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Old 06-02-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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19.5 or 22.5 tires

If I was buying a gas motorhome about 35ft which tires would be the best for towing and a better ride.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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The ford chassis has a shallower turn radius with the 22.5 tires. The turn radius is important to me because I have been in several tight spots over the years. No matter how careful you are, you will at some time be in a tight situation.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:02 PM   #3
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Hi Ichatman,
For ride, handling and towing, 22.5 tires will please you much more than 19.5 tires.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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Because I have no idea. What do you have to change to use the bigger tires in place of the smaller ones?
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:26 PM   #5
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Starting 2011 Ford has a 50 degree wheel cut for tighter turning radius on their F-53 motorhome chassis.
The 22.5s are a much nicer ride. More footprint also for braking. They cost a little more to replace but are worth it IMO
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:04 PM   #6
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bigger is better in the situation. The chassis it built for 22.5 and as such handles and brakes better. Coach also sits higher.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:14 PM   #7
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To me I can change out a 19.5" but 22's are too heavy. Replacement costs are considerably cheaper with 19.5's also so....
My turning radius is much better than expected on my 04 F53
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19.5's turn better, are cheaper, and (to me) are no less comfortable.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:27 PM   #9
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Personally I think you would be much happier with the 22.5's. Of course when it comes time to replace them you may wish you had the 19.5. Still the the bigger one is the better choice not just for the size of the tire but the stouter chassis that comes with them.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:08 PM   #10
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Changing tire sizes

Sightseer,

Each chassis is set up to use either 19.5" or 22.5" tires. You should NOT change the tire size on your rig! It will ruin handling and ride.

The heavier chassis usually come with 22.5's. As stated before, 22.5" tires will give better stability, handling and smoother ride. Couple them with Koni FSD shocks, and the ride improves even more!

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To me I can change out a 19.5" but 22's are too heavy. Replacement costs are considerably cheaper with 19.5's also so....
My turning radius is much better than expected on my 04 F53
didnt think that was possible unless you opted for the 22k chassis???
Would be silly thinking you can just slap 22.5s without the chassis rated for it. I know dually guys install the 22.5 wheels because its "cool"... but they arent overweight.
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I think tires size would be far down the list behind condition, floorplan, etc., unless you really plan on doing a lot of driving, in which case, you should really think about getting something that doesn't have the engine thundering away next to your right ear.

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didnt think that was possible unless you opted for the 22k chassis???
Would be silly thinking you can just slap 22.5s without the chassis rated for it. I know dually guys install the 22.5 wheels because its "cool"... but they arent overweight.
I believe there are some 22k chassis that had 19.5s on them
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I have the 22,000 lb chassis. My tire size is 245-70r-19.5
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