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Old 09-12-2012, 10:55 AM   #1
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Radial Versus Bias Ply Tires

Hi,

What is the general opinion of putting radial tires on a class A motorhome?
Smoother ride, better handling, improved fuel economy? Is there one brand that is more recommended than another?
I would like to hear from anyone who can offer any advise on tire choice.

Thanks,

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Old 09-12-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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Hi Martin,

You don't state what Class A you have so I looked at your Profile and it says you have a 1998 Rexhall Anthem 33' Diesel Pusher. I'm guessing that it has 22.5" tires.

If all that is correct then radial tires are what it would have come with when new and what you should be replacing with. Actually, I think you will have a tough time finding bias ply tires anyway.

As for brand, you will get many opinions.

I like Toyo brand as they seem to offer good quality at a reasonable price.

Best of luck!
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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I wouldn't consider it at all. I had a Class C Winnie that I went cheap on and replaced the worn out radials with bias plies. It handled terrible and I really was afraid to go over 60.
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Hi Nick,

I'm very new to the RV way of life. Yes, a 1998 Rexhall Anthem 33 ft DP. Not sure on the tire size as I am at work. I will however check it tonight.

Thanks for the reply.

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Old 09-12-2012, 04:12 PM   #5
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Bias ply tires are still preferred for some uses- don't know if your rig is one.

And by the way, it's a misconception that they're cheaper than radials. My trailer has always run bias ply for the extra stiffness in the sidewalls, and I just replaced them. They were $20.00 more each than their radial counterparts at Les Schwab.
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OP, you want steel sidewall plies and steel belts on an RV. Don't think you can get bias ply tires that match that use.
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Stick with the radials that it came with. I doubt if you can find bias ply - or even bias belted - tires in your size anyway.
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No comparison. Radials are far superior to Bias ply tires. They last far longer on my trailers and run much smoother and cooler. And IMHO Michelins are the best truck radials around. I routinely get between 95,000 and 105,000 miles per set on my pickups and vans. Thought they cost more initially, they are the lowest cost per mile tire I have ever used, and I am glad that my newly purchased MH also has Michelin Radials.
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Hi,

What is the general opinion of putting radial tires on a class A motorhome?
Smoother ride, better handling, improved fuel economy? Is there one brand that is more recommended than another?
I would like to hear from anyone who can offer any advise on tire choice.

Thanks,

Martin.
Comparison of radial and bias tires by Michelin Agricultural
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:36 AM   #10
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To All,

Thankyou,

The MH does have 22.5" tires and they are Goodyear radials. I have Michelins on both cars and would put them on my Goldwing if they were available so, will look closely at that option when it comes time for a new set of tires for the MV. What drove the question in the first place was the fact that over certain sections of sealed road surfaces the MH seems to wander a little and as stated, being new to this game, I was not sure if this was normal or not.

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If you are thinking about Michelin's you should join the FMCA and use their Michelin tire program. Basically gets you a fleet price that can save a couple of hundred per tire.
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