Passing along DIY info after i was appalled to learn of the age of my tires
after noticing a dry crack running around 25% of an edge, and talking to a new Casita
friend at a campground this past week, chatting about blown tire road mishaps. ***Check all those letters & numbers on the sides of your tires
NOW***: find the DOT codes, and the set of numbers (usually) in the following oval. Post-2000, the 4-digit numbers will be the WEEK and the YEAR of manufacture. Kermit's read 1504 on one, & 1104 on the other. We bought it in 2005, so the tires
were new, mfg'd in the 11th & 15th weeks of 2004
The tread still looks like new so no worries, right? WRONG! Little tires go thru a lot of stressful spinning at 55mph on hot roads. Most recommendations are to replace at 6years, 10 years max regardless of tread. Mine were 14.
Les Schwab will be seeing me Monday morning! Be safe out there y'all!