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Old 04-09-2010, 03:51 PM   #1
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Run Flat Tires

In this mornings assortment of emails, I received a rather old "Announcement" that Michelin was about to release a new style of Run Flat Tires and it started me thinking.

Very dangerous thing to do according to the DW!!

Over the past several years we have had assorted Corvettes and most of them came with Goodyear Run Flats.

Now the Corvette people have mixed emotions about run flats. Some refer to them as Run Craps as they are somewhat noisy, not as sticky as some people would like them to be, and generally give a slightly harsher ride.

Myself....I loved them!!

In case you don't know, most late model Corvettes do not have a spare tire or a jack. So you need run flats or a good membership with AAA/CAA and are prepared to wait at the side of the road for a tow truck.

The Corvette, and any other car/truck with run flats requires an "Idiot" light on the dash to let you know at you are low on air as in most cases, you would hardly know that it had happened.

This happened to the DW and myself a couple of times and we where able to make it home without incident but at a slightly reduced speed.

So my question is "Why not for RV's?"

I haven't had a flat tire or a blowout with our coach yet and I really do not want to experience it!

I have attached a couple of pictures. My thought is that Michelin would probably put a sidewall on these tires in production just to keep the dirt and snow out.

What do you folks think?

Good idea or great pipe dream?
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:56 PM   #2
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Old 04-09-2010, 05:00 PM   #3
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There are two reasons run-flats are not used on heavy truck chassis. First heavy trucks require a great deal a sidewall flex to carry their loads and ride decently. Secondly cost, run-flats for automobiles cost more than the majority of heavy truck tires, and are usually only "good" for half the mileage of an conventional auto tire.
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I have absolutely no idea what truck tire would cost, RV tires are bad enough!

I do know that my 2006 Vette had 80,000 km on it when I traded it in and the front tires looked almost like new.

Now the back tires.....................

My left foot always seemed to slip off of that darned petal!

I just did a quick check on 19 inch Goodyear run flats to fit a Vette and in Canadian pesos they want $297.00 each mounted etc.

Should have kept the car as the prices have come WAY down.
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Old 04-10-2010, 04:47 AM   #5
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Michelin called it the Twheel (sp). The idea debuted about 5-6 years ago IIRC.
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I like the idea for safety reasons if they would ride and handle as good as a regular tire.

Looks like I could just drive a few miles on the interstate, pick up a few retreads that have blown off and about killed someone, and then wrap them around my worn out run flats and be good for another 80,000 miles.
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