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Old 05-02-2015, 07:59 PM   #211
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Well, my tires are now three days old on the coach--about 25 miles!
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Mine are 3 days old also, and about 10 miles on them. So far holding air which is good because we leave for Yellowstone in 2 days.


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Mine are 2004 Michelin 30,000 miles, still look brand new, no cracks on all 6, I'm still wondering if I should replace them, because we don't know how long we'll keep the coach
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:13 AM   #214
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Mine are 2004 Michelin 30,000 miles, still look brand new, no cracks on all 6, I'm still wondering if I should replace them, because we don't know how long we'll keep the coach
If you never drive the coach you should be OK. However, if you plan to drive the coach with 11 year old tires I want to know where you plan to go so I won't be on the same roads.



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Old 05-03-2015, 09:08 AM   #215
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Truckers often put on as much mileage in a month as most of us do in a year or a lifetime. When a tire blows on a truck most of the time it is just an inconvenience. No major damage is done and the driver, if not an independent or fleet owner/operator, still gets payed by the hour or mile and the company picks up the repair tab. The shipping industry will not keep a tire for 10 years because the casing retread times will not allow it.

When we blow a tire, more often than not, we have damage and often major. I know the results of a blown front tire. This tire was 7 or 8 years old and had not been properly maintained.
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Just so I understand this correctly and given that every tire sold in the US has a DOT approval number on it, you're saying that the Engineers and bean counters at Michelin design and construct their tires over and above US Gov. specs. and like no other manufacture?
I would sure like knowing the technical aspects of this and just maybe Michelin would supply this information. Naw, on second thought, they'd say it was a family secret, like a good recipe might be. Thing is, if you've really got something going for you, it's usually registered and protected by a US patent.
You're trying to put words in my mouth, Trop...all that I'm saying is that for myself personally, if I get it in my head that something is the absolute best that money can buy, then I won't be happy until I have it. It doesn't matter if it really IS the best, I do my research and once I'm convinced, I don't care what it costs, I'm going to have that product. Now that doesn't mean that I can't be convinced that something else is better, but you're not going to get me with price alone.
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I see a lot of drama in some blowout stories. If we do not know the full history of a tire, we cannot say it blew because of it's age. I think the 10 years life is a guideline only. If a tire does not show any wear and tear, has not run low, was protected from the sun, it could go much longer. A tire manufacturer has to protect himself and a tire dealer has to sell tires.
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I see a lot of drama in some blowout stories. If we do not know the full history of a tire, we cannot say it blew because of it's age. I think the 10 years life is a guideline only. If a tire does not show any wear and tear, has not run low, was protected from the sun, it could go much longer. A tire manufacturer has to protect himself and a tire dealer has to sell tires.
That was my thinking when I started this thread. I am glad to see I am not alone in my thinking, even if we are wrong.
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If you never drive the coach you should be OK. However, if you plan to drive the coach with 11 year old tires I want to know where you plan to go so I won't be on the same roads.



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I see a lot of drama in some blowout stories. If we do not know the full history of a tire, we cannot say it blew because of it's age. I think the 10 years life is a guideline only. If a tire does not show any wear and tear, has not run low, was protected from the sun, it could go much longer. A tire manufacturer has to protect himself and a tire dealer has to sell tires.
It's not drama when you live it. It is life and life happens for many reasons.

Look folks. Just consider this. You are the second or third owner of these tires. Do you truly know their road service? Your tires are 7 or 8 years old. What do you loose by having them removed from the rim, examined for unseen damage and remounted.

The new Michelin XZA3+ series IS a 7 year tire. Like anything out of warranty, it only lasts if it doesn't fail. A 50 year old tire on a farm truck in a field is no problem for the farmer. A 10 year old tire on a RV is according to the folks who build these things, gather information on the failures and build advise statements to PROTECT their customers from any unnecessary, preventable catastrophic failures. Would your be satisfied with your towns school bus system if they only replaced tires when they failed? Why? Same tires in many cases.

At what point do you consider a tire failure bad luck or a poor decision.

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I see a lot of drama in some blowout stories. If we do not know the full history of a tire, we cannot say it blew because of it's age. I think the 10 years life is a guideline only. If a tire does not show any wear and tear, has not run low, was protected from the sun, it could go much longer. A tire manufacturer has to protect himself and a tire dealer has to sell tires.
I've come to one conclusion in all the tire threads, I've read and that is if you have a blowout, it's because of the tire's brand. Unless it's a Michelin of course and then it's due to some other cause, like low air or a road hazard and what I would like to think are the most common causes with any of them.....
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I've come to one conclusion in all the tire threads, I've read and that is if you have a blowout, it's because of the tire's brand. Unless it's a Michelin of course and then it's due to some other cause, like low air or a road hazard and what I would like to think are the most common causes with any of them.....

The high-end 245/70 19.5 tires for your rig would be about $2500 out the door. In 7 years your cost is $357 annual, $30 monthly. Cheaper ones less than half of that.
Some folks take more risks than I will, and for little money.
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Just put 2700 miles on my new Hercules tires, through much heat,rain and snow they handled and rode great. Less than $2000 out the door, this tire has performed great for truckers is why I selected it, as well as cost. Last tires (GY) lasted 10 years & 49000 miles had 8/32 left, but thought it was time, but I've always kept them covered and parked on wood during storage. My feeling is if tire manufactures say 10 years they're being conservative and if cared for they'll last 10. Obviously you need to inspect them regularly and keep properly aired.
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I just installed a temperature/pressure monitor on mine ACE. I don't trust any brand tire any more.

There are a few good pressure monitors out there. I installed Tireminders, expensive but worth it. It alerts you to a slow leak , high temperature. Can monitor up to 22 tires. Camping World is the only retailer besides the manufacturer. I saw on the news recently a coach burn down to the ground luckily no one got hurt but a temperature monitor would have prevented the tire from catching fire. One thing though they are no help if you don't turn them on.
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