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Old 09-02-2021, 03:17 AM   #1
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Hey there,

My wife and I just bought a 1999 Dutchmen Aerolite Cub (21') and it's our first camper. We got it for a steal as everything works, we just need to give it a good scrubbing! We've done a bunch of tent camping but needed a way to camp with both kids (the boy is 4 and a little girl on the way).

I'm sure I'll do a lot more reading than I will posting but I hope ya'll will graciously accept me in. See ya around!
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Old 09-02-2021, 11:56 AM   #2
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Hello Titus- Welcome to this place and hope you enjoy your camper!

Tell us where you camp and include some pictures.
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Old 09-03-2021, 12:42 AM   #3
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happy new camper

Hi and welcome Titus. My first advice to new trailer/RV owners is to check those tires. Nothing spoils a good time than having a blow out on the road. Check the manufacture date and tire pressure before heading out. I guess the rule of thumb is the tires should be no more than 4-5 years even though it looks like the tire tread is great. Good luck on your travels.
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Old 09-05-2021, 02:44 PM   #4
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Take some time looking around here and other forums. There is lot of good information out there. Speaking of tires the consensus from a lot of us to consider going to the Goodyear Endurance tires. Yes more expensive but this is not the place to save money. Also ask questions here and you will get some very good replies.
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Old 09-06-2021, 04:00 PM   #5
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I learned my lesson the hard way about the tires that come with the RV... Changed to the Endurance tires and not even a whisper of an issue. Just let it be known that there are a couple of items that require attention when you change to the endurance tires.
1. the recommended inflation will be more than the original tires so you will really want to change the valve stems.
2. the new tires, even though they are the same numbers as the china bombs, will be larger and probably wider than your old ones.
3 purchase a TPMS system-worth the $$$.
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Old 09-06-2021, 05:07 PM   #6
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Sorry guys, just now seeing all the replies! My wife and I have a couple places we tent camp between Pittsburgh and Erie. We're going to try and get out once before it gets too cold and the baby comes.

As far as the tires, they're in decent shape as far as the tread goes. They don't look dried out but I keep forgetting to check the date code on them. They're rated for 50 pounds, but I think they were 31 when we brought it home (that's what the seller said he ran them at).

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Old 09-06-2021, 06:26 PM   #7
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Word to the wise, the tires can look "brand new" but they still can be deadly. Change them and you will be without worries about a blowout on the road and costly repairs when that happens.

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Old 09-08-2021, 03:04 PM   #8
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To me tires are not the place to same money.
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Old 09-08-2021, 11:01 PM   #9
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Welcome,,, I would recommend tire replacement if they are over 3 years old. My first 5th wheel had new looking tread on the tires, but on first trip had 2 blow outs, takes the fun out of it all.
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Old 09-09-2021, 02:21 PM   #10
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If tires are properly inflated and covered or protected from the sun then 5 years is safe but buying used and not knowing history including the possibility they sat flattened and or in the sun they could be destroyed even sooner than 3 years so I to would replace them.

Unlike a car, if you get a blow out at speed the odds of damaging the trailer are very high and you might not even notice right away which can cause far greater damage.

With a light weight trailer like you have it is very possible you might find higher quality truck or even car tires that have adequate capacity which should be far more reliable than ST or trailer tires made over seas.
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