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Old 03-15-2019, 08:17 AM   #1
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Michelin or cheaper tires 22.5

This is our 2d Dutch Star and have always kept the Michelin tires on them. Am facing replacing 4 rear tires from dry rot and they are not really old, 8 yrs. Is there a cheaper brand that would be nearly as good since we never seem to wear out tread before dry rot? Price for Michelins started out at $550 each and after all add-ons wound up total of nearly $2800. That is additional $600. Right now have XZA2 275/70/22.5.

Appreciate any help. In Atlanta.

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Old 03-15-2019, 09:15 AM   #2
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There are several brands that are a better value than the Michelins, I replaced with Toyo's at a $2600 savings on eight tires. Do a search and you will find many satisfied owners who switched to less costly brands with great results.

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The mentioned Toyo's, Hankook, Firestone - all will have tire models that are less expensive then Michelin.

If you're a FMCA member, another good tire, made by Michelin, is the BF Goodrich ST230. It's a Tier 2 tire, well built.

I don't know if you need 8 tires or 6, but what I've seen some people do is put Toyo/Hankook/Fireston/BF Goodrich/Whatever on the Drive (And Tag if a Tag coach.) and then Michelin on the Steers. Will cost less the all round Michelin's, but if you like the ride of say the XZA2 or XZA3 tires, you'll feel those more on the Steers then you ever would on the Rear positions.

Just stay with fresh dated tires, and within Load Range specified for your coach - and you really should be fine with any of the brands mentioned above.

As I explain to my family and friends, when they ask me about tires, those little tiny contact points between the bottom the tire and the street - are the only thing that allow you to accelerate, turn or stop. So cutting costs on tires of lower capability, well, that extra stopping distance or ability to do a fast emergency maneuver, because of better quality tire compounds and tread designs - might make the difference on avoiding an accident. (Probably more so in a passenger car tire with a more performance tire vs a coach with a basic Truck tire on it... But I feel the advice on not cutting corners on those little patches making contact with the street - is still sound overall.)

Opinions vary, as you'll always see as you read about tires on any forum. Same with batteries!

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Old 03-15-2019, 10:06 AM   #4
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When I replaced my tires, 295/80/22.5, I went with 315/80/22.5 Michelins on the steer axle and Bridgestone 295/80/22.5 on the drivers. Three years into this setup without any issues. I wanted the additional load carrying capacity on the steer axle, just because. Saved about a grand using Bridgestones.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:03 AM   #5
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WE also changed from the high priced Michelins to Yokohamas. In the 255 range, we opted for the 265 in Yokohama which, was seriously close in all dimensions and, in the end, was over $2,000 cheaper for the six tires. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
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I would go with any of the above mentioned brands over the overpriced cracking Michelin’s. I’ve had good service out of Hankook 11R22.5.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:34 PM   #8
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I was wondering if changing my tire size from 255 70R 22.5 would be a bad idea. The clearance for my front cap is very poor. An extra inch would make a major difference.
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Just think how many more tires that Michelin sells because their tires crack after awhile.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:20 PM   #10
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Just think how many more tires that Michelin sells because their tires crack after awhile.
Don't think so.

All tires crack after a while. Especially tires that sit a lot. Drive them it'll be less.

There's a certain amount of cracking tolerable.... (Sorry I don't recall the source)
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:39 AM   #11
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Just replaced my Mitchelin with Yokohama. Haven’t gone on a trip yet. Leaving Phoenix in two week for Las Vegas. Will know then.
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We just bought ours and it needed tires before I would even consider driving it home, the old Michelins, probably original, we really cracked. I did a lot of reading and shopped online was thinking of getting the Sumitomos based on posts here, but ended getting Toyo's through the garage the did the work for almost the same price. I didn't read any bad reviews on them so ended with 6 new Toyo's. I can't comment as to the ride of them as I am still fine tuning the pressure and steering and really have nothing to compare them to. BTW, in my research it appears 6 years is the lifespan of the tires, not thrilled about that.
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I was wondering if changing my tire size from 255 70R 22.5 would be a bad idea. The clearance for my front cap is very poor. An extra inch would make a major difference.
A little off subject but, you'll feel the difference when you hit the bumps and road debris if you go Lowpro on the steer where you didn't have them at from the factory.

Steer handling will be better, if you don't mine the harsher ride, just like it would be on your car.
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Stay away from Goodyear because that is what you'll get.....something good for about a year!

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