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Old 07-17-2014, 11:40 PM   #1
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Goodyear Tire Problem

My travel buddy has a Ventana with Goodyear 275/70 R22.5 RV tires. From new he had an issue with one causing the steering to pull to one side. The problem was corrected by a wheel alignment about 5-6K miles. Now he has excessive wear showing up on the outer edge of the RF Tire in the form of a Cupping Wear.
Has anyone experienced a similar issue with Goodyear Tires?
We are in Alaska heading toward Anchorage. Any suggestions on a Goodyear Dealer in Anchorage he can contact for a replacement?
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:24 AM   #2
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That is what Goodyears do!!! It's called "rivering". Do a search and you'll see enough threads to keep you reading for hours. It only occurs on the front steer tires. It's not correctable and will get worse. The only solution.....by another brand.

In that tire size, Hankook makes a great tire called the AH12. It will ride better than the Goodyear and won't have any wear issues.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:02 AM   #3
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We had the same "Goodyear Rivering" problem @ 18000 miles with the right front. Not extremely bad but it could be easily seen. Had the tires rotated and it hasn't reoccurred on the "new" right front rotated tire in the same 17-18000 miles (35000 total miles).
All the discussions here and elsewhere indicate that Goodyear will NOT be of any help...
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If you do a search on "Goodyear Rivering" you'll find the problem is nothing like cupping. The term rivering was coined by someone other than Goodyear and in most cases a Goodyear dealer or factory rep will give the condition a totally different name.

As for the cupping condition it's generally caused by out of balance tires or bad shock absorbers. We had a similar problem with a tire on our 2001Winnebago Adventurer. As it turned out the selling dealer didn't balance them with Equal Powder like they were supposed to. 20,000 miles later when the problem manifested itself we had the tires removed and checked. Since they had not been balanced from the start it took over 12 ounces of weights to balance the worst one. Even then the tire had been damaged to the point it needed to be replaced with less than 40,000 miles on them.
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Good information here. With illustrations.
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Seems to agree that cupping is likely a suspension problem.

Rivering seems to have many descriptions. Often described as erosion wear and in several reports it appears to be second rib wear. Also reports include Firestone and Michelin RV and OTR tires. The term "rivering" seems to primarily appear in RV forums.
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Rivering is not cupping.
All 6 of my 9 year old 275/70/22.5 G670's show rivering on both sides of the outside treads.
Not just on one side like the OP has posted.

I may replace mine next year after their 10th birthday, with still plenty of usable tread left on the rivering treads.
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That is what Goodyears do!!! It's called "rivering". Do a search and you'll see enough threads to keep you reading for hours. It only occurs on the front steer tires. It's not correctable and will get worse. The only solution.....by another brand.

In that tire size, Hankook makes a great tire called the AH12. It will ride better than the Goodyear and won't have any wear issues.

Does the Hancook AH12 come in a 275/70/22.5
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Agree with the others: cupping is a different problem than river wear (erosion). And cupping results from a suspension/steering issue, so needs repair. Rivering/erosion is largely a cosmetic problem and not something to be concerned about (you can verify that from any reliable tire or trucking industry source).

I would be careful not to assume that what you see is "cupping". Not even sure I would believe the opinion of many tire installation techs - they knowledge is often superficial at best.
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Does the Hancook AH12 come in a 275/70/22.5

Yes and they are great from a ride, sound and handling perspective.
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Former boater. One here as well. What size tire did you get and what was the price if you don't mind. Thanks
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Yes and they are great from a ride, sound and handling perspective.
I found a couple of locations on the Hankook web site in the Houston TX area that were authorized dealers for Hankook. One was GCR Tires and Service. They submitted a quote for 6 275/70r/22.5 16ply AH12 tires mounted and sales tax for $2945.11. This does not include balancing which would be an additional charge.

How does that sound.

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