New tires or Recaps?

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by 6wheeler, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Dirty-Low-Walker

    Dirty-Low-Walker Medium Load Member

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    If you reread my original post i stated it was a few years back, and i did say the caps today are better, actually i started in 1985 and sold off those trucks in 2003.
    And they didn't run up to that weight, they ran everyday at that weight, in a harsh setting, big difference.
    Have you ever seen a tandem or tri axle turn at a intersection or job and notice the torque on the axles and tires, axle weight changes during those turns, puts allot of stress on the bogies and tires.
    Those trucks were serviced every 5000 miles, greased and power washed every weekend, and checked by each driver every morning and by me every end of day, i take pride in my trucks and equipment, so the neglect part you keep bringing up doesn't pertain to me, not a opinion, fact.
     
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  3. truckman29801

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    I think he means neglect on behalf of the tire pressure and condition
     
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  4. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    Would somebody please take a picture and show me of a hired driver checking air pressures daily on a pre-trip, or ever LoL. I have never seen such a sight before - really.
     
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  5. DL550CAT

    DL550CAT Road Train Member

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    That's why I'm sold on TPM systems. I'll buy used equipment without them but if I'm buying new it will be on there. They are little more bother when removing wheels and double checking pressure. I'll put up with it.
     
  6. trees

    trees Road Train Member

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    Exactly.... I post trip my truck, and I'm always amazed by drivers coming up and asking, "what's wrong?"... I reply, "why do you think there's something wrong?"....

    "Well, you're looking at the motor..." they'll say....

    "Yep, and I'm also checking out the wheel seals, and the air lines, and the suspension...."

    "Oh"

    It would seem that somebody doing a post trip catches them off guard.
     
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  7. deming807

    deming807 Medium Load Member

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    Its ok for LA or Phoenix. But when you are ending trip on 10F and 20 inch snowy truck yard in Chicago its no so "comfortable". ;)
     
  8. truckman29801

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    Well i check my pressure on All my tires before a trip. It only takes 10 mins. To me its worth it the 10 mins rather than a Roadside call. I dont have the company driver mentality i guess.
     
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  9. russtrucker

    russtrucker Road Train Member

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    prefer new tires. I run my truck with Kelly steering tires, firestone drive tires (soon to replace with Kelly KDA), and Michelin x-one trailer tires.
     
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