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I agree with the flock.  At 12 yrs old they are time to be replaced.  It was hard for me to replace my 10 yr old tires that had 3/4 tread remaining.  I went with Sailun tires at 2/3 to 1/2 the price of Michelins or Bridgestone's and good reviews.  I figure they will last me for as long as I have the truck and still look good at the time I sell it.    

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2 hours ago, dennisvr said:

I agree with the flock.  At 12 yrs old they are time to be replaced.  It was hard for me to replace my 10 yr old tires that had 3/4 tread remaining.  I went with Sailun tires at 2/3 to 1/2 the price of Michelins or Bridgestone's and good reviews.  I figure they will last me for as long as I have the truck and still look good at the time I sell it.    

X2.  I replaced our 12-13 y/o virgin Firestones in December, with Sailun's.  Couldn't be more pleased with the ride and handling improvement.  I replaced the 7 y/o steers at the same time, again with Sailun.  Closed shoulder all around.

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6 hours ago, rickeieio said:

X2.  I replaced our 12-13 y/o virgin Firestones in December, with Sailun's.  Couldn't be more pleased with the ride and handling improvement.  I replaced the 7 y/o steers at the same time, again with Sailun.  Closed shoulder all around.

Not sure about that closed shoulder no grip design after my January experience.

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The Sailuns I got are closed shoulder, but pretty blocky tread.  So far, I really like them.

And to clarify, yes, I went 13 years on some of the drive tires.  BUT, we're tandem, and the weight back there is roughly 1500# per tire.  They run 25-30 degrees cooler than the steers every time I check them.  I wouldn't dream of running them that long if we were singled.

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On 4/5/2021 at 8:11 PM, bigredhdt said:

Did it damage your trailer at all?

 

Luckly no. But the tire explosion  under the flatbed deck, bent the deck up 2", tore out all the trailer wiring on the truck side, blew out the left side tail lights and took paint off the outside of the bed. It was on our International 4700 truck. When the tire blew, we kinda pooped in our mess kit. It got your attention.

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Few years ago was spending a couple winters around Wickenburg AZ ......

Local mine heavy haul trucks would crawl out of mine over huge sharp rocks and then blast down I-10 on blazing hot pavement at 70 mph in the summer and EVERY truck had IRONMAN tires and they will make no bones about how GREAT they are......

We bought a set and they are way overkill in load capacity but I was AMAZED how little runout they have....they run silky smooth in spite of the fact that they are much heavier specs....

Lots of tire for the $$$$$

 

Drive on.......round tires ride smoothe....

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I am in the northeast and very seldom do I hear about tire blowouts, the only one I have ever had was in Utah on a very hot day, I routinely run tires into there teens and hardly see any whether checking.  I have had trailer tires seperate the tread from the inner casing both times after a very sharp turn, in the same parking lot 2 consecutive years I wont do that again. I am starting to think the heat and sun is doing even more to adge tires than I thought it did. I am moving to Arizona this summer, with mostly new tires, so in 10 years or so I will find out.

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Age is a factor, but not the only factor.  Tires like steers, where there is no redundancy or little safety margin, get replaced often, as do trailer tires.  Drives may be different.  How close to the max weight is the load?  How often do they get really warm?  If you're singled and near max capacity, by all means change often.  If your individual weight is maybe 15%-20% of rated max, I stretch out the life to double, or even more.  I ran my grain trailer tires for 16 years, and changed them all when I found a bubble in the tread on one.  Same way with the work trucks.

Every tire failure I've had has been on a RV trailer. Every blowout/tread separation has been on a Goodyear.  Right now, my $$ go for either Michelin or Sailun.

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