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Old 06-07-2012, 07:27 PM   #15
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I growl everytime I see your screen name posted. I went to NC State in Raleigh, so to me, "WOLFPACK" is semi-sacred. Probably is to you too, just a different team.

You don't have to growl Tom. I lived in NC and retired out of Fort Bragg. I loved NC then and was proud to call it home. Still love it today, it's just not home anymore. I'll root for any team from NC, especially NC State. They don't play in our Mountain West division though and since they'll never play University of Nevada, I'll always root for them. Cheers!

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Old 06-11-2012, 11:22 PM   #16
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About 3 years ago I bought our MH with extremely cracked tires on it. Had to drive about 60 miles on the freeway to get it home. Talk about a white-knuckle ride!
Anyway I bought 4 slightly used Bridgestones for the rear and 2 new Chinese tires for the front. Have probably 7,000 miles on them now. No wear showing, no cracking, still handles like when the tires were new.

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Old 06-12-2012, 07:04 PM   #17
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Have been running Cooper Roadmaster brand on my 10 wheelers for a number of years, and I think I have had 1 flat, caused by a bolt. other than that, 0 tire problems, I do a lot of tight turns and backing in drives when loaded to themax. Just bought 5 Roadmaster 17.5" for my 5er. So yes there is quality tires coming out of china.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:50 PM   #18
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^ I hope so. The motorhome I just bought has 6 brand new "made in China" tires...
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:05 PM   #19
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I expect that world renown companies that make tires in China will have specifications and inspections to make sure the finished product is as advertized.

Tires which are not known brand names, might carry some risk with them.

The chinese bought IBM's lap top divison and renamed it Lenovo, I havent heard bad things about it and my Apple I phone works reasonably well with no failures except by the cell provider.

I would not buy Chinese branded tools at all.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:43 PM   #20
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I don't care where the factory is located, but I want my tires made by a well-known company that has a reputation to uphold and a dealer network that can help me out if there is an unexpected problem. When Michelin (or Apple or Sony) operates a plant in China, I still get Michelin-quality tires with Michelin standing behind it, but when Ah-So-Good Tires imports tires from an unknown Chinese factory I have no idea what I'm getting, nor am I confident that I can find an Ah-So-Good representative if something goes sour. I'd rather not take the risk.

That doesn't mean I only buy top brand tires like Michlein, though. There are a dozen or so worldwide manufacturers that produce quality tires in factories around the world and are priced much lower. I'm currently running Continentals that are 2/3 the price of a Michelin or Goodyear. Some other excellent brands are Toyo, Hankook, Kumho, and Yokohoma. You can also save $ by buying Goodrich (a Michelin brand) instead of Michelin or Firestone (a Bridgestone brand) instead of Bridgestone. Or even by buying Bridgestone instead of Michelin or GY.
I was going to try Continental, but, even though their catalog listed 305/70 22.5's, they we not yet in production so I had to go with Michelin anyway. Have always used Michelin, and, up until I got a couple screws in Michelins with over 60,000 miles on them, I had never had so much as a flat tire with any of them. Only blow out I've ever had was a GoodYear on our '97 Jeep.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:32 PM   #21
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I put a set of Double Coins on my 34 footer, have over 10,000 in 3 years and seam to
be great. Bought from less Scwabb and I stop several time during any drive to have
pressure checked. Have them retorked also b4 heading out.

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:06 PM   #22
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My local Michelin dealer told me that Michelin tires made in China are only for the Chinese market. Could be tire salesman BS or could be true - just sayin'...

I recently bought new XRVs. Mine were also backordered, but arrived in about two weeks. Had DOT date codes of 1712 (17th week of 2012) and the DOT factory code indicated they were made in S. Carolina (B6). I read somewhere that all XRVs were made in either S. Carolina or Nova Scotia. Here's a link to plant codes. It must be out of date though because I don't see any China plants.

I also recently bought Hankook tires for my CR-V. They seem to be fine tires and relatively inexpensive. However, they are made in Korea, not China. They are OEM on some Ford products and highly rated by a certain consumer magazine.
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:12 PM   #23
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There are two things I will never scrimp on to save a few bucks. Tires and Brakes. All other malfunction just leave you stranded. Tires or brake failures can leave you dead. It's not worth the risk IMHO.
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:46 PM   #24
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Last year i bought 4 Roadmaster tires (255/70R22.5) for the back of my T/C.
THey look like very good tires. On the side it says "Engineered By Copper tire"
and Made in China. Good for the money, I think I paid $240 each.
This year I bought 2 new steer tires (275/70R22.5) because The old ones were OLD, cracked and too tall.
I bought Firestone 560Plus tires made in USA for $345 each. Just like the ones I bought last year I belive I got good tires for the money.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:19 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by SeattlePirat View Post
I expect that world renown companies that make tires in China will have specifications and inspections to make sure the finished product is as advertized.

Tires which are not known brand names, might carry some risk with them.

The chinese bought IBM's lap top divison and renamed it Lenovo, I havent heard bad things about it and my Apple I phone works reasonably well with no failures except by the cell provider.

I would not buy Chinese branded tools at all.
How about the Goodrich recall !!!
Michelin manufactures BF Goodrich tires. After a business merger of Uniroyal and BF Goodrich Tire in the mid 1980s, Michelin purchased the Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Co. in 1989, making it the largest tire company in the world

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I run Double Coin tires, after a five year trial of one Double Coin on the duels.

A fair amount of info on them on the web

I'm running their RR150 steer tire all around, 11R22.5's

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Old 08-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #27
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^ I hope so. The motorhome I just bought has 6 brand new "made in China" tires...
Welcome to the club. The 5th wheel I just bought advertised 6 new tires. Never check them because they were new until I got it home. FreeStar tires made in china. I called my tire guy and he said they were one of the "good" ones made but I have my fingers crossed.

Put Continentals on my F-350 and so far they are holding up well with 12k on them pulling a 16,500 lb 5th.
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I've had Coopers, Dunlops, Uniroyals, Firestones and Goodyears that were beyond garbage....so??

It all comes down to the tread and sidewall. I had a cheap set of no-name tires on my Coachmen when I bought it, and they hummed down the road like an old truck tire. I replaced them with a nicer no-name tire with a nice, smooth looking tread and heavy duty sidewall, and they were great!!!! I didn't put many miles on them though, because when the time came to change the rears, I couldn't buy matching tires...so I took the fronts off any sold them.

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