What should I buy for drive tires?
I’m in my first year as an owner-op. I am leased onto a large carrier in the Canadian prairies and pull two 53ft vans/reefers in A-train configuration. I’m running a 2015 Volvo VNL64T670 with a D13 that I was previously driving for the company as a company driver. As my carrier has been in this specialized operation for many years I decided to not change anything on the truck and use their years of experience specking equipment to my benefit. They are a very successful company I might add. It’s come time to buy my first set of drive tires soon. The ones I have now are Goodyear recaps and have around 300 000 kms on them in 18 months. They have a fairly luggy tread pattern. My question is wether I would be wise to buy a more expensive low rolling resistance set (Michelin X Energy Line) or save some cost and go with caps again (on first generation casings to avoid sidewall issues)? My company goes with caps and I’m wondering why. I vary on GVW from empty to 63 000 kgs. I pull different trailers daily and obviously have no control over what tires are on the trailers. Most of the trailers do have side skirts and trailer tails. It is a 9 axle unit and I only have control of 3 for tires, and I’ve already put Michelin X Line Energy steer tires on. I’m wondering with the number of axles I pull if I’d even notice much change in mileage for the added cost of virgins. I’m usually around 5-6 mpg in summer months but really varies depending on weight. Any thoughts or recommendations?
Is this a good question?