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Old 08-31-2012, 02:11 PM   #1
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Can you safely run two different brands of tires?

We need new Dualy tires - the steering tires are 3 y/o and seem in good shape the tires are all Goodyear, I want to put Michelin of the same size on the Dualy's. The main issues I see is the Goodyears are rated 65 mph the Michelins are 75mph.
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My non-expert opinion is the front tires should be the same type and the duallys should be the same type, which works fine for me. I do have a dually spare that I would use on the front after a blowout providing the distance was short. If I could not fine an exact replacement then I would replace both fronts together.
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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As greystoke says , never mix brands/tread pattern on an axle.
Front to rear; different; did it all the time on RWDrive cars, when installing winter tread , no ill effects.
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Been running Bridgestones on the front, Michelins (original) on the rears for 5K miles, no problems!
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As greystoke says , never mix brands/tread pattern on an axle.
Front to rear; different; did it all the time on RWDrive cars, when installing winter tread , no ill effects.
I will second this, Front axle both tires should be same brand, size, age, etc.

Rear axle all tires should be same brand, size, age, etc

Etc includes model I might add)

Front and rear... Need not be same.

Note also.. Air pressure may be different both front to rear and side to side, this is determined by a scale and a chart. Ideally however your load is balanced side to side, and in that case pressure will be the same side to side.
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I will second this, Front axle both tires should be same brand, size, age, etc.

Rear axle all tires should be same brand, size, age, etc

Etc includes model I might add)

Front and rear... Need not be same.

Note also.. Air pressure may be different both front to rear and side to side, this is determined by a scale and a chart. Ideally however your load is balanced side to side, and in that case pressure will be the same side to side.
Do NOT mix air pressures on the same axle!! Find the heaviest side and run the required pressure across all tires on the axle. This is in the RV Tire Manuals from the various tire companies.
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wa8yxm - it seems I've always read all tires on an axle should be the same. Do I understand you to say they can be different side to side? The right rear on my motorhome comes in several hundred pounds heavier than the drivers side rear. I've maintain pressure for the heaviest side. Am I doing it wrong? Is it safe to have lower pressure on the lighter side?
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I have Michelin on the front, Goodyear on the dullys. No issues so far.

Would never mix on the same axle, as others have said.
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As said, run one pressure across an axle. Different brands and different pressures on different axles only.
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Thank you all so much! I really appreciate your time and answers!
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So, what happens if the left duals are one brand and the right duals are another brand?
I have had 3 or 4 blow-outs, all on the right inside rear. In considering the interior layout, I think we store more heavier items on the right (curb side). It isn't convenient to shift more to the other side. There isn't sufficient storage room for that. We did place some caned goods in the two drawers below the dinette benches.
I am trying something different. I had two Goodyear tires placed on the right side and two Michelins placed on the left side today. I am using two Michelins that are not ready for replacement.
The maximum air pressure for the Goodyear tires is 110 psi. The maximum air pressure for the Michelins is 90 psi. I am running 100 psi in the right side Goodyears and 90 in the left side Michelins. Not that it matters, but, the lower air pressure is on the supposedly higher side of the road.
Go ahead and comment. Your guess is as good as mine. Or is there tried and proved results. So, what ya thing??
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Keep the same brand and size on an axle. So you can replace the fronts or the rears, but do not mix different tires on one axle...except in an emergency.

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Okay, I guess no one really knows the answer to my question. But, I enjoyed reading the opinions.
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The tire companies say not to. That's pretty difinitive IMHO.
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