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Old 11-19-2019, 12:31 PM   #1
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I just bought a 2013 Thor motor home ( I am new to RV and this is my first MH) and plan drive it from South Carolina to Michigan. The tire are still the original. I would like to know from your experience if an 8 yrs old tire is safe to drive? When I have it checked by an inspector his only comment was NHTA recommend replacing after 7 yrs. The tires did not look bad. Thanks in Advance

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Old 11-19-2019, 12:39 PM   #2
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The bulk of the replies you're likely to get here are going to agree with the inspector, it's time for new tires.
At the very least replace the front ones.
But know that there are plenty of threads here where there was a blow out in the rear, and as the tire shredded it spun around and did some fairly serious damage to the wheel well area. Several mentions of plumbing, wiring and fiberglass damage due to the blown tire spinning around.

Obviously it's your RV and you can do whatever you're comfortable with, but the general consensus will likely be 'new tires for you'.

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Old 11-19-2019, 12:41 PM   #3
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I'm on my third set of a 2012 SunSeeker with 94000 plus miles and 6 blowouts.
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Old 11-19-2019, 12:42 PM   #4
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You can NOT tell anything from an exterior-only inspection, but based on two things: Age shows itself violently and without warning, and manufacturers will put on whichever tires give them a bulk deal....

I would think about replacements. They don't have to be "new" replacements, I'm in the process of collecting 6 tires for my coach right now (have 4 already) and since I'm in no hurry I can spend time looking around at truck tire shops.

Talk to your local or regional commercial tire shops, ask them what they have in used "all position" or "steer" tires in your size and see what you find.

You will NEVER run them out of mileage on an RV so it is ONLY the age that is the concern. Look for tires that are made in the USA or maybe Japan - Bridgestone, Firestone, Sumitomo, Falken, Goodyear, Michelin (in that order, at least for me)

Look at the inside of the tires for ANYTHING that indicates contact between the layers - stripes, plugs, patches, etc... There are plenty of options out there, you can find a good one and it will likely be only about $100 each! Obviously look at the ages and get them as young as you can...

If you can find the commercial dealer that handles your local fire departments, that's going to be your best bet. For obvious reasons, emergency vehicles swap out their tires OFTEN. Like no more than 2 years or about 25k miles, on a tire that can easily run 100k miles or more. I've gotten some GREAT tires from my local Goodyear Tiresoles branch b/c they handle all the fire trucks AND the local heavy equipment rental places too.
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Old 11-19-2019, 12:53 PM   #5
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I would consider them safe to drive to your chosen tire place. (I drove a 40-foot DP with 15 year old dry-rotted tires, and I was scared! Four miles to my tire place.)

I wonder if anyone will drop in and say "I don't mind the high-speed blowouts so much when I think of the money I saved by running on old tires."

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Old 11-19-2019, 01:02 PM   #6
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Tuff call...depends on your comfort level. Michelin recommends professional inspection on older tires, replacement at 10 yoa, no exceptions. Not knowing if the PO hit any road hazards or abused them in some way, or if the unit was stored inside or out, it's a crap shoot. Personally, I'd replace...just not worth taking the chance of serious damage from a blowout, IMO.

I feel your pain, I'm facing the same 'aging out' thing in a couple years.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:18 PM   #7
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Tire manufacturers say to have them inspected starting at 5 years and absolutely replace at 10. I have only had one flat tire on an RV in over 50 yrs of owning them. I went 9 yrs on these and the one flat was a nail through the tread 1 WEEK before my new tires came in. I have Never had a blowout on anything I've owned.
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Old 11-19-2019, 04:08 PM   #8
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8 years old is starting to push your luck. They all might last another 2-4 years, or one might blow tomorrow. The risk is more serious than simple inconvenience because motorhome tire blowouts frequently cause major body damage, including the vulnerable electrical and plumbing stuff that usually surrounds the rear wheel wells.

External visible checks aren't of great value because structural damage is mostly on the inside. Michelin, for example, says to dismount the tires for internal inspection every year after age 5. That's not financially practical for most of us, though.

I assume you've checked the actual tire date code to get the 8 yo age, but a 2013 probably didn't put the tires into service for some months. Maybe that helps a bit, or maybe not. My recommendation is to plan on replacing those tires within the next 6 months.
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Old 11-19-2019, 04:12 PM   #9
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Tires could be a year older then 2013 since chassis are built before the house part.
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:42 PM   #10
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Yes the date code was 1812.
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Old 11-19-2019, 06:26 PM   #11
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Drive at your own risk

I recommend that you break out your credit card to buy 6 new tires. A front blowout could send you off the road at speed or into another lane of traffic. A rear blowout will probably take out both tires and cause damage. If you drive home on the old tires bring along a roadside assistance plan and several extra sets of underwear.
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Old 11-19-2019, 06:38 PM   #12
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Not worth the worry, put new tires on.
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Old 11-20-2019, 06:50 AM   #13
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I would replace.
If you don't you will worry about them!
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You must replace the tires soon anyway so why take the risk of a blowout causing potentially thousands of dollars in damage and injury ?

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