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Old 08-08-2014, 06:17 AM   #1
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Tires - Michelin Vs Bridgestone

Would appreciate any advice. Need to replace tires on a 2002 Winnebago Motorhome. Looking at Bridgestone or Michelin XZE. Michelin says that they use ball bearings for their balancing... Any comments or suggestions on these two tires. Want to be careful as this is a $3500 investment (both quotes were about the same) . Thanks

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Old 08-08-2014, 06:41 AM   #2
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PAPS... Both are super tires and offer very similar road qualities. The balls bearing balancing thing is not new to RVing. Many of the RVers here use different brands of "tire balance beads"....I am sure they will jump in here and let you know about the benefits. I do not buy the expensive tires that you are selecting but if I had the money I think I might select Michelin...I just seem to like the name more than Bridgestone...I use a chinese made Cooper tire that does the trick for me Cooper Roadmaster Tires - Home

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Old 08-08-2014, 06:46 AM   #3
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There are several good brands out there, I've ridden on Michelins for 40+ years, it was a big hit to the wallet but I am happy with them. We did choose the "traditional" method for balance...
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:50 AM   #4
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Hi papsam,
I've been exclusively a Michelin tire customer since 1965. Any complaints (very few) have been handled to my satisfaction. Wore out the tread only once. All others have been replaced on time.

Consider looking into the FMCA Michelin Advantage program. The program provides quite a discount from the price offered retail customers. Go to FMCA is for motor coach and motorhome owners. Motorcoach articles, motor home blogs, motor coach advice and motorhome videos. and read about the program.
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I am on my third set of purchased Michelin XRV's. No problems over the several years and miles. Next time will likely be Michelin again.

Currently have equal for balancing in the tire. Seems to work fine.

Check out the Michelin fmca purchase program. Good price and installed via a authorized Michelin dealer well familiar with motorhomes.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:29 PM   #6
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While Bridgestone is a fine tire, I have owned them before on work trucks. Michelin is at the top of the food chain. Seems most tires are compaired to Michelin and thats what I would buy.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:19 PM   #7
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We've had Michelin XZA3s on the coach for 6 years now, and they have performed well. They don't lose any air, and have a nice ride. We have about 31,000 miles on them, and they hardly show any wear at all.
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I prefer Bridgestone as they have never failed me (Michelin has). We used Dyna beads for balancing. Tire Balancing Products
We took the advice of a friend who owns a tractor trailer repair shop, and previously owned a trucking company and a tire store. We are very pleased.
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I have used both Michelin and Bridgestone on my autos. My Michelin tires have always outlasted their warranty perriod, the Bridgestone did not. For the same price, I'd go with the one that has been proven better by my own on the road trials.

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Both good tires, we went with Bridgestone this time around.
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I have Michelin XZA-2 Energy Savers on the front and Bridgestone R250F on the dually rears.

I also have 12 ozs of Dyna Beads in all 6 tires.

Been that way since April 2010 and 36,000 miles.

I would buy either the Michelin or the Bridgestone tires once again plus I will ONLY use the Dyna Beads from Innovative Balancing in Rochester NY.

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IMO both are overrated and over priced. Save yourself some money go with a Toyo , Sumitomo, Yokohama etc. all great tires and will last just as long.
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Hey, I am glad we cleared this up for you.....

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