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Old 11-24-2015, 11:18 AM   #1
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Tire Date Codes

I am patiently waiting for the chance to buy a used, 2008 or so, Seneca. My question is- of the type of tires found on them, are the date codes the same for all tire manufacturers? Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:40 AM   #2
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Yes, it's a DOT mandated format.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=11
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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I am patiently waiting for the chance to buy a used, 2008 or so, Seneca. My question is- of the type of tires found on them, are the date codes the same for all tire manufacturers? Thanks in advance.
Probably Michelin's unless the owner changed brands. Highly recommend Mchelin XZE gives you a great ride.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:43 AM   #4
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I believe the date codes are only molded on one side. If you can't find them look on backside.
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I believe the date codes are only molded on one side. If you can't find them look on backside.
that's correct. Always seem to be on the inside but I don't think it matters.
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norty1, agree how mounted doesn't matter. I'm guessing that tatanka may not have found a date code he recognized because he only looked at outside of tire. Before I found this little tidbit re truck tires I couldn't find the date code either.
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:34 PM   #7
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So far, on every rv that I have done an extended warranty inspection on, the tires were 6 or 7 years beyond the DOT code. Just an interesting factoid, which is probably why the general consensus from the threads I have read is that if you buy used you usually can expect to have to replace the tires immediately...assuming you are safety conscious and tend not to push the safety edge and tend to have spent time learning the less obvious things about your rv.

I would speculate than new rv owners who did not own an rv before, often have low maintenance knowledge except for those items of more auto common knowledge, like an oil change. Water heaters are a good example of out of sight, out of mind, commonly neglected items that are not on an auto.

And then you have the if it isn't broke don't fix it, if it isn't flat or you didn't have a blow out, don't change it crowd.
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