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Old 04-04-2015, 08:04 PM   #71
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I just bought my first Class A RV, a 2004 Holiday Rambler Imperial. It has five Goodyear G670 tires dated 2007 with one 2008 on the front passenger side. I followed the "How old are your tires?" thread with interest because I was looking for guidance on when to replace the tires. I took delivery of the RV this past Thursday and spent until this morning (Saturday) cleaning it and moving stuff from my travel trailer into the RV. We decided to drive it to the truck stop to top off the diesel because the fuel gauge was reading low and I wanted to see what it would read with a full tank. The distance to the station is about 10 miles one way and we drove down I-95 at 65mph most of the way there. On the return trip the left front tire began to feel very egg shaped and it got worse as we drove. We were about a mile from the storage yard on a city street doing about 35-40 mph when the tire violently blew out-pic attached. We spent about 2hrs in the center turn lane waiting for a tow truck to arrive and finally made it back to the storage yard. I had intended to have the front tires replaced next week and replace the rears sometime later on but after today's experience I'm getting all six replaced. Thank God we were not on the highway when this happened. I will probably buy either Michelin or Toyo tires based on what I've read about the Goodyear RV tires and from today's invaluable lesson.

Hope this helps you decide when to replace your tires. Be careful out there!

Bridgestone is a good choice also. I'm guessing your tires are 295/80R22.5. The Bridgestone R250 series is an all position tire that works well in motorhome service. If you decide on Michelin, be sure to use either the FMCA or Monaco International national account program.


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Thanks for the recommendation Steve. And yes, that is my tire size. I got a quote from a local tire dealer for Michelins last week and he mentioned the FMCA discount. He said I could save approximately $300 on 2 tires with FMCA membership. Not a bad return for the $50 annual membership fee.
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:26 PM   #74
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Just changed my 9 year old Michelins out the first of the year for the same brand.

Dealer laughed at me when he saw the 9 year old tires. Asked me why I was changing them?

He said I still had 1 year left on what Michelin recommends before changing and my tires had no cracking anywhere.

Say what you want, but they didn't!

He also asked me what I wanted to do with the old tires and I said I was going to take them with me. He ended up giving me $75.00 for each tire.

That with the FMCA deal made it a great deal.
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How old are your tires or how long do you want to live

My 2001 Damon has Goodyear tires dated 26-00 they will be replaced Monday. I'm seeing cracks I never noticed before.

Blew a tire on my 23 foot bumper pull trailer last year and did about $3500 worth of damage. I have better ways to spend my money!
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I am also in the market for tires. Did some inquiries here last summer, but just didn't have the money. My coach is an 06, sporting the originals dated in 05. I had a front left blowout last summer on an 800 mile trip. It has a Chinese recap currently. It came with Goodyear G670 24575r19.5's. I have had good luck with the goodyears, blowout was most likely due to under inflation. Thinking of replacement goodyears, Michelin s, Bridgestone s, maybe Firestone s. Would appreciate some additional insight and recommendations, and a good tire/ truck shop here in Los Angeles.

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We are currently searching for our first (older, low(er) cost) Class A. (Have rented class a but only owned travel trailer in past). I must say this thread is making me a little nervous. Seems like using and maintaining tires lessens the risk but, as in life in general, there are no guarantees. As a newbie it seems tires will be high on my list of worries! I have been using six (6) years as my frame of reference for average life. Does the 10 years (assuming optimal care) stated here apply mainly to Michelins? Do other tire manufacturers issue similar recommendations or do the recommendations vary greatly?
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We are currently searching for our first (older, low(er) cost) Class A. (Have rented class a but only owned travel trailer in past). I must say this thread is making me a little nervous. Seems like using and maintaining tires lessens the risk but, as in life in general, there are no guarantees. As a newbie it seems tires will be high on my list of worries! I have been using six (6) years as my frame of reference for average life. Does the 10 years (assuming optimal care) stated here apply mainly to Michelins? Do other tire manufacturers issue similar recommendations or do the recommendations vary greatly?
I have the original tires on mine and will replace them later this year. Reluctantly replace them as they look brand new and always covered when not on road. Maybe I can sell them to a truck stop as a lot of you do.
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We are currently searching for our first (older, low(er) cost) Class A. (Have rented class a but only owned travel trailer in past). I must say this thread is making me a little nervous. Seems like using and maintaining tires lessens the risk but, as in life in general, there are no guarantees. As a newbie it seems tires will be high on my list of worries! I have been using six (6) years as my frame of reference for average life. Does the 10 years (assuming optimal care) stated here apply mainly to Michelins? Do other tire manufacturers issue similar recommendations or do the recommendations vary greatly?
We bought our '08 (07 build) coach in Sept. Third owner. Tires looked good and low mileage but watched videos of blowouts and our coach manufacturer is now out of business. We joined FMCA and bought new Michelin top of the line tires...about $600 each installed and balanced, front end aligned..$125 and now have peace of mind. Tire guy said that we probably could have gotten another year on the old set.....but I'd rather have peace of mind.....and they ride really nice!

I didn't really consider the fact that I would spend about $10k in new tires and towing equipment when I bought the coach....glad I'm still working!
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As the Michelin information states, knowing the 4 corner weight of the coach so as not to overload your tires, having them inspected from the inside out every year after 5 years in service, and keeping the proper inflation will help you in knowing the condition of your tires. Ten years seems to be their recommended years of service.

This topic comes up ofter. Last year a retired tire guy recommended 7 year replacement time. But, if we don't do good inspections as recommended by Michelin then this is good advise.

A good tire shop that can handle this size tire would be the place to go to have the tires pulled, inspected, balanced and rotated. For rotation alone the tires must come off the rim, so why not get the full inspection done at the same time?

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Rotation of tires on a large bus type RV with 22.5 inch tires is not needed UNLESS you have a problem with a steer tire.

Correct the problem FIRST so it doesn't happen again and then rotate the tire to a different location in the rear preferably to the tag position.

Rotating tires on a RV with 16 inch tires is a different story. Easily done.

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Bridgestone is a good choice also. I'm guessing your tires are 295/80R22.5. The Bridgestone R250 series is an all position tire that works well in motorhome service. If you decide on Michelin, be sure to use either the FMCA or Monaco International national account program.


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I have had the Bridgestone R250 tires on my last two motorhomes and they were a great tire. The rode nice and smooth and wore very even. I was going to go with the Bridgestone R250's this time around on our current coach but ended up saving a few bucks by using the FMCA/Michelin Advantage Plan and seeing as how we mainly use Michelin at work I went with the Michelin XZA2 Energy tire in a 295/80R22.5 size.

We had new tires installed at time of purchase in 2007 on steer and drive with GY G670's and I couldn't take it any longer and wanted them off the coach before this travel season. I just replaced them a few weeks ago.

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I just changed a set of 16 year old Goodyears that were like new. No cracks, very little wear. The inside looked great. A major study(lots of units by Camping World) of RV tire failures showed that the vast majority happened in the first 4 years.
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