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Go for it, nothing will happen in 500 miles and 100 degree heat 0 0%
Play it safe and get a new tire on Monday 27 100.00%
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Old 07-01-2018, 04:08 PM   #1
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Another "what would you do?" question

Getting ready this morning to pack up and leave Cherry Hill Park for our 500 mile trip home when I notice the passenger front tire:
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So my dear internet friends: Do we risk it and proceed home, or do we stay and take it to a tire shop? (Note that we're already paid through tomorrow anyway here at the campground.)

Edit with more info: Coach is 4 years old so tires are at least that old (was planning on replacing them before next season anyway). The tire in question does get the most sunlight when in storage.
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Old 07-01-2018, 04:21 PM   #2
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I definitely wouldn't take that risk. I think you should replace the tire.

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Old 07-01-2018, 04:41 PM   #3
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To be clear we are going to a tire shop tomorrow, but what would be the point of a poll knowing the answer first LOL.
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:06 PM   #4
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To be clear we are going to a tire shop tomorrow, but what would be the point of a poll knowing the answer first LOL.
IF, you carry a spare, you could have that put on the front. Then you can shop for a complete set once you are home. Then, you won't potentially have one mismatch tire.
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:28 PM   #5
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There's two things that I don't mess with:

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I'd get that tire replaced A.S.A.P.
The potential for serious problems is just not worth it...
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:49 PM   #6
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Absolutely tire shop, probably replace at least the front tires, maybe all of them. I have had tires come apart on the road, it is not an enjoyable experience at all, and potentially very dangerous.
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All the other outside tires look ok. Will probably replace the front two. Will know more in the AM.

Carrying a spare would just mean I'd have to call someone to swap it out. Probably would be on the road today, though, if I had one.
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:17 PM   #8
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:45 PM   #9
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Looks can be very deceiving when it comes to tires. That is dry rot on the tire. I would assume that all of those tires were made on the same date. weather is hot out highway is hotter change them all they are probably rotted on the inside
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Old 07-01-2018, 08:45 PM   #10
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Yep, dry rot on tire. Very good reason to keep your tires clean and covered in storage, along with a tire dressing to protect rubber.
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Check for any warranty coverage. Some tire warranties are for 6 years, prorated on tread wear.
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:34 AM   #12
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You have to go with your gut, but in my 20 years of motorhome driving all my flats occured on tires that had no checking.
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:48 AM   #13
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I'd replace it.

Jamie- you keep your RV covered, right? Do you also use tire covers?
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:16 AM   #14
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Only covered in winter. Tires aren't covered, however they are shaded by the RVs on either side in the storage lot--except this one.
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Old 07-02-2018, 12:27 PM   #15
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I think Jamie knows the answer and is deciding on which card gives him the most "cash back bonus". Also, storing tires on grass or dirt for extended periods will do more dry rot damage than the sun ever will. Enjoy the peace of mind with those new tires today.
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Old 07-02-2018, 12:35 PM   #16
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LOL yup getting all 6 as I type. Great tire place here in DC: D & D Tires recommended by Cherry Hill Park.
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Epilogue: No issues for the 500 mile trip home with new tires--even rode a lot better with the new sneakers.
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Wanna get a complete new rebuild on the camper...put new tires on her or give her a good bath.
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Epilogue: No issues for the 500 mile trip home with new tires--even rode a lot better with the new sneakers.
Now THAT'S what we like to hear!!
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Old 07-03-2018, 12:59 PM   #20
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Carrying a spare would just mean I'd have to call someone to swap it out. Probably would be on the road today, though, if I had one.
For what itís worth after the fact, replacing a front tire on an E-Series is easy as long as you are not too old and or have physical limitations, which I assume you donít since you added manual stabilizer jacks.

Iíve done mine (both Class C and van) many times; mostly for maintenance. Itís not that much harder than a car tire, just takes longer. Jack is very easy to use, and you have 8 lugs instead of 5. If parked on fairly level pavement or concrete, it shouldnít take more than twice as long as a car tire.


By the way, buying new tires was the right thing to do. When I had a blow out last year on much older tires, the inner layers of tire appeared a lot worse than the outer that could be seen. Granted, some of the cracking seen on this picture may have occurred while rolling to a stop from Interstate speed.
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