"Good Afternoon Roger; I have kind of a critical need for your expertise. I've been a "Hardtopper" since 1970, and have always made every attempt to take good care of my travel trailers. My latest and last, is a 2013 Flagstaff with of course dual axles. I brought it home new after trading with a dealer, on August 31st, 2012. Then the fun started !! The tires are covered and are on wood planks, never having touched ground. Rather than being able to realize a life-long dream of just once getting out of this horrible Winter climate, say to Florida for a season's stay, I was hit with the need for surgery and lengthy PT. Each year since, I have been stricken with yet another number of surgery's for different reasons, and this past December fell on the ice at my home, breaking 3 ribs, thus cancelling once again, any hopes and dreams. Now, after all that drama, I wonder if you might offer some "practical" advice on my tires. I am a long ways from a rich man, barely getting by on my Social Security, so I'd really hate to have to replace the tires sitting unused as they have been after five years BUT, I would defer to your advisory. I have read posts on RVTRavel.com and others have posted any number of articles in the past on tires, so I am a bit apprehensive, and sure to heck would appreciate your input. Many Thanks in advance, Grant M."
"Sorry to hear about your situation, Grant. Your tires may be 2012 or even 2011 vintage (you can check the last 4 numbers of the DOT serial to confirm) but either way that's pretty old. How often did you check the air pressure? It should have been every month. While they are covered and on boards, which is good, they were still under load without ever moving, which is bad, especially if they ever lost more than 5 to 10 psi.If they are Radials there is a chance the steel belts may have lost some adhesion to the rubber due to moisture never being driven out of the tires with the warmth of being run down the road.