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Old 08-23-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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New to forum.. Need new tires

We're new to this forum. Looks like a very useful tool.
After just putting on a new set of BFGoodrich commercial TA235/85/R16 tires last winter, we were notified the tires were being recalled. What would be the best tire to replace with? I'm more interested in safety than cost. The tires will go on a 2006 35' Travel Supreme 5th wheeler with a GVW of 14500. Thanks in advance.
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Doesn't the recall include a new set of tires?
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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Here ya go... A short thread I started last week on the same subject.

Excel Tire Advice!

I now have the 17.5 wheels with the Goodyear G114s. Looks much better than the previous 16 inch wheel and tires. Neat thing about the 17.5 wheels, there are lots more options for heavy duty G and H rated tires than with the 16s.
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Yes, the dealer will replace the tire but said he would probably put on Michelin for an extra cost. Will the heavy Michelin hold up?
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:07 PM   #5
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I've had great service from all 7 sets of Michelins I've owned, but never had the size I needed available when replacing tires on any of my 5ers.
A friend has had a set on his triple axle Teaton , 3 seasons of full timing and a trip around the lower 48 , no problems .
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:20 AM   #7
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We're new to this forum. Looks like a very useful tool.
After just putting on a new set of BFGoodrich commercial TA235/85/R16 tires last winter, we were notified the tires were being recalled. What would be the best tire to replace with? I'm more interested in safety than cost. The tires will go on a 2006 35' Travel Supreme 5th wheeler with a GVW of 14500. Thanks in advance.

After doing extensive research on trailer tires I came to the conclusion that Light Truck tires would work the best for me. They are heavier and have a deeper tread pattern then ST tires. I also wanted American made tires so that ruled out most if not all of the ST tires sold in America. When I was done with my research I ended up buying a set of Michelins tires for my trailer I purchased 4-LT245/75R/16E XPS Ribs tires, these are rated at 3042LBS at 80Psi.
Now you will need to determine what your axle ratings are for your trailer and the weight that the trailer tires and wheels will support. In my case the trailer axles were rated for 5200LBS each so I could install the Michelin XPS Ribs on the trailer in the 16 wheel size. You may need to increase your wheel size to use a heavier load carrying ability tire. I have attached the Michelin tire and load and inflation tables for your review.
http://www.michelinrvtires.com/michelinrv/tires-retreads/load-inflation-tables.jsp
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If he's replacing the Commercial T/As with Michelin XPS Ribs, pay the money and go for it!! The XPS Rib is the ultimate load range E 16" LT tire for trailer towing. Unlike the Commercial T/A that uses a fabric and steel construction (fabric carcass/steel belt), the XPS Rib is all steel - steel carcass/steel belt construction. I've utilized them on a previous 5th wheel as well as the tow vehicle (a 2002 Dodge Ram 3500 dually) and never had a problem. These tires have a great reputation as problem-solvers where other OEM LT235/85R-16 tires have failed.

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What would be the best tire to replace with? I'm more interested in safety than cost. The tires will go on a 2006 35' Travel Supreme 5th wheeler with a GVW of 14500.
If you load the RV to the GVWR, then the XPS Rib in size LT235/85R16E will be right at the max weight it is designed to support. The XPS Rib is the only LT tire rated for all position service, including trailer service. If you have 6,000-pound axles, then I would go with the XPS Rib.

But if you have 7,000-pound axles, then the XPS Rib might not have quite enough weight capacity for your heavy luxury RV. In that case I would change wheels to 17.5" wheels, maybe these:
17.5" x 6.75" 865 Aluminum Hi-Spec Series 03 Trailer Wheel. 4,850 pound capacity

For the tires, I'm a firm believeer in Michelin, sO Iwould go with the Michelin commercial XTE2 in size 235/75R17.5.
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then select transport pickup an delivery, trailer tires, size 235/75R17.5
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We're new to this forum. Looks like a very useful tool.
After just putting on a new set of BFGoodrich commercial TA235/85/R16 tires last winter, we were notified the tires were being recalled. What would be the best tire to replace with? I'm more interested in safety than cost. The tires will go on a 2006 35' Travel Supreme 5th wheeler with a GVW of 14500. Thanks in advance.
Do you have a tripple axle unit?

What does your certification label list your GAWR at?

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The tires are being replaced at no cost to the owner.
There in a PDF on RV.net 5th wheel forum from Michelin. See the B F Goodrich tire recall ongoing thread.

Some are getting the commercial grade XPS Ribs for free replacement.

The Bridgestone Duravis R-250 is another excellent commercial grade all steel carcass LT tire if you don' go with the Michelin guidelines for free tire replacements.
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I ordered Michelin XTA 17.5" load range J tires on my new Excel.
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I ordered Michelin XTA 17.5" load range J tires on my new Excel.
If the manufacturer offers upgraded wheels/tires it always better to order them!
Usually cheaper and you'll probably find they really are needed.
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I just got my recalled 245/75/16 tires replaced with XPS RIB, no cost. But now I'm a freeloader according to people on Rv.net. Because Michelin authorized certain tires to replace the t/a's and I picked what Pete's tire barn had in stock (it's a major Michelin dealer) They had the ribs. No dealer has the new post recall t/a's yet around here. One dealer (sears auto) did try to order them but when they arrived they were recalled versions. Any tire on their list of available replacements is offered to you...
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