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RV Tires- how old will you go?

Posted 04-14-2010 at 05:43 PM by RVTIREGUY
Updated 04-14-2010 at 09:04 PM by NLOVNIT (Remove advertising)

In todays Rv environment, one of the most talked about issues as far as tires are concerned is tire age. I see thousands of RV owners and the most common saying I hear goes something like this. "The RVer two spaces over told me that i should get 7 to 8 years out of my tires." Serious, this is what I get told on a day to day basis. The raw truth of the "age" issue is this. Depending on how severe or hot a climate you live in, can even be caused by severe cold, will determine how many years your tires will be good for. In my opinion, I would not keep a tire on my RV that was over five years old. Most tires I see that are blown out on motorhomes is usually caused by loss of integrity of the tire due to constant pounding from the ozone. I do get an occasional tire that has been punctured by an object and then every once in a while I will get an RV that has lost tires due to overloading. Most RV's that come to me for tires are in the 6 and 7 year old range and almost always they came to me because they had a tire blow on them due to the age of their RV tire. You will not achieve high mileage normally with an RV tire as most of us only use the RV occasionally. I have had a few people get RV tires because they wore out the last set. This is obviously not normal to wear out a set of RV tires. The average mileage for a replacement tire on an RV that comes into my shop is around 25,000 miles. And a tire with 25,000 miles is usually over 7 years old. Don't wait 7 or more years to replace your tires if you can avoid it. The consequences can be catastrophic. Proper tire maintenance including frequent pressure checks, lifting the tires off the ground when you store the RV, storing the RV inside or covering the tires, and rotating the tires every 5,000 miles or at least when you start to notice irregular tire wear on your steering tires then have them rotated. When you replace your tires, I recommend that you replace any valve hardware as well. The rubber components deteriorate just like the tires and many components do not have replaceable rubber pieces. I am always happy to answer any questions concerning RV tires. I have been in the RV tire industry for over 25 years and this is all I know.
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  1. Old Comment
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    I couldn't agree with you more, I was surprised when I took over my Father 96 33ft SeaBreeze, I thought O-good the tires have a lot of tread on them, he must of recently replace them, then reading a post, as of yours, I look at the stamped tire date reading (4695<) and hear its Apr.2010, tires are older then the MH. Bought 7 new tires, my gal, dogs and I feel a lot safer now. Thank you
    P.S. I see this a lot with motorcycles too.
    Posted 04-25-2010 at 10:23 AM by Schmitty Schmitty is offline
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    I understand the reasoning for replacing tires due to age as opposed to mileage, but I have a question concerning tire quality. My 5th wheel TT is 16,000 pounds dry and I have Goodyear 215 75R 17.5 regrooveable tires on it. I run 125 Pounds of air pressure. Should this tire be changed out every 5 years or so?
    Posted 05-30-2010 at 09:36 AM by BW Owner BW Owner is offline
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    thoughts on TOYO 1200 22.5 tires
    Posted 07-12-2010 at 10:58 AM by happyhare happyhare is offline
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    This is an interesting read!!!

    In 2001, the British Rubber Manufacturers Association strongly recommends that unused tires should not be placed into service if they are more than 6 years old. In 2005, Ford Motor Company announced a six (6) year recommendation as well, regardless of tread wear. Of course, tire manufacturers were much more lax in there assessment of the issue. In October, 2005 Bridgestone Firestone recommended that all tires should be replaced after 10 years. Continental and Michelin soon followed, echoing the 10 year period set forth by Firestone.


    Tire & Automotive Industries Recommend Replacing Unused Car Tires After 10 Years
    Posted 09-12-2011 at 08:23 PM by wallynm wallynm is offline
  5. Old Comment
    Changing tier to ease mileage is not that much better solution.

    Shaw Flooring
    Posted 12-29-2011 at 10:48 PM by harleyJsheno harleyJsheno is offline
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    Toyo Tires

    I have Toyo tires on my 33 foot Pace Arrow. I did not notice any wear on the tires until they failed. Steel belts exposed on the driver steering tire, and the centre rib on the passanger side steering tire worn off. They were three years old, and did not have enough km's for a rotation. Front end alignment done 10,000 km prior to having new tires put on the unit. These were 19.5 tires.

    Both OK Tire and Toyo are rated "F".

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    Originally Posted by happyhare View Comment
    thoughts on TOYO 1200 22.5 tires
    Posted 02-28-2013 at 08:04 PM by Lakers Lakers is offline
  7. Old Comment
    Are you aware of any other group besides Family Motor Coach that has a method to 'group' purchase Michelin tires? I'm now at 10 years and 20,000 miles.

    2) Do you see much difference between Bridgestone and Michelin tires?

    Thanks,

    Tim
    Posted 08-21-2014 at 03:27 PM by Macstromer Macstromer is offline
  8. Old Comment
    I still have the original Michelin tires on my 39' motor home which is now 15 years old and they are still going strong with no problems, leaks or blow outs!
    Posted 11-05-2014 at 04:15 PM by coventryhale coventryhale is offline
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    Tire age is very important factor according to Michelin. Typically RV tires don't wear that much and so they may look in good shape, however the rubber compounds and UV exposure break down the sidewalls over time. I myself changed out my perfectly good Michelin tires after 9 years and 20K miles, because I was in the process of travelling the continent and didn't want a front tire sidewall blow out when I was in the mountains. If you make it up to Canada the tires are 30% cheaper with the exchange rate.
    Stay safe.
    Posted 01-15-2021 at 03:52 PM by MonacoMon09 MonacoMon09 is offline
 
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