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    How many of you replace trailer tires every 3-5 yrs based exclusively on age? My tires look brand new in every aspect: tread, sidewall, and they tow perfectly. Their manufacture date is 0518. For half of the season, I trailer an hour, half of which is on the interstate. The other half of the summer I trailer 10 min, no faster than 45 mph. I don't want a catastrophic tire failure on the interstate any more than anyone else, but the thought of throwing out perfectly good tires 'just because' , well you know....

    I've read the recommendations, what do you guys do?

    Thanks,
    Bill Montgomery

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    Originally posted by boscoman View Post
    How many of you replace trailer tires every 3-5 yrs based exclusively on age? My tires look brand new in every aspect: tread, sidewall, and they tow perfectly. Their manufacture date is 0518. For half of the season, I trailer an hour, half of which is on the interstate. The other half of the summer I trailer 10 min, no faster than 45 mph. I don't want a catastrophic tire failure on the interstate any more than anyone else, but the thought of throwing out perfectly good tires 'just because' , well you know....

    I've read the recommendations, what do you guys do?

    Thanks,
    Bill Montgomery
    As much as anything, I swap tires based on age to prevent fender damage on the trailer in the event of a tire gone bad. Every four to five years for me, regardless of the rationalization. Your call there.

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    • #3
      I think it really can depend. These days some brands of tires can be brand new and some people say they experience blowouts. That being said, a new tire should be at less risk for a blowout. I like to replace mine every 4-5 years just to be preventative as I possible can be.
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      • #4
        I do. I run mine 4 seasons then replace. I don't care what they look like. I've had too many issues, it's not worth it.

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        • #5
          Slight threadjack, but are the recommendations the same for a car? I probably only average 4,000 miles a year on my Expedition. At that rate a 60,000 mile tread-life tire could last 15 years. I know that's probably too long but what is reasonable?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dfski View Post
            Slight threadjack, but are the recommendations the same for a car? I probably only average 4,000 miles a year on my Expedition. At that rate a 60,000 mile tread-life tire could last 15 years. I know that's probably too long but what is reasonable?
            Different. I run my car tires to the wear indicator. My trailer tires never get close.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by dfski View Post
              Slight threadjack, but are the recommendations the same for a car? I probably only average 4,000 miles a year on my Expedition. At that rate a 60,000 mile tread-life tire could last 15 years. I know that's probably too long but what is reasonable?
              Yes Sir. Time and material degradation is different than miles. I guess it is each to their own.

              I too am in that situation. I run about 1,000 (one thousand) miles per year on one of my trucks. I hate to buy new LT tires every five years but I do. I have read different opinions of up to seven years.

              Risk and risk management.

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              • #8
                Every 4 to 5 years regardless. The thought of being stuck on the side of the highway with cars screaming by while I try to change a flat on the driver's side is enough to make me swap them out. I only take 2 or three 200+ mile trips a year but I never want to be stuck for being cheap or trying to stretch out the life of a tire. Last time I swapped tires I had a guy pay me the recycling fee so he could take my old tires, I felt that was a great deal for me.

                The crazy part of doing tires changes on the side of the freeway to me is the number times you hear about people getting hit while changing a tire or a cop that gets hit while writing a ticket or helping someone whose broke down. I'll stick with the plan and leave the roadside repairs to someone else.....

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                • #9
                  Trailer tires take more abuse than general car or truck tires. Specially on a tandem trailer with the twisting and turning. Back up in a sharp turn and get out and look at the stress on the tires. I replace my trailer tires every 5 years.

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                  • #10
                    Every five years for me. I’ve been down the blow-out road. Changing the tire on the side of the freeway and replacing the fender aren’t worth the risk or the dollars!

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                    • #11
                      Another factor to consider is where you store the trailer. If it's in the sun or cold it can make a difference to the life of the tire.
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                      • #12
                        Thanks everybody, I think I'll go for 5 years.

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                        • #13
                          A little late but I am 4-5 years regardless what they look like and my trailers are mostly indoors.
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                          • #14

                            My opinion that's a big waste of energy, resources, and money. Maybe if you trailer many thousands of miles a year.

                            I just put tires on about three years ago. Manufacture date is 3118. The tires have 600 miles on them and look like they did the day they were installed. I'm not going to replace them next season or the season after.

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                            • #15
                              This is always a hot topic.

                              I replace the tires on my single axle after 5 years of service. I only go a couple miles to the boat launch every weekend. But like others have said, its cheap insurance to replace rather than blow up a fiberglass fender, wrecking a rim, or be stranded to have to change a tire on the side of a busy road. We need @MrMastercraft to come along and give his input as well.

                              I just put my 5 year old tires up for sale on Craigslist / FB marketplace some other guy always comes along and buys them.

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