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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-06-2017, 15:21 Thread Starter
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Time for new tyres me thinks

been delaying changing my winter tyres back to summers on my Sprinter based motorhome


Hesitating because my original summer tyres are dated 4707 so getting on for 10 years old

And i can't bring myself to fit them due to their age , plenty of tread and walls appear to be ok
(Another advantage of rwd over fwd Better tyre wear)

My winter tyres are getting on too (date stamped 3910 so 7 years old)

Thiinking of getting all season tyres as i believe these have improved in recent years

Looking at Viking Fourtech Van tyres from mytyres (will be buying 7 so its also time to buy a new spare )

The Viking Fourtech Van tyres have a rating of C for Fuel economy , A for wet grip & 73 dB for noise

Viking is a Continental tyre brand and probably mid budget

Anyone with any experience of Viking tyres ?

They have M+S and mountain markings and seem to have a chunky tread for wet grass and muddy fields

They are also only £78 per tyre compared to a premium tyre from £90 upwards
( a lot cheaper that Ducato tyres ?)
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The dates I would think are based on constant usage, or at least with weight on them, not sure of the legalities in the event of a claim, but I may be inclined to use them, one to ponder, also take a look at black circles for tyres, usually very cheap, you pay online and go to their nearest depot.
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I have just ordered a couple of tyres for the front of my Fiat.
I want to stay with what was originally fitted,Michelins.Didnt
realise I would have to take a bank loan out for them!
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Hi jo662

Can i recommend that the pair of new tyres you have ordered get fitted to the rear and the rear ones are brought forward to the fronts

Dont just stick the new ones on the front !
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Hi jo662

Can i recommend that the pair of new tyres you have ordered get fitted to the rear and the rear ones are brought forward to the fronts

Dont just stick the new ones on the front !
Thanks but we have twin rear axles and all four tyres are like new.
I did do what your suggesting on my last motorhome!
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On most vehicles the front wheels induce all of the motion, ALL of the steering and more than 50% of the braking, I would prefer my best tyres up there taking care of all that, I have well treaded tyres for safety (and the law), having said that you cannot buy sub standard tyres in the UK anymore, all conform to quality and safety standards, so I buy budget tyres of the correct rating, but thats just me having driven 3.5t vans for a very very long time and never had a one fail due to quality, comfort and bragging rights are a different issue
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I don't like ''mytyres'' and will not use them again.

I got sent nearly 3 year old tyres some years ago and when I contacted them, they said tyres can be up to 3 years of age that they send, they can't tell you the date on the tyres when you order so just pot luck really.

I would much sooner order from somewhere like Oponeo, at least they tell you more information before despatch.
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The age of new tyres is a concern of mine - i have used mytyres three times and always received fresh tyres

I wouldnt want them if they are older than 6 months


am i correct ??? In saying that by law in Germany a tyre cannot be sold if over a certain age ?

i think mytyres is a german company so i used to wonder if this was a way to dump older tyres on the rest of europe

In my opinion new tyres should always be put on the rear ( google new tyres front or rear and watch the videos on the skid pans) also the fronts on ducatos wear out in 20-25 k miles so could be changed several times in the campers life time while the rears just go on and on with little wear until the walls burst due to old age
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I contacted ''mytyres'' and that is what they told me Trek, all tyres supplied could be up to 3 years of age, mine were almost that. I certainly would not use them again, they may have changed policy now, I am going back to 2009 I think, worth checking
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Hi Trek

Put 6 New Tyres on ours December just gone. The 2 fronts were the original Michelin Camper tyres. They were only half worn after 53k. The rear tyres were changed about 6yrs ago and still in very good condition but were not M&S marked which we needed for our trip to Germany over Christmas. Each time I took the M/H for mot I mentioned the age of the tyres and was told they were fine. The M/H is stored indoors so that does help.

I went for Hankook Vanco tyres which are M&S marked. They are 215/70/16. 116 and I paid £110 fitted & balanced and can recommend them.

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