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Old 08-06-2019, 10:03 AM
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Mount Vernon, WA
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Default RV-12 Tubes and Tires

I have a 2015 RV-12 SLSA and I've never ordered tubes and tires but my original are looking pretty sorry. My mechanic said I should just order tubes and tires myself and bring them in for our appointment on August 13th.

From what I read here it sounds like RV-12 owners prefer Desser 500-5 6 ply RTO Retreads Elite Premium tires or Wilkerson 500-5-6 ply retreaded Air Hawks. However when I type a search into the Desser site the only ones that come up are 500-5 MICHELIN AIRSTOP INNER TUBE (092-308-0) at $119 each? More than the tire. What am I missing here? Do I need these expensive tubes that cost more than the tires?
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Old 01-27-2020, 12:06 AM
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Just a point of reference... I have a Honda motor scooter (108cc, 9.7 hp, max speed 45 mph) that wears tires like crazy. Odometer shows 15,000 and I’m now on 4th rear tire and 2nd front tire. I’ve been searching internet and find that small tire size has exponentially faster wear with some guys only getting 3,000 miles per tire change.

I thought this was interesting and maybe helps explain short tire life on our airplanes. My first set of main tires on the RV-12 only lasted 200 hours.

Rear tire with 4,100 miles -

Jim Stricker
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