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Old 10-16-2013, 08:38 AM   #1
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New Tires or not?

2008 31ft Cruiser TT. Original owner only put 5 miles on the tires and parked it for 5 years. We bought and pulled it from Houston to San Antonio. Would 5 year old tires with maybe 200 miles on them need to be replaced right away or should they be good for a while?
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How do you do at the casinos? Keeping those tires is probably a worse gamble--replace them before a trip. And keep in mind, you should probably go up one size in Load Rating, if they aren't already LR E tires.
Do some internet googling on RV tire failures, or something like that, and get an earful of some tire problems even when new. Or just look around on this one for tire stories.
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Letting tires set is worse than using them. The tires flex when in use and the UV compound in the tires is worked to the surface. Just parked...all the UV protectant on the surface is gone and there is no UV protectant.

The odds are highly in favor for a tire failure on those tires. A tire failure can do damage to the trailer running in the thousands.

So as noted above, how lucky do you feel.

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I've read that some say to routinely replace ST tires at 5,000 miles or 5 years. Going by that, you're at the 5 year mark. As said, sitting like that for so long is bad and more so if you're in a warmer region with more UV rays.

Don't forget that the tires also have mileage on them from delivery from the plant (Indiana?) to the original dealer. No idea what this is for you, but for people on the west coast, that's over 2,000 miles on tires that are sold as "new".

You never want to have a tire blow out on a trailer. I've seen many photos of the damage caused by that and it's not pretty.

Your next problem will be deciding which new tires to get. There's a lot of opinions out there. Seems to me that Maxxis or Goodyear Marathon would be good choices and in a load range D too. Here's a good website on RV tires you might find interesting:

http://http://www.rvtiresafety.com/
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:49 PM   #5
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Parked for 5 years? Thats a bad flat spot where the tire will probably fail at. If they were covered and trailer pulled for short trips a few times a year, they may be ok for another year. Sitting for 5 years tells me the pressure probably wasn't checked regularly, if at all. You should consider yourself lucky to pull it 200 miles without a blowout. My tires are 6 years old, getting replaced within the month. The trailer has been used 5 or more times each year since I got it 2 years ago. Before that, at least 4 times/year. The previous owner and I both check the pressure each month. He even kept the trailer INSIDE most of the time in an insane RV garage!
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Welcome!!!!

New tires = peace of mind.
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For those 5 years, it was on jacks. But yes they were very low on pressure when we checked them before pulling it home. Thanks to all for great advice. Am getting all new tires before the next pull.
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Good decision - the peace of mind is worth it.

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Tires normally fail from the inside>out, which means a tire can appear really great, but the hidden damage might still be there. ST tires should be inflated to sidewall maximum regardless of trailer weight, Carlisle Tire used to state in their warranty to do so, otherwise the warranty was voided. Maxxis ST tire now has an inflation/weight chart which reflects the minimum recommended pressure for the corresponding load.
Since the trailer was stored those 5 years on jacks, and IF all weight was removed from the wheels/tires, and IF the storage area was dry, dark, and temperature-controlled, those tires might still be useable; however, one destructive tire failure can cause thousands of dollars in damage. IMO it is not worth the risk. If you have utility trailers they may suffice for that use.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:58 PM   #10
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Ready for those new tires

2008 31ft Cruiser TT all fixed up and ready for all new tires. What kind of tire should I get and where can I get the best deal on a new set? I'm in San Antonio, Texas. Any help appreciated!!
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2008 31ft Cruiser TT. Original owner only put 5 miles on the tires and parked it for 5 years. We bought and pulled it from Houston to San Antonio. Would 5 year old tires with maybe 200 miles on them need to be replaced right away or should they be good for a while?
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Run, don't walk to a tire dealer. Those tires are useless now.
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Drive over to a Discount Tire and talk to them about a Load Range E LT tire. Figure out a deal, then pull the trailer over to them and let them have it about an hour. Then you are good to go...
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