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Old 06-05-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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Tires 19.5

The rig is the 1994 Winnebago Brave. GVWR 14,800, GAWR of 5,300 Front and 10,000 Rear. We don't overload and probably do 7-10 thousand miles a year - usually in trips of 500 miles each to Western NC I rarely exceed 60 mph. I've had 2 rear blowouts courtesy of South Carolina potholes (and what I found to be 14 y/o Bridgestones). My bad.

I need 4 rears, but after watching that blowout video on another thread, I may go ahead and change out my 5 y/o Roadmaster (Cooper) steer tires at the same time.

Sumitomo 245/70/19.5R, Load range F, seems to be the direction I'm going since they've been recommended by 2 different tire shops Michelins would have been my first choice, but at almost $200 higher EACH, that won't work. What says the collective wisdom here on Sumitomo? Good, bad or ugly?

Opinions on other brands are also welcome.
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I have run the Roadmaster on my 10 wheelers for years and now have them in the 17.5" size on my 5th wheel. You will find they are relatively inexpensive compared to other brands.
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Insomnia strikes again, so I had time to read through about 8 hours worth of earlier tire posts. I think I've found enough info to make my questions moot.

I'll be hating life when the alarm clock goes off in another hour though.
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I'd stay with the 8R's
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:35 PM   #5
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If that coach came with 8R's then stay with them. Low profiles will wear uneven for some reason. That was my issue. Seems the wheels are not wide enough for the tread to wear even. insides wears off than the outsides. Max air pressure. My 8 r's wear even and at max pressure. Just my 2 cents worth.......
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New tires today. And a big thanks to those who pointed out that I should be using 8Rs instead of the 245s that the PO had installed! I went with 4 Sumitomo 8Rs on the rear and since I already had one new Sumitomo 245/70, I bought a second one and put those on the front. They balanced them all with DynaBeads - never tried them before, but have read some positive reviews on some of the motorcycle forums I frequent.

It was just over $1,700 out the door, including a full brake system check, wheel bearing pack, oil change and chassis lube.

Tomorrow, I Saran Wrap the spare, put on the cover and start getting ready for a 4 day campout at the beach. Than it's off to the mountains of NC. Woo-Hoo!
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