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Old 11-24-2012, 10:38 AM   #57
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Thanks for the responses - just had a sense that the dealer got something more than the valve stems, fitting and balancing. Appreciate the help.

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It's easy

You'll get an invoice from the dealer initially with 0 dollars then an invoice/ receipt from michelin addressed to FMCA
The dealer gets the fitting and balancing and a rebate against their michelin account for the sale
From your point of view it's a simple few step process.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:42 PM   #58
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The MH we just purchased has Bridgestones on it. Date code is 2010 so we are good for a little while. I was wondering what you guys use for a tire dressing, if any? I know that oil based products are hard on the rubber so I was just curious.
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The MH we just purchased has Bridgestones on it. Date code is 2010 so we are good for a little while. I was wondering what you guys use for a tire dressing, if any? I know that oil based products are hard on the rubber so I was just curious.
I am partial to Aerospace 303 Protectant. Here is a link to their website.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:50 PM   #60
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I am partial to Aerospace 303 Protectant. Here is a link to their website.
303 Aerospace Protectant Protects Rubber Tires - Tire Tech Facts
I use 303 on the vinyl interior of my boat. I didn't know it was good for tires too. Thx.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:57 AM   #61
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I've been working with Michelin dealers to get the best deal on new tires for my coach. A couple have mentioned beads placed in the tire for balancing. Is this something to consider or is a conventional balancing regime with weights more effective or even possible?

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I put on XZE2's all round with 315/80 on the steer
The reason was the Signature requires 120 psi on the steer with 295 but I can get away with 100 psi with 395's - should be a softer ride.
I don't think I'll have to worry about tire rotation in the next 5 yrs so that was fine with me.
Michelin are claiming the XZA 2' have a longer life than original XZA
They may be using the same technology as the XRV - you would have to ring somebody in France I suspect to get a straight answer.
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I think you are under inflated at 100 psi on your steer axle. I also put Michelin XZA2 315's on my Signature. The problem is that Michelin de-rates the 315 size when mounted on 8.25" width wheels. They publish a specific inflation table just for this application. You can find it in the Michelin truck tire data book in their tools section. On my coach, carrying just under 14,000 lbs on the steer axle, I need 110-112 psi. Still better than 120.
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I think you are under inflated at 100 psi on your steer axle. I also put Michelin XZA2 315's on my Signature. The problem is that Michelin de-rates the 315 size when mounted on 8.25" width wheels. They publish a specific inflation table just for this application. You can find it in the Michelin truck tire data book in their tools section. On my coach, carrying just under 14,000 lbs on the steer axle, I need 110-112 psi. Still better than 120.
Thank you for that
I'm yet to weigh the coach now it's full of our "stuff"
I'd better get the chart and check the weight before I head off.
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Prepare to spend a ton of time and money taking care of the Michelins to get 5 yrs out of them..
My 305/70/22.5 XRV's date code 2006 have zero problems (no side way cracking or uneven ware) in there current 80k miles. I have been very happy with them, and plan to replace them with the same in 20k miles or so.
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Thanks for the responses - just had a sense that the dealer got something more than the valve stems, fitting and balancing. Appreciate the help.

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Some of the dealers seem to be double dipping by getting the rebate from Michelin and also charging the customer for the stems, mounting and balancing if what you say is true.
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Actually, no double dipping. The Michelin National Rewards Program is a direct buy from them, but through one of their dealers and only if the dealer participates in the national program. Some don't. Since the tire is deeply discounted from Michelin, the program only covers the tires themselves. The other items (new stems, balancing, etc.) are provided by the dealer and should be compensated for them. The big surprise I found was the apparent markup on these tires - huge. The very worst price offer I found was Camping World. Count me very happy with my dealer in Portland, OR.

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Anybody put Cooper tires on their motor home?
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What is FMCA/Michelin?
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I used it and saved over 400.00 from the cheapest price I could find elsewhere....
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i like the sumutomo they seem not to check as fast as others but dont know if they still make them for large size..jeff
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