanging out, its not a retread, some have them, usually caused by LOW air pressure. Low air pressure causes heat, excess heat causes the oil in tires to turn back to liquid, tread seperates, new gator appears.
I usually advoid this subject cause as I said everyone has their own way of doing things and it is RIGHT, and all the verbage in the world ain't gonna change their minds.
Anyhoo, as I said, this is my way, and I only offer it to someone who asks, exactly the same as everyone else. Yep, I carried a tire thumper also, and a ripe punkin sure sounds different from that thunk that tells you to visit the tire shop That was always a great sound on the trailer you were about to pickup at 1 or 2 in the morning. BTW, never found one with 20 tires
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:22 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by DGShaffer How many of those blown rubber alligators you see on the highway do you think come from motor homes?

I think the odds are, none came from a MH. Or .0001% which ever is the most.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:07 AM   #17
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I do my own. I trust Milton air gauges and I fill with my onboard compressor on my diesel pusher. But you can fill from any compressor that will supply the pressure.
Which Milton gauge do you use?
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:36 PM   #18
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I suspect the IR gage will be usefull if any one is a significantly different reading. As to where to spot it--the center of the tread would be a consistent location for measuring, but I would also think a sidewall location might be useful as well. Just be consistent in location. We use the IR gage on the exhaust system on the old Cat. diesels in the boat, helped us pick up a cooling problem with the different temperatures recorded between risers.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:48 PM   #19
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I too, beg to differ about thumping tires. After you have done it 5-600 times you can tell all you need about whether a tire is safe or not.

The fellow/person asking about the alligators on the side of the road, are more than likely, retreads that have been run low on air. Very few virgin tires will shed the tread like that.
A trucker magazine did a test and found that only about 1 in 50 professional drivers could tell a tire dangerously low (20% less than recommended) from a correctly inflated one.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:04 PM   #20
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Yup, an ego can be a killer!

All I'm saying is to get to know the condition of your tires and keep an eye on them. If they let go for any reason you'll probably be ok but think of the damage and down time. You don't get to expense it to your company, and they don't have to worry about all the pretty fiberglass being torn off their rig.

Just do yourself a favor and those around you be taking a little time to get educated and and just keep an eye on things.

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BTW, never found one with 20 tires
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:46 AM   #22
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Yep, those pictured have 22, house movers have even more, but not 20. Just sayin
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I think the picture is an Australian Outback "train" with 82 tires (or are they tyres there also?) If their drivers checked the tires each morning with an air gauge the Australians would wind up as efficient as the French or Greeks, or any of those other wonderful socialist bankrupt governments.

It is a very good idea to check your tires with a pressure gauge and add air as necessary, but at your convenience, with out going full on O.C.D. with it. Check them on a nice day before a long trip, and after the RV has sat for a long period of time before any trip. Once on the trip finding a convenient spot to check them will be difficult. The club method is part of the "walk around" that many of us CDL drivers are taught. Turn on all your lights and 4 ways grab your club and give your rig a once over while warming up before you depart in the morning. Not full proof, but the chances are good if this becomes a ritual that you will spot a problem before it becomes a road side break down.

And find a gauge that works best for you not based solely on cost. If it's a pain to use no matter how highly it comes recommended or expensive it is and you don't use , what good is it?
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My point exactly! Just get into a routine that keeps you familiar with not only the condition of your tires but as pointed out above, with your lights and the overall general condition of the MH. Nothing crazy just habit.
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As I said, no matter how convincing your argument, this is a subject to advoid, so in the future I will. I'm still going to do it my way and you are going to do it your way and never the "Twain" shall meet.
We'll just depart friends.
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Now lets move on with a good ole "What Oil do you use" thread
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Still looking for info on acceptable tire temps using an IR device And where to best measure , on sidewall or tread?

What is acceptable difference between inner and outer duals?
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Still looking for info on acceptable tire temps using an IR device And where to best measure , on sidewall or tread?

What is acceptable difference between inner and outer duals?
I asked the same question of a Driver. He and his Dad both drove trucks. Their guideline was to put your hand on the tread, if you can hold it there, it's OK. Not very scientific, I know. Between them they had about 6 decades of experience.

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