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Old 09-02-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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New tires

Blowing tires has gotten old!! First motorhome went up in flames after a blown tire a few years ago. Replaced the motorhome with a 2004 Southwind 37C on the Workhorse W-22. Recently blew a right rear tire and fortunately the damage was fairly minor. I just replaced all 7 tires (including spare) with Sumitomo ST718 and so far couldn't be happier. Very smooth and quiet and way less expensive than the Michelin "crackers" and the Goodyears. About half the cost of the either.

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Old 09-02-2015, 09:53 AM   #2
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Glad you're happy with your purchase.

But do you have info on the age of the tire that blew out on your W-22.

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Old 09-02-2015, 10:34 AM   #3
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Original tires

I am guilty of trying to keep my tires as long as possible. They were the original 2004 tires, always kept covered and parked on a crushed stone pad with boards under the tires when not in use. Tires did not show a single crack or blemish inside or out. It appears they were simply deteriorating in the construction of the tire. The tire that blew, blew the thread completely off, but didn't come off the rim. Brought back bad memories!!!
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Old 09-03-2015, 06:36 AM   #4
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When you keep 'em "as long as possible" I guess that's when you know it's time to replace them!

I replaced 4 rears last month. They still looked great, but were 7 years old. I run Continentals.
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:57 AM   #5
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Tires don't have to be old

One thing I didn't mention, the tire that blew and cost us our motorhome was a new tire with about 700 miles on it. Took the tire into the retailer where we bought them 2 days before we left as it had an issue. They basically knew it was defective and passed it off. Blew a day and a half into our two week trip, cut the brake line off and caused a fire that destroyed our motorhome. Let's just say will never buy that brand again or do business with that retailer.
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