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Old 07-17-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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Tires in July 2014

I just got a shock. I went to order tires for the 2008 Windsport on a 2007 Ford F53 chassis. It has Michelin 235/80R 22.5" tires and I figured they were getting close to 8 years by now so I would replace them. First the price took me down a little but the real killer was they could not be found anywhere. The guy could get 4 Good Year 245/75R 22.5 and told me they were close enough to be the same size but only 4 were available. Both of these tires are on back order with October being the earliest he could hope to get any. What in the wide world are we supposed to do now?
I had him get me 2 of the Good Years and I am having them installed in the morning, Friday July 17 but there is no date I can count on to get more. I called camping world at a couple of stores that I will be close to in a couple of weeks and they told me the same story. Wow this is a real surprise.

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Old 07-17-2014, 01:08 PM   #2
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You don't need Goodyear or Michelin, look for Hankok, or Cooper tires. They are way cheaper in price and last just as long. I personally went with Sailun, they got a rave review from motor trend magazine. I purchased them on Ebay @ $220 apiece and have nothing but praise for them so far. They are made in China, but for the American market. MT ran them head to head against Michelin, Goodyear, and a couple of other brands whose names escape me right now. It was because of their good showing against the top brands that I went with them and also their low price.

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Old 07-17-2014, 01:16 PM   #3
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I would have tried Contis or Bridgestone first. Regarding Hankook, I find it surprising I've heard nothing but good things over the years. And did you call Michelin directly and verify none of their channels had the tires and it would be months before they did? I recall other people telling stories of a dealer saying a tire was unavailable, but upon more internet searching and phone calls finding them elsewhere with new date codes. Finally, I know a lot of people are happy with their GYs, and you may too, but personally, i would try one of the other brands first. Hope it all goes well.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:07 PM   #4
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For frame of reference, my Samson 255/70/22.5 were delivered to the shop for $1450. Mount/balance/new stems was $400. TPMS was $270.

For a bit more than $2100, I have new shoes all around, plus monitoring for pressure and temperature.

These tires will age out before they wear out, so the TPMS was important to me, just in case.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:26 PM   #5
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Seems like a tire dealer that handles commercial vehicles could get you anything you wanted in a hurry. I just had some 19.5 Sumitomos installed and had they had them delivered in less than an hour. Camping World told me they'd need a couple of days.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:06 PM   #6
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Since you have had very good service getting 8 years out of Michelin, if it were me that is where I would look first. Check Michelin's web site, and if you don't see your size call them. If you are an FMCA member you get a sizable discount. I personally in the last 10 years have owned BF Goodrich, Michelin, Firestone, Goodyear, and Dunlop tires. All have performed well. All of those tires were made in the USA with the exception of two Michelin steer tires that were made in Spain. In my opinion, and I am not a tire expert, I would stick with a name brand and get a tire made in an industrial country that is known for high quality products. Tires are very important safety items. I would not put Chinese tires on my coach if they were free. But that is just my opinion.

By the way. The Michelin steer tires made in Spain oxidized significantly and the Michelin drive tires of the same age made in the USA oxidized not at all in six years.

I would be very careful of wider tires than you now have on your dual drive tires. They could rub causing problems.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:28 PM   #7
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Michelin is currently back ordered on several RV tire sizes, including the very common 305/70-22.5. I think you may have to look for another brand or wait for months!
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:34 AM   #8
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I too had aged out 235 Michelin tires (a proprietary size). A tire dealer at Quartzite AZ told me "You will be very sorry if you replace those with any other brand than Michelin." So here is what I did and to date I am pleased with the tires and the money saved.

Changed My Tire Size
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:02 PM   #9
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Same problem, went with Toyos. They seem to ride fine.
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:59 PM   #10
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X2 on the TOYO's 245 - 75 - 22.5

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