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Old 06-05-2014, 11:29 PM   #1
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Different kind of tire question

After shopping around for new tires I found that Costco had the best price, so I ordered 6 Michelins XRV 's (245/70/19.5) and waited a week for them to arrive from their warehouse out of town. The arrived today and when I checked the date code all 6 were (2613). This makes them about 1 year old since manufacture. When I asked the Manager, he told me that this was normal and he had no control over what was shipped - sounded reasonable is think?

Question - Is this normal? I was really hoping for a manufacture date in 2014 sometime as the only reason that I was changing tires was age. Should I be concerned or am I too picky?

Thanks in advance for your insights.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:43 PM   #2
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JMHO: I'd be after a 10% minimum discount on the price. If your quoted price is already discounted, from retail, then probably not to big a deal.
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:42 AM   #3
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I guess a lot depends on if you live by "your tires must be junk in 7 years" or if you think condition is the determining factor on when they need replaced.
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I guess a lot depends on if you live by "your tires must be junk in 7 years" or if you think condition is the determining factor on when they need replaced.
Those that say that tires are junk after 7 years are just as incorrect as those that claim that age isn't a factor in determining tire lifetime. Here's a link to Michelin's statement on the subject. In summary, tires over 5 years old should be professionally inspected. At 10 years tires should be replaced regardless of apparent condition: https://www.michelinb2b.com/wps/b2bc...s_Brochure.pdf
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:19 AM   #5
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Should I be concerned or am I too picky?
I don't think you are being picky as by some standards these tires are already 20 percent through there life or at the very least 10 percent. I think a good discount would compensate.
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It's true the dealer has no control over what gets shipped from the warehouse. He could return them and try again, but it may be that all the warehouse stock is that old.

The factory makes tires in big batches, maybe 10,000 at a time, and stocks the warehouses. For a size that has a fairly low sales volume, that might be a year's supply. For another size or model, that might only be a few weeks or months. If you wait a month or two, maybe you will get a new batch and the dates will be current. Or maybe they will still be the 2613's.

The tire companies claim tires don't age in the warehouse, or at least not much. They are out of the light and perhaps climate controlled, so maybe it's not a big deal. However, it would seem to mean you should begin annual inspections a year sooner than otherwise (the 5 year inspection criteria that Micheline recommends). Maybe that is grounds for a discount?

If you keep your sales invoice, the warranty start date is the sale date. If you don't have the proof of sale, it defaults to the build date.
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Over the years we've ordered several sets of tires for our previous motorhome and trucks. Whenever I order them I explain the dealer that I won't accept tires older than 6 months. Every time he has agreed to be sure the code dates are within the range. On occasions where he couldn't get tires within the range he has called me. A couple times I had to wait for the next run of that particular brand and size.

In every case the tires I purchased were less than 3 months old. The last ones were only 3 weeks from the factory. The dealers have more control than you might think. They don't want to have a customer refuse a set of tires and have to put them in stock. If the tire store doesn't have an extensive clientele of RV owners the tires could sit on their shelves a long time. Since most RV owners wouldn't buy a set of year old tires unless it was an emergency it would be extremely hard to sell them after they sat in stock another six months or more.
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Over the years we've ordered several sets of tires for our previous motorhome and trucks. Whenever I order them I explain the dealer that I won't accept tires older than 6 months. Every time he has agreed to be sure the code dates are within the range.
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That's what I did in 2011 when I ordered 6 Michelin XZEs from Sam's Club.
When they arrived a week later 4 were 3 months old a 2 were 6 mo. old, (so no worry).

BTW, the price was considerably less than FMCA's so called "Michelin Advantage Program" price.

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The tire companies claim tires don't age in the warehouse, or at least not much. They are out of the light and perhaps climate controlled, so maybe it's not a big deal.

And maybe if we live in climate controlled rvs we will look 25 when we are 100. Someone who is trying to sell you something that they have already had shipped wont tell you anything untrue
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Mine are 42/11 on a 13 coach built in dec. 12. Coach bought June 13.
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So yours were nearly two years old by the time you bought the MH. We had something similar with a Class C we bought a number of years ago. We ended up having to replace the tires when the coach was only a couple of years old because it had probably sat on the manufacturer's lot in the sun for a while before the chassis was converted to a MH.
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So yours were nearly two years old by the time you bought the MH. We had something similar with a Class C we bought a number of years ago. We ended up having to replace the tires when the coach was only a couple of years old because it had probably sat on the manufacturer's lot in the sun for a while before the chassis was converted to a MH.
Pretty much the sceniro. Not sure what a person can do!
Had a fiver the tires were three years old when I bought it.
Tires blew out on the road with less than 10,000 Mi.less than a year after I bought it.
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RV tires can look almost as good as new but still need replacement. That is because in many cases there are so few miles on RV tires and owners tend to keep them pretty clean. But the outside is only half of the story, and while looking great outside, an inspection of the inside of the tire can quickly show the need for replacement. I, personally, am not going to pay to have all six tires dismounted, inspected and then remounted every year after five or six years of DOT stamped life. So that leaves me with age/time as the only determination for replacement--unless something obvious can be seen from the outside. I wonder how many Michelin owners have ever dismounted/inspected/remounted their tires annually after 5 years in service? Figuring in the cost and hassle, it is just not worth it compared to replacing every 5 to 6 years. And I am cheap. But I know myself to be a worry wort, and the thought of injuring anyone/damaging property when it could IMHO reasonably be avoided, is too distracting from the fun I want from RVing. Good luck no matter which replacement strategy you deploy.
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I would not purchase tires that old for an RV application. One year is gone on the replacement clock governed by age, not miles, in most cases. A good sales rep will understand your need for fresh tires. Let your parameters be known when ordering.
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