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Old 12-08-2006, 07:15 AM   #1
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our 5th wheel is presently 6 years old and has very little mileage on it. The tires look in excelent condition and have always been covered when not in use. Do we need to replace them now or can we continue to use as we have in the past not traveling over 400 miles per trip.

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Old 12-08-2006, 07:15 AM   #2
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our 5th wheel is presently 6 years old and has very little mileage on it. The tires look in excelent condition and have always been covered when not in use. Do we need to replace them now or can we continue to use as we have in the past not traveling over 400 miles per trip.

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Old 12-09-2006, 01:52 PM   #3
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Usually 5-6 years is the limit, regardless of mileage, however, I would suggest that if they are a set of tires with a capacity that is well above the actual weight of the trailer and you drive without reckless abandon,(keep the speed below warp drive), stop often and check for temps and any obvious precursors to a deflation, maybe another year can be achieved.
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Old 12-09-2006, 01:58 PM   #4
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I can attest that 7 years is max. We had perfect looking 7 years tires, no stress cracks, great tread. That is when we had a blow out.

Ultraviolet rays and other atmospheric effects weaken the rubber is ways you cannot see.

Replacing tires is a whole lot cheaper that repairing the damage to your RV from a blowout.
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:14 PM   #5
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Like Dale and Mark said, replacing tires is a lot cheaper than repairing the damage you WILL get to the trailer, beside you don't really want to be sitting on the side of the road changing it. Looking at a tire can give you no indication of its condition. I have run tires 10 years old in the past, the last one I had a problem with tread peeling off was only 4 years old, and 4 years ago I blew 2 4 year old tires. I would say follow the industry recommendation and replace the now.
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Old 12-11-2006, 02:19 PM   #6
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I've always replaced mine at 5 years. Like others have said, I'd rather pay for a set of new tires then repairs to my 5'er caused by blow outs.
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:15 PM   #7
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I would agree with everyone else...the price could be rather great should you have a violent blow out. I wouldn't want to take that risk. Like they said earlier, a tire can look perfectly fine, but have severe issues that can not be seen with the naked eye. IMO..
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:13 PM   #8
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If I read the tire manufacturer's websites correctly, the exterior appearance of a tire bears little relationship to the tires conditon. Tires fail from the inside>out. There is a good reason they limit a tire warranty to 6 years, some even less(4). This is one reason ST tires have less original tread than automobile tires; most should be replaced time-wise before the tread wears down to the indicator bars.
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Old 12-18-2006, 03:39 PM   #9
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I'll jump on and say the others are right. My brother in law had excellent looking tires. Always took care of them. He had a blowout with 6 year old tires. The "burb" jackknifed all the while the trailer pushing them down the xway sidesways. My sister thought it was all over. The trailer flipped and left a trailer of debri all over the place. I recently had a vibration on my wife's car and took it in for an alignment. They told me it didn't need one that the tires were rotting on the the inside. New tires were added and the car ran smooth.

Change the tires would be my advice.
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Old 12-23-2006, 05:56 PM   #10
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Sunny Two with six year old tires. We also have a six year old trailer with rather low mileage. We store it under roof and place the tires on boards. We replaced our tires last fall just as a precaution. We had them looked at by our tire dealer and he said they looked good but could not insure that we would not have problems. We feel we made a wise decision
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Another thing to think about, you now have the ability to shop for the best price on the tire you want. When your sitting on the side of the road needing a couple of tires, your shopping time is gone, and you will pay whatever you have to for the new ones. Planning ahead is cheaper.
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Old 12-25-2006, 07:24 PM   #12
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Forget the age of the trailer. Most mfgs buy in bulk and the tires are likely at least 1 year older than the trailer.
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It depends on where you live in the country and what size tires you're using as well. Here in AZ, you should replace trailer tires every two years, especially if they're 15" and on anything other than a flat bed, IMHO.

Yes, I've seen guys make trailer tires last 4 years here, but I've seen way, way more people have blow outs on tires that should have been replaced. Heat, UV rays and lack of use kills a tire. Using a tire actually makes it last longer...don't ask me how...it has something to do at a molecular level and the composition of the rubber and when it rolls, it rejuvenates itself.

Anyway, I always keep my tires inflated correctly and I always anticipate a blow out. In fact, in a six month period, I blew all four tires that came on a trailer. The trailer was less than two years old and had less than 2000 miles on it. Two blow outs were on one trip. I was fortunate enough to have enough spares with me (I now carry 4) and none of the blow outs did any major damage.

Anyway, next time around, I'm getting good 16 inch tires/wheels from the get-go and hopefully avoid blow outs, but you just never know.

A major problem is most of the 5th wheel mfgs are installing 2 axles with 15" wheels/tires on these 34-38' rigs, which..IMHO, can't support the weight these trailers put on them, and....there are only a couple of companies making 15" D and E rated tires...and, IMHO, they're junk and need to be replaced often.

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My trailer is a 2003. When I ordered I upgraded from C to D load range Goodyear Marathons (mfg. 0903). Tires always inflated to 65#. Blew on last year-defective tire according to Goodyear. Decieded to replace before long trip this summer. When I removed, 2 of them were seperated and tire man told me they would have blown on next trip. Upgraded to 16" wheels and Michelin XPS ribs.

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