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Old 07-04-2015, 04:00 PM   #1
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Truck tires vs RV tires

Someone told me that it is ok to replace your RV coach tires with conventional truck tires. What are the pros and cons of this? Can this really be done? The Cost savings would be huge!
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Someone told me that it is ok to replace your RV coach tires with conventional truck tires. What are the pros and cons of this? Can this really be done? The Cost savings would be huge!
Sure can be done and I did it. Took off aged out Michelin RV tires and put on Firestone FS560 truck tires. Stiffer sidewall gives more responsive handling, less damage if curbed or driven into a pothole, easier to find a spare if needed, more affordable.

I actually had a Michelin dealer tell me "I would be sorry if I put any other brand on my motorhome." So I bought Firestones.... he was wrong .......... I am happy with my decision to run a tire that does not say RV on the sidewall.
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I think even though i have read the "info" from the tire companies that there 2 real differences between truck tires and RV tires

1 it says RV on the side wall
2 The Price

Just as a refrigerator with NO moving parts, (a RV fridge) Somehow they manage to make that more money as well.
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Someone told me that it is ok to replace your RV coach tires with conventional truck tires. What are the pros and cons of this? Can this really be done? The Cost savings would be huge!

There are only 2 tires that are marketed as RV specific. The Goodyear G670 and the Michelin XRV. All large size tires are engineered and developed for the commercial market. These two specific tires may have characteristics that RVers like but their basic design is for trucks. The RV market is just too small to justify the engineering costs.

Long story short, RV tires are largely marketing and not design. Look for all position, long haul or regional tires and you will have more choices.


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I switch to the Fire Stone FS 560 on our last MH and put them on our current MH. I have been very happy with them and would recommend them any time.
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Theres lots of choices besides those garbage G70s and XRVs. Sumitomo, Toyo, Bridgestone, Cooper, etc.
You will need to look at the spec chart for each brand to see which load range tires you can use.
I switched to Bridgestone R250Fs and couldnt be happier. They come with roadside service too. https://www.bfentirenet.com/product_...8&partial=true
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I switch to the Fire Stone FS 560 on our last MH and put them on our current MH. I have been very happy with them and would recommend them any time.
What size are your tires and are you happy with how they ride?
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What size are your tires and are you happy with how they ride?
What are the performance characteristics of truck tires vs. rv tires? How do they handle and wear? From previous posts, I gather truck tires have stronger sidewalls....might this protect against blowout?
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Our last MH we used the Bridgestone R250Fs front and rear. Our current MH I have replaced the 5 year old cracked Michelins on the front with them also. I plan to replace the 4 rear next year. Work and ride fine. Best part is they're cheaper.
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What are the performance characteristics of truck tires vs. rv tires? How do they handle and wear? From previous posts, I gather truck tires have stronger sidewalls....might this protect against blowout?

The 2 lines of RV tires, the G670 and the XRV are essentially all position, long haul, truck tires. The tires with more sidewall protection are marketed as "regional or pickup and delivery". The Bridgestone R250F mentioned in the post above are "Regional" tires. I have them on my drive & tag axles & they are great tires.

Your biggest protection against blowout is be "anal" about inflation pressure. Heat kills tires and under inflation drives heat. I believe in TPMS but others don't.


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Sure can be done and I did it. Took off aged out Michelin RV tires and put on Firestone FS560 truck tires. Stiffer sidewall gives more responsive handling, less damage if curbed or driven into a pothole, easier to find a spare if needed, more affordable.

I actually had a Michelin dealer tell me "I would be sorry if I put any other brand on my motorhome." So I bought Firestones.... he was wrong .......... I am happy with my decision to run a tire that does not say RV on the sidewall.
I did the same thing as you. I put on 1100 22.5 Firestone FS560 on my coach and after 7000 miles I really think I made the right choice. It rides and handles great and I saved a few bucks as well.
The company I drive for uses alot of Firestone tires on their trucks and have great success with them. You do have to make sure you have enough clearance for the truck size.
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I actually had a Michelin dealer tell me "I would be sorry if I put any other brand on my motorhome."
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What are the performance characteristics of truck tires vs. rv tires? How do they handle and wear? From previous posts, I gather truck tires have stronger sidewalls....might this protect against blowout?
Might be a load rating higher or higher ply. The 250s I got were actually lighter than XRVs by 8 lbs each.
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