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Old 08-20-2019, 07:27 AM   #1
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Want advice on tire brand purchase for spare tire use

I'm planning on buying a spare tire.

I currently have Michelin XZA2 Energy in 295/80R/22.5. (Load range H). My front axle single-tire load is 7,500 lbs.

I don't want to pay $600+ for a spare tire so Michelin brand is out.
But I want a tire I can trust and if installed I can drive hundreds of miles to complete my trip and return home (not just to closest tire shop).

Since this tire needs to fit all positions (drive, tag, and steering) it needs to be the same OD or very close to it (41.1" OD per Michelin brochure).

Does anyone have any recommendations?

I saw "Hercules H-601" tire, which is 295/80R/22.5 load range H for sale, but I don't know anything about this brand.

the next tire size closest to the OD I need is the 275/80R22.5 (40.0" OD) but I don't know if that size comes in a load range H or higher. I've only seen it in a G rating.
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If you live a metropolitan area with tire shops I'd do some shopping for a good used tire. If the shop does sell tires for RV's there's a good chance they may have a good used tire to match your Michelin's. If you do a good inspection of the inside of the tire and there are no repairs, cracks, or signs of running flat the tire could work as a spare. If you have RV friends you may check around and see if they are going to change tires as an option.


I did keep one of my old tires and mounted to carry a spare. Next time I change out tires (which will be before the next long trip) I'll probably swap out. Too bad too since my front tires still look like new but are 10 years old, rear just turned 8 years. I haven't had the coach out for +3 years as I am building a new house and didn't want to waste $$$ just sitting there.
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Used is fine as long as it is under 7 years old. I don't want to risk putting my spare tire on and then having a blow out because the spare is too old.

I called one of the large RV salvage yards to see if they had a tire for sale - and they said no (you'd think they would have plenty of tires). Maybe it's a liability issue.

I found three tires in my size and load range. Not sure what the cost is yet (waiting for quote to be sent).

1) Hercules H-601 295/80R22.5 load range H, 41.1" OD
2) Toyo M144 295/80R22.5 load range H , 41.5" OD
3) Toyo M144 305/70R22.5 load range L, 39.5" OD

The hard part is finding the tire with the proper load range (H or higher).
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I replaced all of my 295/80.22.5 XZA2's with the M144 Toyo's. Cost for just the tire was $387 plus sales tax. In 25 years of motorhome travel in seven different coaches, I have never carried a spare or needed one.
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I agree on not needing a spare for 22.5's

And you don't want to ever mix 275 with 295 tires, best to replace two and keep one to travel with if you feel that strong

You can always purchase one along the road albeit maybe higher then
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When I got all 6 replaced a few weeks back I asked that my take-offs not be resold due to age and checkered sidewalls. The shop guy said that selling used tires is forbidden. I did not ask if that was a company rule or a law.
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When I got all 6 replaced a few weeks back I asked that my take-offs not be resold due to age and checkered sidewalls. The shop guy said that selling used tires is forbidden. I did not ask if that was a company rule or a law.
Maybe his shop doesn't/can't sell them but you can. I replaced all 8 six year old 295's last year and sold the XZE Energy's for $500. If they had been the more popular 275 semi tires I could have sold them for $100 each.
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I agree on not needing a spare for 22.5's

And you don't want to ever mix 275 with 295 tires, best to replace two and keep one to travel with if you feel that strong

You can always purchase one along the road albeit maybe higher then
I'm not replacing with 275s. I'm looking at the 295s.
IO did have 305/70s on the short list, but i'll stick to the 295s so all tires are same size.
Thanks for the advice.
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