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Old 07-26-2011, 08:09 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Perry White
You guys with the Travel Supremes. Do you have 295-80's or 315-80's on your Spartan K2 Chassis?. I have the Essex with the 315's and no cracking. Can't figure why the tire size difference. Same chassis different manufactures. I noticed a lot of the Micheln's on the Travel Supreme's with the 295 are cracking but the 315's on the Essex's are not. What's your opinion?
TS Selects have 295s on a front axle rated for 14,600 lb; TS Select Limiteds have the 315s, on a 16,600 front axle I believe, with wider wheels. Your Essex is comparable to the Limited axle set-up. No clue about tire checking you describe.

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Old 07-26-2011, 08:17 PM   #16
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We just put 4 Michelins on the rear of our MH, they had 42,000 on them, Looked good but were 7 years old.Replaced fronts last year because of minor checking.

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Old 07-26-2011, 08:22 PM   #17
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I had Michelins on my new 07 VW Jetta. The tires started
cracking near the edge of the rims in less than two years.
Never saw this on my cars in the past that had other
brand of tires.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:42 PM   #18
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It is impossible to predict when tires should be replaced based on their calendar age alone. However, the older a tire the greater the chance that it will need to be replaced due to the service-related evolution or other conditions found upon inspection or detected during use.

For some reason that old wives tale of five to seven years keeps hanging around even though the tire companies themselves say it's not right.
YUP - exactly!

With all the OTHER paranoia running rampant these days, I sure don't want, or need, to start carrying around a calendar to be sure I'm swapping tires "on schedule" regardless of visual condition!

My Rving buddy is a tire failure expert - has lost about 7 tires to blowouts in the last 5 years or so - once with us right behind him. He had one Goodyear tire fail at 250 miles - no evidence of road hazard, and he religiously monitors tire PSI.

SO - to be "safe", maybe HE should watch the calendar AND odometer - and install new tires at 100 miles, "just to be safe"?

When WE are out traveling, I prefer to leave paranoia back at home!

(OH - and at 75 years old, I've only had *2* blowouts in my life - one was a road hazzard, dunno what the other was...)

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