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Old 02-20-2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for new tires for my 16 foot Scamp. The ones on it look great, lots of tread and no cracks, but, I did notice they were made in February of 2004.

Anyone got any opinions about tires? Probably not, but I thought I'd ask.....(aren't I a trouble-maker!!!).
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:09 PM   #2
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What size tires do you have?
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:14 PM   #3
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:59 AM   #4
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In that size, the best tire is the Maxxis M8008. Discount Tire can order them for you or you can order on line from unsertire.com. Unser charges $75 and ships quickly. I bought 3 for my Compact Jr.
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Hi: charliej... Remember to check the tire date code on any tires you buy. Be sure they're not past their "best before" date!!! 4 digit code (week+year) molded into every tire.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:02 AM   #6
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I'm in the market for new tires for my 16 foot Scamp. The ones on it look great, lots of tread and no cracks, but, I did notice they were made in February of 2004.

Anyone got any opinions about tires? Probably not, but I thought I'd ask.....(aren't I a trouble-maker!!!).
Charlie....
As you know by the date code they are six years old and that's the age they say to change them out whether you used them, covered them or just sat on a shelf.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:42 AM   #7
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I'm in the market for new tires for my 16 foot Scamp. The ones on it look great, lots of tread and no cracks, but, I did notice they were made in February of 2004.

Anyone got any opinions about tires? Probably not, but I thought I'd ask.....(aren't I a trouble-maker!!!).
Without addressing the "day old bread method" for tire replacement, I recommend this tire in the appropriate size....

http://tinyurl.com/yzrnpvo

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Old 02-23-2010, 04:32 PM   #8
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Thank you Floyd, Joe, Alf, and Tom for your input.

So, to review. I have great looking tires on the Scamp. Lots of tread and no cracks. But, by the date code on the tires say they were made in February of 2004. Conventional wisdom tells me I should replace them. I am not thrilled about changing the tire on the side of the freeway at 0h-dark-thirty. I also do not want to deal with repairs to the trailer should a blowout occur. Guess it's time to replace correct?

Recommendations for new tires are Maxxis and Carlisie. I didn't hear anything about Goodyear Marathons. Thoughts on those?

Thanks again !



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Old 02-23-2010, 08:57 PM   #9
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Thank you Floyd, Joe, Alf, and Tom for your input.

So, to review. I have great looking tires on the Scamp. Lots of tread and no cracks. But, by the date code on the tires say they were made in February of 2004. Conventional wisdom tells me I should replace them. I am not thrilled about changing the tire on the side of the freeway at 0h-dark-thirty. I also do not want to deal with repairs to the trailer should a blowout occur. Guess it's time to replace correct?

Recommendations for new tires are Maxxis and Carlisie. I didn't hear anything about Goodyear Marathons. Thoughts on those?

Thanks again !
I had Marathons on my 13 from the factory and ran them 25000 miles without incident.
They were load range B and I ran them at 5lbs over sidewall rating [at] 40LBs.
What ever tire you choose , be sure and run them at an appropriate pressure and check it often. Low pressure is far and away the #1 cause of trailer tire failure.
Personally, I would recommend a radial, one size up if available, and load range C for your 16.
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It appears on the CasitaForum Kuhmo tires are the overwhelming choice of the members.
http://www.kumhousa.com/Tires, with metal stems too!

I have 15" Marathons on my Scamp. No problemo.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:27 AM   #11
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Thank you Floyd, Joe, Alf, and Tom for your input.

So, to review. I have great looking tires on the Scamp. Lots of tread and no cracks. But, by the date code on the tires say they were made in February of 2004. Conventional wisdom tells me I should replace them. I am not thrilled about changing the tire on the side of the freeway at 0h-dark-thirty. I also do not want to deal with repairs to the trailer should a blowout occur. Guess it's time to replace correct?

Recommendations for new tires are Maxxis and Carlisie. I didn't hear anything about Goodyear Marathons. Thoughts on those?

Thanks again !
Charlie..... by the date code alone me personally i would buy new ones and ask to see the date code on the new ones which typically shouldn't be more than a year old.
Most of the blowouts i am hearing are on the 17' casita's as they are heavier than your 16'. I haven't heard any blowouts on the 16's yet not saying there aren't any. So now with the lighter trailer you need to pick a good tire which you can find thru a tire search on the forum.
I am using Kumho tires which are a LT (light truck tire) which is a load range "D" Not saying they are any better than the others....... it's just what i am using and i have heard of a few blowouts with them on the 17' casita's.
Get rid of them old tires and whatever tire you get try to get good metal valve stems and keep them aired up.
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:37 AM   #12
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CharlieJ says he has 13" wheels, and as far as I can determine Kumho doesn't make any LT tires that small.
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CharlieJ says he has 13" wheels, and as far as I can determine Kumho doesn't make any LT tires that small.
Missed that part. I'd be looking to see if 14" would fit too since it's a 16 footer...
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:36 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone for your opinions.

I'm still not sure what to do. I've got quotes on Goodyear Marathons, Greenball, Carlisle, Sctong and Hi Run. I think I've narrowed it down to the Goodyear or Carlisle. The price is about the same. For 3 marathons $279 and for 3 Carlisiles $273 installed (balanced and with metal stems). The spare looks like an original tire. It's a marathon. The two on the road are Denman.

Suppose I'll go with the Goodyears, since that was probably original. I'll check the date on them too. Wish me luck !!

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