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Old 09-24-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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Stock Tires - Question

Hi,
I have a 2014 ST270BH. Just got it this past spring. We used it a lot over the summer with no major issues.
Before each trip I like to look it over and see if anything is wrong.

When checking tire pressure today (rainy day), I noticed if I rub my finger hard against the sidewall, some of the tire rubber kind of rubs off on my finger. Very odd I thought. So I tried it on the tire right next to it, same thing. I didn't try it on the other side yet because the slide-out is out and I can't get to the tire, but I will try later. I tried the same test on my truck tires and no rubber is 'rubbing' off.
I know the stock tires are cheaper then cheap on most of these units. Treads however look fine.
By 'rubbing off' I mean if I rub back and forth with my fingers a few times fast, I get a black somewhat flaky residue on my fingers.

So the question is, is this normal and am I ok to use those tires tomorrow for a 3 hour drive/tow.

Thanks,
Mike
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:31 PM   #2
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I think this is a moot point. I tried the same thing on my truck tires with a little more rubbing and I also got rub-off. I think it's because it's raining out.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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Check the date on the tires, and change them every three years
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Old 09-24-2014, 03:16 PM   #4
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Tires are pretty much new. Just got the unit last spring, it's a 2014, new.
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Old 09-24-2014, 03:49 PM   #5
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Could it be "tire wet" or whatever dealers put on tires to make them look better?
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Old 09-24-2014, 07:16 PM   #6
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It's probably the Carbon Black that is used in tires to make them black and to make them more durable and increases strength. Originally, tire rubber was white.
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:51 PM   #7
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In my Younger daze as a "Forced Labor" employee at my dads Tire store, (after all...that's why we had kids, right?) I can state without doubt that all new tires off the rack have rubber dust on them. I often came home covered in the stuff and my mom would complain about having to clean it out of the showers almost daily. It is by-product of the manufacturing process, and when it gets washed off after a while, people want to get that new tire look back by slapping armour-all on it. Which destroys the surface over time.
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