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Old 08-30-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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New lesson learned about tires

When I bought my MH 1 year and 4 months ago, I checked the date codes on the front tires and the outside rear tires. All had a 2010 code. Could not see the inside rears, because they were mounted with the code on the inside, between the tires. Inside rear tire blew today between Portola and Quincy CA. Called the Portola Les Schwab. They brought two new tires, changed both on the side that blew. The inside tire had a date code of 2006. That's the year the rig was built. Should have guessed. Anyway, it was only $1,154.00 for 2 tires and all the service. If I make it back to Reno next week, I'll obviously have to check the other side.

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Old 08-31-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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Nasty way for PO to save $$$.


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Nasty way for PO to save $$$.

I agree! What a bum, at least no one was injured.
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That there was just not right.

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Old 09-02-2013, 08:33 AM   #5
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That sounds like it was done on purpose...mounted so the date couldn't be checked. Good lesson for us all though.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:09 AM   #6
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That's a new one on me. But dealers do some funny things to save a buck.
A friend bought a used Fleetwood from a dealer. It had the usual stickers on the windshield from the dealer's lot. When he removed the stickers, there was a nice crack in the glass underneath one of them. I just bought a used 2012 Jeep and it had a windshield crack under the temporary registration sticker pocket they put on new vehicles. Do these guys go to school to learn these dirty tricks?
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:25 AM   #7
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Pretty sure it was done on purpose. Now that I suspect it, I'll have it in to check the other side this week. If it's the same, I'll know for sure. Unfortunately, since I'm told you shouldn't put a new tire with a used tire on the same dual, it appears I'll be buying a couple of new tires a few years before their time. Oh well, it's just money. Everyone with a MH knows it grows on trees.
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I played dumb with my sales guy (which was also owner of the dealership) and asked if he knew what date my tires were manufactured and he said he didn't know how to read it. So I turned it on him and said that maybe I should go look elsewhere where the dealers are knowledgeable about what they are selling. He said his mechanic takes care of all that stuff. I explained how to read it and informed him the tires were 10 years old. Helped in making a deal on the price.
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So how do you read the date of the tires?
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:28 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Pgustaf249 View Post
So how do you read the date of the tires?
Tires manufactured in the last, don't quote me here , 20 years have a 4 digit code stamped in the sidewall .
The first 2 numbers indicate the week of production , the second 2 the year.
E.G. ( 4005 ) would be the 40th week of 2005.
Unfortunately it is only on one side of the tire so seeing the code can be a problem.
There is a post with pictures , I'll try and find it.

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