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Old 01-19-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Tires cracking

Couple of my tires show hairline cracking on the outside tire wall, are they ok, there is still a lot of tread on them, I don't know how old they are, here's a pic

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Old 01-19-2014, 02:46 PM   #2
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Your tires should have a date code stamped on them. It's a four digit number; first two are the week and the last two the year manufactured. Most RV tires age out before the tread wears out. I's seriously consider replacing if over six years old.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:56 PM   #3
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It would appear that they very well could be very dangerous. The DOT four didgit code will tell you date of manufacture. The first two didgits are the week of the year. Eg. 23...would mean the 23rd week of the year. A dot code of 2304 means twenty-third week of 2004, for instance. Start by finding your dot code stamped on the tire. If it is over five years, you should have the tires professionally inspected. Tires with crack like those in your photo look more than questionable, imho. Be safe....good that you posted the question. JJ
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You did not state who manufactured your tires. But there is a recall on certain Class C Michelin Tires. Check it out here.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:16 PM   #5
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From what I can see , the date on tires are 6 years old, now just the drivers front and rear are cracked , I have dual in back so I can't tell the ones on the inside, can I just replace the ones that are bad, or all?
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From what I can see , the date on tires are 6 years old, now just the drivers front and rear are cracked , I have dual in back so I can't tell the ones on the inside, can I just replace the ones that are bad, or all?
You do not want a tire failure on vacation or anytime for that matter, Just replace them all and be done with it, the new rubber will make your Coach ride like a new one and you will say to your self.......should of done this sooner........Cracked rubber is a sign of them not flexing and being hard. New rubber flexes and you will love the ride from the new tires!
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You do not want a tire failure on vacation or anytime for that matter, Just replace them all and be done with it, the new rubber will make your Coach ride like a new one and you will say to your self.......should of done this sooner........Cracked rubber is a sign of them not flexing and being hard. New rubber flexes and you will love the ride from the new tires!
X2. Tires aren't something to press your luck on. I would never put us or others on the road with in jeopardy. With 6 YO tires and cracks, you're asking for trouble.
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If it's just one side, my guess is that is the side facing the sun when it is stored. I would get them inspected by a professional, and expect to replace all 6.
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Yes, rather safe then sorry , I'll be replacing all 6, Thanks for input all
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Yes, rather safe then sorry , I'll be replacing all 6, Thanks for input all
If you can find this post of yours when you have the new tires.....let us know what you think.......Safe travels to ya.........
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From what I can see , the date on tires are 6 years old, now just the drivers front and rear are cracked , I have dual in back so I can't tell the ones on the inside, can I just replace the ones that are bad, or all?
I had an inside dual tread separate last summer on a local trip. There where some small cracks, not nearly as bad as yours. I figured they would be OK on a short trip (less than 100 miles) at 60mph or less.
Long story short, if that tire had been on the other side of the coach, I feel for certain it would have wiped out both the gray and black water tanks.
As it turned out, it was on the other side and put a really big dent in the underside of the coach.
It nearly ruined our mini-vacation and it wasn't easy to change on the side of the road. When we got home, I got new tires the very next week.

As others have said, you'll probably never come close to wearing the new tires out and it will break you heart to scrap those "like new" tread tires.
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Don't travel on tires like yours. I had a cheap BIL head to the Keys from Ohio with a similar situation. Blew all 6 before he got there. Damaged skirting on M/H, spend a lot of time on the side of the road. New tires cost him $100.00 more on the road than they would have at home. I am going to bet they are Michelins, I have had very lousy luck with their tires and they will not stand behind their product.
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Couple of my tires show hairline cracking on the outside tire wall, are they ok, there is still a lot of tread on them, I don't know how old they are, here's a pic

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Well as your thread slows .......and you know what you have to do now.....what kind of tires are in the photo(On your Coach now) that cracked??
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