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Old 03-10-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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New tires needed

As the rig starts to shed it's winter snow, I am starting the research on replacing Michelin 245/70 R 19.5 XRV tires. Any recommendations, thoughts on replacements?
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
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Hi,

If I were going to replace my Michelins I would put back the same Michelins. I had Michelins on my 1987 Minnie Winnie and they lasted 90K.

I had a few problems with my Michelins on my '04 but were caused by me loosing a weight by hitting a huge pothole. I replaced that defective tire with another Michelin and haven't had a problem.

Since I take care of the tires I suspect they will last a long time as I don't believe in putting on tires just because they are a certain age.

The bottom line is stay with the tires you have until they have to be replaced, then replace with Michelin again.

BTW if I may give you some advice. If you are leaving your coach outdoors by all means put wood under all the tires and put tire covers on them. I also spray the tires with a protectant which helps.

Good Luck!
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:22 PM   #3
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If your present tires have given you good service, replace them with the same. I would replace them with one rating higher though. If they are E rated replace with G rated. They should carry the total weight of your rig and 20% to 25% more weight. I do not believe in just doing the job. I like a hedge factor. I replaced my 4 that were G rated and would carry 15,000 lbs with J rated that carry 19,000 lbs. My 5er weighs 15,000 lbs.
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Sorry to see you aren't in Les Schwab country. We got new Toyos from them when we bought our rig last year and are very pleased. We've been Schwab customers for the best part of 30 years and they've never let us down. Their road hazard warranty is the best in the business.
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If you are an FMCA member Michelin gives a deal. Check thread for info. I did find good price for Michelin at my Sam's club store. They ordered the 235/80 22.5 tire and is was 2 weeks new for $345.00 with tax.
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I replaced the original equipped 19.5 Michelin X-RV tires on my motohome with Toyo M-143 tires. The Toyo's are less expensive, are rated to carry more weight than the Michelins, and for me, offer just as comfortable a ride. The Michelins were comfortable tires, and I had no troubles with them, except for very bad sidewall cracking issues at five years of age. Tread wear for me anyway, is not an issue, as I only put about 6000 miles per year on the motorhome. The Michelins still had plenty of tread depth at 31000 miles when I replaced them due to the sidewall cracks.

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I just checked on a price for Michelin's at costco-$708= 315/80R/22.5

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What kind of protectant to you use on tires?

Tom-NC,

What kind of protectant do you use on your tires? Something like Armorall?

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As the rig starts to shed it's winter snow, I am starting the research on replacing Michelin 245/70 R 19.5 XRV tires. Any recommendations, thoughts on replacements?

I faced the same issue this past fall. I really liked the ride of the Michelins, but did not like the 5 year sidewall cracking, and wrestled with staying with the Michelins. After hours and days of reading, research, and cost estimates.

I went with the Hankooks and had them installed in December. I only have about 1,000 miles on them so far to and from Big Bend. They ride as well as my Michelins if not better.

I hope they exceed the sidewall cracking timeframe I had with the Michelins.

I was around $1900+ change, mounted and out the door. The closest Michelin estimate I received was $2400.

Time will tell how the Hankooks compare with the Michelins.

Good Luck on your decision. It's always good to hear reports as to how various tires compare; let us know what you decide.
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Fansal,

I use Armor-all Protectant or one that has the same characteristics of Armor-all which I purchase at Wal-Mart.

Make sure you also have tire covers and park your rig on wood. I use 2X12 planks with the leaving edge cut on a 45* angle.

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My tire preference is 1. Bridgestone and 2. Continental, presently we have the Bridgestone R250F tires on our coach.

Before using any tire dressing or protectant on your tires, read the label carefully to ensure it doesn't contain any petroleum products which is harmful to rubber.

Here's a link to 303 products which many folks use:

303 Products, Inc.: 303 Aerospace Protectant

Good luck with your new tire choice...
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Armor-all is a definate no for tire treatment. If you are going to use a tire treatment use Areospace 303 protectorant. Google it and you'll see why. Armo-all can dry out the rubber and cause problems and pre-mature aging.
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