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Old 02-15-2010, 03:39 PM   #1
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Cool Tires. To replace or not to replace?

The tires on our MH are about 4 years old now, they are Uniroyal Laredo LT225/75R16, and only about 2700 miles on them, should I start looking for new ones or wait a year or two. We are only planing one trip this year about 1500 miles total. If I do need to replace what manufacture is best.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:14 PM   #2
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Ray & Pam,
You should be OK with (4) year old tires, but there are alot of if's in my mind.
What is the capacity of the tires vs you gross wgt.
Are the current tires with cracks & UV damage.
If you are planning to drive Texas in 100*+ temps maybe not.
The best manufacturer is a personal question. I drive only Michelins on my autos, and I drive 35-40K per year. I can get all the quality and cost benifits.
I just replaced my tires and just could not justify the cost of Michelins for the RV, and opted for Firestone steer tires for all six of my coach's tires. 590's I believe.
My takeoffs were Michelin's with a date code of 2000. The reamaining tread made me want to cry.

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Hi Ray & Pam,
From a side wall cracking point of view, go to Michelin Sidewall Cracking Chart - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery and print this chart. Compare it to your tires. If they are treated well, inflated properly and covered when not in use they should be just fine.
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If your current tires are not showing signs of excessive cracking and you have kept them properly inflated, you should be fine. Michelin has a tire life bulletin that suggests tires be inspected annually starting at 5 years of age. The bulletin recommends that original equipment tires, including spares, should be replaced when called for by the vehicle manufacturer, but not to excede 10 years regardless of mileage.
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Maybe there should be a federal law that states the tread must wear out by the time the tire needs to be replaced. That way we would not cry so much when we take off a tire with thick treads just because it's 7 years old.
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Happy & Retired,

"Maybe there should be a federal law that states the tread must wear out by the time the tire needs to be replaced. That way we would not cry so much when we take off a tire with thick treads just because it's 7 years old. "

Your thought may be laugh out loud and I need that for other reasons...

Maybe I should take some solice in the fact that my takeoffs are continuing to provide tire life to a OTR trailer some where, as I know they were resold.

I may not have "quoted" you properly as I am not as computer literate as others here. (W.Va. native) But I do love your screen name and hope to join you soon.

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Seriously Gary, When I bought my current motorhome, i did not check the tire dates since they looked good. I was going down I-85 South of Atlanta when the driver's side front tire blew out. Fortunately there was little traffic at that instant, because I swerved through all the lanes before getting it under control and working it to the side of the road. The tire was shredded, and the wheel had ground flat sliding on the pavement. When the tire shredded it took out all of the wiring going toward the back of the motorhome that ran in that wheelwell. It was three months and $8000 later that i got it back from the repair facility. No one was injured except my wallet, but it could have been much worse if the road had been mroe narrow or there had been more traffic.

If there is a good side to this, I had bought a wheel and tire from a fellow camoer at Disney World a couple weeks before. My Good Sam roadside service was able to change the wheel and I was able to drive the 40 miles back home. You can believe I replace all the tires as soon as I got it from the repair shop and I checked the dates on every tire they put on.

I am intrigued by your '79 MCI. Did you do the conversion? I see one at Disney every year when we are there. It is something I always wanted to do in my younger days.
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Wow Ken, you were lucky because I-85 can be packed full of a lot of cars and they will not move even if you have a blowout. So how old were those tires when that one went?
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Last summer we drove our 98 DutchStar DP from TX to Alaska and back on old Michelins. They had good tread left. The oldest had date code from 2000, and the newest from 2003. We did the AL-Can hwy frost heaves up and back. We drove in 100+ heat out west at cruising speeds as high as 75mph. On the monster down hills, we went faster than the speedometer reads(85mph) so we could make it up the other side at a reasonable speed. We never had a problem. Those tires never needed any air added to them. I've since put a new set of Michelins(275x80x22.5) on her. I think the secret is running correct pressure for your weight or greater(I run mine at greater), making sure the side walls cracking is at acceptable levels, and don't go cheap when it comes to tires.
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It is a gamble with tires that old and the question is do you want to risk it. It is a gamble. If you just bought the motorhome you are assuming that the previous owner kept the tires properly inflated so no unseen internal damage occured from overheating. If it had been me I would have dumped the tires dated in 2000 right away and put at least two new tires on the front.

A friend of mine's wife was driving their MH at night through Birmingham when a front tire went. She panicked and hit the brakes hard and rolled it. They both spent time in hospital.

Something to think about here are the procedures if you are cruising down the road with the cruise control on and a front tire blows out. What do you do??? This is what I tell myself and my wife and if wrong I would appreciate any recommendations. This is according to Michelin.

First and most important DO NOT HIT THE BRAKES because the MH will skid and the blown tire will dig in and turn the motorhome real fast and it will roll. Click off the cruise control and let the motorhome slow down slowly in a straight line while holding on real tight. When you have slowed it down enough then wobble over to the nearest shoulder. DO NOT HIT THE BRAKES apply them slowly and lightly. I practice the procedures with my wife.

I have found that normally you will feel a vibration as the belt starts to separate. If you suddenly have a vibration then pull over carefully to the shoulder and check the tires.
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For what it's worth, I am thinking about getting new tires on our 04 Damon. I haven't checked, but assume the tires are 03 and will be 7 years old sometime this year. I will check them for sure in the spring when able. There are no cracks in the side walls and tread is great. Less than 12000 miles on them, but !! still 7 years. Had Michelin's on last MH and think that is what I would replace them with. I do have steer safe and a little more comfortable with that. Supposed to keep MH tracking straight in case of a blowout. John H....
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I had the Steer Safe on my previous MH and it gave me a good feeling. I never had to try it. Kinda like having a parachute, just in case. They say it will stop the steering wheel from being yanked out of your hands. It is still not going to help if you slam on the brakes because the MH steering wheel can stay in a straight line but you have an anchor out on the side the tire went on. If a front tire you still have to stay off those brakes.
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Hi Mike, Airdale here also. They say if you get a blowout, to not panic and hit the brakes but to just get off the gas and let MH slow down to a more controllable speed and then work your way over to the side of the road. You never know though until something like that happens, wether or not you can avoid the panic button. John H....
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I think my tires were original on my '96 MH when the tire blew in '04, so they could have been '95 or '96 tires. I don't recall the brand and I have no idea how the previous owner treated them. I have put only Michelins on since I've had it. I replaced the front tires this past fall due to a crack around the rim on one of them. I now have 2- '09's on the front and 6- '04's on the rear that I'm watching closely.

And I'd like to know whether I hit the brakes back in '04 or not. Everything happened so quickly. I do remember hearing a pop, holding on tight, and watching the mirrors to see what I might hit around me. Fortunately nothing was there.

Brings to mind a brake disc that wore through and fell down around the axle years ago, but that's another story from another RV for another thread...
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