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Old 08-15-2019, 07:58 AM   #29
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So the nearest NIRVC to me is 630 one way from here. (San Francisco Bay Area).
Any idea how to get these installed locally, or at least closer to home?

Also planning a trip and wondering how highway 89 from Brigham Utah to Jackson Wyoming is for a 45 footer towing a Jeep? Otherwise I-15 via Idaho Falls.

Many thanks.

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Old 08-15-2019, 08:05 AM   #30
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So the nearest NIRVC to me is 630 one way from here. (San Francisco Bay Area).
Any idea how to get these installed locally, or at least closer to home?

Also planning a trip and wondering how highway 89 from Brigham Utah to Jackson Wyoming is for a 45 footer towing a Jeep? Otherwise I-15 via Idaho Falls.

Many thanks.

Gregg
Gregg, the way it was explained to me and I believe it can be seen in the photos, there are two pieces bolted together inside of the tire. Any truck tire dealer can dismount the tires and bolt the units onto the wheel. No special tools required.
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Many thanks Chuck.
I guess I will still have to contact NIRVC in order to get the unit shipped to here.
Will give them a call.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:18 AM   #32
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Many thanks Chuck.
I guess I will still have to contact NIRVC in order to get the unit shipped to here.
Will give them a call.
If I recall, there is also a part of one of the videos that shows the install, and as mentioned above, it seems very dummy proof and simple. With the tire loosely mounted on the rim, you slip in the two halves, bolt them together, finish mounting the tire and air it up.

They make it look very easy and they don't claim to need any special tool like the Tyron spyder tool.
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I had them installed while in Lewisville. I watched the install and it was pretty straight forward. Install first half of tire, loosely fasten the two halves of the Retrobands together, put them over the rim and into the partially mounted tire. Then you tighten each half pulling them tight around the rim. The bolts that hold the two halves together have a ratchet assembly on the end to hold them tight. Complete the tire install, air and balance reinstall and your done. There were several times going through the mountains the last couple months I was glad I had them.
No special tool required although an air wrench makes it quicker.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:36 PM   #34
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Just my opinion. Having driven long hauls in another life (collage summer job) and driving a 45ft MH today, I am older and wiser. I know for a fact my reflexes have slowed down. Back in my other life I wouldn't worry about a blow out at all, my arms were big enough to handle line backers, today I will be adding the Retrobands to compensate for what the years have taken away. I have the driving experience, but do I have the reflexes and body strength?


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https://youtu.be/2VIv9xx8J9A

Here is your video for the install process!
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https://youtu.be/2VIv9xx8J9A

Here is your video for the install process!
That's much more thorough than the little snippet in the previous video showing install.

Should I mention that lovely Newmar they were featuring in the video...
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I wonder if that extended ratchet is something any mobile tech/tire person would have or if you should carry one in the coach to be safe.
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I priced the retrobands through NIRVC, but we never made it down to Atlanta to have them done. Can these be bought directly or through dealers only?
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I priced the retrobands through NIRVC, but we never made it down to Atlanta to have them done. Can these be bought directly or through dealers only?
You can buy them direct from NIRVC.
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The 2014 Cornerstone that I purchased has the original tires, no cracking that I can tell even though I tried to get the dealership to work with me on replacing the tires, they wouldnt' since the tires were in good shape.

I am a member of another group and was on the email when a group member had a passenger front tire blow out, no fatalities however the coach was totaled, this was before I bought my coach. Well even though it was a hit to the pocketbook, i purchased the retrobands and had them installed at the NIRVC in Georgia.

I don't drive faster the 65 miles an hour whether it is in my jeep or in the coach. Nothing against tyron bands, I just feel safer with the retrobands.

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<snip> There were several times going through the mountains the last couple months I was glad I had them.
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Huh? I don't understand that comment. Aren't these specifically for maintaining steering after a blowout? What do they have to do with mountain driving?
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I understand PERFECTLY!!

If you are on a very curvy mountainous road without guard rails on the cliff side of the road away from the mountain (because there is no room to install them), the last thing that you want to happen is anything that may jerk the steering toward the "at risk of the coach going over the side of the mountain" side..... I understand his thinking perfectly. Anything that is likely to let you maintain the coach in a straight line and in your lane without any deviation is a disaster preventer in my estimation.

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