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Old 06-03-2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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Buy new tires or not?

I'm now debating this. I realize that no one really knows what could happen. My Goodyear 670RV tires we made in late 2004, have good tread and no sidewall cracking. Should I replace them or could I safely get by for another year?
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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Hi Abnmarine,
You know the life the tires have led. As long as you have the correct PSI, they travel the paved highways, they have a barrier underneath them when in place for more than two weeks, they have never met a curb or other obstruction, etc., they should be good for several more years. Goodyear had better have the same life expectancy as Michelin, for the price they charge. Michelin says 10 years with proper care. No flames please, I'm not going to restate Michelin's Ts & Cs.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:21 PM   #3
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Thanks Gary. I don't see anything wrong with them but their age. We are heading north later this month and just wanted to be ready for the trip. I don't mind buying something needed but these still look good so it's hard to part with $2,100 if not needed.
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If in doubt, take them to an authorized GoodYear dealer and have them inspected by an expert. You may have to pay to have the tires broken down to inspect the inner surfaces; but it would be cheaper than new tires, and it would be inexpensive peace of mind.
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What paz said. There is no way to accurately determine the condition of a tire without dismounting for inspection.
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I see no reason to suspect a solid looking tire that is not quite 6 years old. I'd be planning for a replacement, but wouldn't do it yet.

I've still got 4 late 2003 G670s on the rear of my coach. About 54k miles on them. I plan to replace them this winter. Fronts were replaced last year after one developed a bulge.
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If in doubt, take them to an authorized GoodYear dealer and have them inspected by an expert. ...snip...

Just be sure the person assisting you is a tire expert, not a salesperson!
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Just be sure the person assisting you is a tire expert, not a salesperson!
Right on!

When I had some weather checking on my Michelins, I called the company and they gave me the names of several tire dealers in the area I was located where I could go for inspection. There were other dealers, but they wanted me to go to specific places because those places had "experts."
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I appreciate the comments. I've relooked at my tires last night and decided to wait until next year for replacing them. The coach has 42k miles on it, not sure how much was put on these tires but the tread is still 3/4 there, no cracks or cuts. I really feel that if I replaced them, the shop would just sell my old ones since they still have plenty of life in them. I feel confident that they will get me through till next spring. I'll plan on replacing them then.
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I appreciate the comments. I've relooked at my tires last night and decided to wait until next year for replacing them. The coach has 42k miles on it, not sure how much was put on these tires but the tread is still 3/4 there, no cracks or cuts. I really feel that if I replaced them, the shop would just sell my old ones since they still have plenty of life in them. I feel confident that they will get me through till next spring. I'll plan on replacing them then.
Yes - much depends upon the *known* past usage - long distance at super-slab speeds thru Arizona in the Summer - or easy, relatively short hauls on good paved roads?

Some here get REAL paranoid over tires more than 4-5 years old, regardless of visual, external condition - they could be right, and I respect their opinions - they know their driving conditions lots better than I do.

But as in the case of the 12 year old Bridgestones on the '88 Winnie 27 foot MH we bought late last summer, they still have better than 90% tread left, perfect sidewalls, and no visible blemishes or damage.

We plan to use the rig purely on short, 100 mile round trip fishing expeditions, loaded WELL below the GVWR - rarely over 50 MPH or so, and no, I don't plan on arbitrarily replacing them based purely upon age.

But that would be lots different if we planned a longer, higher speed trip in hot weather.

YUP - I know, a calculated risk, and certainly, I'll be watching the tires closely - but would brand new ones too.

I appreciate the concerns of the more cautious members here - perhaps I place myself and wife at unnecessary risk - but within my own RVing group and long past experience, I have personally seen MORE nearly new, low mileage name brand tires fail catastrophically, than those in apparent good condition with LOTS more miles and years on them.

Shucks, a COUPLE of those premature failures were on my OWN RV and passenger vehicle...
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