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Old 03-24-2008, 07:46 AM   #1
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I was about to buy Michelin XRV 19.5 tires and was told they are no longer carried but replaced with XZE series. Has anyone heard of this and could you comment please. Thanks
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I was about to buy Michelin XRV 19.5 tires and was told they are no longer carried but replaced with XZE series. Has anyone heard of this and could you comment please. Thanks
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:05 AM   #3
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I would check around, the XRV is shown on the
Michelin RV Tire web site.

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Old 03-24-2008, 11:29 AM   #4
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I ended up with the XZE tires. They had some XRVs but with old date codes so I opted for the XZEs with nice new date codes.

I looked at the Michelin web site and they still reference both tires.

I have the XZEs on the front and am satisfied so far.

I need to replace the other 4 tires and would appreciate knowing if I made a mistake.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:37 PM   #5
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I have the Michelin XZE2+, on the front, for the last 30K miles and am very happy with the tires. I would buy them again.
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:32 AM   #6
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I had XRVs on my Suncruiser for the 18 months I had it. When I got my '04 Bus it came with XZE tires and I put 30K on them in 3 years and they were great. The '07 Bus has XZA3 tires, which are similar to the XZE.

The biggest differnce is that the XRV was designed for RV's, not trucks. Michelin tried to make a tire that would ride better and the XRV was the result. They accomplished this by using a thinner sidewall that would flex more than the heavy duty sidewalls found on truck tires. Their reasoning was that RVs don't carry as much weight as trucks and can get by with a thinner sidewall.

That's a nice idea but it had drawbacks. For one thing, you need to be right on top of your air pressures and weight readings. If you ran them without the required air pressure for your axle weights the sidewalls would fail and blow out. Also, you didn't want to get too close to curbs because a brush against them could cause a ply separation in the sidewall. These were the tires that developed a reputation for those dreaded "zipper tears" that were always denied warranty coverage.

The XZEs on my '04 Bus were great. I really didn't notice any difference in ride (although it was a heavier RV so that makes a difference also) and they held up great.

I'd defintely recommend the XZE over the XRV any day.
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Cruzer summed it up well. I bought XZE tires instead of XRV last time just for the reasons Cruzer listed. One theory of why XRV tires suffer zipper sidewall failure is that small cracks in the sidewall rubber allow water to reach the steel cords and rust becomes the reason or one of the reasons that they fail and cause a zipper failure, that is, one cord fails and then the adjacent ones quickly follow. This is more than theory for me because I had one rear XRV have a zipper failure. It was five years old and had always been inflated properly. A four corner weighing showed that I was not overloaded. I find that XZEs ride just a hair harder than XRV. By now I also expect that Michelin has figured out and fixed the XRV problem but for me it will be XZE.
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Thanks to all for the great response. I will go with the ZXE. I go for safety. Thanks again.
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