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Old 11-09-2012, 01:04 PM   #71
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I haven't had to purchase new tires for our MH yet but this discussion IS interesting for many reasons:

1. How many people just don't repurchase tires that were on the MH in the first place, i.e., manufacturer recommended

2. How many people automatically jump to the lowest price to get that 'deal'.

3. The number of former retired military folk who are ok with purchasing Chinese made products

What I wonder is how many of folks that fall under categories 2 & 3 are the same who complain that American doesn't make any products anymore; or who complain that Wal-Mart is killing America?

I can honestly say this - when I'm going down the Interstate riding in a house I don't even want to have to worry that a tire is going to blow and if that costs me an extra amount so be it - it's a lot cheaper than having the MH in the repair center for weeks at a time.

BTW living in Florida I'm familiar with Chinese dry-wall. I've had a relative who experienced the Chinese toothpaste in the past and of course read about the Chinese lead toys as well. Fool me once shame on you - fool me twice shame on me!
I am one of the 2&3 people who dont think Walmart is killing America.. What does being a Vet have to do with that anyways???

If you wish to pay extra for piece of mind, or to help America, or whatever, thats absolutely your right. Thats what I fought for..

Look, are Chinese tires the best? Prolly not. But, just because they are Chinese does not mean they will automatically kill you. Every tire brand has their problems, and every tire brand has blown at one time or another. Simply calling all Chinese tires 'junk' does no good.
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I am one of the 2&3 people who dont think Walmart is killing America.. What does being a Vet have to do with that anyways???

If you wish to pay extra for piece of mind, or to help America, or whatever, thats absolutely your right. Thats what I fought for..

Look, are Chinese tires the best? Prolly not. But, just because they are Chinese does not mean they will automatically kill you. Every tire brand has their problems, and every tire brand has blown at one time or another. Simply calling all Chinese tires 'junk' does no good.
I found many times using the words 'all' 'never' 'always' and absolutes like that usually get me into trouble. For all I know, my Michelins are made in China. It seems most things are these days.
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I'll only share my experience and what I've seen in many years on RV forums.

1. The OEM Chinese tires supplied on a number of 5th wheels do appear to have unacceptably high failure rates. Because of that, I've never used them.

2. The tire failures I've experienced have been with OEM U.S.-made Goodyear tires - Marathons on our 1996 30' 5th wheel and G614 RSTs on our current 5th wheel.

3. When I've changed out RV tires, I've gone to Michelins - XPS Ribs on our previous 2000 36' 5th wheel and XTAs on our current 5th wheel. I've never had a problem or failure with any of our Michelin tires.

For what it's worth - YMMV......

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Rusty, always good to hear another positive experience of Michelins.

There is another thread a guy only had 3.5 year old new Michelins on his Monaco (they were not Michelin RV specific tires, they were more for local truck, I think they were XZE Michelins) and they were cracking and checking and Michelin will not warranty any of its tires against cracking and checking during the 5 year warranty period. He was very upset and I don't blame him about spending 4k on tires and 4 years later they are falling apart.

I haven't had a Michelin tire in my lifetime fail me yet. Knock on wood.
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The Goodyear exec did mention that the Marathons made in China are "crap". The NTSHA has a list of country of origin for tires.
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The Goodyear exec did mention that the Marathons made in China are "crap". The NTSHA has a list of country of origin for tires.
Now that we agree on... Except, the Marathons made in the USA are also crap
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