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Old 03-06-2017, 09:58 AM   #1
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Tire selection - time to replace, Class A with 245/70x19.5

Hello RVers....

I did a search, but didn't come up with anything too specific.

I've got a '99 Chieftain 36ft, that has original tires. Dated '98.
Of course, they're way past their life and now cracking here and there. It's time to replace them. Hence, I'm asking those here who have already done so.

Current tire is a G159.

Any recommendations?!
I'm not against a chinese tire if others have had good results. But, I'm not too eager to pay a huge price over a "name brand" just because of the name itself. I know certain manufacturers have a good reputation, but not always for EVERY tire they make.

So, I'm here... looking for REAL WORLD experiences of what you've bought and what's working out for you. I don't care to hear opinion or what you've heard... as then, it's all hear-say. I like those who have experienced tire replacements, and what's been working well for them... or not.

Help a fellow out!! I'll be listening.
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:41 PM   #2
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I had identical Goodyear OEM tires on our 2004 Bounder 35E. I replaced them last year with Herculese H-902 14 Ply Rating 245/70R19.5 rib tires. They are made in China. I was quoted $400 per tire for Goodyears and Michelins and paid $175 for the Herculese plus $65 for balancing and installation. And I sold the old tires for $500!

So, I am happy with the savings. I am also happy with the tires but have only driven about 2,500kms on them so far. They have lost no air, the beads are keeping them balanced and they are quiet. I regularly check my tire temperatures and they run at the same temperatures as the G159s. I do think they squirm slightly more than the Goodyears although I suspect that is caused by the thicker tread and may self-correct as they wear.

My experience so far with this tire has been positive but I'll know more after this upcoming camping season once I have another few thousand kms on them. I'll try to post an update in the fall.
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I am very happy with my 4 1/2 year old Toyo's. I replace OEM Michelin's.
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I just ordered 4 Roadmasters (Cooper Tire) from the local truck shop, $265 installed, balanced. Says hes sold a lot of them with no problems.
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Toyo, Hankook, Firestone, Yokohama were on my consideration list. Any of them would have been fine. Bought Firestone for good price and preferred tire dealer.
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I just ordered 4 Roadmasters (Cooper Tire) from the local truck shop, $265 installed, balanced. Says hes sold a lot of them with no problems.
I bought 6, going on my third year with no problems.
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Thanks a bunch for those offering what they've purchased, or been using as of late. Sure helps me find a tire that'll be with me for a long while.

... I know passenger car, truck, trailer, and similar tires are prone to a 5yr lifespan. Pushing it past 5yrs, can lead to a blow out or tire separation.

Is there a given lifespan for these 19.5" tires??
Considering mine are 19yrs old, I'd say they have given me a long life even though less then 40K miles on them. I'm simply curious to what others know or if they've researched it.

.... not looking forward to this purchase, but eager to get it resolved so we can be safe on our travels.
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I had identical Goodyear OEM tires on our 2004 Bounder 35E. I replaced them last year with Herculese H-902 14 Ply Rating 245/70R19.5 rib tires. They are made in China. I was quoted $400 per tire for Goodyears and Michelins and paid $175 for the Herculese plus $65 for balancing and installation. And I sold the old tires for $500!

So, I am happy with the savings. I am also happy with the tires but have only driven about 2,500kms on them so far. They have lost no air, the beads are keeping them balanced and they are quiet. I regularly check my tire temperatures and they run at the same temperatures as the G159s. I do think they squirm slightly more than the Goodyears although I suspect that is caused by the thicker tread and may self-correct as they wear.

My experience so far with this tire has been positive but I'll know more after this upcoming camping season once I have another few thousand kms on them. I'll try to post an update in the fall.
Thank you for this...

And after doing a quick search, it seems others are happy with them as well;
Hercules H-902 Tire(s) 245/70R19.5

I'm going to look more into them, and see how they stack up against the previously mentioned "Roadmasters" by Cooper.
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I just ordered 4 Roadmasters (Cooper Tire) from the local truck shop, $265 installed, balanced. Says hes sold a lot of them with no problems.
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I bought 6, going on my third year with no problems.
Which model Roadmaster did you both end up purchasing?
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I ran across a "Long March LM216" for $136/tire.

... that's cheap! And an H-rated tire (16ply).

Looking now to see if there's any horror stories for using such brand/model.
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I think both Goodyear and Michelin advise replacement after 10. Annual inspections after 7.
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Just buy some tires! Anything would be better than what you have!
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Just buy some tires! Anything would be better than what you have!
384 posts under your belt... and, you reply with this?!
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I ran across a "Long March LM216" for $136/tire.

... that's cheap! And an H-rated tire (16ply).

Looking now to see if there's any horror stories for using such brand/model.
I'm steering clear (haha, pun intended) of the super cheap stuff...

Now, looking at Dayton D520S... (6) mounted and balanced for $1645
I'll be replacing my spare too, so add that to the equation.
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