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Old 09-25-2020, 11:42 AM   #1
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Replace these tires?

Getting ready for a 2000 mile round trip Wyoming I looked at my tires on the TT.
Goodyear Marathons lots of tread left. Previous owner I bought it from this spring said he just recently replaced them and it looked legit however the date were mounted on the inside and I never saw them. Today I crawled under to see they were mfg. January 2014.
It was stored outside also not sure if the tires were covered.
I think I know the answer but what would you guys do?
BTW the previous owner, bought the TT new in 2003, was in his 90's so he may have been under the impression that tires last longer I'm not sure.
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Old 09-25-2020, 11:47 AM   #2
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Old 09-25-2020, 11:56 AM   #3
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Trailer tires AGE out vs wear out
Born on date was 4th week (04) of 2014 (14)

That makes them 6 yrs 7 months OLD

You can replace NOW while convenient and you can price shop OR you can replace while on trip with whatever is available at whatever price and after being on side of roadway for however long is needed

Your choice......
Seems simple
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Old 09-25-2020, 11:59 AM   #4
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If it was mine I would put new ones on in front only.
Keep the removed ones for spares.
If a rear one goes flat, you should make it to a tire shop.
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No tire expert here, but nothing can ruin your day faster than a tire blowout in the middle of Bumchuck nowhere. I say good tires are about the best investment any RV owner can make. Most tire failures can be attributed to a few common things.

Weigh your rig and do not exceed gvwr.
Tire age.
Proper tire inflation, always.
Proper load range, usually a good idea to go up one range per axle rating.
Not exceeding the speed rating.
If you can guarantee the previous owner followed these guidelines, run them. If not, I'd replace them with high quality tires.
To me, nothing beats piece of mind. Just my .02.
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I'm with Bob, replace them .

A personal story . I was planning a long trip cross country , and took my five year old 5er tires off for examination, 70% tread remaining , having access to the equipment , I re-balanced the tires , none took more than 1/2 ounce of weight , and spun up true on the balancer . On the forth day of travel , sitting beside the RV for HH , I looked over to notice a bulge the size of my hand on one tire , a day of phone calls later a new set of tires was located ( trip delayed ; DW very ) while viewing the tires as they were removed for replacement , 3 of the 4 had separations .
Highway travel and heat will do things to the tire that just won't show up at any other time.
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mine were about that old on my last class-c. I thought I could go a little longer on them and went on a 400 mile trip. I had 2 that didn't make it. Luckilly I didn't have any damage because my TPMS warned me but I did spend hours on the side of the road.

Being that old, I would definitely replace them.
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I would replace them with the best quality tire you can get. A lot of recent research indicates the Good Year Endurance or Maxxis for trailer tires. For a motor home, I might continue to use them, especially on the rear. But for a trailer, I don't think its worth the potential damage.


Trailers don't have real wheel wells, lined with anything to absorb the impact. A blow out almost always rips the plastic fender skirt off the side and rips into the trailer floor above.
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I would replace them with the best quality tire you can get. A lot of recent research indicates the Good Year Endurance or Maxxis for trailer tires. For a motor home, I might continue to use them, especially on the rear. But for a trailer, I don't think its worth the potential damage.


Trailers don't have real wheel wells, lined with anything to absorb the impact. A blow out almost always rips the plastic fender skirt off the side and rips into the trailer floor above.
That's exactly what I told my wife . She thought I was nuts for replacing them looking at the tread. Then I showed her a couple pics of the carnage it could cause.
I got some new Goodyear Endurance in the Load range D instead of C.
Thanks for your input guy I know I made the smart move.��

BTW what should I torque them to?
They were extremely tight almost frozen on.
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That's exactly what I told my wife . She thought I was nuts for replacing them looking at the tread. Then I showed her a couple pics of the carnage it could cause.
I got some new Goodyear Endurance in the Load range D instead of C.
Thanks for your input guy I know I made the smart move.��

BTW what should I torque them to?
They were extremely tight almost frozen on.

My Castle Rocks (Chinese tires the manufacturer put on) were less than 3 years old and looked perfect when 2 of them blew out in less than 200 miles of each other. I posted pictures in one of the threads of one of the failed tires. There was no warning of impending failure and I do use a TPM that had no pressure or temperature warnings prior to the blow outs. I still recommend a TPM, but its not a fortune teller...



There should be a sticker on the trailer, usually above the wheels that indicates torque. I believe mine were 100 ft/lbs, but yours could be different.



Good luck and happy travels. Hopefully with new tires there will be no worries.
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I replace my trailer tires every 4 years, where they need it or not.

I just bought a set of Goodyear Endurance.
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I would replace them with the best quality tire you can get. A lot of recent research indicates the Good Year Endurance or Maxxis for trailer tires. For a motor home, I might continue to use them, especially on the rear. But for a trailer, I don't think its worth the potential damage.


Trailers don't have real wheel wells, lined with anything to absorb the impact. A blow out almost always rips the plastic fender skirt off the side and rips into the trailer floor above.
That's exactly what I told my wife . She thought I was nuts for replacing them looking at the tread. Then I showed her a couple pics of the carnage it could cause.
I got some new Goodyear Endurance in the Load range D instead of C.
Thanks for your input guys I know I made the smart move.😎
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I am not a fan of the Goodyear Marathon tires. I had a blowout on my boat trailer that had Goodyear Marathons. The tire had plenty of tread and was 5 years old.

With the higher speed rated tires like Endurance with 87mph speed rating and many others with 75mph speed rating I think it would be $$$ well spent.

The damage a blowout can do, to me, is not worth the risk.
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