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Old 09-11-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
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When Do You Replace Tires?

I'm "fixin" to do that after three and a half years and 12,000 miles. I'm sure they'd go longer, but for as long as I plan on keeping this TT, I'll have to do it before I sell it. Might as well get some miles out of them.

I'd run a poll if I knew how. Mod?
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:59 PM   #2
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With car tires you have them inspected after 6 and replaced no matter what the tread is like by 10 years.

Heard people say you should replace trailer tires more often but not sure why.
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With car tires you have them inspected after 6 and replaced no matter what the tread is like by 10 years.

Heard people say you should replace trailer tires more often but not sure why.
Thanks, but I'm just interested in STs. As for six years, we put miles on our vehicles, except for the F350, and seldom get over three or so years.
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I replaced the tires on our 2008 Eagle 328RLS last summer. I took the trailer in to have it inspected and the wheel bearing repacked and the mechanic brought to my attention cracking in the side walls. Tread wear from high miles is usually pretty obvious to see. The cracks that begin to occur over the years due to the tire breaking down from UV rays are not quite as obvious.
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SILVERADO, you made a point I overlooked in my post. Although the tires are under cover when we are at home, they do spend time outside at our high altitude and strong sun. It's a small factor in my concern, but it is a factor.
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:02 PM   #6
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ceKKK you should be able to get 4 or 5 years on the stock tires if they have tread and no sidewall checks. My brother in law has the same trailer as you and had a blow out at 4 years. He was not real good about checking the tire pressure before a trip.
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Craig we had a little over 3 years on our tires. What caught my eye was the center tread was about 1/4 inch lower than the outside tread. Air pressure was right on. When I went down to have the tires changed they found that the sidewall was splitting on one of the other tires and found another tire with the center tread lower also. The guys at Apache tire told me that I may have gotten a few more miles out of them. The tires I have now have 80 psi in them and it seems the trailer pulls better.
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Ernie, my tread is wearing evenly and I'm pretty good about air pressure.

Clutch, four years is almost exactly 1000 miles away, one 200 mile trip this weekend and 800 when we head south. Our return will be in the 4th year. Our rig is pretty heavy with our stuff, so there's not a whole lot of cushion re load rating. And in order to avoid damage in case of a failure I'm pretty much convinced now is the time to replace. As I said before, our plan (vague as it is) would have us keep it long enough so replacement would be necessary before a trade, so best get some of those new tire miles under our ownership, not just the next guy.

Now, what brand: Carlisle, Goodyear, Maxxis?

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I will not go past 4 years from manufacturer date on ST tires. Don't have to worry about this on Auto tires because they wear out within 4 years. UV and Ozone degrade your tires. Since most RV's run tires at max or close to max load/load range it's important to understand that time derates your tires based upon UV and Ozone exposure and you can't fix or prevent the Ozone part of the equation.
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Everything I've read suggests no more than 6 years regardless of appearance. They deteriorate from the inside. I did replace one set after only 3 years due to side wall cracking, but I've also had sets for 6 years that looked like new.
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