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Old 03-24-2019, 12:57 PM   #1
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I have a 2012 23’ Flying Cloud bought in 2011, original tires on it, and I am thinking I should replace the tires. I remember reading somewhere they should be replaced every 4 years, seem overly conservative to me. They look good, good tread no cracks or bulges, but are about 7 years old. I have put about 1500 miles on them a year and keep them covered when not in use.

My question is what factor, years, miles, appearance is most important when considering replacement.
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Age. Hands down. You can’t see the internal deterioration that tires get.6-7 years old is pushing it, regardless of appearance other than obvious tread wear.
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I have a 2012 23’ Flying Cloud bought in 2011, original tires on it, and I am thinking I should replace the tires. I remember reading somewhere they should be replaced every 4 years, seem overly conservative to me. They look good, good tread no cracks or bulges, but are about 7 years old. I have put about 1500 miles on them a year and keep them covered when not in use.

My question is what factor, years, miles, appearance is most important when considering replacement.
If they are Goodyear Marathons you may want to replace them now. See post #2 from the link below.

Goodyear Marathons
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Two factors in your case: 1 is age. I do 4 years for trailer tires. 2) You probably have the Goodyear Marathons. The newer tires are really better now.

I think you should count yourself lucky to have no failures and that you should buy new tires immediately.

Trailer tires have a harder life than car tires and can cause a lot of damage to an Airstream if they fail. It is just not worth it to try to predict the exact failure life of trailer tires. Just be darn sure you change tires before it comes.
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Those tires have lives a good life. Switch them out for some goodyear endurance - same size.
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What wulfraat said - I just switched out a 5 year old set of Michelins with PLENTY of tread on them for the Endurance tires yesterday. I also swapped out the plastic sheathed lug nuts for McGard solid lug nuts. 80% of the covers were cracked.

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Thanks for the input, they will be changed to endurance gys as soon as I can get it out from under the snow shed and the road firms up.
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