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Old 12-03-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Change Michelin to other

It's not going to be much longer till I need to replace some tires on my mh. It is 45' and has michelin 305 70r 22.5 and they are not only expensive but hard to get. I replaced them just a few years ago and they had to be ordered from three different sources. I recently had a flat while sitting in my garage and called a national know tire company branch and they would not come out to fix it as they do not carry that size of tire and they said that they have to bring a tire just in case the flat is no good. I discovered that the pressure monitor was leaking and was able to just air the tire up. So that being said , does anyone know what tire in another brand will be compatible with the spec on this size and brand? I normally like to keep with what the coach or any vehicle comes with but in this case I need to change. I also got caught once out in New Mexico , had a flat , and could not get a replacement anywhere so just happened to have a spare . This tire service will not mount an old tire if it has any signs of cracking or stress due to liability of a blow up. Any help will be appreciated!
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:16 PM   #2
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Try calling Michelin at:

United States: 1-800-847-3435
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They should be able to help you get the tires.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:50 PM   #3
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The 305/70 22.5 is only made by Michelin although Continental might have it by now. There is no other suitable size unless you can use a 295/80 22.5 due to the weight limits, but they're about 2" larger in diam.

Also, around here tire places will not mount a smaller tire than what it came with.

I went all through this when I bought two 305's for the front of our MH to replace the 275/70's that it came with and were running overweight on.

If you're an FMCA member they have a special purchase agreement with Michelin, check their web site for info. The Michelin agreement wasn't in place when we got ours. I paid $600 plus some . The FMCA prices is about the same now.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:06 PM   #4
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I am not sure about your tire but Mitchlin may have it in another line, So long as you are replacing all tires on the same axle going to a slightly different tire should not cause any problems. though some tires ride "harder"than others.

Frankly... Just now if you go with a different company there is a good chance of "Made in China" And there are just too many stories about "Made in China" stuff.

Made in South Carolina, by friends of the gentleman who cuts my hair in the winter... Not that just sounds like a better product to me.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:27 PM   #5
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I checked with Les Schwab Tires a while back. They had a couple of options to replace the Michelins. Tire ratings were actually better on one set. Unfortunately I can't locate their quote right now but they were guaranteed to be a suitable replacement and were far less expensive but also far more available than the Michelins. Just beware of the really cheap Chinese brand that some places are pushing......
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You can probably use a different and perhaps more readily available size but it has to have the same or greater weight carrying capacity. But tires that big are not widely available because few commercial trucks use anything that big. I changed my 295/80's on the rear for the same reason you - went to the widely used 11R-22.5 that has plenty of load capacity for my rear axle (can't use them on the front, though).

A good tire shop ought to be able to determine if they have an equivalent size if you give them the required axle loads (weight carrying requirement).
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You can probably use a different and perhaps more readily available size but it has to have the same or greater weight carrying capacity. But tires that big are not widely available because few commercial trucks use anything that big. I changed my 295/80's on the rear for the same reason you - went to the widely used 11R-22.5 that has plenty of load capacity for my rear axle (can't use them on the front, though).

A good tire shop ought to be able to determine if they have an equivalent size if you give them the required axle loads (weight carrying requirement).
According to a press release from Michelin the 305's were developed for commercial use on car carriers where the front tires were heavily loaded/overloaded and there wasn't room for a 295/80.
When I first started looking for 305's I found that Les Schwab had three in stock, three days later I called to order them and they were gone and none in the Michelin warehouse. Had to wait a month or so to get mine but when they came they were only three weeks old.
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