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Old 12-12-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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Goodyear tires

Good link, check it out.
I was wondering about my tires so I found this website. My AS is about 5 years old now so I believe I am approaching the end. Seems like I have heard about a certain "year" life. However this link mentions just checking the depth of the sidewall cracks.
Tire Replacement Guidelines - Goodyear RV
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:59 AM   #2
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:05 AM   #3
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LT,

IMHO 5-7 years is a good baseline for replacement.

I have used 7 only because of my storage routine during our off Season....jack-stands & removal. Helpful in tire and axle longevity.
Covering and off the concrete also a good thing when in use.

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Old 12-13-2014, 08:43 AM   #4
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There's much discussion here on the forum. Read to your hearts content or when you fall asleep. Whichever comes first. You can then decide if you want to replace your tires with ST's, LT's or even to keep them for awhile longer.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:32 AM   #5
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Thanks, people. I perhaps could get another year but I will be going out to Arizona last of January to the Alumafiesta in Tucson. From Alabama. Much of the distance will be along open road with tire stores far apart. Do not want something bad to happen while traveling 60-65.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:48 AM   #6
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I guess that Ram handles the trailer well. My vote is for you to change the trailer tires now before leaving. Having to buy a tire or a set of tires on the way would rate as a minor inconvenience. The real problem is if one of the tire belts lets go and does $6000 or so damage to the trailer. That is a fairly common type failure. It can beat up the side of the trailer and it can go through the plastic wheel well and into the trailer and the plumbing. Tires get weaker every year whether it shows on the surface or not. I know several people who have had extensive damage from a failed tire.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:06 AM   #7
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I have a 30' snowmobile trailer that I was pulling to Tennessee to pick up some freight. The tires were all 5 to 8 years old. However, they all looked good.

Before I made it to TN I blew every one of those 4 tires, one at a time. The first one to go was the oldest. The 5 yr old tire was the last one to go. I spent the better part of an entire day in tire shops along the way.

Now that was with an enpty trailer, with almost 4' of ground clearance, and heavy steel tubing above the tires. I had no damage to the trailer.

When I got back to Iowa, I took that trailer, with it's 4 mismatched tires to my local tire shop, and had 4 new 10 ply tires put on.

Your Airstream wouldn't have fared so well under those circumstances. If you blow even one tire, the damage to your trailer could be way more than a set of new tires. Buy a set of new tires before hitting the road.
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I notice that the information at the Goodyear webpage is a little short of specifics. That is, how many years, how many miles, etc.

A rule of thumb I have developed is that frequently used tires (as on a car or a pickup truck), the age limit is 6 years for hot states (AZ, CA, NV, TX, and FL), and 10 years for cold states (WI, MN, ND, MT, and MI). States in between are .... ah ..... in between.
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I bought the GY Marathons at Sams Club, $91 ea. Had them mounted today. I used a DeWalt Impact Driver (cordless) to put back on AS. I am now wondering if this power tool can torque down the lug nuts enough. Does anybody else use this tool for this job? BTW, on the old 5 year Marathons we found one with separated belt, although not coming apart yet. And one had a bad spot burned by the electric brakes locking up the tire. Code date 1209, made in Dec 2009.
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:11 PM   #10
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I used a DeWalt Impact Driver (cordless) to put back on AS. I am now wondering if this power tool can torque down the lug nuts enough.
Your Airstream manual probably says 100 or 110 foot pounds of torque. Does the DeWalt manual identify its torque? I have an 18v driver that seems very powerful but I use a torque wrench for my lug nuts so I know for sure. Good luck!
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I wouldn't trust the impact gun to torque the nuts. It's great for removing the nuts with minimal effort and spinning them back on but I strongly advise NOT to torque the nuts with the gun. After spinning them back on and making them snug finish torquing them manually.

PS: I carry one also. And the generator to use it
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The driver does not have enough control of torque even if it has an adequate amount of torque which I sorta doubt it does. You need to tighten them with a torque wrench or a breaker bar or lug wrench with a estimate of the force. And once is not enough. You need to torque them and then re-torque them after 50 or so miles. Stop at a rest area and get out the wrench.
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Use a torque wrench set for 110 ft lbs. Check at 10, 25 and rechecked at 50 miles. DO NOT over torque. Check each lug, they may loosen.
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I use a 100 ft/lb torque stick on my impact driver, then check with the torque wrench. Quick and easy.

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