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Old 04-03-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
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Please help... my trailer is only 3 yrs old and i have noticed that the tires are already dry-rotting. Is this normal??? Still plenty of tread life but one of the tires is split open on the sidewall that a quarter will fit is the gap!! I have no choice as to replace all 4 but was wondering if this is a normal problem or did my trailer just have a bad batch of tires on it?? Thanks in advance for any info.. THE ROOKIECAMPER!!!

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Old 04-03-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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It may not be normal, but it isn't uncommon either. What is the date of manufacture for the tires (it is on the sidewall)? It is not uncommon for tires on a new trailer to already be 2 years old when you purchase it as they are purchased in bulk and sit in inventory before they are used.

I replaced the tires on our fifth wheel last year. They were 4 years old from purchase date, but 5 1/2 from manufacture date. Tread was still in good condition, but like yours the sidewalls were developing cracks.


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Old 04-03-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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Not uncommon at all if you don't cover them. I learned that the hard way with my old trailer. U/V light accelerates the dry rot

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Old 04-03-2011, 07:42 PM   #4
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Mine looked good at 4yr. Then two of them failed within 200 miles of each other. When the first failed I didn't notice until someone pulled along side pointing to the trailer. There wasn't anything left but the cord. Managed to find a tire store and replaced it and one on the other. Ant 2hr later had another have the tread peal off. Damage was 5k+ damage. Now I don't care what they look like, I replace every 3.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:37 PM   #5
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Bought my TT new off the dealer lot 13 months ago. My tires are already dry-roting as well! DW is very pleased to have to spend $$$ on something like this so soon after purchasing....
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:36 AM   #6
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My tires were a year old when they were put on the camper at manufacture; I replaced them at 13 months of ownership due to a blowout on one tire and they all were showing signs of sidewall dryrot cracking due to exposure to the elements (possibly during storage as well as 2 months in Key West).

I believe they were improperly made (maybe insufficient solvents); but did not want another set from the same manufacturer; so I replaced them.

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Old 04-04-2011, 07:30 AM   #7
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Have a read of a post I made some time back.


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