Re: Excessive Tire Wear???
We encountered the same problem with Continental tires. Our 2009 RB was doing great on our 3-month road trip to Alaska until we took it in for its 15,000-mile oil change at Anchorage Dodge. Their routine inspection showed that both front tires were bald and the rear ones nearly so. They were able to refer us to a local dealer, Johnson's Tire Center, where we put on four new tires. An unexpected expense for sure!
When we called Continental they said that Sears was their dealer in Alaska but the local Sears store was completely unhelpful. They told us it would take 13 weeks to get the tires we needed and even then they could not install them because they can't work on "motor homes." Johnson's, by contrast, had tires of the right size in stock, was able to install them, treated us very well, and had us back on the road with only a one day delay. They checked the alignment and it was fine. We did not have anything in tow.
A careful reading of the tire warranty showed that the tires are warrantied for a year, not for any specific mileage. Since we technically purchased the van in May 2010 our year was up even though we did not take delivery of it as a completed Sportsmobile until December. They left themselves plenty of weasel room. After the tires were off we took a close look and found the tread was flaking off in big sheets, sort of like large fish scales. Being so far from home our options were limited, and of course bringing the tires along as evidence for later wouldn't work either. Looks like we're going to have to suck it up.
Bottom line Continental Tires seem to be junk.
2009 Sprinter RB custom floorplan began conversion at SMB West in August 2010, delivered December 20, 2010. Diesel furnace/water heater (Espar D5), gaucho, porta potti, exterior shower, sink, fridge, micro, vent fan, cargo storage in rear.