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Old 06-20-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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Tire Purchase Tip - Personal Experience

I just replaced the tires on my new to me 1994 29' Class A (16" tires). I bought all six through the local retail store of a very large national tire chain. The tires are BFG Commercial T/A all seasons.

When I picked up the MH, I checked the dates on the new tires. To my surprise, 4 tires were 2 years old and 2 were over 1 year old (according to the DOT stamp). When I brought that to the store manager's attention, he was very surprised. He said they would normally be 6 months old or newer. He looked the tires up in the computer and said they had only received them last month from BFG (not sure if that's accurate or not). In any case, he offered to order to new tires and replace them. I dropped the MH off today to have the new tires put on. Before mounting them, we verified their date.....all were made the 20th week of 2012.

Anyway, just a suggestion to always check the dates, even on 'new' tires to make sure you don't get short changed on tire life since they tend to be judged on age and not mileage. I'm sure most everyone on this site probably already knows to do that....but just in case.


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Old 06-20-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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An excellent suggestion! Good catch!

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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Yes good catch, although I am a little surprised that he replaced them like that. Good Job JR
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:07 PM   #4
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Bryan, I have purchased two sets of these tires over the years. The first set was installed on a 1997 Suburban that I used as a tow vehicle for my TT. After approx two years, the belts seperated in the right front tire and needed to be replaced. I took it back to Sam's club and they adjusted the tire based on warranty. I replaced them with Michelin after he gave me credit on all four. The second set-I haven't learned yet-was purchased for my K2500 Chev Duramax, also a tow vehicle. They lasted about 2 years before the steel started coming thru one of the tires and developed leaks. I decided to just buy one since the others looked good. At the same time, I had the others balanced-not. They could not be balanced properly. Bought another set of tires of a different brand. Hope you have better luck than I did with the BFG Commercials They were well priced tho

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
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Great catch! Good for you for knowing to check.

This is a fairly common tale, except most often it's told by those who don't find out until well after they've been purchased, mounted, and paid for.

Thanks for sharing the tip.

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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i am glad you caught it and got it taken care of. I just ordered my MH tires and having them installed next week. I am going to call the tire store Monday when they arrive and have them tell me the date on the tire before i even go there. I will not accept them if the are not dated 2012.

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