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Gator-B-Gone

18 wheeler tire tread separation catcher
 
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We've all seen the long strips of tire tread that are left along the roadway when an 18 wheeler's tire tread seperates. Truckers refer to these as "Gators", I assume for the similarity of the tread to the gators scaly hide. A dangerous and unsightly road hazard, to say the least. The Truck, with so many other tires to carry the load, is not forced to stop immediately. Leaving the Gator behind, to be run over or swerved around by other motorists. What about some sort of spiked apparatus, attached behind the trailers wheels, to catch the hulled off mass of rubber and sharp, exposed, broken steel belts? Enabling the operator to carry it to his next stop and dispose of it in the proper fashion.
hard-scrabble, Nov 17 2002

(?) Road 'Gators http://mscof.home.t...s/hoecritters1.html
Absolutely eveything you'd wanna know about the subject. And more. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Don't Blame Retreads http://www.retread.....cfm/Article/50.htm
The industry claims retreads are not the cause [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       Without more detail it is difficult for me to visualize your solution. Nice title, though.
bristolz, Nov 17 2002
  

       How about Gator-Aid?
FarmerJohn, Nov 17 2002
  

       Forbidding the use of retread tires on trucks would solve the problem.
phoenix, Nov 17 2002
  

       Nothing wrong with retreads! My dad can recut a tire to make it even better than new.
Admiral Hackbar, Nov 17 2002
  

       It's not the re-cutting, it's the revulcanization or re-adherence of the new tread to the old carcass that seems to be what fails on retreads.
bristolz, Nov 17 2002
  

       At least according to the retread industry (an admittedly biased source), retreads are not the primary cause of "gators". The cause is poor tire maintenance. See link.
krelnik, Nov 17 2002
  

       Yeah, I'm probably wrong. At least if the retread link is right.
bristolz, Nov 17 2002
  

       The "Don't Blame Retreads" article is astonishingly uninformative. It has no evidence, no statistics, no quotations from unbiased experts/police/vehicle-makers. So I wouldn't count it as definitive.
kropotkin, Feb 06 2003
  

       Love the idea, but I think it needs to stay in the oven longer.
DickWeed, Feb 06 2003
  
      
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