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Old 07-07-2015, 09:24 PM   #15
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Here's my take on tires 5 to 6 years old or older. Comparing the cost of tires vs the cost of the trailer, tires are pretty cheap. Therefore in my opinion I would rather change the tires the 5 to 6 years and reduce the risk of a blow out like I witnessed on 16' Scamp. The damage to the Scamp was much more costly than the tire. Hmmm.. Think it's getting close to time to replace my Scamp tires.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:26 PM   #16
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In other words, you are buying a warranty in addition to buying a tire?
Not me.. I NEVER buy optional warranties, but yes the certificates are optional and not worth it to me.
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I never buy additional warranties either, but that's what the "How does it work" paragraph appears to be describing.
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Here's my take on tires 5 to 6 years old or older. Comparing the cost of tires vs the cost of the trailer, tires are pretty cheap. Therefore in my opinion I would rather change the tires the 5 to 6 years and reduce the risk of a blow out like I witnessed on 16' Scamp. The damage to the Scamp was much more costly than the tire. Hmmm.. Think it's getting close to time to replace my Scamp tires.
The only problem with that theory is that the greatest risk of tire failure under your plan is during the first year. Of course that risk starts to go back up after ten years or so.
So, changing tires too often can be nearly as risky as changing them too seldom.
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The only problem with that theory is that the greatest risk of tire failure under your plan is during the first year. Of course that risk starts to go back up after ten years or so.
So, changing tires too often can be nearly as risky as changing them too seldom.
I don't think that's true. Might have been 30 to 40 years ago, but today I doubt it. Would you like find some stats to prove your point?
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Well, put it this way.
Thirty per cent of drivers involved in an accident are DUI.
Seventy per cent are not DUI.
Stands to reason that there is less chance of being in an accident if you are DUI.

Not?
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Gee Glenn, I like examples but DUI and a tire? If someone is DUI I really don't think the age of a tire is in their thoughts .
I can say that when I bought my SD and had it parked in the driveway, 30 days later the spare tire pretty much blew the tread off. Don't remember what the date code was now but it didn't look like it had ever been on the ground. I did replace all three before the first trip out. I do think with tires it depends on much they are used. Often use would tend, to my mind, to keep the rubber softer than sitting parked for six months at a time and getting a set to the rubber. No stats for that, just 50 years of my experience so don't beat me up to bad . YMMV
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I never buy additional warranties either, but that's what the "How does it work" paragraph appears to be describing.
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I don't think that's true. Might have been 30 to 40 years ago, but today I doubt it. Would you like find some stats to prove your point?
No. but it is practically legendary that tire manufacturing defect rates have increased dramatically since the tire makers have gone off shore to contract with third parties.
Would you buy a tire with no warranty at all, believing that there is no chance of a defect?
It is generally undisputed of all products that failure rates are much higher at the start of service due to manufacturing defects than they are during the mid life of the product.
Anecdotally....
The only trailer tire I have replaced in the last 30 years due to a defect was 6 months old when it failed.
Recalls are apparently much more common than in the past as well.
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Well, put it this way.
Thirty per cent of drivers involved in an accident are DUI.
Seventy per cent are not DUI.
Stands to reason that there is less chance of being in an accident if you are DUI.

Not?
That assumes that 30% of drivers in general are DUI.


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What ever warranty a company offers is more about marketing than safety. I have a 50 year warranty on my standard asphalt roof. The roofing company does not expect the roof to last 50 years. Instead they expect something else to occur where they wont have to replace it, assuming they are even in business in 50 years. And if on the slight chance, they do have to repair it or replace it in 50 years, well then that is part of the cost built into selling the product.

So please be sure you don't mistake a tires warranty for an evaulation of its safe use.
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The warranty on your roof is for the shingles and doesn't cover the labor to install them. It's also pro-rated so you might get $1 from the shingle company at year 49.
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I don't think that's true. Might have been 30 to 40 years ago, but today I doubt it. Would you like find some stats to prove your point?
Byron, I believe Floyd is correct, in my career as a maintenance engineer, I learned of the "bath tub curve". New stuff suffers from infant mortality issues. As time passes, reliability increases until some unknown point of time, at that point reliability begins to go away. I have had more equipment failures due to infant mortality than at the other end of the curve! This is why I make it a habit of buying two year old cars.
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The warranty on your roof is for the shingles and doesn't cover the labor to install them. It's also pro-rated so you might get $1 from the shingle company at year 49.
I only use that as an example of how a warranty does not correlate to safe use (or expected lifetime) of a product. I could provide other (better) examples but the point remains the same. The fact that a warranty does not reflect the life expectancy of tires is the focus here.
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