The new Roadmaster rubber from Cooper Tire is engineered to withstand the demands of drop-deck trailers. Featuring a four-belt steel casing, the RM272 has a slightly rounded tread footprint, along with a reinforced shoulder, to help withstand extreme side forces.
Gary Schroeder, director of commercial vehicle and OEM sales for Cooper Tire, said, “When the tire was in development, we tested its performance against three types of concrete surfaces to match difficult real-world conditions, including concrete with exposed limestone, and grooved bridge decking. These tests enabled Cooper engineers to validate that the tires’ durability and performance levels exceeded everyday operating conditions.”
The RM272 is also designed to ward off irregular wear and damage due to curbing. Thanks to the tire’s rounded footprint, pressure distribution is optimized along all the ribs, which helps prevent premature wear on the intermediate ribs.
“Of all wheel positions, tires on a drop-deck trailer take some of the harshest punishment often they don’t get replaced due to mileage, they get replaced due to tread damage, such as scrubbing or tearing. The new RM272 is designed to withstand these conditions and we believe this tire will be a top performer in the industry,” added Schroeder.