I want to share my first experience in purchasing tires for my motorhome. My previous tires were Michelins 235x80x22.5. Last December, CW quoted me $4K out the door and that included a $300 discount special being offered. On that same day, I also received a quote from a commercial truck shop (I don't recall the shop name) for a Goodyear tire that the sales man called a bus tire 245x75x22.5 for $2,800 - $2,900 out the door. So I realized that I would be purchasing from a commercial tire shop.
Not to start the discussion between American vs. Chinese/Japanese, I decided to go with Toyo M154, and got quotes from 3 shops.
A commercial truck tire shop called Roberts quoted me $2991 out the door.
Firebird, a tire shop who advertises specializes in Motorhome tires, quoted me $2784 out the door. That quote also included something to do with spacers, sealers, new valve stems and new valve extenders.
The last shop I called was Phoenix Tire, 52nd Ave & Buckeye Rd. Their quote was $2,475, mount, balance, and new valve stems, (spacers & new valve extenders not needed.) $300 less than Firebird. The tires were $350 a piece.
Well this shop is a commercial truck shop, and will treat your motorhome as a commercial work truck. I wanted new valve extenders, but they insisted I didn't need them. I have a feeling I'll have to replace those sometime in the near future. When it was time to pay, amount due was $150 more than quoted, and the sales man was conveniently not around.
So I got suckered there, although still $150 less than the next higher quote. Then I went outside to leave, all four fenders had black hand prints. While the owners of this shop claim quality work at a reasonable price, the employees surely don't care. When I got home and check my air pressure, I realized one of the center caps on the rear was in a position that extended one of the valve extenders to its max with just a few threads reaching to attach the nut and secure it. The cap should have been removed and repositioned in its proper location. In hind site, I'm whishing I had went to Firebird even though it would have cost $150 more.
You get what you pay for!