Roatan and Bay Islands Discussion List Archive
|Posted On: ||07-Jun-2002|
|From: || "randall_g_smith" [randall_g_smith.....com]
|Subject: || [roatan] Some more travel Information
You bet! This trip will be very well documented so all those following
will have a detailed account!
wsage wrote: Randall
Your recording all this valuable data for the future epistle I hope.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2002 10:38 PM
> Tires....the only thing between you and the road. Today I shopped
> three different tire stores. Two major suppliers and a discount
> store. This what I learned. Consider this.. you are doing 60 miles an
> hour during an intense rain storm....the road is rough and visability
> is near zero..and what happens next is your worse nightmare....a pot
> hole six feet wide and two feet deep...you could never have seen it
> coming....your stock four ply radials explode and you can geuss the
> rest. This is why I am buying 6 ply steel belted raidal
> tires...more surface coverage and two more steal two layers....
> During my shopping experience I found that the sales folks at the two
> major dealers did not ask enough questions about what my driving
> experience would be...I did tell them I was going to Mexico,
> Guatemala and Honduras. I found that they (the two majors) only were
> concerned about selling me their most expensive (four ply)
> tires...and charging extra me for balancing and valve stems. One of
> the majors acutally wanted to sell me tires that were two big for my
> truck and could cause a major risk to my life.
> Luckily for me I went to a discount tire dealer and learned a very
> valuable lesson. This guy listened to my storey about going to
> Mexico, Guatelama and Honduras. He told me about the difference in
> tire plys and pressures, showed me different tire alternatives and
> prices....the most expensive were the same as other less expensive
> brands....while the major dealers wanted to charge me for valve stems
> and balancing..his price included these services...needless to say
> I'm going back tomorrow and getting my new tires at this very good
> dealer who cared to listen to my concerns..he even gave the name of a
> local company who can tint my windows for a 10 % discount....another
> security issue one should consider.
> While six ply tires may impact my mileage, I feel comfortable that
> I'll have more control in bad weather...and may survive those pot
> holes I can't see in a rain storm....Oh yes, these new six ply tires
> will cost $150.00 less than the best 4 ply tires I could otherwise
> buy. One last note....this disount dealer told me of a place I could
> get a secret "Kill Switch" installed in case my truck is highjacked
> or stolen....
> I hope anyone considering driving in third world countires will
> consider this valuable information.
> Randall (Smitty) Smith
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