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Old 06-13-2016, 10:53 PM   #1
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Yes another tire update

So I survived with my so called China bombs for 5345 miles and they were two years old the code date on my tires was 21614 (February 16 2014 ) so before we were to leave on our next trip to cape hatters nc I inspected my 225/75/r15 load range d and found slight gouges on two of the tires so off to discount tire,put on 4 Carlisle 225/75 r15 e range. And what a difference the trailer has little to no sway. After spending a ton of money on a camper the last thing that anyone should have to do is change out the tires for safer or even stronger ones. What really surprised me is my neighbor who is in his early sixties just bought a used 2008 puma from camping world. He was so excited to show me the great deal he got. Upon looking it over I noticed how shiny and new the tires looked ( must have used a gallon of tire dressing per tire) getting down on my hands and knees I could see the sever dry rot then I decoded the tires and yep 3/22/07 8 years old . He called camper world and was told that the tires passed their inspection. 😡 so now he's will be off to discount tire.







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Old 06-13-2016, 11:33 PM   #2
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There is a very suitable Greek phrase that comes to mind when I think of buying a used camper...especially from cw..."Caveat Emptor"

Someone will be along shortly to interpret...

Were it me, I would drag that camper back to cw and ask the manager how dry rot could ever pass an inspection. If nothing else, I would get a measure of satisfaction. What you describe is a fraud on the customer. Were the fellow to have a blowout and someone was hurt or worse as a direct result of bad tires, the old fellows insurance co's lawyers would be very interested.
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:08 PM   #3
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So I survived with my so called China bombs for 5345 miles and they were two years old the code date on my tires was 21614 (February 16 2014 ) so before we were to leave on our next trip to cape hatters nc I inspected my 225/75/r15 load range d and found slight gouges on two of the tires so off to discount tire,put on 4 Carlisle 225/75 r15 e range. And what a difference the trailer has little to no sway. After spending a ton of money on a camper the last thing that anyone should have to do is change out the tires for safer or even stronger ones. What really surprised me is my neighbor who is in his early sixties just bought a used 2008 puma from camping world. He was so excited to show me the great deal he got. Upon looking it over I noticed how shiny and new the tires looked ( must have used a gallon of tire dressing per tire) getting down on my hands and knees I could see the sever dry rot then I decoded the tires and yep 3/22/07 8 years old . He called camper world and was told that the tires passed their inspection. �� so now he's will be off to discount tire.
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Wonder what would happen if he wrote out a short statement such as. "The tires on RV xxxxx with VIN were inspected by ____________ and found to be in acceptable condition and safe to use for at least the rest of the 2016 camping season as long as weight and inflation are maintained per specification."

Will buy you a coffee if they would be willing to sign such. If they are not willing then it begs the question of what does CW mean when they say the tires on a used RV are "OK". One would think they must have a written guide and policy on that topic.


Might also check with a tire dealer, other than CW and ask for a inspection. I hear Discount Tire offers tire insurance on used tires so they must have a clear policy on inspection.
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Old 06-15-2016, 12:01 AM   #5
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Sad thing is those 9 year old tires, dry rot and all are still probably better than todays brand new china bombs...

I have a friend that just picked up an older TT for his hunting camp. I noticed the tires were 8 years old and showed signs of dry rot. Also, they were at 30 PSI when he got it home 50 miles later! They were made in USA.
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There is a very suitable Greek phrase that comes to mind when I think of buying a used camper...especially from cw..."Caveat Emptor"

Someone will be along shortly to interpret...

Were it me, I would drag that camper back to cw and ask the manager how dry rot could ever pass an inspection. If nothing else, I would get a measure of satisfaction. What you describe is a fraud on the customer. Were the fellow to have a blowout and someone was hurt or worse as a direct result of bad tires, the old fellows insurance co's lawyers would be very interested.
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Old 06-15-2016, 04:54 PM   #7
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When I order tires from my tire dealer, I always tell them if the date code on them is over 6 mths old, I will not accept them. If they don't tell the warehouse to send new ones, you will get the ones that have been sitting around.
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Old 06-15-2016, 05:02 PM   #8
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A 2014 tire should have only a 4 digit date code. Before the year 2000 it was 3 digit code if I am not mistaken. But then again I'm not a tire expert.
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I think that the op tire code is for the 16th week of 2014. . .
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