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Old 04-26-2013, 01:44 AM   #1
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Buying new tires...but I have a question

Being a newbie I thought I'd throw this in for some feedback. I'm getting ready for 4k road trip in a couple of weeks here and just noticed that my tires are older than dirt. My 98 35WP Winnie has 2 front tires from 1996 and the back tires are 2008. I found some new Cooper LT235/85R16 for the front replacement, but due to my retired status(money budget) I was wondering if I could replace the rears in a couple of months. The tread is still good and the pressure seems to be holding. I guess the question is "Can I switch to a different brand, other than Cooper for the rear tires?" I've seen several people say that the Toyo's and Hankook's are a semi good tire. I know the Michelins and Goodyears are better, but the budget can't fit them (for 4 in the rear). Also should the rear's be 10 ply or would a 6 ply make a difference?

As always I appreciate any insight into any information here. Thanks again.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:07 AM   #2
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There should be no problem mixing brands on different axels. Particularly important to keep them same as each other on the drive axel with duals. You want them all ( or a at very least the pairs ) to be the same size. Different brand or ages can be slightly different in sizes.

I think most would agree to put your money in the steer tires but try and get the rears updated as soon as you can with decent quality as you deem necessary.

It is very hard to wear down the treads on a RV tire but I would say the rubber does wear out with age. Many will argue what that age is but all I know for sure is that it really sucks to be sitting on the side of a hiway waiting 3 hours for a service truck when you are trying to enjoy a vacation with your family.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:39 AM   #3
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I agree. Replace the fronts with the best you can afford. Keep checking the rears and begin to save for them. Be sure that the load range is correct. Mine on my class c are load range E.
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