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Old 09-16-2014, 01:14 PM   #1
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Dunlop vs Michelin tires

Well, it's time that I replace the tires on my 2008 Signature. I priced the tires using the FMCA discount and I still nearly choked.

I have a friend that said he could get me 8 brand new Dunlop tires mounted and balanced out the door for about the same price as 6 of the Michelins.

The question is has any one had any experence with the Dunlops in 295/80/22.5 sizes? I am a little tired of the Michelin side wall cracking. I've had 4 tires out of the 8 do this.
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Since RV tires typically age out rather than wear out, I'd think Dunlops would be fine.
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Well, it's time that I replace the tires on my 2008 Signature. I priced the tires using the FMCA discount and I still nearly choked.

I have a friend that said he could get me 8 brand new Dunlop tires mounted and balanced out the door for about the same price as 6 of the Michelins.

The question is has any one had any experence with the Dunlops in 295/80/22.5 sizes? I am a little tired of the Michelin side wall cracking. I've had 4 tires out of the 8 do this.
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I don't know about Dunlap tires but I too, am "a little tired of the Michelin side wall cracking", (which began developing on my Michelin XZX tires at less than 3 years of age).
All I can say about Michelins is: NEVER AGAIN!
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I used Dunlops for several years on 18 wheelers with no problems.
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Well, it's time that I replace the tires on my 2008 Signature. I priced the tires using the FMCA discount and I still nearly choked.

I have a friend that said he could get me 8 brand new Dunlop tires mounted and balanced out the door for about the same price as 6 of the Michelins.

The question is has any one had any experence with the Dunlops in 295/80/22.5 sizes? I am a little tired of the Michelin side wall cracking. I've had 4 tires out of the 8 do this.
I prefer Michelin, they are cracking on the sidewall for the reason that they are old (not worn out) the soft sidewall is why your Coach rides 100% better on them
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I prefer Michelin, they are cracking on the sidewall for the reason that they are old (not worn out) the soft sidewall is why your Coach rides 100% better on them
Last week I viewed a friend's MH with 4 year old Michelin tires on it. For a premium tire, the sidewall cracking was terrible.

Last year I personally took off 7 year old Michelin tires (with cracking) and replaced with Firestone FS560 tires. Eleven months later I am pleased with my decision.
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I prefer Michelin, they are cracking on the sidewall for the reason that they are old (not worn out) the soft sidewall is why your Coach rides 100% better on them
Old???? One of the tires is only 4 years old...I really don't consider that old.
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Dunlop is Goodyear's lower-price brand. Odds are in the size you need that it is exactly the same tire as another Goodyear model, though perhaps not the G670 RV model.

You didn't mention the tire size, but chances are that most any tires dealer can supply you with a lower-priced tire that its your coach. I'm running Continentals now in probably the same size you use, but Bridgestone/Firestone, Yokahoma, and Hankook all offer top quality tires at much lower prices than Michelin. My Continentals were 2/3's the price of Michelin or the Goodyear G670. And they ride fine, despite what some people say.
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I also have Continentals on my coach with no complaints after 3 years and 24,000 miles.
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Old???? One of the tires is only 4 years old...I really don't consider that old.
4 years is old for a Tire, it's rubber and what ever else they add to the mix plus it sits most of the time, I don't mind spending the extra bucks for a good ride, I removed 6 Firestone's 275's they have 90% rubber come get em for free....
(I bet it's more than 4 years old, look at the date on the sidewall, if it's not too cracked)
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There is a reason that Michelin puts 0 days warranty on sidewall cracks.
Yet many still buy them at high $$$$

I am running 9 year 4 month young G670's with no cracks.
Yes they cost more, but worth it over the XRV even with a littler rivering.

I will replace them next spring when they are a little over 10 years old.
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I ran a set of Dunlops on my 2001 Dutchstar for about 7 years until I traded it. I had no problems.
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(I bet it's more than 4 years old, look at the date on the sidewall, if it's not too cracked)
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I prefer Michelin, they are cracking on the sidewall for the reason that they are old (not worn out) the soft sidewall is why your Coach rides 100% better on them
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The OP's Michelin tires might be old but mine ARE NOT.
My 6 Michelin XZE tires are less than 3 1/2 years old, (the DOT date code is 1611).
There are thousands of cracks in the sidewalls, which are getting worse month by month.
BTW, the previous 2 sets of tires on my coach, (all 12 Goodyear G159), had NO SIDEWALL CRACKS in 8, and 7, years.

Given a choice I would prefer tires with NO sidewall cracks to tires with softer, (better riding?)... CRACKING sidewalls.

Sadly...once your overpriced Michelin tires begin to crack you have no choice.

As I said never again!

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I read comments about these "Cracking" sidewalls, let's see some Pictures, I have noticed them but haven't seen anything that would make me worry, Michelin has no warranty on a brand new tire with cracks?? I am in their "Fleet" program and no problems, never lost a Michelin Tire either, I can't say that for Goodyear, Bridgestone or Continental, maybe I've been lucky!!
Let's see the PICTURES...
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