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Old 03-26-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Question Tire Replacement

Suggestions and recommendations are appreciated concerning replacement of a previously unused spare on my Class A 2008 Itasca Sunrise 32H. The coach has the original tires, Goodyear G670, 245 70R 19.5" with a manufacturing date of July 07 and mileage 22,700 on the tires (except for the spare which is same manufacture date but unused). I have received price quote from a tire dealer (Lebanon, PA) offering same Goodyear tire at $477 and other options on Hankook AH11 $433, Hercules H902 at $347 and Firestone FS560 at $485. Prices do not include tax (6% PA). Additional fees of $22 dismounting/mounting, $11 valve stem, $33 balance, $10.50 disposition of old tire.

The coach suffered a blowout on the driver side rear inner tire and has been replaced with the spare.

Is it better to replace the spare with the same Goodyear tire or is it OK to select another brand? Given that the other tires will most likely need replacing in another year or so, should I consider the future brand/types now?

Also don't understand the excessive cost associated with balancing and dismounting/mounting as mentioned above. Perhaps someone can explain.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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General rule of thumb on RV tires is go by the DOT date and pretty much 5 years is the limit.
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Do NOT mix tires in Dual application. More info HERE.
If your old tires still have lots of tread you should be able to avois the $10.50 disposal fee and generate som income from a local trucker who will grind the tires down in a year. You might sweeten the deal with the un-used tire and keep one of the used tires as a spare.
Bolt in valves cost a couple of bucks ea so $11 is a bit much other than it includes a minute or so labor. Be sure you are getting stems intended for dual application so you can easily get air chuck and pressure gauge on both rear tires.
You can probably just go with Front tire balancing.
Did someone do a dismount inspection on the dual that was next to the one that failed? You probably ran it 100% overloaded for some number of miles.
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General rule of thumb on RV tires is go by the DOT date and pretty much 5 years is the limit.
Even the tire manufacturers don't say that!
Michelin says to have the tires inspected starting at 5 years and every year thereafter, but absolutely replace by 10 years.
I went 8 years on ours with no trouble and have NEVER had a blowout on ANY RV I've ever owned over the last 55 years.
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Even the tire manufacturers don't say that!
Michelin says to have the tires inspected starting at 5 years and every year thereafter, but absolutely replace by 10 years.
I went 8 years on ours with no trouble and have NEVER had a blowout on ANY RV I've ever owned over the last 55 years.
Great for you. We should all ride with you and feel safe.
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