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Old 05-07-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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I have put about 2,500 mi on my new (to me) MH. Even though it was serviced before I picked it up, I wanted to be sire it was serviced before going on my first 3K mi trip, starting on June 4th, '13. I changed the oil and filter, had it lubed, got a new air filter.

In thinking about the tires, which were installed about 3,500 miles ago (all 6) I was wondering how often they should be rotated. Any one want to provide some thoughts or rule of thumb that you follow, it would be appreciated. I was thinking maybe every 5K mi, but that is a guess.

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Old 05-07-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Never is the correct answer unless you're experiencing wear problems on the front.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:39 PM   #3
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I think most will agree that they will age out before you will get any significant wear on the tread.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:43 PM   #4
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I've never rotated. I don't believe it is necessary on a class A. My manual does not recommend it.
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Does the "no rotation" rule assume you don't drive over 3 or 4K per year or anything?

I plan on putting more like 10 to 15K at min per year over the next few years.

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We've done that and no we have not rotated the tires nor are we going to.
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Because , all radial ply tires pick up a direction of rotation, they are better off left rotating in that one direction for the life of the tire. Reversing the rotation can create a balance issue and a rough ride the can't be cured.
With dual rear wheels and a 6 tire rotation you end up reversing the rotation, on 2 tires every time .
If the front tires are worn ,swap them, back to front with the inside dual on the same side of the coach. Thats the spot where they maintain the same rotation. And remember to retorque the wheels .
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Because , all radial ply tires pick up a direction of rotation, they are better off left rotating in that one direction for the life of the tire. Reversing the rotation can create a balance issue and a rough ride the can't be cured.
With dual rear wheels and a 6 tire rotation you end up reversing the rotation, on 2 tires every time .
If the front tires are worn, swap them, back to front with the inside dual on the same side of the coach. That's the spot where they maintain the same rotation. And remember to retorque the wheels .
Pretty much everything I can find by searching the Internet says unless the tread is directional then it won't harm the radials to be turned around and run the opposite rotational direction.
Here's a link to "The Tire Rack" and another to "How Stuff Works"
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I appreciate all the tips. Thanks!
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Tire rotation gives you an opportunity to do an inspection you otherwise would not be able to do as thorough.

Rotation is the best way to get the most life out of your tires.

I have always rotated all 7 tires on all my Dually pickups every 5000 miles and it makes them wear very evenly and extends the mileage by at least 10,000 per set.

At 1200.00 for replacements, that is significant.

I would change them at 40K and sell them off as good used tires and recover about 30% of the cost of replacements.

There seems to always be someone looking for good used tires with even wear.

I have never had a balance issue created from rotation.

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Ther is a way to rotate six tires without changing direction of rotation.

Inside rear to front.
Outside rear to inside rear on opposite sides.
Front to outside rear on opposite sides.

This can be done with steel rims but most with alloy rims only have them on th e outside not the inside rear.
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Its a good idea to keep an eye on the front tires and if they start wearing on the outside or inside edge or rivering(uneven wear like a wash board) you should rotate them but I don't think there is a set amount of miles for rotating the tires although I have done it every 20K miles. I do it because it gives you a chance to get a good look at your tires,brakes and suspention parts.
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