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Old 07-10-2005, 03:10 PM   #1
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Men Plan...God Laughs!

The best laid plans of mice and men.... or as I like to say "men plan and God laughs!"

Friday as I prepared to depart on what was to be the last voyage of "Old Ugly" I heard from the shop that the repairs had not progressed as planned. So being resourceful desided that I'd cancel my week long sales trip and just make a quick overnight in the new bus.

Made the trip to the shop to transfer some required items and took off back home...

Then it happens. A very LOUD bag from the rear of the coach at 45mph! Bits of debris exit from the drivers side wheel well. Inspection shows not a mark on the inside of the wheel well? Damage to the coach is extensive. Big blowout of the rivited seam about 5 rivits long. Damaged wheel lip molding and well it's bowed out too! Both tire treads are cool no heat. Very stiff treads on the new radial retreads installed Wednesday.... and there in lies the problem.

Knowing and trusting the local 30 year Goodyear dealer I bought his own retread tires. He does the work right here in town. Price drives the deal of course. My biggest concern was tread seperation. Dealer says "most of the tire damage you see on retreads is because of running on flat tires.

Well on to the Goodyear shop.. glad I was right in town. Removal of the tires shows the one foot long blowout of the sidewall on the inner tire.

Dealer is standing up tall and accepting responsibility. I'm off to get estimates tomorrow. I have new respect for this local Goodyear dealer in spite of the trouble but also have new found respect for what air presure can do.

Got my old tires back on and am back to shopping for a resonable priced NEW radial 19.5 solution.

The trip to the mountains was a joy in the new "Prayer Wagon" in spite of no A/C. Drove up after dark and only had to endure the warm on the return trip last night. Can't wait to get repaired and on the road to finally using the new bus.
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Old 07-10-2005, 03:17 PM   #2
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Got my old tires back on and am back to shopping for a resonable priced NEW radial 19.5 solution.
Goodyear makes a reasonably-priced 19.5 tire for your coach. I got a pair of IIRC, G142's for about $150 each, for another forum member, and he is having good luck with them. You have found out why retreads on not a good idea on trailers and MoHo's, the treads get shucked, and cause all manner of damage to whatever they are on. I will double check the model of the tires if you are interested, and let you know.
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Old 07-10-2005, 05:36 PM   #3
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at least no one was hurt...The coach can always be fixed.
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Old 07-10-2005, 08:15 PM   #4
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Thankfully it was no worse than it is. You are not hurt, nor anyone else. Good for the dealer, I hope it works out for you.
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Old 07-11-2005, 03:37 PM   #5
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Well Fraiser Tire the Goodyear dealer here in Sumter SC is looking after all the damage to the coach and I can't say enough about how good they are. Today the shop manager and I took a look from the alignment pit at the old tires. For now we're going to keep them as they really are not in bad shape at all. It was another local shop who looked at them and told me that they were older than what they are. Again, here is a Goodyear 30 year dealer who is not looking for a way to recoup any of their loss. The down side for them is that they have a $5,000 deductable for this type of loss so it's likely all on them as I doubt the work will go higher than that.
I'll keep you all informed regarding the progress.
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Glad no one was injured! I asked a dealer I trust about new tires and he said that Michelin are the best tires in the world. They come in 19.5 and I'm very happy with mine.
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I like GoodYear tires! I have used them on all trucks at work and on My own car.
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