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Old 05-18-2016, 10:55 AM   #1
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21 year old Tires !!!!

I wouldn't have believed it unless I saw for myself, but it is true.

My neighbor recently returned from a trip to Palm Desert (and more) over 4 weeks covering 4,000 miles.

3 of the tires on his 5th wheel were 21 years old!
1 tire was 8 years old!
The spare was new.

** He experienced "NO" tire issues on the trip **

The three 21 year old tires were Good Year Marathons (Made in Canada...
which they no longer make in Canada).
The other one was a China brand (can't recall the brand).

I tried to be supportive , before he left on the trip, by cautioning the dangers of 'tire age' but this was to be his last trip with this 5th wheel and he didn't want to spend any money on tires....besides..."they looked good to him".

The only thing that I can rationalize is that tires that were made 20 years ago were manufactured to last, unlike the "China Bombs" we see being sold now.

I only posted this information for interest sake. I do not advocate the use of 'old' out-dated-tires or tires in poor condition.

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Old 05-18-2016, 12:45 PM   #2
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With that type of luck, he needed to head to Vegas the day after he got home!
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:53 AM   #3
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It has been said before that tires do not fail simply due to calendar age.

The age of a tire is a reasonable predictor of the probable condition of the internal structure of a tire just as smoking a pack a day for 20 years is a reasonable predictor of the probability of developing lung cancer. There are exceptions and sometime we simply do not know the reason as we do not have access to all the facts and information.

If we look at a normal distribution curve, where would you draw the line for the probability of having a tire fail? If right end is no failure and ;eft end is 100% probable.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:00 AM   #4
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Did you get a "See, told you those tires would be fine!" from him?
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:18 AM   #5
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Thanks 'Tireman9'......
Interesting what you had to say.
I am the belief that the cut backs in quality and materials tires are made of today may be the reason for so many failures .... just like I think that the 21 year old tires lasted was because they were made of better materials.

'DreiHunde'......
No..... I didn't hear 'that' from him.
We are close neighbors and we count on each other when we are away from our homes etc.
I really didn't want to ruffle any feathers so I didn't push too hard about the age of the tires.

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Old 05-23-2016, 12:01 PM   #6
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Thanks 'Tireman9'......
Interesting what you had to say.
I am the belief that the cut backs in quality and materials tires are made of today may be the reason for so many failures .... just like I think that the 21 year old tires lasted was because they were made of better materials.

'DreiHunde'......
No..... I didn't hear 'that' from him.
We are close neighbors and we count on each other when we are away from our homes etc.
I really didn't want to ruffle any feathers so I didn't push too hard about the age of the tires.

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It's always nice to have someone to count on to help out when needed!!!
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