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Old 01-15-2018
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How many of our members put new tires on every 5 yrs or less? Give scenarios like mileage, stored inside or outside, use covers etc.
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On my 88FC I rotated out the front twice in 10 years and the drive axle only once. The bus was stored inside or under cover the whole time when not on the road. We put nearly 100K on it in the 10+ years of ownership. Running with Centramatics the last 5+ years front & rear.
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I just pulled 4 year old steers, but they were Chinese. No problems, just wanted China off my steers. Replaced with Dunlop SP345's Made in USA.
The take -offs are available cheap in the for sale section and would make great spare or drive/tag tires
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Tires may look good, but never exceed usable date codes, especially on the front.
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Tires may look good, but never exceed usable date codes, especially on the front.
What would useable date codes be?
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I put the new ones on the steer axle and then move them back to the tags as I get new ones. I do park on rubber mats and cover them also, but 7 years on the tags was the most I ever tried to push them. I usually replace them at 5 years or make spares out of them.

This is the battery year, so I have to replace all of them.
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Every 5 years I put new steer tires on and put the old ones on the tags. Every 10 years I replace the drives. I keep the bus parked on rubber mats in the garage, when not in use. So there is no contact with sun or concrete when in storage. I think my rotation method is about the max. I would consider.
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I replace the steer every 2- 3 years and move these to the rear. rear, ends up being max or 6 to 7, or less. Spare will be the oldest, max 8-10

My thought, the front gets more load in extreme stops and cornering, and pose the most risk.
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What would useable date codes be?
once over 7 years old you start "gambling" I try to replace all mine every 7-8 years but I lean towards 7. The rotation many here have mentioned is a great way to spread out the costs. I don't have tags so I like keeping my my axles all similar so I typically don't rotate anymore. So if you see a data code of 0410 or later it's time to start shopping!

0410 = 4th week of 2010, if you see a 3 digit date code do not drive the coach! They switched to 4 digits in after 2000.
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I am not trying to start a war. I am on my 17th RV, over a 50 year period, and here is what I know.

If you have a choice buy the Michelin tires that are made in Spain. They are 18 ply instead of 16 and the side wall is either 1 or 2 plies thicker. I am on my second set and using Michelin's photographs of tire cracks, and when to replace, I got 9 years out of the first set.

If you know a trucker, ask him about the 18 ply tires. I have talked to several and it is the only tire they buy.

https://www.michelinman.com/US/en/help/do-I-need-new-tires.html#tab-3

"2- 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."
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