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Old 03-09-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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Tire recommendations

We decided to upgrade the used six year old front tires on the "new to us" 1999 Winnebago Chieftain we are picking up Monday. We will replace the rears next month before heading out of state. Size 240/70r/19.5
Anyone have any recommendations on tire brands or advantages of one model over another?
Thanks in advance, this forum has been outstanding in getting this newbie a good understanding of the topics I asked about.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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We've used the Bridgestone R250F series tires on our coach for many years and found them to be an excellent tire having never experienced any problems with them.

Good luck with your choice of tires and safe travels...
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:13 PM   #3
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Hi Raining Star,
Tires are like religion. One brand does not fit all RVers. Since 1965 I buy only Michelin tires. Guess which Brand I recommend? Any major Brand will be a fine purchase. There is a value perceived by each owner. The value is the use versus the cost. I drive 10-12K per year in the coach. Michelin says 10 year mandatory replacement. Based on my history with Michelin, 10 year replacement intervals and the miles per year I drive, for me Michelin is the best answer. FMCA has a good program on Michelin tires. If you don't belong to FMCA go to their web site and take a look. For your size, XRV=$352.08 and for XZE = $364.74. These prices are only for the tires.

Purchase the best value for your individual situation.
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Yup. Check out the FMCA Michelin program. Often the best deal and quality dealers.
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Tires are like religion. One brand does not fit all RVers. Since 1965 I buy only Michelin tires. Guess which Brand I recommend?
And my religion is the exact antithesis! I would never ever again have Michelin tires on any vehicle I own. And that's a statement made with religious fervor!

Michelin has earned such a bad reputation for blowouts on their RV tires, that Michelin is the last tire I would ever consider!

I had Michelin tires on my car. After about 7 years of service, noticed that when pulling away from a traffic light the tires would sizzle on dry pavement in the middle of summer, and the car would just sit there!

After taking the car in to my trusted mechanic/cousin, he exclaimed: "I don't know what Michelin makes their tires from, but is sure isn't rubber!!!
After seven years, the Michelin tires had fossilized into a hard plastic kind of substance.

You mention that Michelin recommends a 10 year limit on their tires: While that might be appropriate for the sunny South up here in the frosty north, tires other than Michelin, do quite well over a 15 year lifespan. Michelin lifespan is about half that of other tires.

At the ten year point, I ordered new tires for my '99 Win Adv; not that I needed new tires, but simply figured: Why not enjoy the last half of the rig's lifespan with new tires!!?? The Good Year dealer confirmed that my ten-year-old tires were doing just fine, and I didn't need new tires. Nevertheless, I ordered a set of new Good Year G159s ?? When I took the rig in to have the tires installed, I did what any knowledgeabe RVer would do: I checked the manufacture date of the tires! OOPS! The "new" tires were all over three years old!

So . . . no way! The dealer checked with Good Year, and the best they could do, was supply 3 year old tires!

So back to the drawing board. I had recently had Korean Hankook tires installed on an old car, at WalMart; and these tires exceeded my expectations. Never heard of Hankook before, but a little research revealed that while they might not be the politically correct choice in North America; they are very popular amongst European luxury cars like, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Skoda (grin), etc.

Anyway, as an added benefit, the cost of Hancook Tires was only 60% of the cost of Good Year. So . . . with few other options, I had a set of Hankooks installed along with Dynabeads for balancing. After two years of experience, the rig has never handled so well, or so comfortably!!

I give Hankook tires a full 5/5 star rating, along with Dynabeads, another full 5/5 star rating!
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The problem with Michelin XRV tires was corrected several years ago.
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