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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 07:20 AM

About 5 years ago, we bought a set of tubes for Dads TO35 Ferguson tractor. New tires were on the round to it list and the tubes were on sale. This spring we finally got to it and found the tubes had dry rotted in the box. Everywhere there was a sharp bend, they hairline cracked. The rest of the tube seems fine. Kinda frustrating.

So, if you plan on buying tubes in advance, it seems the best way to long term store them is out of the box, partially inflated. Takes up a lot more room that way, but hopefully they won't go bad.

Live and learn, I guess. Thank goodness we weren't filling them and found out that way, bad enough the problem didn't show until we were airing the tires up.
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Posted April 07, 2012 - 07:25 AM

Sorry to hear this! But that is a while to store them.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 07:32 AM

Thanks for that heads up Alan. Now to check the tube for a GT front tire that I have, in a box, in the shed, since we moved here 2005 :(

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:30 AM

Sorry to hear about that. I recently found out the same thing, I had bought a tube for a 16x6.5x8 tire I intended to install some years back. Finally got around to it, and just like you, the tube was cracked at the bends. Unlike you, it only cost me around $10 to take care of it. No more stocking tubes! I do seem to remember Dad having spares around on the farm, though as a child I have no idea how long he may have stored them, or if this is another instance of things being better "in the old days".

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:38 AM

I am sorry to hear your loss. It is a good lesson for the rest of us.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:59 AM

That sucks. Those must have been old stock when you got them. Either that or very poor quality. Rubber tubes should last a lot longer than 5 yrs. without cracking.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 09:01 AM

Alan,that is very good advise.Sorry it had to happen to you.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 10:45 AM

Thanks Alan, And I'm sorry to hear this. I need to go check mine, I have 6 or 7 out on the shelf...

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 10:48 AM

What if.. you have several tubes around for the last 3 years?

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 11:17 AM

They should last longer. It seems like almost everything I buy new is a piece of junk. I bought a set of rubber tire chains tighteners for my GT this winter and in less than two months they cracked and crumbled away, and no chemicals or salts on the snow.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 07:13 PM

That stinks Alan. Sorry to hear that! I have a few out in the barn, but I haven't had them for that long. I'll likely check them anyhow.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 09:22 PM

That would make a man cuss even though he don't. Seems like I remember putting talc power on them to store?????

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 11:03 PM

Thanks for the info Alan, I'll be checking on all mine in the shed tomarro.




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