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Old 03-22-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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Triangle brand tires

Does anyone have any experience with Triangle brand tires. The tires are 275/70R/22.5. They are on the diesel motor home that I looked at yesterday. Am shopping for a used motor home. Tires are very important and I don't want to buy a unit with junk tires no matter how new the tires may be. Thanks for any input that you may have.
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They're definitely a Chinese tire and make no effort to disguise the fact. I haven't heard much about the pros and cons of their truck and commercial tires but I do know from reading car forums that their car tires have a lot of complaints.

I'll be interested if anybody here has used Triangle tires on a mothorhome.

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edit: I just did a pretty quick search on the internet and I surprisingly don't see a lot of complaints about their commercial tires. The trucking industry uses Chinese tires quite a bit because their prices are usually substantially lower since they go through tires so quickly. Brands like Sampson, Double Coin, Hercules, etc. all are quite good sellers amongst truckers. A thread here on this form that dates back to 2007 mentions Triangle tires on a mothorhome so they've been around for quite awhile.

2nd edit: I found this article -click here- stating that they are one of the five largest tire manufacturers in China and have formed strategic relationships with several large U.S. companies. They are also, as of 2011, opening a research and development center in Akron and plan to located their U.S. sales office there also.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:30 AM   #3
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Triangle is a major Chinese brand and used through out the trucking industry.
However you pay for what you get. For $250 you get a tire that only does half the mileage of say a Michelin.
In lots of situations these tires suit an operator.
A lot of vehicles that operate off road ( building sites etc) are prone to tire damage
I'd rather stake a triangle than a Michelin
Can't see why you would not get 5 years and 30000 miles out of them.
If they are on there and in date don't change them
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In buying any RV, use the Tire birthdate and manufacturer as a factor in your bid/counter offer and advise them why. Same goes with condition and inspection of the roof, finish, paint, decals, types of breaks (shoe or disc), etc.
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Tires can always be changed. So if you can get a good price on the RV with allowance made for some good tires, take the RV and head down to get some tires. On a motorhome, I had good success with both Michelin and Bridgestone. Some folks have have good results with Sumitomo.

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I have 4 Triangle tiers on my RV. I did the same research and found no big complaints on the truck forums. I have about 2000 miles on them and have had no problems. Mine came on my RV when I bought it.
Steve, I think if you can find them for $250.00 you should by them. The going price around here is $450.00 plus.
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I put 6 new Chinese tires on my rig, and have beaten the crap out of them. 6000 miles in Mexico on some really bad roads, more than 6000 on crappy American roads. Never a single issue. Guess it makes some feel better to blast Chinese tires - I'd be more concerned about American construction!
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I have 4 Triangle tiers on my RV. I did the same research and found no big complaints on the truck forums. I have about 2000 miles on them and have had no problems. Mine came on my RV when I bought it.
Steve, I think if you can find them for $250.00 you should by them. The going price around here is $450.00 plus.
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Wow
I've finally found something cheaper in Australia.
I think I paid $640 for 295/80 ZXA Michelin
Here in Aus the Michelin price is comparable but we only pay between $225 and $280 for things like triangles.
Even so you shouldn't have a problem with them.
I would just add that for that price difference is just pay for Michelin
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I put 6 new Chinese tires on my rig, and have beaten the crap out of them. 6000 miles in Mexico on some really bad roads, more than 6000 on crappy American roads. Never a single issue. Guess it makes some feel better to blast Chinese tires - I'd be more concerned about American construction!
If it makes you feel better to drive your family around in a 30,000 lb bus with Chinese tires against the road, go to it...I feel a hell of a lot safer with my family riding on Michelins...!
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If it makes you feel better to drive your family around in a 30,000 lb bus with Chinese tires against the road, go to it...I feel a hell of a lot safer with my family riding on Michelins...!

