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Old 03-19-2018, 07:21 PM   #1
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Last time you personally inspected all your tires?

When were your tires last inspected? Did you do it? If not, who did and what did it cost?
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:39 PM   #2
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Not sure about the question. I check mine every trip, and get
new ones before they are 7 years old. Only trust Michelins.
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:42 PM   #3
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"Inspected" covers a lot of territory. I "inspect" mine every 3-4 weeks, a brief walk-around where I stop at each tire for a careful look at sidewall and tread area. I have a pretty good idea of what to watch for, so feel comfortable with that. For those who think a tire is a round black thing, maybe that is of only small value, only showing up gross issues (still a wisw thing, though).

Personally I have only a little faith in having the average tire shop jockey "inspect" a tire, even if he dismounts it to look inside (the best sort of inspection). They see a lot of tires and may notice some damage that others might miss, but they really aren't trained to spot subtle defects. I'm not either, but I'm motivated when it's my own life that depends on it!
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This has been discussed before as to having inspections done by other than the RV owner. There is no one out there who can do a competent inspection unless you personally know a tire company representative who does tire failure inspections. Does a local shop know how to look for cracks or a tread separation, yes but that's it.

If you tell me that you have a shop that does tire inspections, please post the typed report that they provided on each tire.

I worked at a tire store for about three years while in high school. I was 17 years old and probably the most competent guy at the shop. Everyone else was skipping from job to job. So what I'm saying, there are no technical experts working at tire stores.

So.......the best person to keep an eye on your tires is you. Check them regularly and occasionally get down on the ground at look at the tread straight on for abnormalities.
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Old 03-20-2018, 01:14 PM   #5
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I check them prior to every trip, and again after sitting in a CG for a while prior to leaving for the next destination. Whenever I'm doing my oil changes and lube job, I crawl under the MH and inspect all the inside walls of the tires too.
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This has been discussed before as to having inspections done by other than the RV owner. There is no one out there who can do a competent inspection unless you personally know a tire company representative who does tire failure inspections. Does a local shop know how to look for cracks or a tread separation, yes but that's it.

If you tell me that you have a shop that does tire inspections, please post the typed report that they provided on each tire.

I worked at a tire store for about three years while in high school. I was 17 years old and probably the most competent guy at the shop. Everyone else was skipping from job to job. So what I'm saying, there are no technical experts working at tire stores.

So.......the best person to keep an eye on your tires is you. Check them regularly and occasionally get down on the ground at look at the tread straight on for abnormalities.
WHAT!!! Are you saying the 17 year old ex-burger flipper down at the local tire store is not a fully qualified technical tire inspection expert? Are you sure? Because they wear uniforms down there ya' know.
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The local truck tire place where I can get my tires does not seem all that knowledgeable about things, or all that motivated towards customer service.

The Ford shop said the tires look OK.

When I say inspected, I was thinking of things I cannot see under there unless I get under there on a dolly.
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I just looked out my window to see my rv on its pad and they are still round. Good to go.
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Old 03-20-2018, 02:54 PM   #9
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Round, properly inflated, and no outside sidewall damage - before every trip.
Inside sidewall inspection - about twice a year when I crawl under to check the seals.
Between the tandems sidewalls - can't quite get to that.
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Just because you donít see cracking doesnít mean she want blow!
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Just because you donít see cracking doesnít mean she want blow!
Very true, you cant tell when a tire will fail by looking even if you see a potential there might be a worse one on the tire next to it that cant be seen. As for paying a shop to have someone do the inspection. You are throwing money away.
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Just had two tire failures on my Ford chassis class c, first was right rear inside complete tread separation did not go flat. Second one was 50 miles later, total blow out of right rear outside. I had just looked the tires over before leaving about 120 miles prior, they looked fine and inflation was proper. I have always kept tires at proper pressure and stored under cover. They were Michelinís , 5 1/2 years old 15000 miles, used regularly just not long trips. After the second blow out I stoped and replaced all the tires with NTB house brand ( Mesa ) tires, they are quieter and ride better than the old ones. I will never purchase another Michelin.
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The new tires are new, the others were 5.5yrs. old.
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:16 AM   #14
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We checked our tires every morning on the road until a very reputable dealer told us to check monthly unless we were on the road every day. He said long distance truckers checked them quarterly, but weíre a lot more safety conscious than that...
Having said that, we observe the 7 year rule. Period. UV rays and interior decomposition are at the tires as are potholes and severe road wear..

All in, we will keep ourselves safe. We installed a Safe-t - Plus steering stabilizer for safety. New front Hankooks for safety. Alignment etc.

But thatís just us. Seen a lot of trauma at the head of the bed on the gurneys in the ER.

Be safe as you can be. Dot every i and cross every t.
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