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Old 03-26-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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Hi everyone I'm new to this forum and looking for some info. I have a 2011 Encounter on a Freightliner chassis that I bought new in July of 2012. Was on a trip last week and blew the left rear inner tire. The tire guy told me that my tires were 6 years old and needed to be replaced as they were starting to dry rote. I have owned this coach for 20 months. Is this normal? My research has found that the chassis was built in October of 2008. The coach built date is September 2010. So I have a coach that is registered as a 3 years old coach with 6 year old tires that need replacing. Has anyone else had this problem. I called that dealer and they said they would talk to Freightliner about it. I told them this was a safety issue that needs to be fixed. I park my coach in an enclosed carport so the tires only see sunlight when I'm using it.
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It makes sense. If you chassis was built 2008, then your tires are about 6 years old. I have my tires inspected every year(by a heavy truck tire shop), and at 6 years, I keep a close eye on them. Michelin specifies there tires may not need to be replaced up to 10 years. I have never made 10 years, typically I am getting 6-8 years.
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:17 AM   #3
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Look at your chassis VIN number and count to the tenth position. If your chassis really is a 2008, the tenth character of the VIN should be an "8". 2009 would be "9", and the alphabet started with "A" at 2010, and currently at "E" for 2014. The tires also have date codes, but it would really be interesting... at least to me... to see a brand new motorhome built on a three year old chassis. Spilt years can be pretty common, a 2014 motorhome on a 2013 chassis, but again, a three year old chassis... WOW!
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What surprises me is that "dry rot" seems to be a particularly USA phenomenom and one that is unrelated to climate since it seems to be endemic across the whole of the US. In Australia, with just as big extremes of climate across different ranges of temperatures (but generally higher which I would have though would exacerbate the problem), that term or any equivalent is rarely brought up as a reason to change tyres.

Forget the proclamations that tyres more than 5 years and one day old are dangerous and take notice of what Michelin advise.
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Welcome to irv2. Six years is the time a lot of people start looking at tires. If yours sat for three years without movement , that would have accelerated the deterioration. Chassis are built in advance of MH mfg but that far ( three years ) seems way too long a period. Hopefully your dealer can get you some relief.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:20 PM   #6
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There may be several rigs sporting a 2008 chassis that did not get used until 2010 or later....

It was not uncommon to find a year old chassis on a new rig in the good old high volume MH sales days.

Beginning with the 2008 economic downturn in the RV industry, there were probably many bare chassis gathering dust and sunburn until someone needed the next new RV.
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Hi everyone I'm new to this forum and looking for some info. I have a 2011 Encounter on a Freightliner chassis that I bought new in July of 2012. Was on a trip last week and blew the left rear inner tire. The tire guy told me that my tires were 6 years old and needed to be replaced as they were starting to dry rote. I have owned this coach for 20 months. Is this normal? My research has found that the chassis was built in October of 2008. The coach built date is September 2010. So I have a coach that is registered as a 3 years old coach with 6 year old tires that need replacing. Has anyone else had this problem. I called that dealer and they said they would talk to Freightliner about it. I told them this was a safety issue that needs to be fixed. I park my coach in an enclosed carport so the tires only see sunlight when I'm using it.
From about '06 through '09 there was a wide spread practice in the motorhome business of stock piling chassis ahead of a major change in EPA emissions requirements. The '07 requirement of a diesel particulate filter did not appear on most motorhomes until '08 or later. Same thing happened for the '10 requirement that resulted in the SCR systems that require an operator required additive. This did not appear in motorhomes until after '11.

Do you have a DPF on your exhaust system? If not then the engine in your '08 chassis was built in '06.
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I have a 2007 model year MH built on a 2005 chassis and it was equipped with 2005 tires. From my experience at least 2 years between chassis and model seems to be fairly common.
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Worst yet would be a Workhorse engine with no warranty when he bought it.
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