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Old 03-02-2016, 08:31 PM   #1
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I bought my RV last year, 2003 Fleetwood Revolution with 10k miles. This RV was always in a barn with previous owner. It has michelin tires zxa2 275-80-22.5 Tires look new, no crack, date code is 2302. I was told to replace them. Need advise. Dimitry.
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Michelin says to absolutely replace them if 10 years old or older.

http://www.michelinman.com/US/en/hel...new-tires.html
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:53 PM   #3
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Yes, I would drive slowly to the tire store. The tires are too old to be safe on the highway.

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I bought my RV last year, 2003 Fleetwood Revolution with 10k miles. This RV was always in a barn with previous owner. It has michelin tires zxa2 275-80-22.5 Tires look new, no crack, date code is 2302. I was told to replace them. Need advise. Dimitry.


Your in a good place, as a RVer, to get answers, good and bad.

This is a hot topic. Your tires would be fine a a farm truck. For you and your family? I don't think so. The compounds in the tires break down over time. The Michelin web site has a wealth of good information for you.

There are many other good tire manufactures to choose from. Freightliner and Michelin have a good thing going in my opinion. Michelin is producing a special size tire for the Custom Chassis. Problem with that is finding a replacement quickly if you have a tire failure. These thing can be hard to find in some areas.

Solution: Put a standard commercial truck tire on your RV. I am soon to be putting Toyo (Japan) M154 H rated series on my coach. This tire company has a great reputation and the tires do not have the sticker shock of the Michelin's. If you have a failure with a standard size tire you don't have to be as fussy with brand when in that kind of a pinch.

Do your homework before you purchase tires. Know your weights and cold psi settings.

Get your coach weighed when it is loaded to go. Four corner and total weight is important to know. Start out with empty grey and black water tanks, 2/3 potable water, full propane and fuel. At this point you will know what tire to chose.

I recommend a TPMS. This is a good tool to know if one of your tires is about to fail and you can get off the road before you have a blowout. These things go off like a bomb when they catastrophically fail and the damage to your coach can be extensive. It happened to me before I had the sensors on the previous coach.

Happy trails and welcome to irv2.

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There are many other good tire manufactures to choose from. Freightliner and Michelin have a good thing going in my opinion. Michelin is producing a special size tire for the Custom Chassis. Problem with that is finding a replacement quickly if you have a tire failure. These thing can be hard to find in some areas.
What size would that be?
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Save yourself the problem of the Michelin sidewall cracking problem and buy anything but.
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Get the discount on Michelin by joining FMCA, wishing I did before I got 6 for my rig.
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Please change those ASAP. You have a really nice MH, and the devastation you could/will encounter is unbelievable. About a week ago we went into a rest area outside of Bakersfield. There was a really nice DP going up on the hook. His left front had blown and it took out the fender, the front compartment, the aluminum wheel, some of the body, and a bunch of wires were shredded all over the place. I'm guessing a 15k+ repair bill. I recently put Toyos on our gasser. A little rough, but they handle good and wear nicely. Piece of mind is wonderful at 65 MPH.
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Yes, as commented you need to replace the tires ASAP. Various brands are good. Huge number of tire related treads here. The search feature will help your research.
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I bought my RV last year, 2003 Fleetwood Revolution with 10k miles. This RV was always in a barn with previous owner. It has michelin tires zxa2 275-80-22.5 Tires look new, no crack, date code is 2302. I was told to replace them. Need advise. Dimitry.
I believe this is your tire: Tire and Retread Selector | Michelin Truck

The 11R22.5 here https://www.toyotires.com/commercial...ern/m154#Specs would be the closest match for you. Note that the revs per mile are fewer so your speedometer would be off a bit. But this size is a standard size across the tire industry. The 275R80 isn't.

I hope this helps to clarify my earlier post.

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I bought my RV last year, 2003 Fleetwood Revolution with 10k miles. This RV was always in a barn with previous owner. It has michelin tires zxa2 275-80-22.5 Tires look new, no crack, date code is 2302. I was told to replace them. Need advise. Dimitry.

OMG get them off or you will be sorry they are 14 years old. It does not matter how good they look from the outside they WILL still blow. If you want to experience something like a tire blow out don't change them you will find out. Mine is still in the shop since December 4, getting put back together and my tires weren't near that old.
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...OMG get them off or you will be sorry they are 14 years old. It does not matter how good they look from the outside they WILL still blow....
Good advice...get them off and new ones on ASAP.
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