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Posted: 03/13/21 06:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don’t know about Goodyear. Here is what Michelin says;

“A few milestones and tips:

Keep five years in mind

After five years or more in use, your tires should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional.

Ten years is a maximum

If the tires haven't been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tires. Even if they appear to be in usable condition and have not worn down to the tread wear indicator. This applies to spare tires as well.”

https://www.michelinman.com/howLongTireLast.html

I replaced mine at 9 years and still looked virtually new.

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b_pilot wrote:

I have a fifth wheel with Goodyear G614 G rated tires. They still have very good tread and still look good but they were made in the 19th week of 2014. I read that you can go between 6 to ten years. I know there will be many different opinions on this but I would like to hear some. Thanks.
I agree with 6 to 10 on those tires. Then it is just probability if it should fail. Not that 6 years is zero probability and 11th year is 100% failure. Could last 20+ years for all we know. I bought a used car once with two of the the original 30 year old tires and still drove it 6 months before replacement.

If you have TPMS I would be more inclined to stretch it a bit. Likewise any day even with new tires you can pick up something and lose pressure. And then I have lost the whole steel cap with no loss of pressure.

The damage to your RV can be significant as the tire comes apart.

Your call. Just be happy they all look great as that is the primary indicator that your alignment is good.

BTW typical ST tires are probably half the life at 3 to 5 years.


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The tires on trailers/5th wheels do not wear the same as automotive tires. It is very possible that the tire can look practically new after many years use, but it is recommended that they be replaced every 6-7 yrs. or could be subject to failure.

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A full set of tires is far cheaper than the damage one that blows out at speed can do.

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From what I’ve seen over the years is that trailer tires dry rot way before they where out.

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Michelle.S wrote:

I was running the GY 17.5" G114s and was hoping for 5 years, but one let loose at 4 1/2 years. Always run at correct pressure with the TST 507 TPMS and every thing was normal till BANG and rubber flying every where. Now running Sailun tires.


Good choice on the Sailuns . I’ll run mine for six years .

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I'm going to try to get 8 years out of my last almost 7 year old Michelin XPS Rib. (Michelin states replace after 10 years regardless of mileage) I lost one with a Wheel (!), and one to a Nail.
I'll let you know if this summer's travels prove me wrong....


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I just replaced mine at 5 years after watching a buddy have two blowouts on his 6 year old rubber. I suppose if they were Michelins maybe I'd go longer but the offshore **** they put on new trailers is just that. I rest a lot easier with a step up in load range, higher speed rating and new rubber. Well worth the $400 IMO.

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I got 9 years out of my XPS Ribs....until 1 blew out sitting in my driveway....no damage. I kept them covered, inflated a few PSI higher over the winter months, and applied 303 protectant quite often.


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I’ve never blown a tire but I change tires 5-6 years and watch the air pressure. I’m also careful concerning the brand of tire I buy. Too I store my trailer in an enclosed structure. Keeping tires out of sunlight helps a lot.


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