If it makes you feel better about the price you paid for your Michelins (that were made where?) that's fine, too. My comment is a real world experience over some of the worse roads in North America and amazing performance. All tires imported have to be DOT approved (not that I have any faith in the idiots in our government...). I'll buy the same tires I did before if/when the time comes!
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If it makes you feel better about the price you paid for your Michelins (that were made where?) that's fine, too. My comment is a real world experience over some of the worse roads in North America and amazing performance. All tires imported have to be DOT approved (not that I have any faith in the idiots in our government...). I'll buy the same tires I did before if/when the time comes!
Just so you know: (In 1988, Michelin acquired the tyre and rubber manufacturing divisions of the American B.F. Goodrich Company founded in 1870. This included the Norwood, North Carolina manufacturing plant which supplied tyres to the U.S. Space Shuttle Program.[7][8] Two years later, it bought Uniroyal, Inc., founded in 1892 as the United States Rubber Company. Uniroyal Australia had already been bought by Bridgestone in 1980.
Michelin also controls 90% of Taurus Tire in Hungary, as well as Kormoran, a Polish brand.
As of 1 September 2008, Michelin is again the world's largest tyre manufacturer after spending two years as number two behind Bridgestone.[9] Michelin produces tyres in France, Spain, Germany, the USA, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, Italy and several other countries. On 15 January 2010, Michelin announced the closing of its Ota, Japan plant, which employs 380 workers and makes the Michelin X-Ice tyre. Production of the X-Ice will be moved to Europe, North America, and elsewhere in Asia.)

I'm a believer of what just works...good. Been using Michelin tires on all four rigs for over 15 years. High mileage, well over 60,000 miles, no blow-outs, no flats....they are just worth the money and I'm a tight wad!! I'm sure others have had terrible results....just not me.
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I've never herd of triangle tires but there are a lot of things I've never herd of. If you like the motorhome and can get it for a good price figure in the cost of new tires for your peace of mind. I would be more concerned with the motorhome condition and features than what tires it has, tires can be easly changed, although not cheaply.
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I put 6 new Chinese tires on my rig, and have beaten the crap out of them. 6000 miles in Mexico on some really bad roads, more than 6000 on crappy American roads. Never a single issue. Guess it makes some feel better to blast Chinese tires - I'd be more concerned about American construction!
There has been plenty of good reason to blast Chinese products form trying to poison our kids to playing politics with their currency. They have proven over and over that a lot of what they produce is crap. Buy what you want but don't get uptight when someone questions the quality.
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I'm no fan of Chinese stuff. And sure, I'd like to buy only products made in the U.S.A. But we all know that's impossible to do. I have purchased both German and Japanese cars and I have also purchased Japanese and Korean Tires in the past. Would I prefer to buy products made in the U.S.A.? Sure, absolutely. However, I also work hard for my money and want to get the most bang for the buck. If I feel a Japanese car is better built and has better reliability (which was the case several decades ago), then I'm going to spend my money on a Japanese car rather than an unreliable and dangerous Ford Pinto for the only reason being that it was made by UAW workers in the U.S. (and I've been a union person all my working life *cringes*)

With that said, Triangle tires, the more I research them, don't sound like too bad a product. If, for instance --and I'm not saying that they are-- a Triangle tire was similar in characteristics as a Michelin when it came to wear, reliability, and ride comfort for a lesser price, I may possibly consider buying Triangles.

Here's an article from last year on Triangle and how they strive to put themselves above the Chinese tire makers who have the reputation of not being reputable:

Tire Review - Triangle Tyre: Setting a Benchmark in China

“Chinese tire plants that do not comply with international manufacturing and distribution practices, and there are many, are not only disrupting markets abroad, they are posing a massive problem to respectable Chinese tiremakers such as ourselves, who strive to do everything by the ‘book’.

“The Triangle Group, for one, cannot afford for its reputation to be tarnished in the marketplace, nor can we afford to subscribe to the low cost practices to which they adhere. On the contrary, we need to go the extra mile in terms of employing the latest technology and equipment, which is why we upgrade our facilities and equipment on a regular basis, importing machinery from world-famous companies in Italy, Holland, Germany, the U.S. and the like. This is just one way to ensure that we stand head and shoulders above less reputable operators.”



I've also been reading reports from the Trucking industry, not only in the U.S. but in other countries that claim Triangle tires are getting extremely good reviews by operators.

So who knows? Maybe Triangle will be another Yokohama or Hankook (both of which are excellent tires, one Japanese and the other Korean) in a few years.

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