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Old 04-06-2019, 02:40 PM   #1
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I have two tires to tires to choose from for a spare tire. One has been driven on for 8 years, manufacture date 2511, very minor cracking on the sidewall. The second has never been driven on, never seen the sun, manufacture date of 2309. Which would you choose?
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I have two tires to tires to choose from for a spare tire. One has been driven on for 8 years, manufacture date 2511, very minor cracking on the sidewall. The second has never been driven on, never seen the sun, manufacture date of 2309. Which would you choose?
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Good for you. Any comments on which tire you would use?
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Old 04-06-2019, 03:08 PM   #4
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Spend the $ to get good spare. Your life may depend on it. Depending on your tire size... there may be some good condition, not too old tires in tire shops. Call around and ask for one used tire your size. May get lucky!
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Flip a coin. Neither one is a good bet for a reliable spare but both have their pluses.


My only experience related to this involved an equally out-of-date but reasonably-looking spare. It held air fine, but when the day came I needed it, it blew up (literally!) as soon as the jack was removed and the full weight of the coach came onto it. Your mileage may vary...
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Old 04-06-2019, 03:23 PM   #6
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I would just go buy a cheap tire with those options...neither one is really better then the other
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Flip a coin. Neither one is a good bet for a reliable spare but both have their pluses.


My only experience related to this involved an equally out-of-date but reasonably-looking spare. It held air fine, but when the day came I needed it, it blew up (literally!) as soon as the jack was removed and the full weight of the coach came onto it. Your mileage may vary...
How many years old was the spare that instantly blew??

Gary - Regarding RV tires: You [and others I've read from] have gotten me scared straight ... so to say - LOL

New to us 1996, 36k orig miles / 25' Tiffin Allegro RV, P30 chassis we've only had for two weeks is currently in my favorite mechanic's shop getting all fluids changed, filters replaced, hoses and belts put on new - if at all needed, new bearings all around... as well as brakes and frontend and suspension well gone over... 454 TBI engine new plug wires too [factory originals were still on] - already purrs on the hwy! It's due out next week. Everything looks good with most things recently tended to and in good condition. Those items not in perfect shape get replaced.

Soooo... this good condition RV has four mid year 2017 on rear and a couple mid year 2012 on front. Backs only have couple K miles on them and still look n' smell new! Fronts look really good and have some 7K miles on them. Spare, which I've not taken cover off of yet, is supposed to be the best of the four rears changed in 2012; it must be pretty old!. I believe it is only prudent of me to get two brand new tires in front and take best of front two to use as spare. Maybe even buy new for spare!

We plan a 3K + mile round trip to Texas not too distant future. With headed north trips equally as long thereafter. Better to be safe than sorry!!!
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Look for more options. My spare has 2 mos less than the OEM tires and was a takeoff from a wreck. They probably have about the same mileage now. Craigslist is your friend behind Google.
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The spare on ours is the original from 2003. It's mounted under the rig and has never been touched. I know it's too old to use reliably but if needed, I have no qualms at all about putting it on and driving at a slower speed to a tire shop.

For the OP's question, as suggested,,, flip a coin. Either is probably ok to use for a spare.
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I have two tires to tires to choose from for a spare tire. One has been driven on for 8 years, manufacture date 2511, very minor cracking on the sidewall. The second has never been driven on, never seen the sun, manufacture date of 2309. Which would you choose?
I always choose to buy a new spare when I replace tires. If you don't trust it to drive on all the time why would you trust it in an emergency?
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I always choose to buy a new spare when I replace tires. If you don't trust it to drive on all the time why would you trust it in an emergency?
For my situation, the odds of needing it are low in the first place. I don't travel fulltime all over the country. Second, if needed, I know it will be short jaunt at a slower speed to a repair/tire shop. I do agree, it would be a pain if the spare lost air or blew on the way, but I've weighed that into my decision and is a chance I'm willing to take. Again, I'd be driving slower on it and don't feel it would be a hazard to anyone. Also, finding a replacement is easy for our smaller rig with 19.5s.

I would think differently if I was traveling more often in a heavier coach, especially one with an uncommon size tire. For now though, I have both, peace of mind and the good feeling of saving the $300+ on a tire that would probably never be used.
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How many years old was the spare that instantly blew??

I don't recall - it was the original spare so looked like new. I had already replaced the front tires but not yet the rears, so I'm guessing 6-7 years. These were 16" wheels, so typically a bit shorter lived than larger heavy duty tires.


If [in your mind] the spare is there to let you limp to the nearest tire shop and buy a replacement, an old or worn spare may be an ok risk. But if you think you may have to drive on it awhile or that it will get you home so you can shop for a new one at your leisure, then relying on a spare that is NOT good enough to use on the coach in the first place doesn't make any sense to me.
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If this choice is driven by economy, a brand new cheap tire is better than a premium one that's aged out. Even if they're marginally servicable today the clock has run out and they're only getting worse starting today. Buy a new tire today and you're good for years.

My story is I had a set of car tires I stored in the garage from a vehicle I sold. Had an occasion to put them back in service after 7 years. They only had a couple thousand miles on them but within a couple months the sidewalls disintegrated. Made a firm believer out of me that the calendar does not discriminate. If it's shot it's shot, buy a new one and move on.

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I wouldn't get either tire
Trailer tires only have a life of about 4 to 5 years.
Even if it's just a spare it's not worth the worry
I just bought a spare from these guys on ebay.
Yes they're Rainier tires but they have a 5 year warranty and my build date was 4218.
It cost me less for wheel and tire than just replacing the tire.
If you're patient ebay has 15% off at times too
spare tire and wheel
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