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Old 05-03-2021, 10:45 AM   #1
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Need advice on when to shop for tires.

We have the original tires on our 2018 Classic. The miles on them totals approximately 25,600. Tread is good and there are no cracks. The wear is even. Are we good for another season? We average between 7000 & 8000 miles a season.
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Old 05-03-2021, 12:33 PM   #2
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I've been told that absent high mileage / tread wear and/or high UV exposure, tires should be replaced every five years. I am in the process of replacing the OEM tires on my 2016 Classic. 43,000 miles. Tread still good, just want to stay disciplined on the 5 year guidance. Replacing the 16" Michelin Defender LTX M/S with new Michelin Agilis CrossClimate. The Defender LTX M/S is no longer available in the required size. Importantly, I will also ensure that each wheel has a metal tire stem as I learned that lesson the hard way.
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Old 05-03-2021, 12:49 PM   #3
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I think you will be fine. A TPMS would be nice for peace of mind.
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Old 05-03-2021, 01:24 PM   #4
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try to replace tires every 5-6 years regardless of low mileage. sooner if you have very high mileage on th AS

tires get harder over time, especially in heat and sun.

thus, even if there is plenty of tread, the tire may no longer be flexible
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Old 05-03-2021, 01:29 PM   #5
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I think you can get another year out of them, esp if they are "E" rated tires.
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Old 05-04-2021, 04:22 AM   #6
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Thank you so much for everyone’s help. Nice to have experienced Airstream’s input.
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I didn't see this mentioned but tires have a date code molded into the sidewall.

Example 1017 Oct 2017
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Old 05-04-2021, 05:56 AM   #8
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I would check the date code. If the tires were made in 2017 I would just replace them now. It is a fairly small cost to replace at 4 years instead of 5 and it gives me peace of mind.
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:40 AM   #9
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I would check the date code. If the tires were made in 2017 I would just replace them now. It is a fairly small cost to replace at 4 years instead of 5 and it gives me peace of mind.
Excellent point.
Just because your trailer is a 2018 doesn't mean your tires are 2018's.
Check the date code.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:22 AM   #10
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We have the original tires on our 2018 Classic. The miles on them totals approximately 25,600. Tread is good and there are no cracks. The wear is even. Are we good for another season? We average between 7000 & 8000 miles a season.
We are switching our tires right now. We have approx. 50K miles on the originals (2017). The current Goodyears look fine, but they are five years old.

We have a major cross country trip coming up so rather than take a chance, we are installing new Goodyear Endurance tires.
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GCinSC2 - calibrate your guidance. October 2017 is not 1017. First two digits are the week manufactured. You are correct that the last two digits are the year. For example I am purchasing new tires for our AS - XPS Ribs by Michelin. Mfg date of one Of the four tires was 3620 - which is sometime in Sep20. I informed the dealer it needed to be replaced since it was over six months old. He re-ordered and the replacement tire is dated 4520.
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GCinSC2 - calibrate your guidance. October 2017 is not 1017. First two digits are the week manufactured. You are correct that the last two digits are the year. For example I am purchasing new tires for our AS - XPS Ribs by Michelin. Mfg date of one Of the four tires was 3620 - which is sometime in Sep20. I informed the dealer it needed to be replaced since it was over six months old. He re-ordered and the replacement tire is dated 4520.
superChop,

You caught me! Fair and square. I looked and my post was 6:34 AM 1st coffee still being sipped.

And now from Mr. Bibb himself:

https://www.michelinb2b.com/wps/b2bc...e_RV_Tires.pdf

Thanks,

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Two other things to consider

1) Your spare! Even "unused" they do age out as well. (At the very least, check your air pressure) There is nothing worse the really needing it...and it fails!

2) Michelin Advantage - All WBCCI members now can enroll (free) in the Michelin Advantage program where you'll need to set up an account (including a credit card). They you can shop all Michelin tires (RV, car, boat, truck) and they'll quote you your cost. You'll have to find a dealer who participates in the program (many do) and the tire shop will still charge you for mounting & balancing + related fees, but MOST of the time the savings are substantial! (Obviously confirm prior). When you are ready, go to the dealer and tell them you are ordering under the program (they'll bill your credit card) and you are good to go!
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I think you will be fine. A TPMS would be nice for peace of mind.
Totally agree, with a TPMS
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Old 05-06-2021, 02:06 PM   #15
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I apologize but I’ve been searching how to register with Michelin per the partnership mentioned. Can someone help?
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Tires manufactured in 2017 are barely four years old now and shouldn't need replacement due to age. Replace age five or six, especially if you now have Michelin's.
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Old 05-06-2021, 03:34 PM   #17
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New Goodyear Endurance

Just replaced my 6 yo Michelin’s with Goodyear Endurance. Hated to since they looked almost new. Didn’t want to take the chance on my trip to New Mexico in August.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:56 PM   #18
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What brand and model are the tires? If Goodyear Marathons, I’d replace them.

You’ll need 16” rims/wheels for the Michelins.

I purchased GY Endurance tires on March 31, 2021, and the manufacture date was February of 2021 IIRC.
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I apologize but I’ve been searching how to register with Michelin per the partnership mentioned. Can someone help?
You must be an Airstream Club member to get the Michelin Advantage Program rates for Michelin, BF Goodrich, and Uniroyal tires. All the information and signup procedures can be found on the AirstreamClub.org site as well as how to identify your closest installer once you become a registered member.

The program's price per tire beats the best TireRack offers by quite a margin.
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We are switching our tires right now. We have approx. 50K miles on the originals (2017). The current Goodyears look fine, but they are five years old.



We have a major cross country trip coming up so rather than take a chance, we are installing new Goodyear Endurance tires.


I just last week I did the same, tires don’t improve with age like a fine wine does. Think about TPMS especially if you’re a single axle also replace the spare.
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