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Old 11-29-2021, 09:20 AM   #1
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Hello from Sarasota, Florida. We have had RV's for decades, but sold our coach when life's responsibilities got in the way. We are now in a position to resume our RV'ing quest to see parts of this great country we haven't seen. We are purchasing a 2018 Entegra Anthem with 16,000 miles. I do have a question I need help on. The tires (Michelin's) have date codes of mid 2017. My question is, should they be replaced due to age? The first owner stored the bus inside, and I don't see any cracks in the sidewalls. Recommendations? Thanks, in advance, David
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Hi David! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Personally, I would not replace the tires yet. Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Hello from Sarasota, Florida. We have had RV's for decades, but sold our coach when life's responsibilities got in the way. We are now in a position to resume our RV'ing quest to see parts of this great country we haven't seen. We are purchasing a 2018 Entegra Anthem with 16,000 miles. I do have a question I need help on. The tires (Michelin's) have date codes of mid 2017. My question is, should they be replaced due to age? The first owner stored the bus inside, and I don't see any cracks in the sidewalls. Recommendations? Thanks, in advance, David
Michelin says 10 years but most people agree that 7 is where it's at.
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I agree , not to replace them .. but for piece of mind maybe take them to a tired shop to do an inspection to make sure all is well.
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Unless you have serious tire wear problems on your coach, the saying is that "coach tires age out before they wear out". You should probably replace tires at about 7 years. If you are like most, the coach will not have traveled anywhere near enough miles to wear out the tread. Now, a front tire blowout is the thing that most of us fear the most as you have close to 20,000 # riding on those tires, and a high speed blow out is my nightmare. Spending money on a set of "safety wheels" that run inside of your tires so you have steerage even with a sudden blow out (an example is Retrobands) would be where I would invest my money if I had change in my pocket that I could easily spend, I would spend that money on blowout protection. That protection can be moved to your next coach also.

Now, tires will definitely age. If you go to a tire store, they will find some reason to talk you into changing tires, and the coach you are buying may have serious alignment problems that will lead to terrible wear or uneven tread, but your eyes will tell you if you have that problem.

I plan to replace my Michelins at about 7 years if I live or keep this coach that long..... we shall see. Unless the tires have major gashes or substantial sidewall decomposition and cracking..... I might ask a professionals opinion, but I will likely make that decision myself.

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Hi David, I sent you my private phone number on the "fast" forum. I have some good info for you as a past, happy Entegra owner. I was going to send you to this forum as it is most informative and very helpful. I did sell mine last year when we bought the cabin in NC but since have ordered a "SOB" coach that should be in around March.

The number one suggestion I have for you, and have many, is to hire a private 3rd party inspector to go through the coach prior to $$ changing hands.

Best of luck to you on your travels.
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