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Old 12-27-2014, 02:08 PM   #1
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Do I really need new tires?

We have a 2010 22' Sport. We will be starting our fifth camping season month after next with a trip to Tucson from Boise. We have about 23,000 miles on our tires. Our Airstream Dealer Service Manager advised us to get new tires before we head south in Feb. She does not sell tires so she had no ax to grind from that standpoint. I've always read that we should replace our tires every 7 years, regardless of miles on them. Do I really need new tires? Your thoughts, please and thanks.
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:26 PM   #2
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My rule of thumb on trailer tires is six years regardless of use. Being that you have four camping seasons under your belt, you should have two more seasons of use. Assuming that you are still running ST tires on your Airstream, 23,000 miles is quite a bit. My best mileage on ST tires in the past was 28,000.

I think that I would lean toward replacement, especially considering that we are talking about a single axle Airstream. Please keep in mind that I tend to be over cautious about tires due to my past trailer tire experiences.

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Old 12-27-2014, 02:29 PM   #3
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5 year old tires. About time to get new ones for sure. As to brand, I am not getting involved in that fight to come.
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:42 PM   #4
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A lot of times, tires are already a couple years old, when they put them on. There's a way to tell when tires are manufactured, but I can't remember. Maybe someone will chime in.....

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Old 12-27-2014, 02:47 PM   #5
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Very cheap insurance I would say.
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:54 PM   #6
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There are a bunch of numbers on every tire and there is coded manufacture date among them. With a bit of searching you will find the key to breaking the code. I read it on another thread here just the other day. Seek and thee shall find.
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:57 PM   #7
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Google is your friend,
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...141227205659:s
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Date of production of tires is usually found on the sidewall in an elongated oval with a four number code. The first two numbers are the week and the second two are the year.

For instance, the code 4012 means that the tire was produced in the 40th week of 2012.

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Old 12-27-2014, 04:20 PM   #10
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All DOT certified tires have letter/number identifications on their sidewalls.

In this example B9 identifies the manufacturer and their location. The ending numbers, 5008, provide the date they were manufactured. The 50 means the 50th week of the year and the 08 means year 2008.

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Here is a link to the plant codes.

http://www.harriger.com/tires.htm

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Old 12-27-2014, 04:27 PM   #11
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I agree on the 'cheap insurance'. If you blew out a tire or two, how much inconvenience is it worth? Stuck on the side of the road, changing a tire or tires? Maybe stuck waiting on AAA to change it? Maybe damage to your AS?

You won't get the mileage out of trailer tires that you get out of passenger car tires so don't expect it. How well they've been cared for can make a huge difference but at 5 years it's iffy. If you're not sure, replace them and have peace of mind.
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:08 PM   #12
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Between our two Airstreams we have towed abound 200,000 miles. We have had tire failures on both rigs. Every time the tire has been over two years old. One failure caused extensive damage to the side of the Caravel.

Now at about the two year point it's tire time.

New tires are the only insurance you can buy against the most common cause of unnecessary roadside delay and inconvenience.


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Old 12-27-2014, 09:51 PM   #13
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You are quite fortunate. Replace your tires with your own personal choice. Take note that the Mothership (Airstream) installs a version of Michelin's... and some kind of aluminum wheel(rim)... I run different ones.. but, that's me.
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:22 PM   #14
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Change them!

Trailer tires get huge side loads that truck tires do not. This can lead to sidewalk failure, especially if you miscalculated and "kissed" a curb or three as your trailer turns inside your TV. Normally, you'll look fur bubbles in the sidewalls or indication if the tread departing from the tire at the edges, a tire professional looking at your tire sat least once a season or minimally every 5k mikes is smart.

Even if you never use your trailer at all, the rubber will degrade due to ozone's silent attack. 4 years is the recommended minimum replacement time for this issue.

We tie 12-15k per year, and we have yet to go a full four years without a tire issue. We've had two blowouts--one that we caught before going anywhere, and the ktger in which we traveled (tandem axle) unwittingly for 50 miles. We were extremely lucky--we were informed that damaged from a still attached steel belt whipping into the wheel well could go they the flior into appliances and the damage could be $5000-7000.

How expensive do those two tires look now? :-)

We now have ours inspected twice a season by a pro, and look ourselves every time we stop (my wife caught the last one in her side view as she was pulling out if a gas station.)

Cheap insurance!!
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