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Old 11-01-2015, 03:25 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Pam Garlow View Post

There are also numerous threads you can 'search' to in this group for more tire discussions. This subject comes up regularly.
Great link Pam
I consider Discount Tire/America's Tire to be the go to source for correct tire information as well as above excellent service. I have been banking on them for almost 20 years to do the right thing and have never been let down.

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Old 11-01-2015, 04:45 PM   #16
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Yikes, I just took a closer look at the tires on my 1973 13' Tote n Tarry (similar to older Scamp or Boler trailers) and they are cracked and funky. Where should I look for replacements? The tires are considered "antique", ie the sizing is now done differently. They read 6.15-13, which I understand to mean the width and rim size.
OH MY STARS! Didn't the tire sizing information change back in the 1980s? I mean really, you don't want those very old tires on your trailer and sharing the roads with the rest of us, honest. Check out a tire shop.. they'll be able to tell you what size you need (now) based on the information on your OLD tires.

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Old 11-01-2015, 11:00 PM   #17
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I have to agree with Bob on some subjects

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Quote: So, don't go by years alone. look at tread wear, look for cracking. If none, you're good to go.

Sorry, I can't agree with that evaluation method, and none of the tire companies or recognized tire experts out there can either.

As I just mentioned in Post #8, I just took a 12 year old tire out of service that looked like new, including the telltale rubber mold nubs. If someone put that on his vehicle it might last a week, a month, maybe more, but it sure didn't have any cracks showing.

Next time you have a tire taken off at a dealership have them use the casing spreaders to look at the inside of the casing, it will look a lot worse than the outside, I've seen that.

Tires with cracks need immediate replacement regardless of age, but those without showing cracks, 7 years tops in my book. And for those that just look at sidewalls, cracks first start showing up in the spaces between the tread.

And as motioned this past week on national TV (ABC) some tires have been found that were already 10 years old, being sold as new off the rack. Always insist that any new tires you buy be 6 months old or less.... it's your money and your life....
Quote:especially buying new off the rack being way more than 6months old, It happened to me but lucky my sharp eyed wife caught it before it was installed as she turned the tire over and looked at the date it was made, (she reads this kind of stuff) saved me a lot of bucks as were in process of Buying 4 tires, so we cancelled buying there and headed for Costco.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:33 AM   #18
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I would think that if the tires are in this condition then the wheel bearings will need attention as well as the brakes if so equiped.

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