.........As hard as it is to do, RV tires should be replaced after five years, no matter where they were manufactured.
Nay, nay, sez me. ST tires may last three years. See my recent post entitled "Tires and Bugs." If you can get five years out of them you are fortunate indeed.
If you want to keep your short bed PU then you need to get an automatic slider unless you want to try to remember to slide a manual hitch if you get into a tight situation. I have the SuperGlide for my 5-1/2' short bed but it's very heavy (to remove/install) and more expensive than a non-sliding hitch. As others have said, you need to evaluate what your intended FW usage will be and purchase accordingly.
I've even done that with my very heavy SuperGlide hitch, about 250lbs. My rationale was that my 210lbs. and my wife's ***lbs. of weight is more than 250lbs. and is centered directly above my hitch pin when in bed, so the SuperGlide puts less stress on the rig. At least that's my rationale and I'm sticking to it.
quote - - " I had done a visual inspection and the tires had lots of tread. Now,"
In my eyes , that was your first mistake.... never run tires that sit prolonged periods without checking the air pressure . . I check mine before every trip...
Forgot to say that I did check the pressure; all were about 10lbs low and I aired them up to the max 65psi for those tires. Of course, it didn't make any difference because of the tire age.
Haven't posted for a long time and the FW wasn't used for a year and a half. Packed it up real quick for a short trip and blew out a tire within 30 miles. I had done a visual inspection and the tires had lots of tread. Now, having been vocal about ST tires being good for three years and questionable for the next two years then definitely needing to be changed out, I know better than to run on four year old tires. It took me more time to unwrap the separated tread off the axle than to change the tire itself, and fortunately a close by tire dealer had my size in stock. Of course, I didn't have the opportunity to shop around and try to find Maxxis and settled for four new Chinese tires, again. So anecdotally, I stand by my previous statements that ST tires are going to fail after three years regardless of their appearance, yada yada.
While the FW sat for a year and a half it became infested with palmetto bugs and biting ants. Didn't notice that until we were ready to go to bed and found the ants in our sheets, and saw scurrying bugs when we turned on the lights. Yuck; we had to do a quick shake out and spray before going to bed. Got back from our "short" trip and currently doing a complete clean, inspect, and bug bombing.