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Old 03-07-2014, 07:56 AM   #1
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When Do You Replace Your Tires?

Our camper is about three years old and has roughly 10k miles on the GY Marathons. If we decide to keep it another couple years I'm going to replace the tires now, before a problem forces me to while on the road.

So after hearing and reading of all the problems with tires of all kinds, but never having any myself, I'm wondering what practice others follow.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:20 AM   #2
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Just before I traded it in for a new one. Dooouughh!
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:54 AM   #3
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On our old TT I purchased tire replacement coverage from Discount Tire (in some places they are called America's Tire) for $10 per tire. Worth every penny. I had 5 blowouts in 3 years! They told me that with the warranty and assuming the tread is good they warrant the tires for up to 10 years from manufacture. This includes cracking, checking road hazards anything. The only thing they don't cover is if you wear them out. That won't happen on an RV tire! When I purchased our new Greyhawk I immediately purchased their plan for all 12 tires (6 winter snow tires and 6 summer tires).
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:10 PM   #4
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Craig, I check them before every use and after every use. Thats how I found that we had at least one bad tire, then when I was supposed to go to get new ones I found another one bad, then while there I found another one with a split on the inside of the tire.
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:35 AM   #5
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I change tires whenever there is any cracking, or signs of deterioration. I also look at the date codes on the tire and change at 7 years, regardless of what the tire and tread look like. Tires are cheap compared to accident were someone gets hurt.

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Old 03-08-2014, 12:58 PM   #6
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While there is no guarantee exactly how long a tire will last, I usually replace them 5 or (no later than) 6 years from the manufacture date stamp. I also "feel" comfortable that there is a reserve capacity of about 20% on our existing Marathons when our TT is at full loaded capacity. I also don't exceed the 65 mph speed rating and keep them properly inflated. Our previous, and much larger, SOB fiver had Marathons and when the TT was loaded, they had no reserve capacity so I didn't "feel" as safe and so replaced them with, what I thought was, a better tire.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:19 AM   #7
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5 years is the max I will go with tires, and they remain covered when off the road more than a week. Had two GY Marathons blow out while sitting in my driveway, so went with Maxxis and never looked back.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:08 AM   #8
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Seeing as I'm replacing the OEM tires on my 23B this year, the answer is 8 years.
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Thanks for all the replies, particularly troutslayer. I like lots of margin. I'm going to check to see what these Marathons are rated at.
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