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Old 04-21-2011, 12:57 PM   #15
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I never would buy a MADE in CHINA tire.........never, never

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Yours are made in Canada just like mine and I have date 04. I am in same situation as mine look great and I cover them as well. The ones made in China are the ones that are not good but I plan on replacing mine with Maxxis tire this season. If mine were stamped China, they would have been replaced by now!
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:21 AM   #18
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Have them dismounted and inspected. Eight years is getting older but not impossible if they have been cared for. Properly inflated, covered from direct sunlight, used often. Let the expects help on this one. Too much at stake.

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Old 04-22-2011, 05:38 AM   #19
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We bought our Jayco in 2007, for hurricane evac... Used it once , have about 450 miles on it .... Came with Chinese tires ... It's been sitting in my driveway the rest of the time ... Should we change the tires because they've been sitting ... they look new .. but ???
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Drive it, move those tires around. It better for the tires if they move. If in doubt have a tire place dismount a tire and inspect it. That way you'll know for sure.

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I think they should be replaced, and this would also be a great opportunity to pull the drums and inspect brakes and repack bearings.
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Well, the good news is that you have the circle S Goodyear Marathons - these supposedly had the fixes to prevent the tread separations I experienced on all 4 Marathons on my previous Jayco 3030RKSS 5th wheel. The bad news is the age. Having been through the hassles of repairing 5th wheel damage after a tread separation occurs with no warning, I'd replace them. Of course, as always, it's your money, your rig and your choice.


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Check out this web site on tire codes and where your tires were made.
www.harriger.com/tires.htm
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I had 2 blow outs last sumer with 5yr old tires. The damage to the fenders skirts cost more than the cost for new tires.
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My vote is to replace the tires. BTW a good time to get the wheel bearings repacked and check the brake components while the tires are dismounted anyway.
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I would replace them. I believe Goodyear only warranties their tires for five years. Also its not worth dealing with the tires going bad and causing damage to your RV, and they will more then likely fail blowout or tread separation.

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Yours are made in Canada just like mine and I have date 04. I am in same situation as mine look great and I cover them as well. The ones made in China are the ones that are not good but I plan on replacing mine with Maxxis tire this season. If mine were stamped China, they would have been replaced by now!
Where do you think Maxxis are made???????

I have several on my utility trailer, ATV's and bicycles...all made in CHINA, THAILAND, or INDONESIA.

Few things are made in North America anymore, and frankly, it doesn't matter much where the manufacturing is done, its all about the design and materials used.
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If you have maintained your tires reasonably well, kept them dry when stored, proper inflation pressures, clean, dressed and covered you have given you tire every chance to a long life so why use a calendar to make your decision. Below is a excerpt from the Michelin Tire site about service life:


Service Life for RV/Motorhome Tires


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.


While most tires will need replacement before they achieve 10 years, it is recommended that any tires in service 10 years or more from the date of manufacture, including spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a simple precaution even if such tires appear serviceable and even
if they have not reached the legal wear limit.


If you have maintained you tires and have them inspected annually after 7 years by removing and demounting a representative sample there is no reason you shouldn't expect to get 10 years service. Sure, you could do all of the above and still a have a blowout but you could also get a blowout on a new tire because of a manufacturing defect. A good program of preventive maintenance and inspection is what should govern tire replacement.
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