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Old 03-05-2010, 07:20 PM   #1
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I understand that tires should be replaced every 5 years. What about new tires that are 4 years old and have never been mounted. I am looking at a new set of michelin tires that are for sale at half the price of retail. The date code shows that they were manufactured in 2006. The seller claims that he talked to a tire store and they told him that tires have a 12 year shelf life.

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Old 03-05-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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I suggest that you talk to a factory rep.. I don't think you will find any manufacture that will warreny a tire over 4 years. I have had tires blow out that were 5 or 6 years old. A factory rep showed me that the steel belts rust and break over time. When my tires blew out the side wall had a rip approx a foot long. I replace my tires at 5 or 6 years from manufacture date.

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Old 03-06-2010, 05:42 AM   #3
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The following is taken from the Michelin RV Tire Guide available on the Michelin web site:

"While most tires will need replacement before they
achieve 10 years, it is recommended that any tires in
service 10 years or more from the date of manufacture,
including spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a simple
precaution even if such tires appear serviceable and even if
they have not reached the legal wear limit."

Michelin recommends replacing tires at an age of 10 years regardless of how good they look. The age is from the date on the sidewall, not the in-service date. The biggest problem with RV tires is they usually sit for long periods of time. Driving them allows them to flex and bring UV and oxidation inhibitors to the surface where they can better protect the tires.

If the 2006 tires have been stored properly out of sunlight, you may get 5 years use out of them. But you could also get less. Although half price may seem like a bargain, you also have to add to that the cost of mounting and balancing, taxes, disposal fees, etc. If it were me, I would only buy those tires if I KNEW I were only going to keep the RV a couple of more years.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I think I will stick with a tire dealer.
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Last year we had the front tires replaced on our coach and I informed the tire dealer the new replacements must have a current year date code on the tires or I would not accept them. When he received them from the warehouse he showed me the 2009 date code.
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