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Old 07-19-2016, 05:10 AM   #1
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Tire advice

I have a 2000 Fleetwood Flair model 31a. We bought it three years ago. We were told the tires were two years old. Recently I have discovered that the DOT date stamped on the tires is "1707" which I believe means the 17th week in 2007. They appear to be in good condition, no visible cracks or issues with air pressure and tread depth is very good. My question is this do I need to replace them simply because of age? If so I am open to suggestions for replacements. The tires are Goodyear G647Rss 245/70R19.5. One last question has anyone heard of Sailun Tires? I think they are out of Canada and are available through Town Fair Tire. Thanks.

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Old 07-19-2016, 05:15 AM   #2
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Had them on one of my 5th wheels. Good tire and had no issues with them.

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Old 07-19-2016, 07:42 AM   #4
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Recently I have discovered that the DOT date stamped on the tires is "1707" which I believe means the 17th week in 2007. They appear to be in good condition, no visible cracks or issues with air pressure and tread depth is very good. My question is this do I need to replace them simply because of age?

Yes, best practices indicate tires should be replaced after 7-10 years. Yours appear to be about 9 years old.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:49 AM   #5
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You bought the coach "used" 3 years ago and you have maintained them properly BUT did the original owner? Did he let the coach sit for long periods? Did he run underinflated? Both those things can cause damage to a tire. You are now well inside the window to replace them. It would probably behoove you to do so sooner rather than later.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:17 AM   #6
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Time for new tires, yes. Many good options - Toyo, etc. lots of threads here discussing many brands findable via the search feature b
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Been using Bridgestone tires on our coach now for 16 years with zero problems. Highly recommend them...

Good luck with your choice of tires and safe travels.....
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I agree that it might be time to replace them. I am in the same boat as you. My tires are hardly used but are aging out. I have the 19.5 inch rims and have found only Goodyear and Michelin make tires to fit my rig. I recently heard from a guy who works at a wrecker shop and they use Roadmaster tires on their flatbeds (same size tire). I have not heard of these before so I don't know what their reputation is. I think there are more brand options if you have 22s.

As a side note, my previous travel trailer had tires that were ten plus years old before I changed them. They were in perfect shape with no dry rot. I kept them covered at all times except when traveling. Right before a long trip I felt it was time to replace them for piece of mind. I changed them over to Goodyears and used them only a few times before selling the trailer. Even though the industry recommends changing them at 7 years old, I think that if they were protected and taken care of, they will last longer. I always checked the pressure before every trip.
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I plan on replacing my 08 tires with Sailun truck tires. They are a cut-above typical made in China tires, made to exacting standards according to their website.
FWIW, my local truck tire dealer said he would match that internet price. The only difference is, now I will pay sales tax instead of shipping cost.
I replaced the typical ST tires on our 5er with Sailuns in 2011. That ended all my ST tire problems.

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