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Old 08-07-2014, 06:45 AM   #1
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Are the new tires new?

My new Michelin XRV steer tires came in to the shop yesterday, when I checked the date code, found them to be 3313 and 1214 meaning one is a year old and the other is 6 mos. Salesman, of course, told me age mounted is what to worry about. Said the "7 year casing warranty" starts at date mounted. Taking off GY's that are DOT 3608, feel silly putting on year old tire.

Should I pass these by? they have been warehoused since they got them.

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Old 08-07-2014, 08:01 AM   #2
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Good question. I know there have been a few similar threads on this. Seems that most folks will tell the tire shop that they won't accept any tires older than six months. To me, Rv tires start aging when they are made. Doesn't matter that much to me if they are on a rim or not. With that said, the way they manufacture and store these, you may not do much better and would probably be replacing these in 6 years anyway. Have your salesman out his B.S in writing. Good luck
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:13 AM   #3
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I had the same thing happen to me. The local dealer where I bought my coach couldn't find anything newer than date 2613 on the tires I wanted. They were brand new but 8 months old. He gave me a fair deal on them. We don't live in an area with full on hot sun year round so I'm not worried about it. Like others have said, warranty starts from the install date.
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My new Michelin XRV steer tires came in to the shop yesterday, when I checked the date code, found them to be 3313 and 1214 meaning one is a year old and the other is 6 mos. Salesman, of course, told me age mounted is what to worry about. Said the "7 year casing warranty" starts at date mounted. Taking off GY's that are DOT 3608, feel silly putting on year old tire.

Should I pass these by? they have been warehoused since they got them.

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Personally I would pass at least on the one made in 2013. When we order tires we always tell the dealer in advance that we will not accept tires older than 6 months. We use the 6 month rule because all tires are not made continuously throughout the year. They are made in batches as the demand mandates. If you have a popular size and model they may make several batches throughout the year. If it's a less popular tire they may be made only once or twice a year.

The last time we bought tires the dealer said the last batch was made over 6 months ago. He recommended we wait a few weeks because there was a new batch being made as we spoke. We got a call about 3 weeks later that the latest production run of tires was available. When we put the tires on they had a production date only 3 weeks prior to the date they were installed. They went directly from the manufacturer to the distributor, to the dealer.

The tires may technically have the same warranty, but your more likely to have cracking and ageing problems 5 years down the road than 3 months down the road. Since it's a prorated warranty there will be very little if any compensation for a 5 year old (actually 6 year old) tire.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:19 PM   #5
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My new Michelin XRV steer tires came in to the shop yesterday, when I checked the date code, found them to be 3313 and 1214 meaning one is a year old and the other is 6 mos. Salesman, of course, told me age mounted is what to worry about. Said the "7 year casing warranty" starts at date mounted. Taking off GY's that are DOT 3608, feel silly putting on year old tire.

Should I pass these by? they have been warehoused since they got them.

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I've read on another thread that the "discounted" tires are the one with shelf time on them. So I'd expect a discount accordingly. I ended up paying top dollar for my recent set but they were very young tires indeed.
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I would try to get all the tires with the same date code if possible.
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The oldest is unacceptable. The newer is marginal. The salesman is, well, a salesman...

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I buy quite a few tires each year for customers, my rule is easy... No older then 6 months, all date codes mounted out, except inside duals mounted inward.
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In the good-old-days people in the know used to buy tyres a year in advance so the rubber would wear better when they were put on. New off the press rubber was too soft.
But then, bottles of pure water didn't have a use-by-date stamped on them either.


Guess times have changed.
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My tire guy got me new XRV's , only 2 weeks old. He had to order from Atlanta and they was delivered the next day. I told him ahead that they must be no more than 3 months old.
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when we have new tires installed, I always specify less than six months and ALWAYS request that the date code be facing out!
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