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Old 04-20-2018, 05:02 PM   #1
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I noticed cracks in the sidewalls while doing my spring cleaning. My question are these just cosmetic or an indication the tires need to be replaced. I see it on all the tires. The tires are 4 1/2 years old, about 20k miles. I know you typically replace tires on rvís before all of the tread is gone. But 4+ years seems short. The tires are not covered in the winter.

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Old 04-20-2018, 05:04 PM   #2
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I would replace them.
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I'd replace those as well... I've always been told that "RV tires generally don't wear out, they time out" and that five years was the replacement schedule for tires.
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Definitelyyyyyy. Replaceeeeee.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:43 PM   #7
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The pictured tires are unsafe. 5-10 years are max exactly because of the condition shown. 10 years is rare and only attained with meticulous care.
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Michelin had some issues. I would check with a reputable dealer about possible recall. Ymmv
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I'd replace those as well... I've always been told that "RV tires generally don't wear out, they time out" and that five years was the replacement schedule for tires.
X2 KEEP THEM COVERED when not in use... occasionally spray with 303 to add a year or two...
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I noticed cracks in the sidewalls while doing my spring cleaning. My question are these just cosmetic or an indication the tires need to be replaced. I see it on all the tires. The tires are 4 1/2 years old, about 20k miles. I know you typically replace tires on rvís before all of the tread is gone. But 4+ years seems short. The tires are not covered in the winter.

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What is the date code on the tires?
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The date code is the 4 digit code at the end of the tire serial number. The first two digits are the week that they were manufactured and the second two are the year. For example a date code of 1313 would mean that the tire was manufactured in the 13th week of 2013. More than likely the tires are a year or two older than the 4.5 years that you've had them.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:50 PM   #12
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0513. So they are less than 5 years old. Looked at my tire warranty and Michelin says you should get 6 years out of a tire. I got a claim with Michelin will get the tires inspected to see if they should be replaced. Maybe they will give me something towards a new set. Not sure if I would want to buy another set of Michelinís though.
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I had the same cracking on the truck OEM Michelins in 2015 on our 2010 Dodge. I can't find the paperwork but Michelin gave us somewhere around $150 a tire so you will definitely get something from them. They know those tires had issues.
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I had the same cracking on the truck OEM Michelins in 2015 on our 2010 Dodge. I can't find the paperwork but Michelin gave us somewhere around $150 a tire so you will definitely get something from them. They know those tires had issues.



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0513. So they are less than 5 years old. Looked at my tire warranty and Michelin says you should get 6 years out of a tire. I got a claim with Michelin will get the tires inspected to see if they should be replaced. Maybe they will give me something towards a new set. Not sure if I would want to buy another set of Michelinís though.
0513 means they are older then 5 years old. If they were mine, they would have already been replaced.
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0513. So they are less than 5 years old. Looked at my tire warranty and Michelin says you should get 6 years out of a tire. I got a claim with Michelin will get the tires inspected to see if they should be replaced. Maybe they will give me something towards a new set. Not sure if I would want to buy another set of Michelin’s though.
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0513 means they are older then 5 years old. If they were mine, they would have already been replaced.
0513 designates a manufacture date of week 1 in Feburary 2013.

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0513 means they were manufactured January or February of 2013. Fifth week.
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0513 means they were manufactured January or February of 2013. Fifth week.
You are absolutely correct.
My apologies for jumping in without a clear head.

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You are absolutely correct.
My apologies for jumping in without a clear head.

Mods, I'm going to edit my post.
No problem. Easy mistake to make.
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These tires are so close to the five year mark...

Isn't that kinda' like eating all of a Quarter Pounder w/cheeze down to the last bite, then taking it to the counter and telling them something is wrong with it?



Edited...if those tires are code dated 0513, that means they are over five years old as that puts them at the first week of February, 2013.
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