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Old 01-09-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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New tires and questions

I want to get new tires for my trailer, have the wheels packed, but am unsure where to go. I can go to the tire store around the corner that I've used for a long time. They have the tires I want, and they do other work, so I THINK they could do the work.

But...

I COULD take the trailer to a local RV place, have them install the tires, do the wheels. They could also (hopefully!) check out the systems and trailer, see if everything is all right, maybe install those LED lights I'd like to get.

The problem is, I have not done ANY business with any of the RV places around, have no idea if they're any good or not, no idea if they know anything about FGRV's.

Anyone have a favorite place to get your Scamp worked on in the St Louis area?

Mon
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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If you know your tire place-use them. Mounting tires and packing wheel bearings can be done at most tire places. RV places will most times charge more for the same service.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:16 AM   #3
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Choose a place that does lots of tires. The biggest issue with trailer tires is age and you want the newest and freshest models from the factory. Hopefully a place that does lots of tires, especially trailer tires will not have anything over a year old.

It is also not a bad idea to have the seller pull the tires for you and confirm the manufacture date.
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I want to get new tires for my trailer, have the wheels packed, but am unsure where to go. I can go to the tire store around the corner that I've used for a long time. They have the tires I want, and they do other work, so I THINK they could do the work.
I think you've been very wise in using the same provider of such an important safety item for your other vehicles and should continue to trust them to perform that service for your trailer. Tires/wheels are critical safety components on any vehicle, and I consider them to be worthy of being provided by specialists in the field.

Per your other miscellanea:

Except for the fiberglass shell itself, your trailer is like any other RV. Checking interior components/exterior lights etc. out is within the purview of any RV service department.

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:40 AM   #5
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I would for sure use your local tire shop. My experience with dealers is $85 per hour, replaced un-needed water pump, never even looked at the door hinges which is what I took it there for. Hundreds of $$ later, my door still sags.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:23 AM   #6
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I have a small repair shop that works on my truck and he told me that he would be glad to do my wheel bearings. He said would be around $50-$80 , and I think that is reasonable. He also has a camper, stored at his shop. He has expressed interest in getting something that isn't a pop-up and I am happy to show him my trailer. As far as tires I alway leave that to the tire experts. I like working with a dealer that is a national company, as then if I have problems they can take care of it, where ever I'm i this beautiful country.
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Choose a place that does lots of tires. The biggest issue with trailer tires is age and you want the newest and freshest models from the factory. Hopefully a place that does lots of tires, especially trailer tires will not have anything over a year old.

It is also not a bad idea to have the seller pull the tires for you and confirm the manufacture date.
When I was looking for new tires for my Scamp I went to a small local tire dealer . The price was OK but when we looked at the tires they were over 3 years old . I ended up going to a large tire dealer , the price was a couple dollars higher but the tires were only 2 months old.. You have to look at the tires and not take the dealers word for the manufacture date
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I agree that you should get "fresh" tires. My feeling is that fresh is less than 6 months old. The newer the better. Ask to see the tires before they're installed and look for the DOT serial down by the bead wire. The last 4 digits are WWYY where WW is the week of the year and YY is the last two digits of the year. For example: 2612 is the 26th week (about the end of June) of 2012.
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Where exactly in the area are you or the Scamp?
This is a big Metro area so it is not that simple an answer?

I buy tires from Tire Rack online and get them with 2 days usually and then I use a Firestone Store near me that I have been using and feel I can trust to mount and balance them. I put them on the trailer myself though 1 at a time because then I know I can still get them off if I should need too on the roadside as opposed to them using air tools to install them leaving me a struggle
when I will need it the least.

Anyway I am in the Brentwood area.

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I want to get new tires for my trailer, have the wheels packed, but am unsure where to go. I can go to the tire store around the corner that I've used for a long time. They have the tires I want, and they do other work, so I THINK they could do the work.

But...


I COULD take the trailer to a local RV place, have them install the tires, do the wheels. They could also (hopefully!) check out the systems and trailer, see if everything is all right, maybe install those
led bulb I'd like to get.

The problem is, I have not done ANY business with any of the RV places around, have no idea if they're any good or not, no idea if they know anything about FGRV's.


Anyone have a favorite place to get your Scamp worked on in the St Louis area?


Mon
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There is nothing to worry. Just get to online tire shop and fill your tire specifications and get the light. If you knew good mechanic he will add led lights to its. it is simple
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