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Old 06-10-2008, 08:42 AM   #1
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I need someone to tell me my 1999 tires are o.k. and we should go on our trip.I did order new tires from Costco ( 6-xze245/70r 19.5f installed for $1,833 plus $60 rebate )but the 3 to 5 days for delivery has gone and they said maybe another week.I called Michelin and they said maybe 2 weeks.I know it is my fault.I am always trying to get a "good" deal and I waited too long.So should we go? Thanks Bill,Sheila and Beau the formidable poodle.
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:42 AM   #2
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I need someone to tell me my 1999 tires are o.k. and we should go on our trip.I did order new tires from Costco ( 6-xze245/70r 19.5f installed for $1,833 plus $60 rebate )but the 3 to 5 days for delivery has gone and they said maybe another week.I called Michelin and they said maybe 2 weeks.I know it is my fault.I am always trying to get a "good" deal and I waited too long.So should we go? Thanks Bill,Sheila and Beau the formidable poodle.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:07 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by funston:
I need someone to tell me my 1999 tires are o.k. and we should go on our trip. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Personally, having been the victim of complete tread separations 4 times in my RVing experience, I'd never tell someone that their 9 year old tires are OK and their family and RV can safely take off in the summer heat. I'm sure you know that you've been on borrowed time with those tires for quite awhile.

At the end of the day, however, it's your decision.

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Old 06-10-2008, 09:49 AM   #4
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First of all, are your tires truely 1999 tires or is the RV a 1999 model, which means the tires could be 1998 or even earlier? Unless you drive it very regularly, 9 year or older tires are a disaster. Of course, if you drive it enough to keep the tires 'good' over 9 years, you are probably over the tread life...

I had a blowout on my trailer on 6 year old tires. Didn't even know it until someone passing told me, so only problem was the chunk it tore out of the fender wall. Fortunately, I had a spare (it was in the middle of nowhere in Texas). On the other hand, a blowout of a front wheel of a motorhome would be much more exciting. I would not go anywhere with 9 year old tires on my front wheels, and would go very slowly and only close to service centers with them elsewhere

Also, I'd invest in a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, preferably one which reports temperature as well as pressure.
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:49 AM   #5
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I think your 9+ year old tires will be fine, as long as you don't go over 15 mph.
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:18 PM   #6
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It all boils down to how much of a gambler you are. If you've been driving on them regularly and they haven't blown YET (they will, any day now), maybe your luck will hold. If it doesn't, maybe some damage to the coach body or maybe some damage to the wife's body, if it is a front that self destructs.

If this is the first trip of the season, I'd say several the odds of a failure this time are even higher than otherwise. They've been sitting around for months and now you are going to work 'em hard, on hot summer highways.

With the money you saved on the tires, take your wife to a nice hotel, have dinner at a fancy restaurant and buy her flowers. She will get over it.
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Have to agree with RustyJC, personally, if I were in your shoes, I wouldn't take the chance.

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Old 06-10-2008, 06:03 PM   #8
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Taking tires that old on the road, especially in the summer is a bit dangerous in my opinion. If you can't get the Michelin tires, get Bridgestone. Had them on two motorhomes and never a problem.

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I think everyone above has given you good advice.

Cost of new tires is cheap compared to what a tire failure could cost.

One thing about the current situation, if you think of the price of things like tires in terms of how many tanks full of fuel they cost, suddenly the tires seem reasonable.
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:32 AM   #10
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They are not even Ok for parking on. If they blow while someone is standing nearby it could be deadly. Wait for the new tires to arrive and take a slow safe route straight to the tire shop with no sidetrips.

Use a clip-on tire chuck with at least a 6 foot long extension and a remote pressure gauge if you need to fill them up with air for you drive to the tire shop.
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I think if we new the large number of people out there today driving around on ten year old tires on their MH'S we would all be shocked.
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Only 10 years? I think you'd have a heart attack if you got the figures on how many pickups are out there running near to 20 year old tires on them. (Don't ask me what they are, I don't have nation-wide numbers, but I've seen my fair share of old pickups with even older bias tires still running on them from the 80s).
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Hey FUNSTON, i think you get the gist of the above responses. Yer OUTA YER MIND to even consider leaving yer driveway with those tires. Bad enough you may kill yerself and mama, but think of the others on the road you may kill. Either take yer whippin from mama and wait for the new tires, or look around for another supplier at a higher price.
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My tires were 2002 tires and starting blowing out in 2006. I also had one to split on the sidewall and the replacement did not last six months but they were Goodyears Wranglers. When I got rid of them I only had one original tire on the fiver. I now have Michleins XPS RIBS and have been from Maine to Florida and out to Texas and back with no problems
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