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Old 04-16-2014, 07:14 AM   #57
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Replace them

No question about it

On an RV it's age that matters and those tires are past due

They can and will fail at any time without warning and the others will still look just like new

You don't want to know how I know
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:01 AM   #58
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Definitely on any Type of RV ,MH, TT, 5Thrs, you will almost neverer get enough millage to wear your tires, with my old Winnebago during a heat wave I have blown 2 front tires in less than 1 1/2 hrs about 100 milles (from Wichester to Hazelton PA) including my spare tire that was brand new. After getting all fixed thanks to GS, we hit the road the next morning and yes we blow an other back wheel tire , NOTE: All where Michelin , well care for, always protected with covers, and I always have the. Good inflation, tires where 7 1/2 to 8 years, like I said they all look new less than 25K. Save yourself lots of stress and pain, and changed tires after 7 years, not to mentionned that one part of tires hit the transmission cable that needed repair.
Budget $700. A year for tires and you will feel safe.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:25 AM   #59
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Reading various posts here remind me of an airless tire.

Many years ago, I read an article about creating an airless tire, The article shown a set of tire mounted on a military vehicle. (gosh... maybe twenty some-odd years ago).

The outside of the tire is same as a regular tire. Inside of this tire is millions small rubber ball all fused together, those little rubber balls made strong so it can hold up military truck. Additionally, there was a honey comb version. These tires are immune to blow out. The military truck ran through a dozen nails. NO BLOWOUT.

I wonder whatever happen to that one? Seem like a good idea. Anybody knows?

As with most things there are trade-offs. I worked on a few similar "run-flat" tires i.e. tires that could operate without air or after loosing air.

Primary negative is cost. Air is essentially free while rubber balls, foam, aluminum rings etc are all expensive. Sometimes there are speed limits of 10 mph max even if cost is no object. Other times heat generation is the stumbling block.

Today you can get "run-flat" tires for your sports car. They need air but can run 50 miles at 50 mph then are scrap and oh yes they only cost 30% to 60% more than regular tires.
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Hi kkriepke,
jablair's post beat me to the answer. Which ever comes first. On the age thing, One must do what allows one to sleep at night. For tires I've had since they were new, I have been going 10 years I if can make it that long. (Since the 1970's.) I've been fortunate to be one of the few that sometimes wears the tread out.

In the interest of full disclosure, I meticulously maintain the coach tires. PSI for the weight being carried, tire dressing and covered when not in motion. My coach stays on the interstate highways getting me from resort "A" to resort "B".

Because you have not been the owner since the tires were new, for me, at 7 years I'd be looking to replace them. One never knows the real history without having been there. To minimize the cost, consider replacing the steer tires, the following year the drive tires and if you have a tag do that the 3rd year.
I been told and think I have read that the Goodyear recommends not using any tire dressing and not covering them. any comments
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Airless tire -no blow out

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I been told and think I have read that the Goodyear recommends not using any tire dressing and not covering them. any comments
Problem with dressing is most do not do as advertised and can remove the protection provided by the tire company.

Who told you not to cover the tires? Makes no sense to me.

I have posts on my blog on the advantages of white covers for BOTH heat and UV protection.
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Problem with dressing is most do not do as advertised and can remove the protection provided by the tire company.
So the money answer would be - which ones do as advertised - assuming most don't means "not all" - some must. 303 seemed to be fine on my GY 670's - but I'm not sure I should use it on my new Michelins. I did not see it in writing by Micheline - but someone indicated they no longer suggest 303 for their tires. Any idea?
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I dont care what anyone says, cover your tires if parked. UV is a killer. If it cant get to your tires, they are better off.
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Problem with dressing is most do not do as advertised and can remove the protection provided by the tire company.

Who told you not to cover the tires? Makes no sense to me.

I have posts on my blog on the advantages of white covers for BOTH heat and UV protection.

I don't remember who told or their reasons but I do remwember their logic made sense at the time
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Just had new tires put on Friday. I asked the tire guy if there was anything short of covering the tires that would stop them from cracking prematurely, he said no. He said that even if you park it in a warehouse you should cover them if you are not using the RV regularly.
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Just had new tires put on Friday. I asked the tire guy if there was anything short of covering the tires that would stop them from cracking prematurely, he said no. He said that even if you park it in a warehouse you should cover them if you are not using the RV regularly.
I still say that UV radiation is the worst culprit and tend to be worse with vehicles that sit still a lot. After all, companies go to great lengths with including carbon black in the chemistry of manufacturing and the main reason tires are black to begin with.
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I been told and think I have read that the Goodyear recommends not using any tire dressing and not covering them. any comments
imagine that... an OEM giving advice that wont get max service life.
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Just had new tires put on Friday. I asked the tire guy if there was anything short of covering the tires that would stop them from cracking prematurely, he said no. He said that even if you park it in a warehouse you should cover them if you are not using the RV regularly.
He's a tire engineer or jockey?

I see 40' city buses that are running 9+ yr old tires. Even looked at my friends heavy truck shop customers tires on tour buses... some had 12yr old tires. They also had cracked leaf springs that the operator refused to fix... just opted for the cheaper air spring repair. You dont even want to know whats on 53' long trailers.
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I agree that time is the answer the majority of the time. We put 4 Michelin tires on the rear of our coach in April of 2013 and one of the dual blew out the sidewall in March of 2014 in Texas. They have had very good care and less than 6,000 miles. Of course this happens on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of nowhere!!!!

Good news is Michelin stepped up and replaced the tire at a shop in New Mexico
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