"It is important to take into account Original Equipment tires are mounted on wheels and put into service right after being received by vehicle manufacturers, so their calendar age begins immediately. However the same cannot be said of tires properly stored in a tire manufacturers' warehouse or in Tire Rack distribution centers before they go into service. Properly stored tires that are protected from the elements and not mounted on a wheel age very slowly before they are mounted and put into service."
2005 Pace Arrow 36D
Very Understanding Wife
What part of this changing market do people not understand. The tire manufacturers have a back log of inventory and are not going to have any production runs until the inventory drops to an appropriate level. You may get lucky and find a manufacturer that has just run your size tire but you may not find the tire brand you want with a recent date code. The dealers are also now being told that their inventory is what they are getting until over all inventory levels drop. Tire manufacturers are also moving inventory between warehouses so the retailers are going to get what they get. Keep shopping. You may get lucky.
The problem is you do not drive your RV enough. I have yet to look at the date code on any of the Firestones I bought. Its a non issue. First of all, if you drive your RV regularly the tires do not age all that fast. My oldest pair are going on 6 years, and are nearly worn out. I may replace then sometime this summer. But even so, if the tires are used regularly, the age limit for the most part does not apply.
You have small tires, I recall 16's. 19.5" and (especially) 22.5" truck tires last a LONG time. The drive tires (295/75R22.5) on my truck at work have 137,000 miles and about half their tread. I suspect they will have legal tread past the 250,000 mile mark.
Interesting, didn't realize they last that long.
LOL! That is why you see all that rubber on highways and freeways from tires blowing up. Big trucks leave them alligators all over our freeways.
Not caps...they are OEM Bridgestone M726 traction tires. A Bandag or GY cap can easily wind up 200,000 miles on an OTR truck.
John and Elizabeth (Liz), with 3 nutty cats
My beloved St. Bernard, Marm, lost him 1/2/12
1992 International Genesis school bus conversion
The tire date debate reminds me of years ago...Remember when expiration dates on food began? A gallon of milk which had always been drank as long as it didn't smell spoiled now all of a sudden is dumped down the drain because today is it's due date. A loaf of bread was used until it got moldy, now it's tossed out on the due date. This was all back in the day when folks had no issues with drinking tap water..lol
You can check with your local tire shop if they would be willing to install if you purchase a "new" set online and have them shipped there. Yes, you will have to pay whatever they will charge you for installation, but then you're getting what you want and not just what they have in stock.