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Old 05-15-2007, 07:37 AM   #1
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Has anyone tried some of the lesser known tires? My buddy just put "Double Coin" tires on his coach. One local dealer has "Triangle" available in my size, 255R70-22.5. They all seem to be made in China. Almost all our tires seem to be imported now days including the brand names like Goodyear. It looks like I could save about $1000 if I considered using one of these brands.

Your thoughts please, especially if you have experience with these lesser known brands.

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Old 05-15-2007, 07:37 AM   #2
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I don't want to appear cheap, just broke

Has anyone tried some of the lesser known tires? My buddy just put "Double Coin" tires on his coach. One local dealer has "Triangle" available in my size, 255R70-22.5. They all seem to be made in China. Almost all our tires seem to be imported now days including the brand names like Goodyear. It looks like I could save about $1000 if I considered using one of these brands.

Your thoughts please, especially if you have experience with these lesser known brands.

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Old 05-15-2007, 04:25 PM   #3
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Do your tires need replacing due to age or mileage? If it is age, Michelin recently went to a 10 year replacement recommendation. The savings mentioned in your OP would be $100. per year. I'd buy the brand name tires.
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:08 PM   #4
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BradBev, I think you should stick with tires you KNOW are good for your application. Tires are CRITICAL to the safety of yourself and your passengers, not something to be taken lightly or experment with. Also, I can think of NOTHING worse than being stranded on some highway with a blowout. Unfortunately most blowouts happen during bad weather and/or bad highway conditions.

Unless you get a lot of replys telling you great stories about these lesser known tire brands, from people you know and trust, I would recommend you stay with a known commodity. If it was something like toilet paper or a water filter, I'd say go for it!

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I have to agree with Mutha. You may only get one chance to get this one right.....
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Old 05-15-2007, 09:47 PM   #6
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After talking to most of the dealers in the area, I'm leaning toward Yokohama tires. Priced between the cheap Chinese imports and the more expensive Goodyears and Michelin. The MH originally was to be used for longer trips and our small fiberglass trailer for short ones. With the price of fuel, that may flip-flop.

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Brad,

I recently had a full set of Cooper tires installed. Although they were 19.5" tires, the price was VERY reasonable - just over $1200. Perhaps you could check those out and compare. Cooper is a good name brand - sold everywhere.
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Just where does one get warranty on a cheap unknown brand across the country ?

I prefer the known brands myself.
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:30 PM   #10
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I had 6 Yokohama 255/70R22.5 mounted today and think I will be happy with them. The tires were recommended by the owner of 3 truck tire stores in the state of New Mexico. It wasn't his most expensive tire, nor his least expensive. A good tire for the money.

Thanks for all the recommendations.

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I learned to take serious consideration of my tires when I used to travel cross country on a motorcycle. You get a blowout on a vehicle like that, you'r in a world of hurt. Skimp on the gadgets and toys, but brakes and tires, get the best.
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We recently put Toyo's on our Class A. The ride is SO much better than the Michelin's we took off (though in their defense, they were ready to be replaced). I had also considered Bridgestone and Sumitomo.
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