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Old 06-26-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Became an owner of a 2004 Winnie 38G Adventurer

I'll probably have lots of questions as I get beyond the first week of ownership and 450 miles of driving. First one would be what service should I expect from Michiln tires Sept 2003 vintage with 34,000 miles and appear to have been stored inside (no sidewall deformation/cracks)?
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Welcome to the site! I am sure someone will come a long and explain the age code of the tires, but that if they don't you can search for that and see it, since tires are so important.

Anyways have fun with your rig and the site!
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Check the date code on the tires...first two digits are the week of the year, and last tow are the year.

2603 would be 26th week of 2003.

The tires are atleast 8 years old. I would not take them on the road. Time for new tires.

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Check the date code on the tires...first two digits are the week of the year, and last tow are the year.

2603 would be 26th week of 2003.

The tires are atleast 8 years old. I would not take them on the road. Time for new tires.

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You may not, but I have no problem doing so. I have the same model other than mine is an Itasca. Same tires, nearly the same date. I'll change them out on their 10th anniversary next year unless I have a problem before that time. As of now (36,000 miles), there is no cracking almost no loss of tread, no nothing. If I lose 2 psi per YEAR, that's unusual. Michelin tires are rated for 10 years, others NOT.
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Hi, welcome to IRV2. I would look into changing those tires. Safe travels.
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You may not, but I have no problem doing so. I have the same model other than mine is an Itasca. Same tires, nearly the same date. I'll change them out on their 10th anniversary next year unless I have a problem before that time. As of now (36,000 miles), there is no cracking almost no loss of tread, no nothing. If I lose 2 psi per YEAR, that's unusual. Michelin tires are rated for 10 years, others NOT.
I wouldn't go so far as to say they are "rated" for 10 years though. They do say to have them inspected yearly by a professional starting at 5 years and absolutely replace them at 10 years. So, replacement age can be anything from 5 to 10 years old. Some people have too much money and change early though, but there is no absolutely dead set "age rule"
We went about 8 years on ours and I did replace them early as the tire size I needed (305/70's) was hard to come by at some times of the year so when they came in I jumped on them.
BTW our OEM Michelins were all made in Spain.
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All it takes is one blow out and you will do more damage than the cost of replacing the tires a bit early. Michelin may say you can go to 10 with inspections every year after 5, but on my RV, 7 years will be the limit.

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Welcome and congrats on your new purchase. We just bought new Michelins to replace our 7 year old Michelins. Family motor coach has a " Michelin Tire Advantage Program". The savings was great! Personally driving on tires older than 7 yrs is not something I want to do.
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All it takes is one blow out and you will do more damage than the cost of replacing the tires a bit early. Michelin may say you can go to 10 with inspections every year after 5, but on my RV, 7 years will be the limit.

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Congrats!!! got any pics and details?? (V10??)

38ft...that's a good sized toy. Enjoy it
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The more the tires sit the faster they age as the chemicals added during manufacturing can't come to the surface. If you use the rig a lot or regularly then they will last longer (unless you run them too low on pressure).
The major causes of blowouts are:
1. running them with too low a pressure. (20% low is the same as flat)
2. environmental factors like excessive sun or ozone exposure.
3. hitting curbs/chuckholes or running over road debris.

How many have had a flat on a dual and run a mile or so on the other one? That tire was 100% overloaded and should be considered as damaged till inspected. Did you know that "inspected" means broken down and looked at inside as well as outside?
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the whole "tire expiration" debate is one that many ppl don't agree with. I personally have driven on 10+yr old rubber, but they were tires that didn't see a lot of sun and never any salt. I live in a damp climate, which helps as well. Do what makes you feel comfortable. In my opinion, having worked around cars, if the tires looks good, and the side walls aren't broken down (doesn't necessary mean cracking, rather if the tire pressure is topped up, but the tire still looks slack, that's a sign of saggy sidewalls), then I'm good to go. If you ever have doubts, the 7-10yr rule is a safe one to go by.

I've seen new tires blow out, and their tread separate simply because they were inferior. You have more to worry about with cheap new tires, than with decent old ones. With that said, I am as safety conscious as anybody else. Tire pressure is key, and I check it before any trip. I also check tires at every rest stop.
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