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GregInKS
05-30-2017, 12:37 PM
Got the boat late last year and was told the tires were pretty new. Tread was deep and they looked great so I didn't question it. Long story short I am sitting at the tire store now getting new tires because one started to come apart on the highway... Turns out they were 11 years old! Just a heads up to make sure your tires are good. I got lucky it didn't completely come apart on me.

trayson
05-30-2017, 12:39 PM
I can relate to that...

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sivs1
05-30-2017, 12:41 PM
Tread wear has nothing to do with tire life on boat trailers. There is a manufacturer date on every tire.

Here's a good article http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/colintirerackcom/how-old-are-my-tires-and-how-long-will-they-last

my rule of thumb is 6 to 8 years max.

DFTR Josh
05-30-2017, 01:37 PM
Tread was deep and they looked great so I didn't question it. Long story short I am sitting at the tire store now getting new tires because one started to come apart on the highway... Turns out they were 11 years old! Just a heads up to make sure your tires are good. I got lucky it didn't completely come apart on me.
Also check the air pressure and torque the lugs and save some headache. I make sure to do this every trip out no matter the distance.

zabooda
05-30-2017, 04:14 PM
Tread wear has nothing to do with tire life on boat trailers. There is a manufacturer date on every tire.

Here's a good article http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/colintirerackcom/how-old-are-my-tires-and-how-long-will-they-last

my rule of thumb is 6 to 8 years max.

X2. Try replacing six motor home tires with 10,000 miles on them at a cost of $1,800. Tires and batteries get replaced whether you use them or not.

GregInKS
05-31-2017, 05:45 AM
Tread wear has nothing to do with tire life on boat trailers. There is a manufacturer date on every tire.

Here's a good article http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/colintirerackcom/how-old-are-my-tires-and-how-long-will-they-last

my rule of thumb is 6 to 8 years max.

That sounds about right from what I have been reading. Thanks!




Also check the air pressure and torque the lugs and save some headache. I make sure to do this every trip out no matter the distance.

Yep that sounds like a good plan to me. Thanks!

VA LSV
05-31-2017, 12:16 PM
Age while inflated is a big factor but under inflated tires at highway speeds are the cause of most failures. Underinflated tires generate more heat and heat results in internal ply separation. Trailer tires typically don't get the miles or the attention as daily driver vehicles and the age gets overlooked because the tread still looks good.