Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-18-2012, 07:12 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 11
Thoughts on Tires

After a lot of research - - on the web, in these forums (fora ?), and talking to several tire shops locally - - I decided to forego the Big3 brands. Michelin, Goodyear, and Bridgestone were all pushing or passing $400 a tire for 225/70R19.5 and there were some offerings for about half of that. I agonized over <buy American>, but it's clear that major manufacturers are based all over the world, so it really became a selection process based on reliability and owner reports.

My final choice - - influenced no small amount by fleet truck usage reports - - was the Double Coin (Korean) brand. Yes, I know that trucks wear out their tires while RVís age-out their tires. But nonetheless, the high praise and generally positive acclaim convinced me to take a chance on DCís for just above half the cost of the high-priced spreads.

Mounting and balancing went without a hitch, and the new shoes seem to fit well. In fact, one remarkable change from my old Michelins is that the DCís run very smoothly over the road-ridges that always resulted in a nasty <bang> from the Michelins. Iíve also noticed a slightly easier response to washboard, without the horrible shattered-chassis feeling of the older tires. I believe that some of this change might be to the old-age Michelins having hardened (9 years old), but the new DC tires just seem a lot more <rubbery> than my old tires. A feature I noticed, which is not obvious from online photos, is that the DC has deeper grooves (longer wear) but also wider grooves (shorter wear). The tread overall width is also slightly narrower. The deep tread and wide grooves make for less rubber on the road, and a slightly more loose-dirt-or-snow-tolerant design, and might also account for the more-flexible feel of the rubber on the road. There is no apparent difference in noise whatsoever. I donít have any experience yet with them on wet surfaces. But the large sipes should promote really good drainage.

Another interesting thing that influenced my decision is that DC tire casings are warranted with no time limit, through the SECOND re-treading. No, I do not expect to re-tread my RV tires, or re-groove them (also permitted). But this warranty seems an indication of high confidence on the part of the manufacturer and the distributors which have to back it up.

Lastly, I noticed that the specified weight of the same-size tire is 70# for the DC and 57# for the Michelin. Quite a difference (I did not actually weigh them). The Michelin is rated at 14 ply while the DC is 12, but both have the same spec load range F. The sidewalls and/or casing seems a bit stiffer Ė for example, the sidewall bulge (at same tire pressure and vehicle weight) was noticeably smaller on the DC than the Michelin. This might seem to make for a stiffer ride (not the case observed), but it sure does make for more tire-to-tire clearance if I ever have to mount my tire chains (rare).

After only 1500 miles, itís obviously not possible to rate them any better than <so far so good>, but I like what Iím seeing. The tires seem robust and my wallet is not so thin as it might have been. Iíll post again after some more time and distance.
__________________

__________________
Gthree is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-18-2012, 08:33 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Central, South Carolina
Posts: 290
Excellent research. I opted for Kelly tires and saved over $100 per tire over Michelin tires (x6=$600). I know for a fact that Michelin has the best lateral adhesion dry or wet, but I hope I never need it.
__________________

__________________
garyspang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
kben39's Avatar
 
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: San Antonio, Tx.
Posts: 154
I went with the DC in 275x70r22.5 and am happy with them 400.00 mounted and balanced.
__________________
1998 Holiday Rambler Imperial
2004 Jeep Cherokee
kben39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 09:13 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
mr300ce's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Quartz Hill, California
Posts: 444
These tires came on my Bounder when I bought it. They were 4mo old with 500mi on them. 8R19.5

RT500 Trailer Truck-Tires, Light Truck Tires - Double Coin

I too have researched tires, and found these to be a very good tire for the $$$, and possibly better than those big name brands. Truckers have been using them for a lot of miles. (millions)

The receipt said 6 tires mounted and balanced....$900.
Bought from the largest tire store around here.

So far (3000 mi) I am happy with them.

