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Old 06-18-2012, 11:19 AM   #15
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I would not cross rotate steel belted RV tires, Poly car tires would not matter unless they are directional tires.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:40 AM   #16
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Regarding cross rotation;

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Your understanding is dated. That problem was corrected many years ago and is to be ignored. You can now rotate anyway the chassis builder recommends,...
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That thinking went out the door about the time Edison invented the light buldb...
How dated? When I tried cross-rotating the tires on my '99 Super Duty as per the owners manual, I had to work to keep it on the road at speed. I bought that used in '04 or '05 and it had what looked new OEM replacement Firestone Steeltechs on it (I bought it off a dealer lot).
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:34 PM   #17
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Been cross rotating steel belted radials for many years...per the owner's manuals. The only ones that need to remain rolling in the same direction are noted on the tires.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:28 PM   #18
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^ Mine weren't directional.

Weird.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #19
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Your rear dualies should never be separated. Each side should be a matched set of the same brand, size, pressure and wear. If not, you compromise the load balance between the 2 and one will end up carrying more load and thus be more likely to fail. The ONLY time I would recommend rotating is if you have a tag axle. Then the fronts and tag tires can be swapped.
Granted, there is no way of saying it will absolutely cause a failure - I've seen many motorhomes with mixed dualies - but motorhome tires are so critical to our safety, no need to add any extra measure to ruining your day.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:35 PM   #20
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If you have radial tires and decide to have them rotated, they should only be switched between front and back on the same side. It's my understanding that the radial belts will be compromised if they are put on so thay rotate the opposite way they have been doing.

With typical RV mileage/year, I can't see any benfits to rotating them. The downside is they all wear out at the same time!
Thats old way thinking, years ago.. no need to worry anymore...
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Tire Tech Information - Tire Rotation Instructions


And car tires are Steel Belted too..
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Outdated or not when you rotate radial belted tires you should always have them rotataing in the same direction as they were before. Inside rear to front, Outside rear to opposite sides on rear and fronts to opposite sides of out side rear.
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Heres a diagram.. notice that you can flip tires if you wish..


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Regarding the previous link; that's what I did on my pickup in '04 (I think), the cross rotation, and it caused a handling problem at freeway speed.
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The only time that I rotated the tires on my MH is when I had an issue with a tire that was causing a vibration. The BIG issue with rotating tires on our MH's is that many time the inside dual is NOT on a alloy wheel. In that case the tires need to be 'broken' down to be able to rotate them and keep the alloy wheels showing.
The main thing is to keep an eye on how all of the tires are wearing. also as has already been stated the rear duals NEED to match.
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And car tires are Steel Belted too..

That article specifies "... Vehicles that use different sized directional wheels and tires, and/or wheels with different front and rear offsets with directional tires will require dismounting, mounting and rebalancing to rotate tires..."

and in multiple places throughout the article it refers to directional tires...

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I'm not sure if I am being taken or not.
I had a small town mechanic tell me I needed to rotate the tires on my 34 foot Pace Arrow.
I didn't do it, never heard of such a thing.
How would you rotate 6 tires?
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On an RV you only need to rotate the tires if you are having uneaven wear and then only after it's been fixed.
In all my years of RV'ing I've never rotated tires.
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The BIG issue with rotating tires on our MH's is that many time the inside dual is NOT on a alloy wheel. In that case the tires need to be 'broken' down to be able to rotate them and keep the alloy wheels showing.
It's probably 99% of the time that the inner dual is steel.
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That article specifies "... Vehicles that use different sized directional wheels and tires, and/or wheels with different front and rear offsets with directional tires will require dismounting, mounting and rebalancing to rotate tires..."

and in multiple places throughout the article it refers to directional tires...

Whats your point? No, you cannot turn 'directional' tires around.. Well, ok you CAN, but the wet traction wont be there..

What else is confusing?
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