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Old 04-20-2010, 09:48 PM   #1
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I was shopping for a good deal on a spare tire, But...

I noticed a used tire for my MH on Craigslist and emailed this:

"I am looking for a Michelin XRV 255/80R 22.5 LRG. If you have one what is the year code and price and what would shipping cost be to 85614. Joe"

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"Joe the tires are 100.00 and shipping to AZ would be 75.00 that is an estimate but I don't think anymore than that by ups. There is 3/8" tread or almost new they were made in 02 by the dot date on tire. DOT tells me no problem with tires less than 10 years old. These are good just I took them off my motorhome before I sold and put old ones on as I knew these were odd size to try and find and a new one is 500 plus to 600 if you can find them, just tell me if you want it send a check and ill get them out as soon as I have the check in hand. thanks
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I think the price is fine even with shipping, BUT is eight years old too old even for a spare? Joe
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:00 AM   #2
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I think 8 years old is too old for even a spare.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:25 AM   #3
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When you need to use that spare tire to replace a flat in about 3 or 4 years from now it'll be 11 to 12 years old.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:23 AM   #4
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In Florida my Michelin truck dealer has all the XRV's in this size you could want for $457. Plus Sam's Club can order them (but can't install them)
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I'd look for a tire less than 2 years old personally. I have had problems with tires that were 7 years old.

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Unless you want to spring for new tire I think you are going to be hard pressed to find a 2-3 year old tire in your size. I bought a 10 year old tire with lots of tread and not much cracking to use as spare for $80 prior to my Florida trip this year. As luck would have it, had to use it due to an "aberration" discussed elsewhere on this forum. It got me home fine the 120 miles I had to go and now that I have new tires, it is back in my basement again for future use.
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:24 AM   #7
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Michelin Tire PIL?

I was looking for a spare tire for my coach. My tires are
Michelin XRV 255/80R 22.5 LRG.

I saw a tire on Ebay that was listed as new for $349. The description listed the tire as Michelin XRV 255/80R 22.5 PIL. What is the difference between LRG and PIL? Joe
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:08 AM   #8
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azloafer,

He ought to be paying you to take that worthless tire off his hands--
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The description listed the tire as Michelin XRV 255/80R 22.5 PIL. What is the difference between LRG and PIL? Joe
Joe - As far as I know, the XRV in that size only comes in the LRG designation. Don't have any idea what the PIL is. Those are the tires I have on my coach and the Michelin web site only shows the LRG. Someone else may chime in ?
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Here is the tire with the label. I can't find anything on what the PIL is. Joe
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Here is the tire with the label. I can't find anything on what the PIL is. Joe
I recommend to check out this info;
RV Tire Failure 101 - RV UNIVERSITY

I just replaced all seven of mine, I paid $275.00 each for Michelin XPS, I think the garage got them at Camper World. Well worth the safety for my family and I.
Also I would look up Tireman 9on this site, Retired Design and Quality Tire Engineer. 40 years experience. Lots of good info.
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Also, check out Michelin's web site;Michelin North America RV Tool Box Page
good info.
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Old tire's and Death ride the same road...

I worked for 33-1/2 years in the rubber plant and will say again 5years for steer tires and after that it is a game of chance....Me I replace the tires...and never had a spare for the Bus.Good Sam will find one if needed and I blew a inside duel on the Natchez Trace in Mississippi lost 2-1/2 hours due to the flat so as I said not that bad a wait for a new tire and Good Sam changed it I just payed for the new rubber.
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Someone may have said "10 years old is no problem" to the seller.. I don't know

But the experts say 5-7 10 is pushing it.

That said: I have always felt I had what it takes to pull one of those XRV's off a motor home and put it back on once the rubber has been replaced.. But you can't be sure till you try.

So, about a month ago.. I tried... Broke out the air/hydraulic jack, the air compressor the air impact wrench and the assorted sockets.. Pulled the simulators, applied the air wrench to the lug nuts and... NOTHING... Let the huffer puffer (Air compressor) build up some more pressure (Hey, it is only a 2 gallon tank and... They came off. Managed to get the wheel off and roll it over to the owner's Tacoma.. Managed to swing it up and into the bed of the pickup.. All by myself (Truthfully I don't want help with that kind of a load.. Too much chance of someone getting hurt, better to do it solo, less chance of injury)

After renewal,, Got it back on the ground, and back on the coach.

I would rather not do that again less I have to.

The tire was 12 years old.. and very very scary.
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