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Old 10-24-2020, 01:16 PM   #1
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Re-tread tires?

Has anyone used re-tread tires on a class A diesel pusher?
Re-treads are far cheaper than new, cost about $200.00 per tire, but I have driven enough highways to know - re-treads come apart. Lake everyone, I have seen the tire remnants all over the road, and can only imagine what kind of damage that would do to an RV at 65MPH.
On the other hand - RV's typically do not get the mileage that the commercial trucks do, so, does that help the life?
any opinions or experiences are helpful - Thanks!
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RV Tires age out - not wear out the tread.

Retreads for semi-trailers makes sense. Millions of miles.

RV's don't travel millions of miles. Hence they age out before they wear out.
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Personally I think you've already answered your own question.
Retread come apart, with the potential to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to the MH - not to mention the loss of camping time if you were on your first day of vacation.

To me, the risk does not justify the cost savings.
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^^^^ What PoDivin said. A blown tire tread can easily cause 10-15 thousand dollars in damage to save a few hundred.
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Re-treads aren't legal on the steer axle , and I'll bet you already know the reason.
Purchasing a re-treaded tire ; you have no idea of the history of the casing and you're dependent on the re-tread company to properly examine it for age and damage due to it's prior use.
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Drove 18 wheelers for 30 years. For 3 of those years, I pulled railroad piggyback trailers & containers which were uniformly on retreads. During that period, I spent more time w/tire repair guys than I did cumulatively over the rest of my "career."

Maybe it's a an economy of scale thing - if you owned 10,000 rigs you save over the long run - but you couldn't pay me to put them on our MoHo.
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Lake everyone, I have seen the tire remnants all over the road, and can only imagine what kind of damage that would do to an RV at 65MPH.
I wouldn't assume those are retread remnants. Also, I don't know this either way, but I'm not even sure that's evidence of a blow out--never even seen a video of a blow out.

But I agree with the others not to do it for the reasons mentioned. I would add though that the age of the tire is likely stamped on the sidewall, but I'd be surprised if the age you discover is less than four years old.
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Personally I think you've already answered your own question.
Retread come apart, with the potential to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to the MH - not to mention the loss of camping time if you were on your first day of vacation.

To me, the risk does not justify the cost savings.
Totally agree! I would never use re-treads on our MH. Our lives are worth much more than the cost of those new tires! JMHO
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I would never chance a retread on my motorhome. I value my life and safety is important. Not to mention the damage it can cause. It is also very inconvenient to have a blowout. I am one to not worry about price and try to purchase the best tire I can based on research.
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FWIW, in 2017 I had 6 new Sailun 275/70R22.5, LR H all-position tires installed on my MH for a total bill of $1,380 including balancing and all applicable taxes.
That is yet another reason re-treads are not a logical option.
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Have you worn out the tires on your coach? How long did it take? Remember, the casing on a retread is probably already 2-4 years old. Add how long it took you to those numbers and if it totals more than 8, I wouldn't even consider it. Retreads work great on trailers and somewhat ok on tractor drivers in situations where the get high miles with little abuse. Anything else, avoid them. The company I work for has a policy of virgin rubber on tractors and retreads on trailers. Our trailer tires get abused and typically get punctured long before they wear out, making retreads more affordable.
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Having hit one in our motorhome, they should be illegal!
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Road gators everywhere here on I4 in Florida. Saw two different vehicles needing roadside service yesterday. They had hit those gators.

No way in ....... I would even consider one on my vehicle. The damage to the electronics alone after the tire shreds and eats into the cabin area is just not worth the stress.
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I wouldn't assume those are retread remnants.
I agree. They are "Flat tire" remnants. A flat tire, retread or otherwise, will get hot and disintegrate in short order if driven on. That being said, I'll spring for new tires when it's time.
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