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Old 11-22-2014, 01:49 AM   #15
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Keeping tires clean and free of dirt, not using tire dressing with silicone, maintaining proper tire pressure and covering side walls while parked does make a difference in tire life.
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:48 AM   #16
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I don't know of any Costco or Sam's club that carry 22.5 commercial tires. Wish they did!
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The Sam's Club in Wausua,WI, did not stock 22.5 tires but they did order my 6 Michelins for me, (which took only 5 days).
I saved $25 each, (a total of $150), compared to the price quoted by the "FMCA Michelin Advantage Program".
That was in 2011 and things change, but IMO it would be foolish not to ask.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:06 AM   #17
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I don't know of any Costco or Sam's club that carry 22.5 commercial tires. Wish they did!

There is a large sign over the tire department entrance at my local Sams that proclaims that they also sell RV tires. I believe the poster pictures a Class A. When I asked at the counter, I was told "Some guys from corporate came in one day and put up the sign. I don't know anything about it".

Costco seems to have the same information problem. The lady at the RV rally who sold me the membership handed me a sheet of RV tires that they sold including 22.5's. Staff at the stores don't know anything about it. One fellow did say he could order them, but they did not have the equipment to install or balance.

Has anyone found either store that will install?
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:17 AM   #18
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What do you folks think about Bridgestone and Continnetal for coach tires?
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:59 AM   #19
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I would replace BOTH steer tires. Everyone who rides in the MH safety is at stake. We recently replace ours with Goodyear(that's another discussion).
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:57 AM   #20
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Thanks for all your input and suggestions. I called Michelin customer service to see what they will do. It turns out my tire carries a 6 year warranty and they have assigned a case number to it awaiting the tire. The dealer said Michelin may cover up to 75% of replacement cost. New tire will be installed this Tuesday.

And yes other places like Sam's, Costco and Discount tire can order in the 22.5 tires but will not/can not mount them. Any savings could be eaten up by paying for the installation and balancing else where.

Like I said in a post above, at least I'll only have to buy one at a time on future steer tires.

I'll let you all know what Michelin does on this. Right now I'll have to pay full price on my solid gold tire.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:12 PM   #21
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Good luck on your tire replacement with Michelin.

I may have missed it by other posters, but I've always read that those with tires sidewall surface cracking, should have the tires demounted and inspected at a Michelin dealer. (Key word here is 'surface', as surface cracking of tires is not a structural problem.)

I also am a believer, especially on the steer wheels, of replacing tires in pairs.

When we shopped for tires for our coach, I had Michelin, BF Goodrich, and Bridgestone as my final three choices. Went with the Michelin XZE*, as the "*" tires have thicker sidewalls. It is a bit stiffer fride, not noticeable on the rears, but does transfer a bit more road variations thru the steers. Being a rookie with a 40' coach, I felt that the stronger sidewalls would serve me well for incase I 'clipped' curbs during turns! The Parkhouse tire manager, said he had seen the "*" series of XZE have less problems with tire surface cracking. Coming up on four years now, and no signs of tire cracking. Fingers crossed.

OP - If the tires are inspected and confirmed to be surface cracks, I'd keep on running them. However, if you will worry and not feel safe as you drive - then at that late in life of tire, swap them out and be done with it. I do recommend pairs of tire for the front steer. But, that is just how I roll! (Yes, bad pun intended.)

By the way, Continental tires for RV's had just come out with a new brand when I was doing my research. I've read good things about them, and those would be on my short list today, if shopping.

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Joe...Several of us are trying to tell you to replace both. If you have to, keep the good one as a spare. NEVER replace just one front tire unless the other tire is almost new.
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What is hype to some can be savings to others. Two years ago I replaced the steer tires via the FMCA Michelin Advantage program. Did shopping around as a retail customer (some dealers were 100 miles away). Went back and got the FMCA Advantage price, it was $130 less per tire than I could get as a retail customer. This year I replaced the drive axle tires. Did the same routine. The retail customer price had gone up. The FMCA Advantage price had not changed and my savings was greater ($165/tire).

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What do you folks think about Bridgestone and Continnetal for coach tires?
i replaced two steering tires with bridgestone last year. they are good. i will use them again when changing other 4.
don't have experience with continental on rv tires. their car tires are good though.
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Old 11-22-2014, 05:31 PM   #25
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Joe...Several of us are trying to tell you to replace both. If you have to, keep the good one as a spare. NEVER replace just one front tire unless the other tire is almost new.
The other tire looks great, not one crack, only 4 years old. So why spend another $508 to replace it.
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What do you folks think about Bridgestone and Continnetal for coach tires?
We had a air pressure failure in one steer tire last year. I could have decided to replace the one steer tire. The steer tires were only 4 years old.

I decided to replace both steer tires with new Bridgestone R280 tires. The dealer actually gave me $150.00 for each of my tires. Actually, at the time the Bridgestones were a little more money than the Michelins. Friends were frustrated with sidewall cracking in their Michelins.

So, it's only been a year. But the R280s are quiet, ride nice, and roll smooth. I have to replace the rear tires within the next couple of years. Good chance I'll use Bridgestones.

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I would replace it. Continental an Hancook both carry that size an a lot cheaper.
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I just bought a 2008 Bounder with 255/80-22.5 XRV's on it. The unit only has 5300 miles, it was built March 2008, the chassis (Ford 24K) was built Feb 2008, tires are all 3807. I cannot find the tiniest crack on any of the tires. Obviously I have some concern about the age "factor" but I could not get anything going on the deal to replace them. I have seen many remarks / complaints about the 225's but don't recall seeing any thing on 255's. Right now I'm planning on using them for a year as it seems they are doing better than many others. They do "sing" quite a bit on coarse asphalt, is that common? I'm sure it's not a weight issue as we have not loaded it yet and the build weight is way under the GVWR.
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