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Old 03-19-2012, 04:34 PM   #1
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Has anyone heard of a tire brand called Prometer. The local tire shop sadi this is the only brand they can get. It is a Firestone and Bridgestone dealer. I went in to get a price on some Bridgestones. The dealer said they use these alot on school buses. So just looking for some Pro's and Con's of these tires.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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Never heard of them.
I found this;
"... it is considered an unknown, unreliable, cheap and low-quality tire manufacturer."
here;
How do prometer tires compare to firestone firehawks? - Yahoo! Answers

They may put them on buses because they are inexpensive.
That leads to a whole different discussion...
I have never been concerned about spending money on quality tires.
Tell the tire shop to price some name brand tires in a similar size.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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I would be suspicious of a tire business that only had one tire to sell me and it was one I had never heard of. You need to look for a commercial truck tire store. There should be TCI tire centers around you and maybe GCR tire centers. These guys are national. GCR is owned by Bridgestone which is a good motor home tire.
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Personally, I think you should look at some other vendors. There are several well know tried & true tire manufacturers out there - Michelin, Goodyear, Hankook, etc.
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There is way to much riding on your tires.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:48 PM   #6
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What size tires and where are you located?
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Thanks for the replies. Did not plan buy that brand. The price was just too good to be true. Was curious had never heard of that brand. Actually i when into that store looking to get a price on some Bridgestones and to compare them to Goodyear and Michelins. Thanks again.
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"this is the only brand we can get" is tire speak for "this brand has the highest profit margin for us". Most tire dealers will have cheaper 'leader brands' that produce a higher margin than their national name brands. Bob
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Hi ajm12,
If you are a FMCA member, get the FMCA Michelin Advantage Program price. This price should make Michelin tire very competitive with other brands.
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Using on buses is not much recommendation unless it is a tour bus. Local transport buses and school buses do not travel at highway speeds, but they do go a lot of miles. An inexpensive tire works fine for them, but the same tire is not necessarily good for a typical motorhome.

What size tires are you looking for? It is almost inconceivable that that is the only tire he can get.
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I just changed out the tires on my MH. I had 8 year old Yokohamas (they came with the MH when I bought it used). I replaced them with Michelins. What a difference! The Yokos rode rough and the handling was not good, especially in cross winds. The dealer said the Yokos wer e"2nd tier " tires used mainly on local delivery trucks. They have a very still sidewall and are 14 ply rated, not 14 ply. Well, the Michelins are 14 ply, ride beautifully and handle great. The jarring ride is gone. Buy quality tires - youwill not be disappointed. BTW, I bought these through the FMCA program - saved a bundle.
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"Bus Tires" means "only for local, low speed, use".. you want at least Regional Tires.
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I just changed out the tires on my MH. I had 8 year old Yokohamas (they came with the MH when I bought it used). I replaced them with Michelins. What a difference! The Yokos rode rough and the handling was not good, especially in cross winds. The dealer said the Yokos wer e"2nd tier " tires used mainly on local delivery trucks. They have a very still sidewall and are 14 ply rated, not 14 ply. Well, the Michelins are 14 ply, ride beautifully and handle great. The jarring ride is gone. Buy quality tires - youwill not be disappointed. BTW, I bought these through the FMCA program - saved a bundle.
Thge Toyos were 8 years old.. they will ride harder than the 'new' Mich's..

The Mich are not '14 ply' either.. Only '14 ply rated'. Thats the way it is with all tires..
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All tire brands sold in the US use the same weight carrying nomenclature. The 14 ply rated tires are Load Range G. The Michelins do not actually have 14 plies any more than the Yokohamas. Look on the side walls and you will see molded into the tire the actual #'s of plies. The Michelin will say " 1 sidewall ply; 4 tread plies. The ply rating dates back to the 1950's and is calculated from the Load Rating.
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