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Old 06-26-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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Tire time

Ok i have settled down to three brands and need to real world usage data

1st is Continental HSR2 SA
2nd is michellin and 3rd is good year rv tire

My problem with the good year is after only 29k miles the right front is doing the inside tread rivering which is driving me crazy, i tried air pressure adjustments to solve it and that lead to the out doing the odd wear, so we are back now at a lower psi but in load limits.

the michellins I am on the fence
and the contis look pretty darn good wear and tear wise.
dollars are not the factor, but safety, balancing and tread wear are.
I have had my front end checked twice for wiggle and its well below wear limits, almost unmeasurable.
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Yep...the ol GY G670 rivering problem pops up once again. Mine lasted about 30K miles before I noticed both front tires had sever rivering out the outside treads. I swapped out the GY for Hankooks A11's. I only put about 5K on them before I traded the coach in on our new one which has Michelin XZA3's on it.

I would never buy GY G670s again, and the Michelin's are more expensive than the rest. Altho, if you're an FMCA member, you can get a discount on them.

Don't have any experience with the Continentals..


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Old 06-26-2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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Bridgestone, the largest manufacturer of car and truck tires, recently came out with a new series 'Ecopia' with fuel saving in mind. Available 295/75R22.5 and the 80 size later this year. You can always go with their current R-250 series. Bridgestone is a great tire and equals or exceeds Michelin IMHO, for less money. Should you have a blowout, a common size and brand like Bridgestone might keep you from being stranded awaiting a tire being ordered. Just got six R-268 mounted. Don't forget to use Dynabeads whichever tires you buy:
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Same problem as you on the GY. Put on a whole new set of Hercules for half the price of most big name mfg. dealer installs several sets a month. Several thousand miles on them and really am satisfied. My two cents.

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Just changed my Michelin XRV 3 days ago because of age. This set had 60,000 miles and was still very good.

I used the Michelin program and saved a lot !!!
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I bought the HSR2 for the rear and soon will put them on the front. I have about 6k miles on them and very pleased with them. The 4 were $2100 out the door.
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Pretty sure that rivering can also indicate an unbalanced condition. Especially on the front tires. Have you done a 4-corner weighing of the RV?
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Ok i have settled down to three brands and need to real world usage data

1st is Continental HSR2 SA
2nd is michellin and 3rd is good year rv tire

My problem with the good year is after only 29k miles the right front is doing the inside tread rivering which is driving me crazy, i tried air pressure adjustments to solve it and that lead to the out doing the odd wear, so we are back now at a lower psi but in load limits.

the michellins I am on the fence
and the contis look pretty darn good wear and tear wise.
dollars are not the factor, but safety, balancing and tread wear are.
I have had my front end checked twice for wiggle and its well below wear limits, almost unmeasurable.
thanks
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I have 3 year old set of Michelin's. Every single one of them has minor sidewall checking.. Michelin dealer says just cosmetic and not a safety issue.. That will be the last set I ever will buy.
My last coach had Goodyear's on it (American Eagle) and I just swapped them with the inside duals and had them re-balanced and put 10K more on it and all was well and still is with the fellow that I sold it to.. I am probably going to try a set of Hankook's next based on reports from others and the pricing.. May not be long as these Michelin's make me nervous..
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I had a tire vendor, in Quartzite AZ, tell me I would be very sorry if I did not put another set of Michelins on to replace my aged out Michelins. Sooooo I purchased a set of Firestone FS560's and am very pleased after 8 months. With the money saved I will be able to travel back to Quartzite again.
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I am on my third set of purchased Michelin XRV's. No problems withnthem.
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Have you done a 4-corner weighing of the RV?

Can this only be done at a tire dealer? Who does it and can we DIY?
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Hard to find 4 corner weighing and cannot be done on truck scales. Had ours done at Josams, Orlando, Florida. Weigh teams go out to rallies like Good Sam and FMCA. Here is a website that lists schedules for their weigh teams:
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I have heard folks claim their state police/DOT can do a four corner weighing but I know nothing about it. Its a question of 'will'. Good luck
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As with flynnwalter, I had mine done by RVSEF. I follow a blog titled "RV-Dreams". This blog is hosted by Howard and Linda Payne. They are full timers and wander the country. If they are close to you, they will be happy to arrange the weigh. If you do happen to contact them, please tell them that we're recommended by Kevin from Jacksonville. I'd like them to know that they have a strong supporter in me.
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I've been running Continental HSR2's on my rear axle for two years and about 13k miles. Very happy with them, and much less expensive than GY or Michelin.

Don't know why you are in such an uproar over the riverwear, though. Doesn't hurt anything and it's actually a fairly common problem on free-running (front and tag) axles. It is also known as erosion wear and you will find it described in the major truck tire maintenance guides. They always say "no action required".
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