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Old 05-04-2016, 12:12 PM   #15
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The main issue is on an OTR truck you can get away with cheaper tires on drives/trailers because when you have a blowout your just changing a tire (that in and of itself is not worth the hassle for a lot of carriers but for some it is). In an RV when a tire blows out you are usually at best looking at thousands of dollars in damage...not worth the risk (financially or otherwise).

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Old 05-04-2016, 12:29 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Gary RVRoamer View Post
There is a misconception here about "federal DOT specs". The DOT does not enforce quality, or even specify any level of quality or reliability or treadwear. Most of the DOT spec is about labeling and requiring that certain size, load range, pressure and manufacturing plant information be included on the tire itself. There is nothing in the DOT regs that require that a tire be of some level of quality.

The DOT wants good tire information to be available to the buyer so an infoprmed decision can be made, and they want to be able to identify the plant of manufacture is defects show up or a recall is needed, but they do not try to insure there is some minimum level of quality in every tire.

Hi Gary,

While I am no tire expert, but I believe FMVSS 109 ( Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards) requires the labeling you mentioned it also does require a series of testing, including bead unseating, tire strength, tire endurance, high speed performance and other tests in order to bring tires to market in the US. I question, if some off shore manufactures have evidence of even this limited testing.


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Old 05-05-2016, 09:54 PM   #17
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Road Lux Tires vs. others.

The comment about thin sidewalls may or may not be relevant as the sidewalls on all road tires are made thinner so as to enhance the ride quality of the respective tire. Remember all the grief folks had with the Michelin XRV tire and its zipper type failures that Michelin tried to dis own.
With that said all tire manufacturers build with thinner sidewalls.
Another thing that most if not all Chinese and other tire manufacturers around the world do is to subscribe to and follow ISO quality guidelines in their plants. I am not trying to favor the Chinese product. I would much rather purchase an affordable American made product, but the so called American made stuff is often from ,Where else? China, Korea, Japan, or some other Pacific Rim country.
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Old 05-10-2016, 12:55 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by stuhly View Post
What about some Michelins that are built in China???? No body has much to say about that. The one post on here from the guy that found them on his MH has disappeared never to be heard of again. Don't believe it? Look it up.

I'm sure the folks from Michelin buried him with Hoffa. lol.
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I have to agree with Gary. The dealer is being a salesman who will tell you anything to make a sale. I would never "be the first kid on the block" with something as critical as tires. The lives of you and your family are literally (actually) riding on these unknown tires. Do some more research and resist the temptation.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:19 PM   #20
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Things to consider

When selecting a tire you should consider Warranty length. Do you think a poor quality product can have a long warranty>

Support. If you buy a "no-name" brand where would you go to get service, warranty or replacement?

Good quality tires can be made in any country. It really depends on the goals of the manufacturing plant. If their objective is to make the lowest price tire and they offer no warranty or have no dealer network to stand behind the warranty they just how good do you think the quality will be.

For a moment think of buying hand tools.
you can buy a name-brand with lifetime free replacement or you can buy cheap with 30 day or less warranty. Which are you willing to gamble your life with?

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