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Old 05-19-2009, 07:15 PM   #1
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Recommended Replacement Tire?

I need some new shoes for my DP. After getting the frt. end aligned today, I was told by the alignment shop that Bridgestones were the way to go. The Michelins have a softer rubber compound, leading to constant steering wheel correction- something I've had since day one. The Goodyears have a larger gap between ribs, leading to tracking inconsistencies when driving grooved roads. The Bridgestone tire was one the shop mgr. never hears about once he does an alignment, so he likes that aspect the best. HA!

And the best news of all....I can't seem to find much Michelin inventory here in So. Califirnia, but Les Schwab can get me any of the three brands, with Bridgestones the cheapest at $1073/pr., mounted and balanced. Michelins will cost about $400 more.

Seems like I should try the Bridgestones, considering the tire wear I've had with Michelin and a desire to try something else. What have others found? 295/80x22.5 tires

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Old 05-19-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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Bob, Do you have the Spartan Mountain Master chassis? How is your ride when driving the freeway and hitting bridge/overpass transistions? Ride on our wonderful Ca interstates with rough pavement?
If you think it is a hard/rough transition, search iRV2 web site for Koni shocks or other steering/rough ride threads. Let me know and I will share additional comments/info.

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Old 05-19-2009, 09:05 PM   #3
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I have the Spartan K-2 chassis and it rides quite well, since I put the new Koni's on. Not sure what else you're referring to? Thanks.....
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:33 AM   #4
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Hi slabman,
I've only had Michelin tires on the coach. My only experience with Bridgestones is on an auto (it came with them). I found them to be a very hard tire (feel the road imperfections) and they hydroplaned very quickly. Bit the bullet and quickly replaced them with Michelin tires. I was please with the car's handling with the Michelin's.

I have 46K on the coach and the Michelin's are less then 1/2 worn out. I am please with the smooth ride. I am pleased with the handling of the coach, but that is due to all the aftermarket additions, not the tires.
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I'll be looking at new tires by next summer. These aren't worn but they are 6 or 7 years old. I've seen no cracks but we'll be taking a long ride next summer and better be safe.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:11 PM   #6
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My personal preference would be for the Bridgestone R250F series tires we have them on our coach only in a smaller size, 245/70R19.5. Compare the tread depth of tires you're considering and I believe you will find the Bridgestone has a deeper tread depth, 19/32's.

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I'm planning on Bridgestones or Yokohama's when my rears come up for replacement next year. Price will be at least $100/tire less than GY or Michelin and Bridgestone is a popular tire with truckers. Perhaps mostly due to high mileage, but they appear to be a reliable tire.

I don't think you can judge a truck size tire by the characteristics of an auto tire of the same brand. Entirely different animal. The 18" Goodyear tires on my 07 Acadia wore out in only 30k miles - does that mean you shouldn't buy GY G70's for your coach either?

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