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Ayden

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Posted: 06/21/05 05:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you haven't already. Check out this video from Michelin truck tire.

Caution: This link will take you directly to a streaming video page on Michelin trucks website. If you're on a dial up don't waste your time.

What Every Motorhome owner should know about their tires

This is not the one about what to do when your MH has a blow out.

It's 14 minutes long but well worth it if you care.

It covers:

-How to read date codes.
-How to read tire wear and aging. What to look for etc.
-How to determine when alignment or rotation is needed.
-How to rotate tires, including duallies and spare.
-How to weigh a MH on a platform or segmented scales, including tag axle, and toad.
-How to record axle weights.
-Where to look for public scales, including truck, storage and moving, gravel pit scales etc.
-Where to find load ratings, including GVWR, GAWR, GCWR, and CCC limitations.
-Where to find load ratings at drivers door, or MH closests.
-How to properly maintain and care for tires.

...just to name a few things.

I've only looked at Michelin truck and I must admit I'm very impressed w/ the knowledge they share w/ consumers and tells me how much they consider in RV tire design.

I learned some more than I thought I knew from here at RV.net, so I thought I'd share it if it had not been shared already.

I hope some of you find it helpful,

Ayden

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Posted: 06/21/05 11:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well there's obviously been quite a few views of the video. So did anyone learn anything new.

I learned about tire rotation. I thought is was not necessary for chassis w/ dualies. I never gave much thought to include the spare in a rotation process.

Does anyone out there actually rotate their tires and spare on a regular basis? If so how do you determine the best timing to rotate and include the spare in the process? I assume it's basically after every oil change or tranny service.

Me personally I was going to inspect my tires every trip for aging and some wear and then just replace all 6 tires after 4 years or the first sign of cracking on any one of them. All my tires have date codes their model year of my chassis (not MH) so I know that all of them will most likely wear and age at the same time unless a tire is seriously impacted by poor alignment and/or some object on the road, therefore shortening it's life span.

My motto so far, though expensive, is to change all tires if one tire needs to be replaced or maybe even repaired. There's just too much at stake (including steak).

Anyway, any thought's y'all have about tire rotation would be appreciated. I have a spare I might as well use it rather than the birds who perch and do their business on the tire cover protecting the spare.

Take care,

Ayden

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Posted: 06/22/05 06:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will never put enough wear on the tires before they have to be replaced due to age. No rotations for me.


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Posted: 06/22/05 07:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I learned when my tires were made [emoticon] (May, 2002)

Seriously, thanks for the link. You never can know too much about this stuff.

I also will probably not rotate since tire age will far outweigh my tread wear.

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steved28 wrote:

I learned when my tires were made [emoticon] (May, 2002)

Seriously, thanks for the link. You never can know too much about this stuff.

I also will probably not rotate since tire age will far outweigh my tread wear.

Steve


I agree...


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Posted: 06/24/05 05:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The biggest problem I have is where to find scales. I have not been able to locate any in the Richmond, VA area.


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In spite of what may be on the suggested site, Ford does not recommend rotating the rear duals...just the front once every 5,000 miles. I carry a spare and wheel but do not include it in rotation.


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I used to rotate tires. I do not now because my Alcoa's need to stay on the outside and the OEM steel wheels on the inside now. It is an interesting issue.

If the vehicle OEM recommends that you rotate tires, which can be beneficial in many ways, they can end up being liable if you do it wrong. There are more ways to rotate duals wrong than right. In particular if you get 2 different rolling diameter tires in the same dual set, the larger tire is working far too hard and can be dangerously overloaded.

I rotated my tires in such a way as to keep the diameters close or identical. This allowed me to take the tire out of the most abused position (inside dual) and put it into a spot where it did not get quite so much heat stress.

I think it is CRITICAL to rotate the spare into service with the fronts so it can see some use and get some plasticizer worked into it for longer life. This is a problem for me now since it is on an OEM steel wheel and my fronts are aluminum. I may actually buy one more aluminum front wheel to allow this.

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Posted: 06/24/05 03:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I only rotate front tires side to side. I never rotate the rear duals. This was recommended by Ford and by Michelin. I run 80 Lbs in the rears and 65 in the fronts and it rides soft and comfortable at those pressures.


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Michelin has good info, and great tires. My Itasca came with Firestone Steeltex tires, which fell apart like recaps with about 22,000 miles on them. I had one tire fall apart, and immediately bought six Michelins.


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