Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-09-2021, 09:57 AM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 59
11 year old tires with less than 5K

Our 1995 Fleetwood Flair 27R (P32, Class A, 10K GAWR rear, 5.3K GAWR front) has 11 year old tires (8R19.5 LR/F), but are otherwise in good shape, and have less than 5K miles on them.

The service center (Kremer Services) keeps telling us the tires are fine, and there's no need to replace them when we have them do a spring inspection.
However, everywhere I read says you should replace tires after 10 years, no matter the condition. (I can't find manufacture recommendations for the specific tires.)

We expect to be driving the old beast a fair amount this year, so I'm thinking about replacing just the fronts, knowing those are the worst if they go out, and chancing it with the rear duallies, hoping that by adding a TPMS I'd have a higher chance of dealing with a single blowout on the rear before the other goes.

Are we crazy to keep going on 11 year old rears? Should we go by the service center recommendation and not even replace the front?
whybother is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-09-2021, 10:04 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Bryan Tx
Posts: 844
Even a blowout on the back can cause a lot of body damage and leave you on the side of the road or think about a blowout on a very busy interstate where theres no place to safely exit. No way I would risk it on tires that old. Can show you over $18000 dollars in damage from a tag axle blowout
06 Beaver Patriot Thunder , 525 HP C13 Cat
MH 4000 Allison
42 ft Vicksburg, 4 slides
kenwyatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 10:06 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 2,044
Replace them NOW.
Brett Wolfe
Ex: 2003 Alpine 38FDDS. Ex: 1997 Safari Sahara. Ex: 1993 Foretravel U240
wolfe10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 10:08 AM   #4
Senior Member
TXiceman's Avatar

Vintage RV Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Full Time, TX Home Base
Posts: 19,520
Blog Entries: 21
11 year old tires on an RV....oh my.

Drive it slowly to the nearest tire dealer and get NEW TIRES. A blow out on the RV can cause several thousands of dollars in damage plus all the down time. It is not worth the chance of damage and even your health.

Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|Full-Time! - 2012 6.7L Ford Crew Cab Dually -2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB - Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 10:13 AM   #5
Senior Member
Skip426's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Powell River, B.C.
Posts: 22,890
Ask the service center if they'll cover the cost should any of these tires blow out !

Because , your coach could easily be a write off , even if you manage to keep it out of the ditch when one fails .
99DSDP 3884, Freightliner, XC, CAT 3126B, 300 HP /ALLISON 3060
2000 Caravan toad, Remco & Blue Ox.
Skip426 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 10:14 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2021
Posts: 367
Well, whybother, Id replace the tires and, more importantly, find a new service center. A tire shop that services fleet vehicles, such as utility trucks that might run the same tires as yours, may even give you a credit for your old tires. This is more common for those of us running the same size tires as OTR trucks, but you never know.
Kid Gloves is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 10:24 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 15,846
Did that 'service center' just look at the tires OR did they break one down and Inspect it??

11 yr old tires are at least 1 year past age out date or 4 yrs past age out date
*7-10 yrs age out

Your MH...your choice
**Pay NOW for new tires OR PAY $$$ for new tire while on trip out on the side of the road somewhere with whatever tire/price they want to charge PLUS any damage to MH ....

RVing is NOT cheap ---it's a hobby that comes with costs
RVing is about making memories......hopefully good ones
Is it time for YOUR Medication or Mine?
Dodge 3500 w/Tractor Motor & NUWA 5vr
US NAVY---USS Decatur DDG-31
Old-Biscuit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 10:43 AM   #8
Senior Member
SeeTheUSA's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,087
Take the safe course.
Warren and Debbie, Deep in The Heart of Texas
2018 Winnebago View 24D
2014 Tiffin Breeze 32BR, 2012 Winnebago Navion 24G, 2006 Winnebago View 23H
SeeTheUSA is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 12:05 PM   #9
Theturboman's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Reche Canyon, CA
Posts: 34
I tried this approach once the "tires look good and dont see any sun during the day" and then came the blow out at 70mph in my 45ft Signature and a $6k repair bill
Bruce and Doreen
2002 Alpine 38 FDDS 400
2006 Jeep Commander Hemi
Theturboman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 02:31 PM   #10
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 59
Thanks for the input.

