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Old 09-08-2016, 06:05 AM   #57
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Wendy, the week code is the week number, thus the 3611 code means the 36th week of 2011.

For example we are, coincidentally, currently in the 36th week of 2016. These will vary slightly from year to year. Here is a week number calendar for this year:

2016 calendar with Week Numbers - What week is it?
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:01 AM   #58
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TIRES ORDERED

So here's the story. My tires are "ordered". I went online and found them cheaper. I called my mechanic which fortunately is my BiL. He told me to bring them into their business and ask that he mount/balance the tires.

I had called Discount Tire one last time to get the DOT "Date code" and they never called me back. Fine. I shopped DT online and they were cheaper. Then I found onlinetires.com. They were a little cheaper. So I call ask them about the date- basically, he said I would get what they have and I would have to call MAXXIS and talk to them. I did. She was VERY nice and told me that "onlinetires" is not their best reseller! She said for the "latest", go online and find Real Deal Tires - Buy Tires Online - Leading Brands including Maxxis, Michelin, Kumho and BFGoodrich and I did.

I called them and talked to "Austin". He PERSONALLY went into the warehouse where they had 8 of these MAXXIS in stock. He called me back to give me the newest he had which is a "2316". I pressed the process order button and sent the order while he was on the phone! They shipped today. Total including my Brother-in-law mounting is $189. That's $70 more than the Gateway Omnis but to me it's a $70 peace-of-mind that I've done my best to select the best tires.

Did I order a spare? Nope. The one I have looks brand new- never been exposed to the sun OR road. If/when I replace it, where I'm having the Maxxis mounted offered to sell me two new tires mounted/balanced for $92!!!! Have NO clue as to what brand BUT, that's what I'm replacing the spare with when I do! It only makes sense.
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:30 PM   #59
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Nice!

I like spending other people's money!
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:06 PM   #60
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I just wanted to post some - what I feel is- informative sights and interesting reading on tires. They're probably one of the most important but yet neglected items in RVing- until they pop.

The first one- you can change the size of the tire to the left. But I like how it lists the different price ranges and tires/brands available. You can click on the tire's model # for even more info- Specifications, etc.
https://simpletire.com/catalog?selec...atio=80&rim=13

This next one had some interesting comments and not just on FG trailers concerning tires. We sometimes forget just how HUGE some of these trailers can be and the loads THEIR tires will be carrying.
What Brand Tire Is The Best For My Travel Trailer?
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Old 09-11-2016, 10:51 AM   #61
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I think I found date code on tires. On same line as DOT info. I think it's 1111 but not sure.

If so tires were made week of March 14, 2011 which will put them at 6 years old next camping season. Have not checked spare. Here's pic:

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Old 09-11-2016, 11:00 AM   #62
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They're Carlisle super trails which I can't see show up on Google. Kenda comes up at e trailer. Seem about 80 bucks a piece. 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern

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Old 09-12-2016, 07:31 AM   #63
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Wendy, you are right on the 1111 tires. After learning much about tires, that's how I realized that Scamp had put 2 yo tires on my trailer new out of the factory! The decision calling for new tires from 4-6 yo is going to be a TOUGH one for most owners. But with me, the dryrot was a no-brainer. (Not to mention the fact they were 8 yo!)

I can only give my opinion, but I would/will pay the difference over Carlisle and get the Maxxis tires- and I base that on my all my last-week-long research.

I would advise looking at the "Simple tire" link I sent earlier as it lists MOST of the available trailer tires for our 13' trailers in the 13" range. But also, go out and look up the most well-known brands mentioned in forums. From my experience, they include: Marathons (Good Year), Carlisle, Maxxis, Kumho, Kenda....and a ton of others. But the ones I listed are the ones I've heard about over the past 7 yrs that I've been into trailers.

Ironically, AFTER I ordered my tires on Weds/Thurs, I found a GOOD article in the latest Trailer Life mag that Bob Livingston did on Maxxis. One thing that he mentions- Maxxis OWNS their factory in Thailand and does have another manufacturer make their tires and just mold their name on it. They own the MOLDS. They also add more rubber. THIS I confirmed by the weight of the tires on "Simple Tires" site by clicking on each tire brand and looking towards the bottom at the "Specifications" tab. Maxxis out weighs any other tire listed.

Finally, I was in MS this weekend visiting my daughter and family. My son in law tells me he has MAXXIS on his big Chevy truck and sure enough he did. Maxxis "Buckheads". It was a huge mud tire. I look at it and yep, it's made in Thailand. He had NO complaints.

What EVER tire you request, demand the latest "DATE" you can find. I found that to be one of the hardest things to accomplish unless you have a dealer that has the tires you want and can walk back and confirm the date code. The Omni Trail tires I was looking at locally were 2016 tires. I didnt have that luck with my local Discount Tire when I called and asked them what they were going to order in the Maxxis. That's when I found "Real Deal Tires" (as per Maxxis suggestion!) and ordered them online. They'll arrive here tomorrow via FED EX. The proof will be in the pudding.

