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Old 05-30-2012, 11:48 PM   #15
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Wow, that's really something! Ten year old tires on a city bus? Driving every day? With all those passengers? Are you kidding me?? How many thousands of miles do you think they have on 'em? Wow....

Did you notice the brand name? I want some.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:51 PM   #16
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Inspect your tires and replace when you think you should.
I have seen tires 6 mths old shred just cause and then I have seen tires over 10 yrs old still good and going strong.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:57 PM   #17
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The basis for my question is pretty simple. RV take off tires... regardless of age get reused by the logistics/transportation industry. And an additional rube I saw today with my own eyes... 2004 date code tires on a city bus. (gasp)
But they are used pretty much every day, that keeps the anti-aging chemicals coming to the surface. It's when tires sit and the chemicals can't migrate to the surface that causes the problems.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:02 AM   #18
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Michelins!
My Michelins are five years young, no checking, all good! Dude, you made my day!
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:25 AM   #19
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Mine were put on in 1999.... The exploding Goodyears too..
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:23 AM   #20
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I just drove 160 miles after buying a 2002 Itaska. The date code on the tires were 3600. Ouch! ????

They were already 2yrs. old when the 1st owner changed over to G670 upon delivery of MH, I guess.

Could not find 6 tires where I was. I drove SLOW and made 4 stops and checked the tires. I'm ordering 6 Hankooks today.

Anyone want some Free old tires?
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My Michelins are 7 years old and still no checking and look great. I am scheduled for new repacement next Tuesday,using the FMCA Michelin Advantage program. I think I have a better chance of not getting a tire problem with current tires. The folks I have talked to that have had blow outs,or tread seperation, have all seemed to have one common thing. Their tires always seem to be six years or older.
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I do not care what a person chooses to do about their tires as long as it does not effect
anyone else but that is not the case.
Here is a cute saying that I had on my desk.

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But they are used pretty much every day, that keeps the anti-aging chemicals coming to the surface. It's when tires sit and the chemicals can't migrate to the surface that causes the problems.
Not going to disagree BUT... does that mean "constant" use extends the service life of the tire?
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Newbe question but, exactly how do you read the date code? My Michelins are 5 years old but only 6000 miles. They still look perfect but I am getting a little concerned about age. It is stored inside parked on concrete, I have read all the stories about parking on a piece of wood in order to keep the concrete from leeching chemicals from the tires but still don't put anything under the tires. Does the tire location have any bearing on its likelihood to blow. Thinking about replacing the front two first, waiting 6 mons or so and replacing the back 4 in order to delay the sticker shock or at least spread it out. Opinions?
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When I bought my MH the tires were original and 5yrs old. They looked great and I felt that I could get maybe 2 more years out of them. However after sitting for a winter I noticed hair line cracks in one tire. Took a 3000 mile trip to Florida and when I checked my tires for my next trip I now had two tires with hair line cracks. After a trip to Texas and the number rose to three. I had wanted two years but only got one. My 6yr old tires are now replaced with new ones. Had to for saftey reasons but man the tread still looked brand new they only had 20,000 miles on them.
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Roger G, on one side of the tire it says example=(DOT 0405) the first two digits are the week, the second two digits are the year. So in the example it would be 4th week of 2005. Months are not needed. This is usually next to the rim, maybe.
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I would say that for "FACT", when you are going at 70mph and approaching a right hand curve and the front left tire shreds, then that is the time to replace the tire but not necessarily all of them. Just replace the one that shredded and wait for the other to shred or explode then replace them. As for me, mine were 7 years old and looking good and I replaced them anyway. Just me, but I got a warm fuzzy feeling knowing I had new tires for the road. True, no guarantee it won't come apart but just knowing that the date code matched the same year I was heading out on a trip felt good.
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I would say that for "FACT", when you are going at 70mph and approaching a right hand curve and the front left tire shreds, then that is the time to replace the tire but not necessarily all of them. Just replace the one that shredded and wait for the other to shred or explode then replace them. As for me, mine were 7 years old and looking good and I replaced them anyway. Just me, but I got a warm fuzzy feeling knowing I had new tires for the road. True, no guarantee it won't come apart but just knowing that the date code matched the same year I was heading out on a trip felt good.
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