Originally Posted by GaryKD
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)
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!