I suspect that if I had a problem out on the road, I would easily find a replacement at a truck tire shop.
__________________
'94 Bounder 32h. Chevy V-8 44k miles and like new. Tow 4 down 2007 Saturn Vue w/Honda V6
Retired Memorial Day wknd, 2015, but who's counting
mr300ce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 09:16 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
336muffin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,569
Michelin.
__________________
336muffin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 09:30 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
toneumanns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 792
Exclamation

Quote:
Originally Posted by 336muffin View Post
Michelin.
What he said.
__________________
2011 Itasca Suncruiser, Jeep Grand Cherokee toad
MSgt retired USAF 1988, AA retired 2005
toneumanns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 09:36 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
njs42's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Federal Way, Wa.
Posts: 2,901
Nice rundown.

I hope you are as happy with your DC's as I am with my second set of Michelins 235/80-22.5's. I run them trouble free 10 years on my MH and 60k on my car (toad). $450 each mounted, tax, excise etc; and balanced steers.

You are pleased with your deal and I am as well. As good as it gets.
__________________
I do all my own stunts
03 Dolphin LX 6355, Workhorse W22, 8.1 vortec, 04 CR-V, Blue Ox, Brake Pro----Norm, Barb and
Doc(He's a PhD)
njs42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 09:39 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
336muffin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,569
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr300ce View Post
These tires came on my Bounder when I bought it. They were 4mo old with 500mi on them. 8R19.5

RT500 Trailer Truck-Tires, Light Truck Tires - Double Coin

I too have researched tires, and found these to be a very good tire for the $$$, and possibly better than those big name brands. Truckers have been using them for a lot of miles. (millions)

The receipt said 6 tires mounted and balanced....$900.
Bought from the largest tire store around here.

So far (3000 mi) I am happy with them.

I suspect that if I had a problem out on the road, I would easily find a replacement at a truck tire shop.
That is a trailer tire.
__________________
336muffin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 09:41 PM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
 
RickO's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Litchfield Park, Arizona
Posts: 10,530
Welcome to the forum and thanks for the great write up.
Please keep us posted as to how you like them as time goes on.

Rick
__________________
Rick, Nancy, Peanut & Lola our Westie Dogs & Bailey the Sheltie.

2007 Itasca Ellipse 40FD
RickO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 09:56 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
mr300ce's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Quartz Hill, California
Posts: 444
Quote:
Originally Posted by 336muffin View Post
That is a trailer tire.
Yep. But the tire store has been in business for 35yrs, and sold 100's to Motorhomes with no issues, so I'll runn with them.
__________________
'94 Bounder 32h. Chevy V-8 44k miles and like new. Tow 4 down 2007 Saturn Vue w/Honda V6
Retired Memorial Day wknd, 2015, but who's counting
mr300ce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 10:02 PM   #11
TAZ
Senior Member
 
TAZ's Avatar
 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Heaven's Scene
Posts: 803
Gthree,

Which model did you go for? I have been looking at new tires and your research and feedback has caught my interest.
__________________
2010 Damon Daybreak 3204 Sport, bunkhouse with Jeep Wrangler toad.

Improvise, adapt and overcome... "Semper Fi"
TAZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 09:48 AM   #12
Moderator Emeritus
 
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,096
Quote:
My final choice - - influenced no small amount by fleet truck usage reports - - was the Double Coin (Korean) brand.
Just for the record, Double Coin is a Chinese brand, not Korean. And they don't make tires - they are just a private label for tires produced by the Chinese Manufacturers Alliance (CMA), a group of Chinese tire and rubber plants that have a cooperative marketing agreement.
__________________
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:50 AM   #13
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 11
misc

Well I thought for sure I read Korean but oh well....
Model is RT500.
BTW these are supported by LOVE'S and other major truck stops.
__________________
Gthree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 11:43 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: somewhere in the west
Posts: 1,168
I went with DC's also, but had RR 150's installed.

Ed
USN Ret.
__________________

__________________
Ed-Sommers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tires



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Michelin helps with weather cracked tires Juanita andm Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 14 07-20-2011 12:20 AM
Michelin or Goodyear Tires mycoolbeans Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 20 04-18-2010 12:03 AM
ANYONE ever having to replace RV tires needs to read this!!! leedowney Freightliner Motorhome Chassis Forum 14 03-12-2010 11:54 AM
Balancing Tires with Powder/Firestone FS 560 CARVAL Motorsports MH-General Discussions & Problems 9 07-20-2009 08:16 PM
Trailer Tires K-Star Travel Trailer Discussion 28 07-13-2009 09:39 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.