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Old 05-22-2011, 09:39 PM   #1
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Need help! My tire shop says I cant travel on a 2002 toyo 255/70R21.5

The tires have some very small cracks or lines on the sides. My tire shop says we cant leave on friday to a wedding. They have 10,000 miles on them. Another point the tire shop made was my rims are steel and are not stright. He said all steel are bent or out of round. He wants me to buy new alum wheels. Sales pitch is what I smell. Also he stated 5 years max on life of tires. Guys I am lost, and after finding this site surely yall know. Bill
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Your Tireshop is right on. Between 5 and 6 years the tires HAVE to come OFF. You need new tires b4 the trip.Use the SEARCH function and you'll find plenty of threads on the tires...
RV Tires do not go by milage. Goes by AGE!
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:52 PM   #3
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RV tires have a life of 5 to 7 years. after that, you are skating on thin ice.

As for the rims, that is easy to see for yourself. Have the tire shop pin the wheels and watch the run out, both laterally and radially. If you see a visible wobble, the wheels are bad.

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I can't say about the rims, but 2002 tires are due for a change no matter what the miles. Your tire shop is right about 5 year old tires although you might get a couple more years out of them, but the rule of thumb is replace them after 5 years. It's expensive, I know, but the blow out that will occur will be even more expensive. Tires dry rot on the inside and it doesn't matter whether you go 5 miles or 50000, after 5 years the rubber starts to deteriorate.
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:55 PM   #5
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Are you saying that the tires were manufactured in 2002? If so I would replace them before traveling very far. The new rims are probably a sales job unless he can show them to actually be damaged.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:06 PM   #6
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YA the tires are 2002. What do you think on the cost,weight,brand. Again I am lost. I have Toyo now.Bill
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Tire brand is a personal choice. I have Michelin's on all of my vehicles. There are a number of threads on here regarding various tire brands and costs. I don't know if tire prices vary by location?
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:01 AM   #8
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Michelin's by far are the best riding tires out there. Had Goodyear's on old motorhome and always had a little vibration from the tires, we could never get it out. After Two years of trying To get the vibration out I replaced them with Michelins. Has for your wheels all wheels have a little wobble to them, when spinning them they will wobble side to side just a hair and up and down. When you balance a tire you are also balancing the rim to. I'm in the repair business and see it all the time.
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Why not just take it to another tire shop, act like you never talked to the other guy and see what they say? That is if there is one close by. Second opinion can't hurt. Then you can decide if you want to make the trip then shop around or whatever. Sounds like he is backing you into a corner since you have a voyage planned.
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I am new to RVing, but I owned a tire shop for 5 years. He is blowing smoke trying to sell you the aluminum rims, I would find me a new tire shop and get their opinion on the tires, sight unseen, I can't tell you about them that would have to be up to your discretion. After all, its your life you are putting on the line if they blow. Personally if it isn't a long trip I would probably go ahead and then worry about replacement afterwards. Good luck and God Bless!
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All steel wheels are going to have some wobble in them and be a little "bent". The question is how much wobble. Have they measured it? I have been through this with a previous MH with steel wheels. The other problem is that the tire can have a little wobble in it also. The tire installer should mount the tires on the rim then spin them or the spin balance machine and if it is too bad then should rotate the tire on the rim to help minimize the wobble. There is a tire guy here in Atlanta that actually has a machine that measures the wobble of the rim and the tire and will tell you where to place the tire onthe rim for the best ride. If you want to take it a step further then he can shave the tive on a machine to make it even rounder and smoother.

As far as diving on the 2002 tires I think the tire dealer is 100% correct. He could be saving your life or somebody else on the road. Losing a front tire is scary for you and the other drivers on the road. The Toyo tires are a great tire for you as are Bridgestone, Michelin and Goodyear.

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Hi pace6,
Taking the coach to another shop is what I would do. Also, go to Michelin Sidewall Cracking Chart - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery . Look at and download the chart. Compare it to your tires. It will be easy to make a decision.
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Stick with the Toyos, you'll save a thousand over Michelins and have a better ride.
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Changing tires on my 2004 next week. Going back with Toyo's. Ride is not the greatest, but the price is great and my last set have gone 7 years and 55,000 miles with no problems.
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