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Old 03-28-2015, 10:05 AM   #1
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How old are your tires?

I see a lot of warnings about old tires and I agree, up to a point. My tires are covered when parked and I have covered storage at home. My tires came on the coach new and still look new and I cannot convince myself to replace them. I do not want to hear the dangers of old tires on this thread. What I want to hear is from the daredevils that have older tires. How old are your tires?
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I see a lot of warnings about old tires and I agree, up to a point. My tires are covered when parked and I have covered storage at home. My tires came on the coach new and still look new and I cannot convince myself to replace them. I do not want to hear the dangers of old tires on this thread. What I want to hear is from the daredevils that have older tires. How old are your tires?

Michelin states in their RV Tire Guide and any tire reaching its 10th birthday should be replaced.

"While most tires will need replacement before they achieve 10 years, it is recommended that any tires in service 10 years or more from the date of manufacture, including spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a simple precaution even if such tires appear serviceable and even if they have not reached the legal wear limit."


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Old 03-28-2015, 10:12 AM   #3
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I bought a 1999, class C, with 2007 tires on it, last year.
There were 2000 miles on the tires, when I got it.
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Hi Jerry, when we bought our Coach, the tire's were original, 9 years old.........29k on them, looked brand new! No cracking (Michelin's) looked brand new(Stored inside when not in use)........Replaced them........The first time I drove it with the new tire's on it, I thought I had a new Coach(compared to the ride of the old tire's)...........from that point forth, I compare old tire's to new tire's as comparing a old, hard, o-ring to a new one..........give a old , hard o-ring a twist.......it will break, over time, the fresh rubber has lost its flexibility property's, and becomes hard.............the new one, you can tie in a knot. The same with tire's..........The ride with the new tire's was indeed, really noticeable!
Hard, old rubber, will fail.............not a question of "If" ........but when?
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We bought our 2000 Fleetwood (built in 99) back in July of 2014. Since then I've learned a lot about RVs and how to read a DOT number, and why. The Goodyear tires are original with a date code of 1999 with 53k miles, they're actually not in too bad of shape with very minimal cracking and plenty of tread left.

However, I've already set aside money and the first thing this season is 6 tires. Talk about being on borrowed time!
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I also just bought a 2000 Fleetwood Pace Arrow. Original tires on the rear. Cracked, 47000 miles, good tread. Michelin replacement tires are at the dealer, just waiting for valve stems. Need a U shaped stem for the outside duals.

Randalpho, we should compare notes on our units.
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vintage rv, vintage tires

Well between 6 & 9 years ago I bought a 1976 Dodge sprinter RV. Last year I took it in to get the spares put on as I found out that the ones on at the time had about quarter inch crack almost the entire way around the tires. The tire guy said that the rear tires were made in the second week of July 1975. I had the switch done and used it for out of town work. It was a 2 hr trip pulling a F-150 4wd. I got up and back fine. When I went to drain the water heater I noticed something under my tire. Got to looking and the ply had seperated. Right now I am looking around for 8.75/R16.5 tires or 16 in 8 hole rims for a more stanard tire, or, preferably a buyer, so I can get a bumper pull camp trailer.
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Covered helps. Storing in the frozen north helps. That gets you from 7 years to 10 years. By then the rubber really has aged out for a lot of reasons. Wintering where there ain't no steenkin snow works against you. ;-)
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9 years old. Only a couple showed slight checking starting last year. We'd be starting our 10th RV-ing season on them this spring, but we're going to be replacing them this next month. It's time.

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I ran the last set (Michelin) over 10 years and over 100,000 miles. Daredevil or cheap ? I don't know, but not recommended.
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my front tires are 2 year old bridgestones, the 4 rear bfgoodriches are from 2007 so they are 8 years now. i covered them whenever it's parked, no hairlines, look new. i will wait until 10th year if nothing happens.
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My tires are less than 2 years old. I dont need to look at all the pics showing the extreme destruction cause by a front blowout, or the huge repair bills caused by a rear blowout more than a couple of times to realize tires can ruin everything.
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Without talking about the dangers of old tires, like the OP asked, a piece of steel, falling off a scrap metal hauler will take out a new tire just as fast as a 10 year old one.
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Been rving since 1969. Allways run Michelins and do not replace before 10 years unless there is excessive weather checking according to Micheline guidelines.
45 years and only one blowout, caused by me.
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