Who you gonna call?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by TruckRunner, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. TruckRunner

    TruckRunner Heavy Load Member

    Dec 21, 2017
    Been a company driver my whole trucking career and any time I had a blowout I would call fleetnet and wait 90 minutes for tire guy to come. So as an owner op is there a service you use for this or do you search for the nearest tire shops and call them?
  2. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Think your going to hear a bunch of people state to take better care of your tires.

    Think it would depend on your situation.
    If leased on to a company, they may have a tire program.
    NASTC has it list. NTTS and Truck Down are also listings
    Another source is next exit. Then you have the truck stops.

    Paying for the road call is another item that you need to consider.
    Cash, credit card, comcheck or ? Some will only take cash for non mega fleet people.

    If the shop is near by, good deal.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  3. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    You could invest in a bottle jack, an air gun, an air hose, and change them yourself. The time you save, even changing an inside tire...not to mention the money saved...can make your whole day.
    That being said...if our trucks are around town they change tires at our shop. If they're out of town they go to Les Schwab. If they're back in the woods they get out the tools and change the tire themselves.
  4. Gumper

    Gumper Road Train Member

    Jan 7, 2018
    Butte, MT
    I blew one after a 20 mile excursion on logging roads to pick up a load. Called Schwab’s, and ate my lunch while I waited. Luckily I was right outside town. Getting stuck in BFE with no option to call for help is a real issue.

    I had planned to carry a spare, tire tools, and a way to seat my beads. The rough part is my setup has three different sized tires between the truck, and trailer. Carrying that many spares adds quite a bit of weight on top of finding a place to put them.
  5. Oldironfan

    Oldironfan Road Train Member

    May 22, 2017
    Here is how Truck Down works.
    You call them.
    They call a service.
    They bill you twice the cost of the service such as a tow in my case.
    True story.
    Truck Down can kiss my ###.

    Loves tire pass is cheap and fast for pressure, and tread depth checks.
  6. TruckRunner

    TruckRunner Heavy Load Member

    Dec 21, 2017
  7. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Medium Load Member

    Jun 17, 2018
    Stuff happens and you need to be prepared. In 4 months I’ve had to replace 8 tires out on the road. Previous 4 years before that was none! Unlucky with flats, couldn’t avoid ratchet strap that came off a car hauler, etc.

    Carry a tire, a 50ft air hose that connects to glad hands, and a tire repair kit with rope. Always post trip every single time you stop. Catching a deflating tire early saves you a lot of money. Out of those 8 tires, none were road service required.
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  8. 6wheeler

    6wheeler Road Train Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Charlottesville, VA
    I do road service here in Virginia. Harbor Freight has tools that can get to quickly change out a spare.
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