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Old 07-23-2013, 12:05 PM   #15
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keep the "2006 Winnebago Aspect" put new tires on it when it is paid off put the payments in the savings and keep the 2006. I am from the school of, "if you need to get a loan for a toy then you can not afford it"!
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Another thought on replacing tires. If you are able to wait on replacing your tires until sale or trade-in, the price you get will be discounted because the tires will need to be replaced. Your best bet is to use safety as your decision maker. The money will wash either way. YMMV

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I asked a local truck tire shop, Petes tire about doing an internal inspection of my tires. Was told it is a waste of time and money, unless you are going to do an xray of the tire. If you don't see anything on the outside your not going to see anything on the inside.
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With all due respect, Pete sounds like a ninny. Even I can look at a demounted tire and tell, for example, if it's been run underinflated for any length of time.

Michelin is practically a Church in RVing circles, and if they say get it done that's good enough for me.

But you do need to take the rig somewhere that knows what it's doing.
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Thanks for all the info. I really appreciate that all of you in the forum come down on the side of 'safe is best'. I had the tires examined by local tire shop who said they looked 'ok' for now, but to have them checked in the Spring. When I will prob replace them for peace of mind

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keep the "2006 Winnebago Aspect" put new tires on it when it is paid off put the payments in the savings and keep the 2006. I am from the school of, "if you need to get a loan for a toy then you can not afford it"!
I'm betting your class reunions are VERY "intimate" gatherings.
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We have been planning to purchase a "new to us" Class A in 3 years - 2016 to replace our 2006 Winnebago Aspect. Our plan was to check out the new RV's this year at Hershey show, and then decide what we would look to purchase used about 3 years from now.

However, the Aspect will need 4 new tires in the Spring of 2014. If Michelins are about $600 each, that's $2,400.

Should we just sell the Aspect and buy a new rig? We are looking at a Class A 30 to 32 feet, for vacation trips, not fulltiming. Prob something like the Winne Vista or Forest River FR3

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Not a lot of people get a new coach because they need tires!
But it's your money spend it like you want to.

BTW, if you decide to get Michelins, check Sam's Club's prices, (I bought 6 for considerably less $$ than the FMCA program price).

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I'm betting your class reunions are VERY "intimate" gatherings.
My thoughts exactly..... Lol

I do agree that a cash purchase can save you a lot of money. Regardless, the reality is that credit used wisely can also be a good option.
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The issue is not buying the new RV because we need tires, but rather because current RV will not meet our needs in the anticipated future. While I wish I could buy it outright, I would rather 'rent' this new RV from the bank for a few years, and then sell it. I'm anticipating that age and health, as well as changing interests will limit, to some degree, how long we will travel.
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Michelin Tire Program Prices to FMCA Members

If you are an FMCA member the 19.5 XRV tire prices run at $352. A lot of folks join FMCA just to buy tires under the program.
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Thanks for all the info. I really appreciate that all of you in the forum come down on the side of 'safe is best'. I had the tires examined by local tire shop who said they looked 'ok' for now, but to have them checked in the Spring. When I will prob replace them for peace of mind

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Sounds good, assuming that was an off-rim internal inspection and not just a look at the tread etc.

FYI:
Someone posted just today about a five-year-old tire's tread separation/blowout having done "only" $2,000.00 worth of damage to the rig. And that rig was stored inside and out of the weather.
link to thread.

Be safe, and have fun!
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The rule of thumb is replace tires after five years old,
I have yet to see any of the tire manufacturers engineers say this, so where, in the tire manufacturers literature/warranty info is this stated?
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Not a lot of people get a new coach because they need tires!
But it's your money spend it like you want to.
Well, I was trying to save the work and trouble of replacing all the filters and coolant in our 2002 DSDP by buying a new DSDP, but my wife stopped that!
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With all due respect, Pete sounds like a ninny. Even I can look at a demounted tire and tell, for example, if it's been run underinflated for any length of time.

Michelin referringically a Church in RVing circles, and if they say get it done that's good enough for me.

But you do need to take the rig somewhere that knows what it's doing.
Inspecting tires that have been run underinflated is one thing and inspecting tires for age defects is another. Tires that have been run underinflated will show internal signs of damage. What I was referring to were tires that are being inspected for age. Tires that have aged will normally show signs of it on the outside, before it can be seen on the inside. If the coach has been owned by the same owner for the life of the tires, and they know the tires have never been run underinflated it is a waste of money to do an internal inspection. However, If the MH was recently acquired and the history of the tires is unknown then the tires should have an internal inspection or replaced.
By the way the correct name of the company that I asked about the internal inspection is Pete's Road Service, they have nine service facilities in Southern CA. Also, as Mr_D posted there is no documentation that any tire manufacturer says tires have to be replaced after five years.

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