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Old 09-21-2016, 10:45 AM   #1
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Hi everyone I joined awhile ago but have been away so feel like a newbie. I have a 1975 Dodge Sportsman C class. I got it in July but have been having it checked out and just about ready to hit the road. It needs new tires. Does anyone have suggestions for a good tire. I am going to need 6 of them cuz I'm not sure how long they have been on and how long it has been sitting. Thanks
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Welcome to iRV2.

Your Class C tires should be 16" and that size rim allows you a lot of brand choices in tires.
Have you dealt with a local tire store for other vehicles?
If your happy with the brand and service from that store see what they can supply.

Before you buy tires though , take the unit out loaded for travel , and get the RV weighed , check the weight against the axle and existing tire ratings.
Many of these older RVs left the factory loaded to the limit and you may need to purchase a higher load rated tire.
Also have the front end components checked for worn out parts. I worked at a Chrysler dealership from 75>07 and that chassis was unfortunately known for wearing out ball joints.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

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Hi everyone I joined awhile ago but have been away so feel like a newbie. I have a 1975 Dodge Sportsman C class. I got it in July but have been having it checked out and just about ready to hit the road. It needs new tires. Does anyone have suggestions for a good tire. I am going to need 6 of them cuz I'm not sure how long they have been on and how long it has been sitting. Thanks

Ladydb,

Welcome.

There should be a date code on the tires. But if you have any doubt change them. Some recommend changing every 5 years no matter the condition. I usually go 7 years with 80 psi tires. My tires are LT215/85R16 and I put Kenda tires on the front a few years ago. I'll be replacing the rears before I head south and will use Kendas again.

Many older C's have 16 1/2 inch tires. Those tires are getting hard to find and you'll be very limited as to brands. All you can do is write down the tire size and call around. You can change the rims to 16" but those rims are getting harder to locate at a reasonable price.

If you stay with 16 1/2 tires, consider buying a new spare too.

mangy dog

PS: The load range is important. Yours, like most, should be "E".
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Don't get my brother started about 16.5 tires. His coach had 16.5s until he finally found wheels to get 16s on it.

The only US made 16.5s are Firestone Transforce. But go to a major dealer and get new ones. Last year I was offered a 3yo tire at new price.

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