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Old 11-15-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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for $80.00 buy a 235/80 22.5 tire with full thread and showing no signs of UV damage from a tire dealer I deal with. Tire was made in October of 2003 for a spare if needed.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:19 AM   #2
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Personally I would not. The tire has already met what I consider it's maximum age requirement to be changed out as a usable tire. Lets say that you don't need to mount the spare for a few years then need it. How old and how safe would it be by then. I would not carry a spare and purchase a new tire if needed if one were to blow. Or I would purchase a new tire and rotate it in with the original mix.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:16 PM   #3
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I think too much emphasis is placed on the DOM of a tire.. if the tire was kept indoors, and is in good shape, and you keep it covered, I see no reason not to get it as a spare. Of course, if I did have to end up using it, I would prolly have it replaced with a new tire at the earliest, opportunity.

Also, a 7 y/o tire would be more along the lines of $40-50
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:31 PM   #4
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No, I wouldn't. When I replaced my RV's tires this summer, I replaced all of them including the spare as the spare was approaching 6 years old. In my particular case, I had no problems at all with the original set of tires - until they were 3 years old! I then had 2 tread separations within 3 months, the latter doing $2,500 in damage to the RV. My experience with the particular make and model of tire involved was not unique as other users have reported similar failures. When not in use, our RV is kept in covered storage where the tires are not exposed to sunlight.

So, age is indeed a factor in tire reliability. In my case, 3 years was the magic number. For your particular case, it might be 5 years or 6 years or ??? At any rate, I wouldn't trust a tire that starts life as a spare at 7+ years of age.

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Old 11-15-2010, 01:14 PM   #5
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:44 PM   #6
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Where were you when I took off 6 Michelins with excellent tread and 6 years old? I would have sold all 6 to you for $80.
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I think I would use that tire as a spare, especially if it is off the rim and you can inspect the inside of the tire for separation issues. What some of you are fogetting is that the diesel pushers typically do not have spares. If you get a blow out on the road, you are relying on the guy bringing a used tire to replace the blown out tire. When I had my blow out, the guy showed up with a really awful tire that I let him put on and drove at a lot slower speed than freeway traffic was moving. It worked out, but I was concerned. When my present tires get replaced, I will carry one of them as a spare when we head up to Alaska. Other than that, I do not carry a spare.
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What some of you are fogetting is that the diesel pushers typically do not have spares. If you get a blow out on the road, you are relying on the guy bringing a used tire to replace the blown out tire.
Nope, not forgetting that at all. I'm just saying that, if I were to carry an unmounted tire, it wouldn't be 7+ years old.

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Is this a new tire? The OEM warranty begins upon date of sale to original end user for new tires, regardless of DOM, for material and manufacturing defects-providing you keep the receipt/bill of sale.
That said, you have no way of knowing how that tire was stored. Hundreds of miles from home and no tire dealer for that brand on the horizon is of no comfort. For an emergency spare it might be doable though.
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My thinking is to use it as a donut tire. 50 miles and hour or less for fifty miles. A new 235/80 22.5 tire at a good discount at Sams etc. is $400.00 to $475.00. What do you think they would charge on the open road. I liked the idea of a 7th mounted tire and rotate with the other tires.
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My thinking is to use it as a donut tire. 50 miles and hour or less for fifty miles. A new 235/80 22.5 tire at a good discount at Sams etc. is $400.00 to $475.00. What do you think they would charge on the open road. I liked the idea of a 7th mounted tire and rotate with the other tires.
Exactly! For use as a spare I see no problems. As I said,
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Of course, if I did have to end up using it, I would prolly have it replaced with a new tire at the earliest opportunity.
Now, RustyJC's problems were more due to defects and use, not the age.. IMHO, of course.
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I would not and not even a new tire. That is what I have road side assistance for. I can't even break the lugs nuts loose much less change the tire.
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i bought 2 of them for 75. and sold one for 40. they were 4 years old when i bought them 6 months ago. i don't want to be at the mercy of one of those tire guys that can't find a tire for us when we are far away from home. rear of mh was perfect to mount a spare up underneath.
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I would not and not even a new tire. That is what I have road side assistance for. I can't even break the lugs nuts loose much less change the tire.
I agree, only want spare for the repair people if they can't find a tire at that time. Would buy a new tire when we had time to shop for one.
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