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Old 05-23-2011, 04:32 PM   #15
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I believe they all go on the trailers. There are a lot of trailers out there. The truckers I know rotate there tractor tires on a regular basis. They buy new tires for the steer axle and keep them on for x amount of months or X amount of miles then move them back to the drive axles.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:21 PM   #16
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On fleets of city garbage trucks, we frequently installed recaps on the rear axles and new tires on the steer axle.
Federal Law for commercial vehicles. Glad you were following it!!
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:35 PM   #17
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I have a 2001 Nissan Frontier with 238,000 miles and have never bought new tires for it. Most new tire shops don't advertise but if you call and ask if they have any used tires stashed somewhere, sometimes they do. I usually get them for about 15 bucks plus five more to mount/balance etc. In my opinion, tires are the most over priced item on the market. I would say shops make a Huge profit on them. How much does it actually cost a manufacture to produce a tire?
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I had a race car that I used for rally races and I only used recaps I changed them after a couple of races never had a problem with tires while racing but I don't use them on the motorhome
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Interesting. My curiosity is peaked.

If tires are good for recapping then why are they not good for use as they are if they have good tread, no side wall cracking a good interior and have been run wih proper air pressure and weight their entire lives---no matter the age.
Well, under your described conditions, the motorhome tires probably could be run for many more miles.

Rear axle and semi-trailer installations of recapped tires is just a balance between cost and risk. (Many recaps will run as long and are as durable as the original tread.)

A blowout on a non-steer axle is an inconvenience and downtime for a revenue producing truck, but that risk is mitigated by the number of tires in use and cummulative reduced cost of using recaps for the fleet.

A blowout on a non-steer axle of a motorhome may entail fiberglass and other component damages that just do not exist on a trailer or truck.

Also, the inconvenience of that blowout happening in some remote area of travel without a support group to get it replaced makes the risk of substandard tires (recap or original) less than exciting for most motorhome operators.

A blowout on the steer axle of either vehicle is equally dangerous and to be avoided at higher cost.

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I have a 2001 Nissan Frontier with 238,000 miles and have never bought new tires for it. Most new tire shops don't advertise but if you call and ask if they have any used tires stashed somewhere, sometimes they do. I usually get them for about 15 bucks plus five more to mount/balance etc. In my opinion, tires are the most over priced item on the market. I would say shops make a Huge profit on them. How much does it actually cost a manufacture to produce a tire?
Today, I got four VERY nice used tires at a tire dealership for $145 bucks out the door installed. The person who installed them even said, "Geesh, you got 4 decent tires for what one would cost! "
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The airlines use mostly recaps.
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