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Old 05-12-2008, 09:20 PM   #1
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I have 00 Good Year tires. They are in good condition 10/32 tread depth. Side walls look great I store them covered. The tires are in their 8th year. I run them at 80#.
My tire dealer says I should replace them. "Tread depth has no bearing on their life, it is the age that determines the tires safety."
Of course he is in the business of selling tires. What are your thoughts on having them replaced, and what indicators do you follow that lead you to that replacement. I am talking $1200 for six tires!
That would buy gas for a nice vacation.
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I have 00 Good Year tires. They are in good condition 10/32 tread depth. Side walls look great I store them covered. The tires are in their 8th year. I run them at 80#.
My tire dealer says I should replace them. "Tread depth has no bearing on their life, it is the age that determines the tires safety."
Of course he is in the business of selling tires. What are your thoughts on having them replaced, and what indicators do you follow that lead you to that replacement. I am talking $1200 for six tires!
That would buy gas for a nice vacation.
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:09 PM   #3
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Well, I don't really know, however there have been a lot of stories on the news this past week about old tires being sold as new and ultmately unsafe, anything more than 6 years old could be dangerous from what these stories say. Google news tire age... ours can't be more than 3 years old on the coach, and we just had a front tire blowout. I took notes on one of the news programs this week that was reporting on tire age... inside side of the tire has a code, the last 4 numbers are the week and month of production of the tire, as in "4201", that would be the 42nd week of 2001. Here's an example of one recent story...
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/05/27/eveningnews/c...mer/main698335.shtml
I hate to sound scaremonger-ish... but I think tires on these kind of vehicles are really important.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I am talking $1200 for six tires! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Or $1000 dollars deductible for MH damage, a service call, and a new tire at the"side of the road gotta have it rate ."
In your case the only indicator sounds like the age of the tires.

Eight years is a long time. Count your blessings and replace them soon.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Or $1000 dollars deductible for MH damage, a service call, and a new tire at the"side of the road gotta have it rate ."
In your case the only indicator sounds like the age of the tires.

Eight years is a long time. Count your blessings and replace them soon. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
DITTO that thought! (PLUS the thought that they are actually older as per Bsavage's post!)
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:01 AM   #6
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I have adopted the 6 year plan of replacing my mh tires. To fund the nearly $600 per tire cost, I put aside $600 per year for the six years that the tires are in service so that I'll have the money when the time comes. However, the way oil is increasing in cost I may have to save more for the next tire purchase which is scheduled for 2012.

no18yes, I'd be a bit uncomfortable with your 8 year old tires and would consider buying new tires.
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:11 AM   #7
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no18yes,

While I am not familiar with Goodyear tires, Michelin has a service bulletin on their web site that recommends any Michelin RV tire over 5 years old should be inspected annually by a "qualified tire specialist...who will assess the tire's suitability for continued service." The bulletin goes on to say, "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."

Have you checked the Goodyear web site for any similar service life recommendations or have you had your tires inspected by a dealer?
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no18yes,

I know it hurts, but I just went through this... Mine were 00's also, and looked really good...

My Tire Guy (Michelin) even said I could probably get another year or two out of them, but said he could not in good conscious tell me that I won't have a serious problem with them because of their age.

I opted to replace them, mostly due to piece of mind. I have 32,000 lbs and everything I own riding on them, and a blowout on the road in the best case scenario is time down waiting for a service truck, unexpected delays, and a bunch of money, worst case, a major accident and someone hurt. It was worth the piece of mind to spend the money, in my case $3200.00.

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Some of your 6 tires will probably last 10 years. At least one or two of them will not and are simply waiting for the worst possible moment to fail on you, causing a lot of aggravation (at the least) and a lot of damage to your rig (at the worst). You are living on borrowed time - I would replace the tires ASAP.
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The owners that advised you to replace your tires ASAP have given you good advice. I had a 97 Adventure with tires 9 years old. I took a trip out west. Before I went I took my MH into a tire dealer and have them all inspected. I was told everything was OK. I blew 2 on my trip. I just replaced 6 that were 7 years old, I learned my lesson.

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Old 05-13-2008, 07:06 AM   #11
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Petro, thats been my question, WHAT CAN A TIRE DEALER TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT A TIRE,
that I cant tell by lookig at them?? I have 20/20, corrected !!!!Maybe he is a PRO??,
and has looked at more tires than me.

I replace my front tires with 6yrs. before going to FL. this yr. and my friend sort
of po-po the ideal with 6yr. old tires. On the was back from FL. he blew a R/F tire
and when he got home he change ALL 6 of his MICHELIN. And he change the front rotors
that were found to be cracked.....Tenn.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Eight years is a long time. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Sure is! My rears are 02 tires and will be replaced by the end of this calendar year in spite of the fact that they look great from the outside (always covered, always parked on moisture barriers when on concrete, etc). The fronts were replaced 18 mo ago when I had some "irregular wear" on a rear and received an adjustment toward a new one so I bought 2 and kept one for a spare.
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It's even more important to monitor rubber products in hot arid desert regions as this accelerates rubber decomposition. This includes hoses and belts.

My sister had a rear tire blow on her CRV in SD, rush hour on the freeway. Damage to the vehicle was significant and she just avoided a terrible crash. The tire was in excellent shape but 8 years old. The car was disabled for 2 weeks. I finally convinced her to do what I do - replace all rubber after 4 years - on all vehicles.

In my experience it is far better to replace rubber items in a well controlled manner than it is when to have to do so under emergency conditions which can often can be really expensive and time consuming.
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What do you think about putting tubes in 6 year old tires - mine are newer, but it is a thought -............

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