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Old 09-13-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Buying Used - Check the Tires!

We recently purchased a 2005 Arctic Fox fifth wheel. It seems the previous owners limited their maintenance to keeping the interior clean.

Cleaning up the outside and checking the tires yesterday I found three different manufacturers and two different load ratings plus some hairline cracks in the sidewalls near the rim.

Doing a little research on the web it seems that at least one of the brands had a very high failure rate. Seeing that I hauled the rig to a local tire guy who gets excellent marks for quality of product and customer service.

Upon taking the old tires off we found four different brands, four different dates and two different load ratings. Plus, one tire was starting to split and would have soon failed. Urk.

I had assumed the dealer's safety check included the tires but it seems not. Buyer beware!

So, before you put any money on the line. Check the tires closely and avoid any unpleasant surprises.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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Very good advice.
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I'd never rely on a dealer's safety check. Glad you got it home safely. A 2005 has tires that could be 7-8 years old, if never changed. That should be an important thing to check before moving it! You should repack the wheel bearings and check brakes, too.
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The bearings and brakes are good, thanks. Off to the Northwest Sunday.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:11 AM   #5
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I bought an 04 wildcat this year it had the original tires still on it.
No worries I had four new 16'' bfg LT tires and rims waiting at home to put on it.
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I took the ST's off and put on LT's before my Everest even left the lot. I just don't trust Chinese tires.
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