We have a 2007 Winnebago Voyager on a Ford chassis powered by a V-10 engine with 27,000 miles on it. The tires have never been rotated and are still perfectly in balance. However, I am worried they should be inspected because I cannot see all of them. The tire store wants to rotate and balance all six. I was told at one time that if they had not been touched thus far to leave them alone. I am setting out on a 4,000-mile trip. What do you recommend?
Carl Noyes l Las Vegas, Nev.
For most typical motorhome owners like you who put only a few thousand miles per year on their coaches, it usually doesnâ€™t make economic sense to have the tires rotated and rebalanced unless thereâ€™s a problem. Thatâ€™s because they time out before they wear out. If the tires are wearing straight and donâ€™t vibrate at all, Iâ€™d skip having them rebalanced and also wouldnâ€™t have an alignment done at this time.
Inspections are a good thing though, especially before a long trip. The inside rear dual tires are a bit hard to access, as is the narrow space between the dually tires, but itâ€™s good to make the effort to get in there and take a look as best you can. Therefore, I do recommend carefully checking the tires, including the sidewalls, and while theyâ€™re at it, check the brakes. If deemed necessary, rotate the tires at the same time.
— Ken Freund