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.