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Old 03-12-2009, 12:39 PM   #15
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I have the original Toyos on the coach that I took delivery of in April 2004. the tires were made in April 2003 and are now 6 years old with 20,000 miles. I know the recommendation is to replace the tires after 5 years, but I have taken good care of them and there is no evidence of any cracking or checking on the sidewalls.
I hate to have to spend large money when the tires look like new.
Besides keeping the pressure up, when the coach is in storage, I park on plastic cutting boards to reduce the amount of moisture absorbed into the tires.
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Old 03-12-2009, 01:13 PM   #16
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The sidewalls on my Goodyear G149 steer tire [with less than 4 years BOD] looked great--right up until the time before it blew!
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:45 AM   #17
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My "checking" appeared on the first Toyo tire at 6 years, 6 months and on the last tire 8 months later at 55K miles, some river-wear but good tread. They seem to have expired on cue!
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:41 AM   #18
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Agree, you got a good run out of your tires.....but it is definitely time to move on. We bought the G670s, along with koni shocks and we are happy so far. The koni shocks made a significant difference in handling/porpoising/"Wal-mart wobble" [the fronts shocks more of an impact than the back ones]. The G670s seem to be a bit more "harsh" feeling on rough roads and they are not quite as well-behaved as the G149 steering tires but in retrospect, the G149s were probably under-rated for the coach--my bad.....
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:47 AM   #19
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I thought the original tires on my 2003 looked fine. I took them to our local Les Schwab dealer and was told the tires looked fine. Two trips later I had blown out 2 tires! I have replaced the tires and will follow the 5 year recommendation in the future.
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:58 AM   #20
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To save yourself some money on replacement tires you might consider advertising your tires on craigslist, along with some good pictures and data. The tires we use, work well for class 8 semi trailer application. I believe you will find that you can do much better than the core price that tire shops will offer.
5 year replacement on Toyos makes sense to me.
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:21 PM   #21
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I'm headed up to Southern Oregon (Eugene south) the first part of may. I would like to replace my original Toyo tires with Goodyear G670's. Anyone have a recommendation for good tire service and price in the area?
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:12 AM   #22
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We had the Goodyear G670's installed last year at Les Schwabe in Junction City. They seem to do a lot of work on motorhomes and were familiar with the Alpine Coach.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:24 PM   #23
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After MUCH research and reading the forum, I thought I had narrowed my search of desireable tires to the Goodyear G670 295/80R22.5 or Michelin XZ3 11R22.5. I would prefer the Goodyear for the load increase.
My original Toyo's are 11R22.5's. I went in to Pete's Tire today to get some prices and they were very concerned with me going from a 11R22.5 to a 295/80R22.5. They cited change in revolutions per mile which would confuse the computer and possibly make the engine shut down and an increase in width which would reduce or eliminate the clearance between the duals. They indicated I might require new wheels. Yikes!
They strongly suggested sticking with an 11R22.5 and steered me towards a Toyo M154 16 ply. It seems like a good tire, but doesn't have the load ability of the Goodyear. By the way, it is their "Internet Special". Who knew? As I only have 22,000 mi on a 2005 40FDTS, their logic was "why pay so much for the Goodyear/Michelin when I am going to be replacing them due to age anyway."
So, to get to my question, did anyone with a 2005 40FDTS or with the same wheel size, have difficulties being "fitted" with Goodyear G670's?
Did the computer need changing? Dual separation was OK?
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Spent some time with a high volume truck tire shop today and they said that the G670 295/80 tires would fit just fine. My question is, exactly what is the size of the Toyo 11R22.5? Is it a 295/75? Can't find it on the tire.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:20 PM   #25
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We have the g670 on our 2002 Alpine and like them better than the toyos they replaced. Hardly a long term test as we only have 8000 miles on them. The difference in outside diameter is very minor .2 inches probably the diference of a worn tire vs a new tire, hardly enough to cause a problem IMO. The width has not seemed to cause a problem, the sidewalls still have plenty of clearence. Our caoch is older and shorter than yours however the rim width and load ratings are the same.
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Spent some time with a high volume truck tire shop today and they said that the G670 295/80 tires would fit just fine. My question is, exactly what is the size of the Toyo 11R22.5? Is it a 295/75? Can't find it on the tire.

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11R22.5 is the tire size. It is a inch larger than 295/75
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Tires and Shocks

A year ago, I installed the Koni FSD shocks. Big improvement. This morning installed the SuperSteer MCUs. Even more improvement. So next are the 6 year old tires. OUCH! just got a quote of $3500 for the Goodyears. Oh well, there's a rebate offer going on plus I had a good tax season (part time work) and got that in a bonus. All gone!!!
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:12 PM   #28
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Smile New Shocks

Well I installed the MCU in January just before Quartzite, and they did make a difference. I just got out from under the Alpine from installing four new Road King shocks. The shocks were sent with medium valveing.

I will test them next week when we go the Alpine SoCal Gold Country Rally at the 49er Village RV Resort in Plymouth CA.

Iíll let you know the results when we gat back.
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