Beware Of Big O Tire Company!


Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here


The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. I am scheduled to depart November 27th. While here, I’ll be doing cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to both vehicles.




Beware of Big O tire Company!!!!







Today’s posting is to make you aware of how Big O Tires unscrupulously tried to take advantage of Mary.


Last Friday Mary went to Big O Tires in Sonora, California for a tire rotation. She was told the tires were badly worn and needed new tires. Per my previous instruction, she said… “Okay, I want Cooper Tires not more than three months old!”


Earlier in the day I had arrived at Mary’s home and happened to be out in her yard when she arrived and she told me of her experience. I said…”Hold it right there and let me check out those tires.”



Here’s what I found…


They had installed a brand called Radar, an inferior brand made in Indonesia. Three of the tires were 10 months old and the fourth tire was 2.5 years old!


I immediately called the store manager and told him we did not want this junk! I also told him we wanted our old tires remounted on her car. He told me to return to the store tomorrow (a Saturday). I asked him to put Mary’s old tires aside and he said he would. By the way her old Cooper Tires they took off her car were a 65,000 mileage rated tire and had only gone 40,000 miles! I wanted to inspect them myself. 


As it turned out Saturday ended up being inconvenient for us, so I called the manager and told him so and that we would be there on Monday. Once again, I reminded him of his promise to put her old tires aside and he stated that he had done so.


We made the 45 minute drive on Monday only to find the manager was conveniently not there…a supposed family problem. I said okay, we can still put the old tires back on and get a refund. The desk clerk (the really guilty guy who sold her this new junk) said he looked everywhere and they were nowhere to be found!!!! I demanded he call the manager and tell him we would be back on Tuesday to deal with this situation. In the meantime, that Monday we found another Cooper Tire dealer less than two miles away and got new tires installed on her car. Oh, by the way, Big O had charged Mary more than $100 more for the inferior junk tires than her new 65,000 Cooper tires! Talk about slimy people and a bunch of crooks!



By then Mary and I were really frustrated with Big O tires. We both suspected they got rid of the tires so that we could not inspect them. We were also suspicious that they would give us a hard time about refunding her money because the new junk tires now had 50 miles on them. In addition, they had charged Mary $89.95 for an alignment that she was told was free.


So, we returned on Tuesday, but in the presence of a Sonora Police Officer which we had requested. When I questioned the manager about her old tires he promised to save, he told us he had put them “out back” where the used tires are stolen on a regular basis. Can you believe this guy? Mary was given a full refund, I believe without further hassle, because of the presence of the Police Officer.



Mary trusted these people and the took advantage of her!!!! Needless to say, Mary is no longer a Big O Tire customer!



I hope this story has convinced you not to not to do business with Big O tires. I hope you will also pass on this story to your friends.




Forecast for today is rain and 57 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


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