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N-and-M

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We are first-time RVers and have owned our 2004 Class A Winnebago motorhome for less than a year. We've taken a couple of trips and are planning another one this month. Such fun!

Anyway, the MH currently has around 34,000 miles on it. The tire tread appears to be in decent shape; however, we don't know if these are the original tires. If they are, should we be concerned about their age even though the tread appears to be OK?

Thanks for any feedback you can offer.

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The short answer is:

YES

Explanation:
Elastomers and adhesives (what tires are assembled with..) have a very limited life. Many people say five years, none say more than ten. Your coach is more than five and near ten.

If it were mine, I'd get a complete new set.
I don't know how you drive or where you are planning to go, but at least replacing the steering set with new would be a good start.

When you do buy tires, check the date code. Don't let them sell you nay old stuff. They should be able to order some that are less than a few months old. Some years back I had a brand new tire blowout while driving. It did substantial damage to the body of a collector grade classic. We found out that the tire was over five years old when it was mounted.

With our current classic/antique coach, we work a plan to replace tires in rotation so we only have to buy tires two at a time three out of every five years. It has worked so far.

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First you need to determine the tire's age(s). Check sidewall for an inscribed DOT number in a box that has 4 digits XXXX at the end. First two are week of manufacture and last two are year, ie, 3607 is week 36 year 07. If in fact they are from 03 or 04 you are due for a new set of tires. Rule of thumb is 7-8 years.


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N-and-M wrote:

Thanks for the input. It basically confirms what we thought. We'll do a check on the dates tomorrow.

One more question -- any recommendations on brand?


I have used TOYO's for the last two sets I purchased. Price is good and I have been pleased with performance. HANKOOK also seems to be geeting some good reviews.

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I'm happy with the Hankook tires on our Southwind. I'll buy them again.

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Thanks for the input. It basically confirms what we thought. We'll do a check on the dates tomorrow.

One more question -- any recommendations on brand?

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If you look at FMCA it is well worth joining to get into their Michelin program for new tires.


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Have you weighed your coach and set the tire pressures according to the manufactures recommendations?

What brand tires are on there now?


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For general information on replacing tires see my note in my signature, below.


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just replaced a set of tires on a 99 pace arrow that in 07 when i bought it was told the tires were new....fount out they were made in 1998 dont know how i evern got across town without a blow out lol

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