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Old 09-02-2015, 05:31 PM   #1
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Definitive proof: don't trust old tires!

Much ado is made about tire age. Last weekend I learned, the EASY way oddly enough, that tires do indeed turn to junk just doing nothing...

This is our Party Cruiser:

It's a 1995, and so are the 6 Goodyear Marathon's on the trailer. At 20 years old, the tires look like new. They should, as they have less than 2500 miles on them. Here's a pic, and other than they're filthy, they have great tread, and while not entirely visible in this cellphone pic, the sidewalls aren't all cracked up...

This boat has been parked for 8 years (long story) and only moves when I need to do something to it. A few weeks ago I bought a new lower unit for the outboard motor, and aired up the tires before moving the thing around the harbor to do repairs. We moved it about 100 yards to a parking spot, then about 30 yards to where we pulled the outboard powerhead, then 30 yards back again. That's all the miles these tires have gone in 5 years...

So last week we go on vacation (in our Allegro, pulling our Chaparral) and we left from the harbor. Before pulling out, I did a quick check of all our stuff, and everything was in order.

So we get back Sunday evening around 6:30. I park the Chaparral, did a quick check before heading home, and...

Here's the rest of the above picture...

--and a closeup

Wow--ever had a complete tire-failure blowout while PARKED? Sheesh!!

I would've had NO qualms about pulling the boat down the highway on those tires! Never seen a tire do anything like that just sitting still! I only put 45 psi in 'em...

I'll take it as very lucky I didn't learn this lesson while on the road!


and now I have to save up for SEVEN new tires, as I assume I better not trust the never-used spare tire...

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Old 09-02-2015, 05:37 PM   #2
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20 year old tires? Long overdue for recycling. Glad you found the problem when you did.

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Old 09-02-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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Yes sometimes we are just fortunate. Last year the infamous #60-650 Trimark door lock failed on my coach, locking me inside, with no tools. But I was in my driveway at home .

My father has an old two axle trailer back in Nebraska that has to be 50 years old, and I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't have some of the original tires on that. It gets used about 2 times a year to haul his tractor a few miles to mow. Last year I had to use that trailer for a last second trip of 200 miles and I was so nervous about it, but it worked fine and I was very relieved.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:16 PM   #4
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Maxxis tires would look good on that trailer. Goodyear trailer tires back in 1995-200? were recalled. Of course, 20 year old tires - you got your $$ worth.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:20 PM   #5
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Isn't there an expression - Use it or lose it? Glad to see that your failure didn't cause any problems.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:21 PM   #6
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Was under my coach by the rear axle drivers side. The inside tire on the passengers side blew out the side wall. It was sitting still on the levers. After I changed my underwear I called road service.
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:21 PM   #7
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I learned a couple lessons about old tires. I had one blow on the rear of my class C 5 miles from home at the beginning of a trip. Tore out all the rig wiring and cracked a propane line. Next in my class A, blew a rear and left the exhaust on hwy 5. Had a Bud do $40,000 damage on his Beaver on a K rail after a front flat and another totaled a Revolution after a blow out in the mid west. Our 07 has new tires!

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