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Old 04-24-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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Tire question

I bought a 2012 Whitehawk used last year. Stored it for the winter beside the house. I got it out this afternoon to take it to the dealer for some service and while checking tire pressure I noticed cracking on three of the four tires.

These tires are three years old. Is this normal? Will RV tires only last 3 - 4 years?

I have to say, while the inside of our Whitehawk is great, I am not happy with the exterior issues. It is going in today for work on the front cap that has faded terribly. Last fall I had to take it in for rewiring of the harness because it was routed so the leaf springs smashed it.

Any advice on the tires and ways to prevent rot is appreciated!

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Old 04-24-2015, 10:58 PM   #2
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What is date code on tires? Could be 4 or 5 years old if originals. Start with a quality tire. Keep tires clean, and covered, and do NOT use tire dressings!

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Old 04-24-2015, 11:02 PM   #3
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Trailer tires dry out before they wear out. Oils get rotated though tires as they roll. Sitting, they do crack. Covering them does help some.

If I were buying new tires for my trailer, and I did last year after much research, I would once again buy Maxxis brand. Discount Tire and other stores can order them.

Be sure to have them balanced.

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Old 04-25-2015, 05:48 AM   #4
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Good advice so far. The date code often indicates that tires are 1-2 years old when mounted on a NEW trailer, so they could be a little older than your TT. Keep covered and clean. Put boards beneath them when stored. Grass and dirt promote rot. Concrete and white rock tend to draw the oils out of the rubber.

And always check tire pressure BEFORE you move the trailer. Make sure they are filled to the max PSI stated on the side of the tire, when they are cold and haven't moved for awhile.

And my opinion is they should be balanced.

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Old 04-26-2015, 07:12 AM   #5
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Since it is used you do not know how the previous owner cared for it.. or did not care for it... as for the tires always keep them covered when not rolling down the highway and never use a tire dressing on them..
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:36 AM   #6
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MY 2012 started shipping in the spring 2011. So the tire date code code easily be early 2011.

I change tires at 5 years from date code regardless of tread life remaining. 4 seems a bit short in your case, but as has mentioned who knows how the prior owner cared for it.
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:07 PM   #7
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What surface should I store it on. I live in town and can only park the TT beside the house which is grass. At the storage place I will either be parking on concrete or gravel surface. So I was thinking of getting some patio pavers for home and parking the TT on there during the camping season to keep them off the grass. What do you think?
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:38 PM   #8
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In 2012 we bought our White Hawk here in Florida. At that time I removed the 14" wheels and tries replacing them with 15" rims and Maxxis 8008 tires load range D. We left on a 3-month trip from Florida to Maine and back no problems. However upon getting back we learned from a friend that also had a 2012 White Hawk that he had been either blowing out tires or had odd wear problems and replaced all four times during one trip. He found out that in 2012 Jayco/Dexter put the wrong axels on the TT 2 3/4" tube when it should have been 3" tube axle. I called Dexter, who was great to deal with and they replaced the axels, brakes and drums at no cost. But we were still under warranty.
(See recall notice on this web site for details for wide stance failure)
So check your axels to be sure you have the correct ones. Also so far we have had no problems with our Maxxis tires and we always park the TT on a small concrete slab the length of the wheelbase next to the house. We also keep them covered in the Florida sun when not in use.
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:03 PM   #9
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There is a ton of opinions on tires, it's not all bad but it's impossible to sort out the information from opinion. I suggest you do some research on tires and tire rubber. Just google it and start reading. It might save you from spending money or energy for no real purpose.
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Old 04-27-2015, 05:41 AM   #10
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So from the OP's original question, if the tires show cracks, they should be replaced?

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