FWIW, my second choice of tires was going to be "KENDA" based on reviews out of eTrailer.com's site and from forums as well.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:38 AM   #64
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What EVER tire you request, demand the latest "DATE" you can find. I found that to be one of the hardest things to accomplish unless you have a dealer that has the tires you want and can walk back and confirm the date code. The Omni Trail tires I was looking at locally were 2016 tires. I didnt have that luck with my local Discount Tire when I called and asked them what they were going to order in the Maxxis. That's when I found "Real Deal Tires" (as per Maxxis suggestion!) and ordered them online. They'll arrive here tomorrow via FED EX. The proof will be in the pudding.
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While I certainly agree that buying tires with the most recent date code is best, I would not lose any sleep over a few months more or less on new tires. New tires properly stored in a warehouse are not exposed to UV or most of the other things that age tires faster once they are put in service. If the difference were only a few months, then proper storage (and brand) would be the more important considerations, but how they were stored is something you will likely never know about.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:32 AM   #65
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That's why I said "2016". I'm trying to remember WHICH place I called- Gateway or Discount Tire- that told me their warehouse could have tires up to two years old! I was basically told that's an "industry" standard!?1? It makes sense as my Scamp's tires were '08 in '10- the date of manufacturer of my trailer. Kinda funny now as I didnt give it a second thought until I started reading up on trailer tires.

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While I certainly agree that buying tires with the most recent date code is best, I would not lose any sleep over a few months more or less on new tires. New tires properly stored in a warehouse are not exposed to UV or most of the other things that age tires faster once they are put in service. If the difference were only a few months, then proper storage (and brand) would be the more important considerations, but how they were stored is something you will likely never know about.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:42 AM   #66
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I think the date code on a tire tells you when it was made, and that it's a leap to say that it indicates when a tire expires. If the tire was properly stored, out of the elements, then one should use the date of purchase to determine when it needs replacement. Some retailers may tell you otherwise, to their benefit.

I bought a propane alarm that has a similar date code on the back. Distributor told me that the 5-year replacement advisory starts when the alarm is installed, not from the date of manufacture.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:59 AM   #67
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That is true....but Gordy had a point.... how it was STORED for those 2 yrs (if that's the case) is the issue....and one we'll never know.

Case-in-hand..... Many years ago, wife -as she still does- bought me Coca Colas. She bought them at a now defunct "Red Foods" store. They were FLAT! This happened 2 weeks in a row. I told her NO more. But, I decided to call Coca Cola. What happened surprised me. They told me they had had alot of cokes stored in a warehouse near the top where it was hot. It caused the gas to escape (soda pops WILL ruin over time if not used). They said it was impossible to recall all that was out there and they didnt know where they would pop up next. He said, "Before you give up, let me bring you some fresh ones". They brought me a CASE of fresh 2-ltr cokes- some of the best I've ever drank! A Coca Cola rep delivered them to my door.

The manufacturer may NOT store their tires improperly, but MAXXIS admitted to me that they have NO control over how/where their distributors store the tires after they're shipped from their warehouses.

That was my point and still is, try to order the newest possible- at least for trailers!

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I think the date code on a tire tells you when it was made, and that it's a leap to say that it indicates when a tire expires. If the tire was properly stored, out of the elements, then one should use the date of purchase to determine when it needs replacement. Some retailers may tell you otherwise, to their benefit.

I bought a propane alarm that has a similar date code on the back. Distributor told me that the 5-year replacement advisory starts when the alarm is installed, not from the date of manufacture.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:02 AM   #68
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One of our posters on this topic sent me this link and I think it's worth sharing. To me, "Knowledge is Power". I enjoy studying up on what ever I'm going to purchase or do- especially when it comes to something as crucial as the tires. Enjoy.

https://rvingwithmarkpolk.com/2012/1...s-vs-lt-tires/
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Thank you for your most helpful and thoughtful reply Darral. My trailer was sold to the PO in October of 2012 which means tires were in Scamp warehouse storage for about a year and a half.

I will read up on tire purchase info and decide next spring when I get her out of storage. My tires only have about 4000 miles on them if that. But...I just had axle changed out and curbside was running on negative camber for a while due to bent spindle. That factor alone makes me lean toward "yes" to new tires.

Other question about spare...never used and stored on back of trailer under tire cover. Does that help with UV aging? Not trying to cheap out, Just wondering.

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Old 09-13-2016, 08:23 AM   #70
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CORRECTION: POST #63

I just read back through post #63 from yesterday morning and realized I shouldnt have typed it til I had my coffee. I made the statement about the article I read so let me correct something I mis-typed in the FOURTH paragraph!!:

** MAXXIS DOES NOT have another manufacturer make their tires and put their name on it!! **

I regret I cant edit the post but it's too late so hopefully this will help. I know it's confusing reading, but anyway it happens.
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