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Old 08-05-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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Tire Mixing - Front/Rear

I have a tire issue. A Goodyear G670 tire on the RH front is worn on the inside edge and cupped or rivered. I'm at Freightliner in Mt Vernon WA getting the alignment corrected and am having trouble finding a reasonable pair of Goodyears to replace both front tires. I can get a pair of Michelin XZA2 tires. I've read mixed reviews on having different brand tires on the front and rear. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:35 PM   #2
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The way I read your post, you want to put two tires of the same size/brand on the front that will be different from the tires on the rear. Can't see where that would make any difference...as long as they can carry the load, the front end does't have anything to do with the back end.

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Old 08-05-2011, 01:18 PM   #3
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I don't recall ever hearing that. Lot's of folks run a different brand on each axle.

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I've read mixed reviews on having different brand tires on the front and rear. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:28 PM   #4
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I have run different size tires on different axles on two motorhomes. Doesn't hurt a thing as long as the tire load ratings are high enough. Just don't mix tire sizes on the same axle.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:15 PM   #5
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No problem at all. I'm doing that on my rig right now. Not only different brands front and rear, but a different size as well.

You only need to pair up the tires on the same axle. And even then, different brands are rarely a problem as long as the tire size is the same. I would not pair two different brands as duals, though. The two tires on a dual have to be as identical as possible because they act as one.
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Check out Pacific Tire in Mt. Vernon. They did me well when I had a blow-out a few miles from their place.

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Old 08-05-2011, 09:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for your replys. I feel the same way. The Lazy Days tech said all 6 should be the same. I'm 400 feet from Pacific Tire in Mt Vernon, WA, and have an appointment in the morning. Regards.
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:40 PM   #8
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I don't know that much about how a MH tracks. With this much weight I'm sure this example will not compare to Mh's. I had a 1972 Pontiac Granville, and needed new rear tires. I went for the good stuff with cold weather coming on I got me some Michelin's and put them on the back. I had half worn out somethings on the front and came upon a green light in a light rain and need to make a left. Well I went straight through the intersection. The darn car just would not turn. The tire place said it was the Michelin's being on the back. I switched them to the front. All better. Now I always put my best tires on the front. I like to be able to guide what I'm driving, even if I can't go I can steer and stop. Put the best you can afford on the front. Like I said this may not have any affect on these heavy MH's but I would have never thought it would cause me to loose steering on that heavy Granville. The thing was a city block long with a 454. Lot of weight on the front, but not enough to overcome those Michelin's.
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I believe that short wheel base vehicles would be affected by different front/rear tires with different tread and rubber compound. Even the tech at Pacific Tire said the MH handling may feel different with the Michelin tires. I'll be driving to the east coast over the next few weeks... will update on any differences noticed.

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