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View Poll Results: Do you have EXPERIENCE with tires and age and tread?
I drive them 'til the tread is less than 1/8", no age 4 3.13%
I drive them until 6-8 years old, then replace them all 78 60.94%
I drive them until tread wear is showing, then R&R 2 1.56%
I drive them until I see age signs, like checking 29 22.66%
I drive them until one blows out, then I look REAL hard 2 1.56%
I drive them and replace the steering ones sooner. 5 3.91%
I replace the steering tires earlier than the back four 8 6.25%
I don't keep it long enough to worry about or care... 0 0%
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:29 PM   #1
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How relevant is TIRE AGE??

Curious about experiences and hear-say about tires and age.

We know that SUN kills our tires. We know that tread wears does the same, but in more obvious ways. What is up in the air is how AGE affects our tires.

Here's the poll, and hope it reaches good feedback:
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:35 PM   #2
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Rubber has a life span........

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Curious about experiences and hear-say about tires and age.

We know that SUN kills our tires. We know that tread wears does the same, but in more obvious ways. What is up in the air is how AGE affects our tires.

Here's the poll, and hope it reaches good feedback:
Nothing up in the air about rubber and Father Time.........over time rubber of all kinds age......and get hard, and the older the hard rubber gets, it becomes brittle.......
Take a old o-ring and roll it and flex it........it will break.
Now do the same to a new o-ring........you will play with it all day long, and the next day......till you get tired of playing with it......or it also becomes old and hard.....
Same with tires......
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:48 PM   #3
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Since we're all preaching to the choir about what we think will happen, can we consider that a tire left in a warehouse for 8 years isn't the same as a tire that's been on the sunny side of a MH for that long?

That is the reason for this poll. No way a tire on a FLA MH is the same risk of blowing as a midwest tire that spent most of its life inside a warehouse, out of the sun.

Am I right, or not? Vote away.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:19 PM   #4
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This is a picture from my Brother in laws RV he had a front tire blow out in May
The tire was a Michelin 7 years old with 40000 miles he kept the RV inside when it was not being used the tires looked brand new
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This is a picture from my Brother in laws RV he had a front tire blow out in May
The tire was a Michelin 7 years old with 40000 miles he kept the RV inside when it was not being used the tires looked brand new
Boy, a few pics like that can kill a thread in a hurry. I hope everyone survived without major injury. That nails, it, my four rear 8 year old Goodyear G647's tires get replaced before my FL trip in the fall. No cracking, plenty of tread, look in very good shape. Goodyear G670 Steer tires are at 5 years will get moved to the back.
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I have read on here and on other forums of all age of tires having blowouts, from just a few months old to 10+ years old. If you run over debris it doesn't matter if your tires are 1 month or 10 years. Same with tires being out of round, wearing unevenly, brand name or not they all have problems from time to time. I have owned 3 class a's and put new tires on each one when I bought it, never keep one long enough to have them wear out or get too old
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:28 PM   #7
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My michelins were date coded from 2005. I fully intend to run the remaining ones until next year. Had a blow out (not a tire failure) a month ago so I put 2 new steer tires on.

My tires dont sit out in the sun when not in use and generally arent directly exposed to the sun.
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If you run over debris it doesn't matter if your tires are 1 month or 10 years.
If you run over debris it does matter if your tires are 1 month or 10 years.

One of these statements is true
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Attached is what Michelin has to say on the matter.
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Mike had 2 broke arms and lots of cuts Kathy had some broken bones in her back
They are at home still healing but are going to be okay
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Mike had 2 broke arms and lots of cuts Kathy had some broken bones in her back
They are at home still healing but are going to be okay
Glad that they both will be OK. Have them take a long look at installing a set of Tyron Bands on their front steer tires if they decide to continue RVing in the future.

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Rarely is there enough detailed information posted with the report of a tire failure to make even an educated guess as to WHY it occurred.

It's pretty clear that age is a factor, but not the only factor and maybe not even an overwhelming factor. Personally, I try to reduce my risk of tire failure by changing at 7-8 years , but I've usually got 50k+ miles by then anyway.

I guess you could say the same about motorhome drivers? I.E some may be able to safely drive longer than others?

There probably isn't a one-size-fits-all answer, just a rule of thumb for those who don't want to try to analyze each specific case.
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Mike had 2 broke arms and lots of cuts Kathy had some broken bones in her back
They are at home still healing but are going to be okay

Great news! It could have been SO much worse! Give them our best!
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The tire age vs miles has been hotly debated on various threads on this and may other websites. Lots of opinions are aired about the topic.

The Tire Association claims the 90% of the tire blow outs are due to low air pressure or overloading. Both of those items are or can be directly controlled by the operator. I wonder how many check their pressures daily when travelling or at minimum have a TPMS system to monitor their tires. We are so used to driving our cars daily and infrequently checking the tire pressures the habit likely carries over to our MH use.

Most truckers I know check their tires at each stop they make. The thump test at least will tell you if the tire is starting to get soft. Laying a hand on the tire will give an indication of problems if it is very hot.

A soft tire regardless of age is going to fail, especially at the speeds some like to travel at.
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