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Aug 19, 2014
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I was getting a quote today for a spare wheel to be fitted to our recently acquired motorhome and the chap advised us to replace all our tyres as they are 6 years old - nothing to do with tread wear, but he said they degrade internally.

is this true? If so my pocket money is going to take a hammering
 
Feb 24, 2013
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not long enough
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and just to be sure he is telling you right, you can check the manufactured date, shown as week / year in that order, this is a confusing example but made week 3 2004 (y)


another example
 
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they normally degrade with uv and if uv can get inside a tyre its a new one on me
I am sure that once you have left heel have them sold as part worn in a blink
 

scotjimland

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The 'chap ' was correct to advise new tyres.. at six years they are best replaced.. however, if there is no visible cracks on the side walls then there is no immediate urgency.. but I would still take the advice and replace as soon as you can afford them .. not worth risking a blow out .

degrading on the inside is a new one on me also..
 
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jdk62
Aug 19, 2014
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The tyres look in fab condition.... Lots of tread and not a mark on them......

Just feels unnatural to replace them.....

But for safety sake I guess I'd better....
 

Scout

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I changed my tyres this july they were 9years old
Ive had the van since it was 4 years old and kept a close check o the tyres. It was only this year that they showed any sign of craking on the sidewall and then it was only minor. I asked the fitters who changed the wheels what the tyres were like inside they were fine.
 

Badknee

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Inside, UV, naaaaaaaa.

Outside, stood in the sun all the time (no covers), UV! yes quite possibly.

No cracks, still supple, ( deflate it on purpose) 6 yrs mmmm, not sure.
 

jumar

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When you have experienced a blow out at 65mph on a Scottish motorway you do not take chances with tyre age/wear. Last year before leaving home checked my tyres and replaced the front two,about 50,000 miles done, the rear two looked good for another year or even two, they were 2008. The rear nearside Blew Apart, you may of seen tyre bits on motorways, well I contributed to this. After recovery, that's both the vehicle and myself I drove to Kwik Fit in Inverness and bought two for the rear.
My Hymer I bought last November in Spain had 43,000 km on the clock from new, original tyres still fitted Year 2006, the first thing I did was change ALL tyres, we had a lucky escape on the previous van, didn't want to chance my luck.
 

Techno

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I was getting a quote today for a spare wheel to be fitted to our recently acquired motorhome and the chap advised us to replace all our tyres as they are 6 years old - nothing to do with tread wear, but he said they degrade internally.

is this true? If so my pocket money is going to take a hammering
I would get a second opinion
 

Badknee

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Full timing for five years and loving it!
I do think that MH, caravan, trailer tyres are totally different from car, van, truck tyres as they are mostly stood standing in one position for most of the year with all the weight on a credit card size piece of the tyre.
 

gibbon

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I'm changing my front two before going "abroad" for possibly 3 months. About 7 years old but look fine with plenty of tread . Not M&S rated tho as the rear ones are.
Just don't want to get caught out if it gets nippy in a place where Johnny Foreigner stipulates summer only tyres are a no no.
From the research I've done and tyre people I've spoken to, if it looks good it most likely is. You can have a blow out on any tyre regardless of age.
Can't remember where I saw it now but I saw a Michelin advice post saying that up to 10 years was ok as long as they were in a "good condition".
To be honest, if I was touring the uk I wouldn't bother changing them.
 

Moodybrook

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I went to change mine, 6 year old, was advised they were in really good order, only 12,000 miles and not a crack in sight, he lifted the van and fully rotated and inspected both sides of each,(not internally) but said I'd be rash to change them, they had given me a great quote to change them too ! made a promise to call in again 2015 before I do my continental tour. I dread a high speed (well 60 - 65 anyway) blow out, so I am on the case !
 
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jdk62
Aug 19, 2014
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A new set of Continental Vanco tyres are circa £675 fitted..

I think I will keep what I have until early next year and then change them.

Now about the cost and palaver of getting a spare wheel fitted to the underside of the motorhome....
 
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