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Old 10-29-2013, 07:37 PM   #15
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:49 PM   #16
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:06 PM   #17
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Some would take a "calculated risk" for about 15 bucks a month.

Not me.
Not most.

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Old 10-29-2013, 11:29 PM   #18
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We went just about 8 years on ours. They were showing some cracking around the lettering but not to the point of Michelin saying they had to be replaced (1/32" deep is OK, 2/32" is replacement time). Could probably have gone longer but the tires were available in a short period of time so I went ahead.
Have never had a blowout ever on any vehicle till I had a GY go on my Jeep on the way to work.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:01 AM   #19
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You don't have to change them until the tread is gone or the air comes out. The same guys that change em can do the first oil change at the same time. After the blowout experience most people change tires every 5 years based on the date code. Do the math, its cheap insurance for your family and mine.
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From the original post, the tires were under someone elses care for 4 years (you owned coach 1 year) . During that time they could have been exposed to excessive sunlight, overloading, underinflation, striking an object on the road, running up over a curb, etc. It was mentioned before that blowouts can cause damage to coach parts. You can also lose control and run into oncoming traffic or go off the side of the road. Factors to consider when playing the guessing game when to replace.

I just replaced my 8 year old tires with 34K miles one them. They were cared for by someone else for 6 years. I purchased a used Florida rig that surely was exposed to high UV. Even though they were Michelins, IMO I waited as long as possible to change. So far I am pleased with my Firestone FS560plus new tires.
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The "inspection" mentioned by the tire mfg. is a total dismount and observation of the INSIDE of the tire.
Cover the tires from UV rays is good but O2 also degrades rubber and can't be worked around...
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:40 AM   #22
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Hal, did you mean Ozone and not oxygen as the problem?

But generally one blow out will teach someone that trying to run an extra year or two on the tires that the cost of repairs to the RV can really exceed the cost of the tries. When a steel belted tire blows, the steel thread will become a giant shredding machine before the thread is completely thrown off the tire.

Friend had a Firestone blow on the rear of his class C a few years ago and he had $18,000 worth of damage and was out of service for 2 months.

How many tires could he have bought for the $18,000?

5 years or a little over is my time limit on RV tires.

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I agree, Ken.

I repeat my previous, and recommend not taking risks for chump change:

If tires are $4000, the monthly cost over 7 years is about 48 bucks. Over 10 years it is about 33 bucks.

15 bucks a month can buy a lot of good feeling, and may save lots of damage, maybe even a life.

I prefer to spend the extra bit of pocket change.
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But generally one blow out will teach someone that trying to run an extra year or two on the tires that the cost of repairs to the RV can really exceed the cost of the tries. When a steel belted tire blows, the steel thread will become a giant shredding machine before the thread is completely thrown off the tire.

Friend had a Firestone blow on the rear of his class C a few years ago and he had $18,000 worth of damage and was out of service for 2 months.

How many tires could he have bought for the $18,000?
Ken...Your friend should have bought some vehicle insurance from a company that would have covered all that damage.
Except for the deductible. Most would have.

Then the $18,000 wouldn't have come out of his pocket.

A lot of retired Full Time RV's are on SSA or SSI and don't have the chump change to get new tires every 5 years or even 7. But they usually do get good insurance.
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