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Old 12-14-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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New Tires Anyone?

I hope someone can point me in the right direction! I have recently purchased our 2003 Monaco Lapalma and have looked high and low for new tires. Unfortunately, I am finding the search quite the challenge. The original manufacture install was Michelin 235/80R 22.5's. I have been able to locate them locally at only a few locations and they will have to order them. Does anyone have any advice on my pending purchase as far as sales, discounts, or the best place to look. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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If you are a member of FMCA, you might look into the Michelin Advantage Program.
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Use the FMCA or Monaco International national account pricing program and they can tell you which dealers in your area you can choose from. They will ship in the tires and you pay Michelin direct. You have to pay the dealer for mounting, balancing and any other misc charges. The word is the the savings are pretty good.
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I hope someone can point me in the right direction! I have recently purchased our 2003 Monaco Lapalma and have looked high and low for new tires. Unfortunately, I am finding the search quite the challenge. The original manufacture install was Michelin 235/80R 22.5's. I have been able to locate them locally at only a few locations and they will have to order them. Does anyone have any advice on my pending purchase as far as sales, discounts, or the best place to look. Thanks in advance.
I put on Firestone f 560. They ride nice they cost 3600 for a set of 6. I priced the Bridgestone they were 900 more but we don't put that many miles on so I figured they would be replace in eight years. The Michelin were quoted at 5600. Thanks. Gary
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:29 PM   #5
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I hope someone can point me in the right direction! I have recently purchased our 2003 Monaco Lapalma and have looked high and low for new tires. Unfortunately, I am finding the search quite the challenge. The original manufacture install was Michelin 235/80R 22.5's. I have been able to locate them locally at only a few locations and they will have to order them. Does anyone have any advice on my pending purchase as far as sales, discounts, or the best place to look. Thanks in advance.
That's one of the reasons I changed from the 235/80R 22.5 to 245/75R 22.5, many more options in this size. I purchased the Toyo M154's, not many miles on them yet but so far they ride nice. Also did the Dyna Beads in all 6 tires for balancing.
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Hi DartmanK,
For Michelin the FMCA program is the way to go. They save me about $125/tire earlier this year. The FMCA web site has instructions on how to use the program.
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DartmanK,

I second the recommendations of Toyo tires. I replaced the Michelins with same size Toyos and the savings for 6 tires out the door was $1000 less than the Michelins. After ~5000 miles on the tires I am very well satisfied. BTW I bead levelled all 6 tires.
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Try Discount Tire, they can't mount them but I just bought six with FET and sales tax for less than the Michelin Advantage Program thru FMCA.
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First, let me thank all of you for your quick responses. I will surely look into FCMA and Monaco International. In regards to the other brands; the tires I am replacing are the dual drive tires, as the fronts are new Michelins and do not need replaced. So, my next question(s) are: Is it advisable to have different brands on front and back; Is it advisable to have different sizes (235/80R 22.5 on front / 245/75R 22.5 to rear) as suggested? And.......what is bead levelling? Thanks again in advance.
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My apologies, I meant balancing not levelling. The tires sizes you listed are the same size tire. that shouldn't make a difference. I wouldn't think different brands would be a problem as long as you have the same brand on the front axle. I have seen folks running that way. Maybe someone with more knowledge will enlighten us all.
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Hi DartmanK,
For me, I will not put a different brand or even tread design on the different axles. There are too many variables on how the tire is made, how the tread reacts to road conditions, etc. On dry pavement and 70 degree weather one may not notice a difference. However, traction and stopping in inclement weather I want all my tires reacting the same.
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First, let me thank all of you for your quick responses. I will surely look into FCMA and Monaco International. In regards to the other brands; the tires I am replacing are the dual drive tires, as the fronts are new Michelins and do not need replaced. So, my next question(s) are: Is it advisable to have different brands on front and back; Is it advisable to have different sizes (235/80R 22.5 on front / 245/75R 22.5 to rear) as suggested? And.......what is bead levelling? Thanks again in advance.
Bead Balancing;
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As far a the different sizes and/or different manufactures, as long as the different sizes aren't on the same axle, it won't be an issue, have read of motorhome owners doing it all the time.
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I also have Toyo M154 245/75R 22.5 tires on my Tradewinds. I like the ride better than the Michelins that were on there before and at over a $1000 less for six it was a easy decision. It's been over two years now and they are doing fine. I had mine weight balanced.
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DartmanK,

If you want the Michelins and are an FMCA member, got to Michelin Automotive Tires: Car Tires, Truck Tires, SUV Tires and more to find the dealer nearest you. The 235/80R-22.5 will run just under $3,000 for six tires, mounted, stems, balancing and all appropriate(?) taxes.

You call Michelin, give them your FMCA number and expiration date and the number of the credit card you will use. Then call the local Michelin National Dealer listed on their site and make an appointment. The tires you will receive will be no older than 3-4 weeks. You pay the dealer direct for install and Michelin will bill your credit card directly.

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