Originally Posted by Abnmarine
I appreciate the comments. I've relooked at my tires last night and decided to wait until next year for replacing them. The coach has 42k miles on it, not sure how much was put on these tires but the tread is still 3/4 there, no cracks or cuts. I really feel that if I replaced them, the shop would just sell my old ones since they still have plenty of life in them. I feel confident that they will get me through till next spring. I'll plan on replacing them then.
Yes - much depends upon the *known* past usage - long distance at super-slab speeds thru Arizona in the Summer - or easy, relatively short hauls on good paved roads?
Some here get REAL paranoid over tires more than 4-5 years old, regardless of visual, external condition - they could be right, and I respect their opinions - they know their driving conditions lots better than I do.
But as in the case of the 12 year old Bridgestones on the '88 Winnie 27 foot MH we bought late last summer, they still have better than 90% tread left, perfect sidewalls, and no visible blemishes or damage.
We plan to use the rig purely on short, 100 mile round trip fishing expeditions, loaded WELL below the GVWR - rarely over 50 MPH or so, and no, I don't plan on arbitrarily replacing them based purely upon age.
But that would be lots different if we planned a longer, higher speed trip in hot weather.
YUP - I know, a calculated risk, and certainly, I'll be watching the tires closely - but would brand new ones too.
I appreciate the concerns of the more cautious members here - perhaps I place myself and wife at unnecessary risk - but within my own RVing group and long past experience, I have personally seen MORE nearly new, low mileage name brand tires fail catastrophically, than those in apparent good condition with LOTS more miles and years on them.
Shucks, a COUPLE of those premature failures were on my OWN RV and passenger vehicle...