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Old 11-07-2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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Anybody currently using Sumitomo tires on a class A? Would like to know your experience.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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Yes. I have a season on 4 275-70-22.5's on the rear of my knight. They work just fine, and I've never needed to add air.
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6 new Sumitomos

In April I installed 6 brand new Sumitomos on my 31' diesel pusher in preparation for a coast to coast trip. They were quite a bit cheaper than Michelin or Bridgestones which I've also run. The Sumitomos are running great at 5,000 miles of cross country. The only problem was with only 40 miles on the tires when I had to make an emergency stop to avoid an accident on I-85 at a construction zone; somebody up front stopped and all behind him stopped very quickly. My anti-lock brakes did not anti-lock and severely flat spotted the two new front tires. Had to have them rotated to the outside rears and had to put up with severe thumping from Atlanta to Reno. In Reno I had the 2 tires "trued" and while the other tires had a tread depth of 15/32nds , the flat spotted tires had to be turned down to 6/32nds to make them round again. After that the RV covered the highway easily with the stability and quiet that I had before the panic stop. All this just to reassure you that the Sumitomos perform well even after trauma. 9/32nds of tread removed and they still perform well. An additional note, I also have a great set of Sumitomos on my V8 powered Triumph TR8 convertable.
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Thanks to both JimM68 and eagleman99 for the feedback. Price for 6 that I've been quoted is almost $600 less than for a set of 6 Michelins. That is a pretty significant savings.
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You could do as well on price with Continentals and probably with Bridgestone, Firestone or Goodrich, if they have your size. Also Kumho and Toyo and Yokohoma. Goodyear & Michelin "RV" tires are priced much higher than other brands.
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Gary RVRoamer ... thanks for the additional info. I'm not shopping on price alone as the most important thing to me is safety and performance. Have you had any experience with these other brands?
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When we bought our new to us Adventurer 33V three years ago, we negotiated a new set of tires as part of the purchase. We have about 30,000 mile on them so far with no problem.
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Put six 225/70 R19.5 Forest River and love them. Did not choose by price alone. Chose by owner feedback, mostly in this web site. Very happy with them.
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Thank you Eric n Karen & Free Bird.. Your feedback has been very helpful.
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Have you had any experience with these other brands?
I'm using Continentals on the rear of my coach now. Have 18 months and 10,000 miles on them and am entirely satisfied. And my SUV, which uses tires as large as some motorhomes (265/60R18), has been running BF Goodrich tires for the last 50k miles.
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