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Old 08-17-2017, 01:44 PM   #1
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Michelin XRV and XZE on same axle

I bought my 2014 Allegro Open Road 34 TGA "slightly used" almost three years ago. It is on a Ford F53 24K chassis and uses 255R8022.5 tires. Even though I check my tire pressures and wear patterns on a regular basis, I have just discovered something odd. My driver side steer tire is a Michelin XZE and the passenger side steer tire is an XRV, as are all four rear tires. Apparently the prior owner replaced the left front tire with an XZE.

I have driven 10's of thousands of miles with this setup and never noticed any kind of steering or handling problem. In fact, I have been very pleased with the handling of this motorhome. Wear patterns are normal for the number of miles, although the XRV is showing a bit more outside edge wear ... but it probably has more miles on it.

The tires are the same size and load rating. They both use the same inflation chart. Any safety reason not to just let things be until the tires age out?

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As long as all have a load rating to handle the weight of your coach drive on. I'm not a big fan of the XRV, I had 2 side walls zipper on me 1 steer, 1 drive. I do like the XZE's.

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You haven't noticed any problems in tens of thousands of miles, chances are "you are good to go."
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by jim27358 View Post
As long as all have a load rating to handle the weight of your coach drive on. I'm not a big fan of the XRV, I had 2 side walls zipper on me 1 steer, 1 drive. I do like the XZE's.
...and the same size.
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:35 PM   #5
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Yup, I would probably leave well enough alone if wear is ok and no handling issues.

If wanted, you could swap around so the odd tire was on the rear and a matched pair on the front steer.
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:26 PM   #7
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...and the same size.
He had said they were the same size.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:20 PM   #8
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My first vote is, if it ante broke don't fix it. However, if your concerned contact the MFG and throw the question to them, they may know something we don't.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:23 PM   #9
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Well, the tire companies say that's a No No, but, in your case I guess I wouldn't worry about it.
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Like was said, check the load ratings and equally important, check the height of the two tires. They should be very close in height. Just because they're the same size doesn't mean the height is the same....
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:32 PM   #11
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My 2003 Allegro Bay has 235 80 22.5 tires and W0002403 wheels. I state this because of a very recent problem with the wheel. The wheel is no longer made. I was lucky to find a used one. The tires are Michelin and they are the only manufacturer that makes this size. I am looking to replace 3 rear tires and was wondering if other sizes can be installed and not Michelins. I find it very disappointing the wheel is no longer made and the tire sie is exclusive to Michelin.

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Go up one size and get rid of the Michelins.
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Tire companies say not to mix tire types and that's a good general rule, but a difference in tire model (XRV vs XZE) doesn't necessarily mean there is much actual difference in tread pattern, sidewall, etc. In this case, I see no reason to worry - both those tire models are designed for essentially the same usage characteristics. It's not like you are mixing a mud & snow tire with a racing slick on the same axle.

As others have said, if its driving well and wearing smoothly, Stop overthinking the situation and just go camping!

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