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Old 08-11-2022, 05:58 AM   #1
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Moving after 4 years

We live in a lovely 45’ DRV and after 6 years at our little rv park in Colorado are moving to Idaho to be with family. The fifth hasn’t been moved in 4 years and we are hiring a transport company to haul us to Idaho. We are super worried if our tires are still ok after having been stationary for that long! We weigh 24,000 lbs and it is about 800 miles. We bought the rig new and they are the original tires. The whole time we have been stationary the tires had been filled to the recommended pressure. They’ve never lost air and the coach has been resting on its hydraulic leveling jacks and tires the whole time. The coach has been skirted.
Do we need to be concerned about either tires or wheel bearings or are there any other concerns that we should address before moving?
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Old 08-11-2022, 06:10 AM   #2
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Yes, they need inspected for cracks. You also need to inspect the roof for loose, deteriorated vent covers and such. Happy trails!
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Old 08-11-2022, 06:14 AM   #3
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In theory you should have no problem. You are nearing the time out for your tires, but I'd be more worried about a flat spot. If it was mine, I'd have the bearings checked/packed and I'd put on a new set of tires. You old tires should be easy to sell to the dump trailer guys so that should offset the cost of new tires.
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Check the tires for tires for the DOT date code. If they are over 5 years old, I would be looking for new tires. It would not hurt to have an RV tech check the brakes for proper function.

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Old 08-12-2022, 04:49 AM   #5
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A low boy trailer and a truck route with high clearances might be the best way if you never plan to move it again.
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So all this advice is subjective and you have to decide.

I am squarely in the after "6 years of no use replace the tires" category. 4 Sailuns would run you less than $1000 (Walmart has them). I'll bet that is cheap insurance considering that hauler isn't going to waste any time getting your rig from one place to another and doesn't want to be bothered with blowouts.

Just think about whether you would rather pay for the tires up front or the damages from a blown tire on the RV plus the road side repairs.
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Old 08-16-2022, 05:41 AM   #7
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Hey thanks everyone for the responses about our tires on our fifth wheel as we move to Idaho! We had a tire specialist (works with 18 wheelers and semis) come take a look at them. He put each tire up on a small hydraulic jack where we are camped and inspected the bearings and tread on each one. They are top of the line tires, 3000 miles on them and DOT was 2016. They have been under skirting and there has been no weight on the tires because the fifth wheel has been up on hydraulic jacks all this time. He said they were in great shape and had several more years on them! So yay and thank you all for your input. It was good to know they haven’t a crack in them anywhere and show no wear.!!! We are good to go!
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