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Old 08-25-2014, 06:31 PM   #11
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Then it would seem that spares need to be replaced even more frequently than the tires in use?
No, it's just that if you never mount and use it, it might not be in good shape when you need it. One thing that can help is 303 Protectant. I swear by it, and it does seem to help alleviate dry rot. I apply it to my spares about twice a year.

On my sportscar I have two sets of wheels and tires -- one for the track and one for the street. When I store the other four, I bag them with large heavy duty trash bags and suck as much of the air out of the bags as possible. That seems to help too.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:41 PM   #12
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Thanks for an excellent explanation of unused tires. I was not aware of this as an issue. Eric, perhaps the differences are not measureable and in the interest of safety the blanket statement is made. "Replace tires every six years" is a common measurement but it is interesting there are not any standards. There are just too many variables.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:47 PM   #13
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Robert - you answered my next question as I was going to ask about using something like 303 on the spare. Mine came all wrapped in black plastic under the cover and I have kept that plastic on since then. So theoretically, my 4 year old spare should be good for 2 more years? Somehow it just doesn't seem fair that spares need replacing that often! LOL

I'm thinking that since my trailer tires will always need to be replaced by age long before I wear out the tread, that it makes little sense to put the spare in rotation with the other 2. Since I am now using my smaller original Marathon spare as my spare, I might consider replacing it with one of the inexpensive brands in 2 years. If I ever need it, I would just consider it to be very temporary anyway. I found that when I had that Marathon detonate, that traveling any distance at all with no spare back there made me very nervous, so I would be replacing any damaged tire ASAP anyway.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:05 PM   #14
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Robert - you answered my next question as I was going to ask about using something like 303 on the spare. Mine came all wrapped in black plastic under the cover and I have kept that plastic on since then. So theoretically, my 4 year old spare should be good for 2 more years? Somehow it just doesn't seem fair that spares need replacing that often! LOL

I'm thinking that since my trailer tires will always need to be replaced by age long before I wear out the tread, that it makes little sense to put the spare in rotation with the other 2. Since I am now using my smaller original Marathon spare as my spare, I might consider replacing it with one of the inexpensive brands in 2 years. If I ever need it, I would just consider it to be very temporary anyway. I found that when I had that Marathon detonate, that traveling any distance at all with no spare back there made me very nervous, so I would be replacing any damaged tire ASAP anyway.
I think your plan is sound. I would still check the spare for signs of cracking/dry rot, particularly if it has never been run for many years. That's one thing many folks don't realize -- that the manufacturer recommends replacing the tire every six years regardless of wear -- precisely because the rubber cracks and turns brittle. If you don't run the spare regularly, then a lower cost spare makes sense. Something to get you to the next tire shop anyway.
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I bag them with large heavy duty trash bags and suck as much of the air out of the bags as possible. That seems to help too.
Is that after applying the 303? Right after?
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Is that after applying the 303? Right after?
Yeah, 303 then bag. I try not to use alot, and let it "soak in" and wipe off the excess first. Works well.
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Just woke up after a long nap.
What I meant was do you suck the air out of the bag immediately after applying the 303?
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Just woke up after a long nap.
What I meant was do you suck the air out of the bag immediately after applying the 303?
I never really sweated the timing of it. As long as they have protectant on them and they're sealed from the air, they store well.
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One of my pet peeves -- truckers not maintaining their rigs and leaving their "gators" all over the road. I-35 (the NAFTA road) is filled with them.
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