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  1. Driving this time. Thanks for the offer of rides. Thinking to arrive 23/24 Will be on the FMCA Convention APP. and can message there
  2. I will be offering two seminars on Tires in RV application plus two seminars on Genealogy. Be sure to check the info in the convention program. You may also find the FMCA Convention App useful. And helpful when you are planning which seminar to attend and where each will be held.
  3. two comments I believe the Goodyear "Endurance" line is only the ST type tires not the RSA which I think are passenger tires. I think the idea of asking for a discount based on loosing a year of tire life is reasonable. I also would confirm, in writing that the GY warranty starts when the tires are applied and keep the sales receipt with the full DOT serials written on it just in case.
  4. I would consider the use of Rettroband a bit like insurance. No one needs it till they do. Since I have never had a sudden front tire failure on any vehicle, I can only hope I respond appropriately. While it is possible to control a "BIG RIG" when a front tires "blows" your ability does depend on your ability to respond appropriately in the split seconds you have before things get out of control. I would think a big part of the cost is the band it self so it should be possible to transfer to a new coach as long as the size tire is matched to the band. While I have not watch a Rettroband installed and only seen the movie I would estimate about 1 hour per tire and at shop rate of $150 an hr it would probably be worth the effort to transfer to a new coach.
  5. Sorry, I missed the comment on your duals. As I covered in detail in my FMCA Convention seminars and on my tire blog proper matching of duals is very important. The different temperatures and pressure rise means the load is not being distributed equally between each pair. One tire is larger than the other and is carrying extra load. The OC of the tires when inflated but not loaded needs to be within 3/4". This can lead to early life failure or even wear-out of one tire in a pair of duals.
  6. I will be giving a couple of seminars (different topic details) on tires in RV application at Tuscon. Check the seminar schedule and check out the Convention app. Happy to answer specific tire-related questions anytime. Till then follow Brett & Herman's advice. If you are not going to run the Tire Placard suggested inflation, my rule of thumb for an estimate side to side imbalance is to assume 53% of the truck scale axle weight is on one side. Then consult load tables. You can learn more by checking out my tire blog.
  7. Does anyone have experience needing RA with a Class-C? Since I am not much smaller than a large Dually pick-up I would think I should be towed if the repair on the road was not possible. As my chassis is a Chevy 4500 all the running gear should be serviceable at any GM dealership. I am pretty mechanically inclined but don't travel with my big main tool-chest so I may need a mechanic at some point in the future.
  8. Actual "Defects" i.e. manufacturing mistakes usually occur relatively early in life. One recall I initiated was based on multiple tires failing in the first hundred miles as I recall (in 2000). Any chance you have pictures of the failed tire? Info for all . It is sometimes possible to provide a possible reason for failure if we can get 3 - 5 pictures of the failure. Close enough to capture no more than 1/2 the tire. Good lighting i.e full Sunlight. Some times we can rule some causes out and sometimes we can get down to a couple of possibles. You can post a general picture but you can always email me the high quqlity pictures so I can zoom in. Not running a TPMS doesn't help but you know that now. Did you check air pressure the morning of the failure? If so how many miles did you travel after the inflation check? There is a distinct possibility that whenever you checked the pressure a leak was started and being an inner dual there was almost no chance of you noticing the loss with the outer tire supporting the load. Can you identify how much air in in the dual in the right shot? The left shot of the same tire in the picture below? This is a slide from my FMCA tire seminar.
  9. First off I would not be concerned about a 20 psi (or 20%) increase in your 22.5 tires. Bet they are LR-G or LR-H 2nd yes air from a compressor can introduce some moisture that you will not get from the gas out of a cylinder. It isn't the N2 that is dry as all gas purchased from a "Air Supply" or welding shop in cylinders are going to be almost 0% moisture. While I haven't seen and test data, the N2 from local Nitrogen generators may have some low %moisture as they probably use better dryers than found at most tire shops. 3rd If you are running new tires they will run a bit hotter than older worn tires. The 2% pressure for each 10F is close enough. Details and math can be seen HERE You can always make and use your own "dryer" as seen HERE and if you support your tire with a jack you could let 50% out and re-inflate when you are in a dry weather day and dry location. Just be sure your dryer is rated for the pressure you will be using. Be sure you have access to a good supply of high pressure air before you bleed off any air. A quick check to see if this is even worth the effort would be to bleed off 5 psi and see if water drops or "fog" comes out of the tires. If not you don't have a lot of moisture in the tire to start with.
  10. tireman9

    TIRE Balance

    I'm not sure that something like Tyeron or Rettroband would have a negative impact on the ability of a tire to be repaired. It is this ability that is the driver behind the prohibition of the use of "Stuff" inside a tire. The bands would only come in contact with the tire if there had been a loss of air, probably due to a cut or un-repaired puncture.
  11. Another item on matching Duals. The pair should always be same size, Load Range, Brand and design. Minimum Dual spacing is published in the tire company data sheets to help you compare. You can read-up on Duals and their special needs on my RV Tire blog
  12. Some tire companies "start the warranty clock" on the date the tires are made, others on the date the ties are mounted. Some when the RV is first sold. My Class-C RV has a 2015 Chevy chassis but the RV is classified as a 2016. I did receive a "Delayed Warranty" document that started the GM Warranty in 2016 when I made the purchse.
  13. tireman9

    Rims width issue

    I would stick with what is printed in the tire company literature for an approved rim for that companies tires.rather than a phone call.
  14. Sorry but the tire changes shape when loaded and the air pressure basically doesn't change, while measurable with sufficiently sensitive gauges (laboratory 0.01 psi reading) I would not consider anything less than a 1 psi change meaningful even if you could measure it.
  15. Basically you will find that for identical size, Load range and wheel rim width all brande are identical except for maybe a handful of Michelin tires being different by about 5 psi. This resulted from a tire that was already in production in Europe (designed completely Metric) then later made available in the US. The Metric to SI units conversion needed rounding which resulted is some tires being different a few psi I have a list of links to tire Load & Inflation tables on my blog that I try and keep up to date.
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