Just wanted to update this thread with some info, and get some opinions. First of all this question came up:
Originally Posted by caper
Plus if you are given $20 per tire feel yourself lucky. Tires are not usually covered under warranty. They are subject to wear and if not covered to weather checking (cracks). If you did not keep the tires covered when not traveling and did not have the wheels on wood to keep them off the ground you might not be covered under warranty.
The good news; Forest River is sending me 3 new tires to replace the old ones.
The bad news; the tires likely won't be here for a couple of weeks, and I have a camping trip planned for next weekend. So this is where I am hoping to get some opinions. Basically I have a couple of options while I wait for the tires:
1) Rotate my existing tires. Right now the worst tire is the passenger side tire. Driver's side is not as bad, and the spare is still in great shape (as mentioned earlier.) I was thinking I could move the "not bad" tire over to the passenger side, and then put the spare on the driver's side. My thinking was that if there is a blow out; it would be better for the passenger tire to go.
2) Do as above, and try to borrow another spare just so I have it in case it is needed.
3) Spend $60 on a mis-matched (but still bias ply) tire for this trip.
The campground we are going to is 60 km (40 miles) from my house; so this trip will only be 120 km round trip at the very most. It is also worth noting that the tires didn't show any additional cracking since I first noticed the issue, and that is with putting 200 km on them. (I noticed the issue when buying gas on our way out for our April camping trip.)
And temperatures next weekend should be in the teens (or 60's F).