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Old 08-02-2016, 11:45 AM   #1
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Tires, Tires, Tires

Looking to buy 6 new tires Firestone, Toyo's 275/R70 Load H rating Or I
I had a blowup on the inside rear and did about $8,000 Damage
plus towing. It is unbeleiveable the damage and impact is had while drive
Lucky I was only going about 35 or 40 and had been doing 65 to 70 before
I bought a Hercules tire just to get me off the Freeway brand new and will sell it cheap tire has 5 miles on it. Going to do Firestone or Toyo's and maybe goodyear but I don't think so they ride to hard.
any input??

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Looking to buy 6 new tires Firestone, Toyo's 275/R70 Load H rating Or I
I had a blowup on the inside rear and did about $8,000 Damage
plus towing. It is unbeleiveable the damage and impact is had while drive
Lucky I was only going about 35 or 40 and had been doing 65 to 70 before
I bought a Hercules tire just to get me off the Freeway brand new and will sell it cheap tire has 5 miles on it. Going to do Firestone or Toyo's and maybe goodyear but I don't think so they ride to hard.
any input??

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Good to see that you are OK
From postings in this forum, Hercules seemed to be an acceptable tire. If riding hard have you checked or what the tire pressure is?
I just purchased Toyo because I replaced mine with same tire as I was happy with the ride.
Did insurance pay for the damage?
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:37 PM   #3
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Well, I have never owned Toyo or Firestone so cant help there.. My coach came with Goodyear. Inside dual came apart from the inside and did $8k in damage. Replaced all with Michelin and have my fingers crossed. I will attest that my coach rides and handles much better on the Michelins than it did on the Goodyear. .
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:06 PM   #4
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I have been a Michelin buyer for a long time. From watching threads here I plan to look at Toyo and Hankook next year when our tires are due for renewal.
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:41 PM   #5
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Michelin tires through the FMCA national account program
would be the best use of your money, for the best quality
tires. JMHO
I used to have Goodyears, big problem with "rivering/erosion",
went to Michelins, thrilled after 18K.
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:08 PM   #6
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Personally I wouldn't trust Firestone tires, nor would I trust the company to do the right thing if the tires were defective. Firestone has had a long history of massive recalls. Every truck I've ever bought that came with Firestone tires on it had the tires recalled within the first 2 years of ownership.

Their recalls have involved several millions of tires and date as far back as the late 1970's. If you recall the Firestone 500 fiasco it started with defective products being identified in 1972. The company denied the problem and stone walled any action until the NHTSA forced them to take action in 1978. Between 1972 and 1978 the company continued to produce and sell over 14,000,000 tires that were later involved in the recall.

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The company made a calculated decision to deny the problem as long as possible. They reasoned that the longer they held off making a recall the fewer tires they would be forced to replace. The calculation didn't work out quite as planned. Between the fines, the number of tires they were forced to replace, and the money paid out in lawsuits they would have been better off to admit and correct the problem when it was first identified.

The company hasn't fared much better since Bridgestone has taken over the reins. As late as 2000 they were ordered to recall another 14,000,000 tires sold as original equipment on several Ford products. There have been a number of recalls since then in 2008, 2012, and 2015. Their history and current practices aren't such that I would want to trust my family's lives with their products.
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Old 08-02-2016, 03:02 PM   #7
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Smile Tires

Just went with a complete set of Hankooks and love them compared to the high priced Goodyears. No comparison in the ride and handling they provide over the Goodyears..
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Had Michelins as OEMs. Just recently replaced (due to age) with TOYOs. For the difference in price vs. the Michelins, I think that the TOYOs are a much better "value". I can detect no difference in ride quality in the first couple of thousand miles.
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I replaced my Michelin's with Toyo's 4 years ago and couldn't be happier. I saved about $1300 over Michelin's.
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I've had 3 sets of Toyo's and recently Hancook AH12's. I highly recommend either.
I paid approximately $3200 for the Toyo's and the AH12 Hancook's came in at a respectable $2400. The only reason I went with them is the Toyo's were not available where I bought my last coach. The Hancooks performed well with a nice ride. Warranty was similar to the Toyo's.
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Increasing load rating

I am looking at Sumitomos but I was wondering...is it worth it to increase the load range rating? I have load range F as original equipment but was thinking that it might be a good idea to switch to G for extra piece of mind. Would appreciate anyone's thoughts.
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I am looking at Sumitomos but I was wondering...is it worth it to increase the load range rating? I have load range F as original equipment but was thinking that it might be a good idea to switch to G for extra piece of mind. Would appreciate anyone's thoughts.
I've heard good things regarding the Sumitomos. In fact, Sailun has come a long ways in recent times.
It's always good to go with a heavier load range tire. It all depends on the weight you are running.
I would be going to a G at least on a coach.
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I looked at the load range G Sumitomos of the same size. What I found is that they are larger in diameter by about four inches. That seems like too much for me to switch over to them, especially since I was only going to do the fronts now and the rears in the spring. What I don't understand is how that can be possible if they are the same aspect ratio?
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I have had Firestone tires on our last two Class A MH's and have not had any issues.
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