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Old 02-09-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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What is the the expected lifespan

of tires and brakes on a small Class A RV.

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Old 02-09-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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About 8 years, even if they look new and have plenty of tread (Reader's Digest version).

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Old 02-09-2013, 03:00 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Dunner View Post
About 8 years, even if they look new and have plenty of tread (Reader's Digest version).
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:22 PM   #4
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Brakes are a function of miles usually, not years. Probably good to have them inspected every couple years.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:39 PM   #5
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Life of brake linings and tyres is so much a function of how the vehicle is driven that any comments here would be purely a guess.

Brand of tyre is important and type of brakes and linings matters too.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
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Tires are manufactured by bonding rubber to fabric plies and steel cords. And despite the anti-aging ingredients mixed into the rubber compounds, there is a realization that tires are perishable, as well as a growing awareness that some tires will actually age out before their treads will wear out.

For the most part today's tires deliver more miles and years of service than ever before. In the 1970s, typical bias ply tires lasted less than 20,000 miles and were only expected to be in service for about two years. In the 1980s, early radial ply tires offered a treadwear expectancy of about 40,000 miles during four years of service. And by the turn of the century, many long-life radial tires extended treadwear to about 60,000 miles during four or more years of service.

While passenger car and light truck tire technology and American driving conditions in the past resulted in tire treads wearing out before the rest of the tire aged, it may not always be true of today's even longer lasting tires that are approaching 80,000 miles of treadwear.

How many years will tires last before aging out? Unfortunately it's impossible to predict when tires should be replaced based on their calendar age alone.

Experience has been that when properly stored and cared for, most street tires have a useful life in service of between six to ten years. And while part of that time is spent as the tire travels from the manufacturing plant to the manufacturer's distribution center, to the retailer and to you, the remainder is the time it spends on your vehicle
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We're talking about two different issues here.

Brakes cannot have an expected mileage lifespan. Think about it like this; a newspaper delivery guy has his vehicle loaded with a ton of newspapers and is constantly stopping to drop of the newspapers. His brakes will wear in relatively few miles.
Another guy commutes to work 50 miles on interstate highway and is lucky enough not to deal with the normal stop and go commuter traffic, he just breezes both ways. His brakes will show many miles with little wear.

Tires are another subject. They are subject to wear by the driving habits mentioned above plus mechanical issues such as balance and alignment. They're also subject to "shelf life" considerations such as UV exposure and what not.

The point is this, without knowing the variables it's hard to draw a meaningful conclusion.
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Nothing to add re. age, but here's a handy pic of how to read the date on tires!.

Note- if those last few digits are only three-place on a tire, that means it's pre-2000....

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Brakes last longer when they're inspected and if they were quality pads, etc. when installed. I have a car that's currently on 120k on the brake pads, stop and go traffic every day, and they're still not into the indicator strip. Never "save the money" on brake parts. Cut costs somewhere else.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:43 AM   #10
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Rule of thumb for most tires is 7 years if you don't put on enough miles on wear them out. If you actually do run them down the road they should get in the neighborhood of 60,000 - 70,000 miles if the steering and suspension is in good shape.

Brakes are totally dependant on how and where you drive. With regular inspections lubrication of pins & slides and conservative driving habits we were able to get over 75,000 miles on the originals.
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In typical RV driving, the brakes on a smallish RV will probably last 60-90k miles. Maybe even more if driven gently - your driving style makes a big difference in brake wear.

Tires I would put at 7 years if the tread is not worn out first (unlikley for most Rvers). You might get as much as 10 years, but that's pushing your luck.

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