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Old 11-21-2006, 05:12 PM   #1
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Yesterday we had a blowout on our 2004 NuWa HitchHiker Champagne fifth wheel. We have the original equipment Goodyear G235/85/16 (14 ply) tires on the trailer. We were shocked to be quoted a price of $297.47 to replace this tire. We do have a tire warranty with Tire Choice out of Scottsdale, AZ. We filed the claim today, but it will take a week or so before they make their decision. We also did some damage to the wheelwell and skirt on the slide out nearest the explosion. We were just wondering whether anyone had experience with replacing tires and whether that price was too high. Thanks,
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Old 11-21-2006, 05:12 PM   #2
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Yesterday we had a blowout on our 2004 NuWa HitchHiker Champagne fifth wheel. We have the original equipment Goodyear G235/85/16 (14 ply) tires on the trailer. We were shocked to be quoted a price of $297.47 to replace this tire. We do have a tire warranty with Tire Choice out of Scottsdale, AZ. We filed the claim today, but it will take a week or so before they make their decision. We also did some damage to the wheelwell and skirt on the slide out nearest the explosion. We were just wondering whether anyone had experience with replacing tires and whether that price was too high. Thanks,
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Old 11-21-2006, 05:21 PM   #3
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Sounds like it is about double of what it should be. I recently purchased 2:85 16s for the truck for less than $150 each and that is a lot more tire than the one you have.
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Old 11-21-2006, 07:17 PM   #4
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For that price, I would seriously consider changing to Michelin XPS ribs. But for a 14 ply tire you will pay through the nose.
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:26 AM   #5
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It sounds like his tires are the G-rated Goodyear Unisteel G614 RST rated 3750 lbs @ 110 PSIG. If so, the E-rated Michelin XPS Rib (3042 lbs @ 80 PSIG), as good as it is, would be over its limits in this application.

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Old 11-22-2006, 08:32 AM   #6
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I just paid about 260.00 for G614's, so it's a little high IMHO.
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Old 11-22-2006, 09:15 AM   #7
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Sorry to hear of your tire failure, but does the dealer have that G tire in stock? I just bought all new ones and had a heck of a time finding them. The price at the Goodyear store was #385.00 with taxes,each, and he only had one and had no idea where or when he could get any more. I ended up buying them 2 states away for $325.00 each. And that place was the only place to get them. He had 7 total and was not thrilled to sell me 5 of them. They are used on the ambulance fleet he has to maintain and didn't want to run short for them. Was told by all the places I check on that Goodyear was on strike, and that the RV manufacturers were getting any and all production of that tire.
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:56 PM   #8
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I just bought 4 in San Antonio last week for $197.9oeach plus FET and sales tax including monting, after losing the tread off one, although it didn't blow this time. That is cheaper than the ones I bought in Ohio 4 years ago. I believe each dealer can set the price he charges. As for Michelin, he is out of luck, as Goodyear has the market locked up for the G rated (14 ply).
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I have the same tires that you have Tall Texan and had a lot of trouble. Two blew out and one got a split of the sidewall. The one with the split was replaced and it got a bulge on the sidewall. I am getting a set of Michelin XPS Ribs for around $200 a tire before we go the Florida in January. No More Goodyears for me
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You are right Rusty my tires are E rated. I am just a little pi-- at Goodyear specially when a dealer down in Fla. tried to get almost $200 for a Goodyear tire that looked like new blew out. I went somewhere else and got a Uniroyal for $50 less.
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Tom,

Tall Texan's tires are G-rated (3750 lbs @ 110 PSIG). The Michelin XPS Ribs are only E-rated (3042 lbs @ 80 PSIG) in the LT235/85R-16 size. I would be extremely careful to ensure that they will provide the load carrying capacity you need.

Although I haven't been able to find it, I believe BFGoodrich might have a G-rated Commercial LT tire available in this size - I'll keep searching. (On edit - then again, maybe not. I've only been able to find an E-rated BFGoodrich Commercial LT.)

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Old 12-09-2006, 09:06 AM   #11
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I am also trying to educate myself on the subject of wheel bearings and Dexter Nev R Lube axles. We are looking to replace our tires in late Feb '07 and the tire dealer suggested we have our wheel bearing checked. Any suggestions or comments? By the way, being fulltimers, we will have between 35,000 and 40,000 miles on these axles at the time of the tire replacements.
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:48 PM   #12
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I had a Goodyear G614 blow out in Shreveport last June. $275 for a replacement. When I got home I did what I had been planning before the trip. I replaced the wheels with 17.5 inch Visions Type 71 ($190ea at Discount Tire) and the tires with Hankook TH10's in 215/75R-17.5 ($170ea). The tire wheel combos are rated at 4805lbs. There are a dozen manufacturers that offer 17.5 inch tires which makes them less expensive and easier to find.
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Tall Texan, Given the possible resultant damage from a broken wheel bearing, I'd have them, and grease seals replaced with that mileage. Uusually RV trailer axles are loaded near their limit, I've had several bearings show surface flaking(small flakes of metal in the grease) over the years.
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After 20 plus years of owning travel trailers we had a serios failure last March. The bearings disintergrated, the wheel stayed on but the cast iron hub was ruined. I spent from 11AM-5PM on the side of I-81 trying to find parts and make repairs before we were back under way.
After that I wondered about the other 3 sets of bearings, and sure enough I found others ready to fail. I've repacked bearings for 40 years and never had a failure until that time.
I never did figure out what caused the failure, but from here on I'll make darned sure to check the bearings a lot more than I used to.
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