I'm certainly replacing the fronts. Trying to convince my better half that the rears need it too. (Just getting on the same page for the fronts was hard enough, since Kremer didn't seem to think it was needed yet. (They did pull one rear off the rim and check it.))

For the rear duallies, how often do both in a pair blow at/near the same time? Having trouble finding horror stories of that happening -- mostly just those that were unaware they had lost one 'till the other went.
whybother is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 02:50 PM   #11
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2021
Posts: 367
When the first one goes, the remaining one will have twice the load it had before the failure. If the flailing bits dont immediately destroy the second tire, you may have enough time to stop the rig before it goes.

Im fortunate that were both on the same page as far as safety, so this would never be a discussion between us. If I were you, Id tell her there will be no trips until the rig has 6 new tires.

Why do you need to hear a horror story about it to compel you, or her, to replace the tires?
Kid Gloves is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 03:13 PM   #12
Decrepit Forum Advocate

Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2,553
I've had an inside dual either blow out or go flat three times but never did both the tires blow at the same time. I think most never experience a blowout, however.

The first time it happened on a motorhome, I thought I had heard a faint "pop" but didn't dawn on me to check until several hundred miles later. Another time, it was a louder "bang" and another time just a slow leak from a puncture. All were attributed to road hazards and I didn't feel any adverse handling from the drivers seat.

I did experience a blowout on a steer tire when driving a commercial bus and even though it happened at highway speed, the bus didn't go wildly out of control.

At any rate, if you can afford it, replace all your tires ...and carefully monitor your weight and tire inflation and you'll at least feel safe. Riding on 11 year old tires, you'll always be a bit worried while underway.
theroc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 03:16 PM   #13
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 59
Originally Posted by Kid Gloves View Post
Why do you need to hear a horror story about it to compel you, or her, to replace the tires?
Once it's agreed as a safety issue, then it's as good as done. But the first step is agreeing that it is a safety issue vs. just a potential inconvenience that's "just as likely as picking up a nail with new tires". Plenty of convincing horror stories for front wheel and tag axle blowouts. Not so many for double dually blowouts.

Originally Posted by Kid Gloves View Post
When the first one goes, the remaining one will have twice the load it had before the failure.
The argument is that the TPMS will give us a warning in time to get the tire swapped out before it becomes a "real" problem.
whybother is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2021, 03:50 PM   #14
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 24,101
How much of a gambler are you? And the wife? You already exceeded reasonable expectations (10 years),but they could conceivable last another 3-4 years. Or just one more day.

A blow out on a semi-trailer is often not a big deal other than the trip delay. A blowout on a motorhome is almost always accompanied by body damage. And Murphy's Law pretty much guarantees that blowout will come at the worst possible time, ruining a family vacation or making you miss an important event. I'd also consider that 8R19.5 tires aren't typically off-the-shelf items if you need one out on the highway somewhere on a Sunday night.
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition and several other RVs
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote

tire, tires

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water pump failure - 2nd in less than a year flyboy013 Newmar Owner's Forum 19 07-22-2019 10:19 AM
Dui-Therm A/C quit cooling - less than one year old Milehghcty RV Systems & Appliances 6 03-08-2016 08:13 PM
How old is too old in a Class A DP, 5 year, 10 year? cucotx Class A Motorhome Discussions 79 12-04-2014 10:07 AM
Less than a year and counting down! CWinLV Full-Timers 12 06-12-2014 09:24 PM
Two tires blow in less than 500 miles oldernewby Monaco Owner's Forum 11 10-07-2012 07:00 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.