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Old 02-13-2014, 01:00 PM   #1
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Towing Travel Trailer From Maine to Florida...Need Help

I am a new member to this forum, but I belong to others. I had posed this question on another forum and got a lot f good advice, but I thought I would ask people in this forum because I figured someone here would have the answer.

I am towing my 2008 Crossroads Zinger ZT32QB from Maine to Florida in April. The TT has, what I believe to be, the original tires still on it. I bought this unit last year and I am the second owner. The previous owner had it at a seasonal lot up on posts so the tires never touched the ground. The tires that are on the camper now are 205/75/15 load range c tires and appear to be in good condition. My question is can I drive this camper to Florida with these tires without any problems or do I need to upgrade to a load range D tire? Thanks
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:18 PM   #2
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You are at the end of the lifetime for those tires. When it sat they were exposed to UV light. And I'm not sure not traveling on those tires was good for them either.
I definitely would change them before your trip. and change up to D's.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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You are at the end of the lifetime for those tires. When it sat they were exposed to UV light. And I'm not sure not traveling on those tires was good for them either.
I definitely would change them before your trip. and change up to D's.
You are right. I was told that I couldn't get a load range D tire in my size which is 205/75/15, but I just called my local tire place and they have them for $73 each. I thought I was going to have to buy all new rims and tires and that was going to cost around $800..,.now it's a no brainier.
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totally agree with Mark . tires go away faster just sitting around than if you would be using them more . i read somewhere that the heat from tires while driving keeps the tires soft and plyable . won't dry rot so Quickly
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:49 AM   #5
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Want to sleep at night -- replace them.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:17 PM   #6
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X2. In my opinion, nothing is as important as towing safely and confidently.
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I definitely agree with the above. 3 to 4 years is about as far as you should push them, in my opinion. Trailer tires are very susceptible to dry rot. They rarely need to be replaced because of low tread, it is almost always because of dry rot.
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Agree with all of the other posters. And if the posts were pressure-treated lumber, the tires will deteriorate even faster. And you do not want to break down on I95. Good luck.
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