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Old 07-05-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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We recently changed tires on our 09 Winnebago Journey - on our first long true are experiencing "fish tailing". Is this a balance issue or alignment?
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:30 AM   #2
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In-correct air pressure would be , my first guess.
Did you check the pressures , or rely on the tire shop?
I did have a similar experience with new tires on my truck , the tires were so new; less than a month since they were built; the rubber wasn't fully cured , and took about a dozen heat cycles to firm up.
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Same thing on my Endeavor, alignment cured it.
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We did not check pressure yet but will make that a priority when we get home. Driving through west Texas with winds and fish tailing is no fun! Thanks for suggestions.
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We did not check pressure yet but will make that a priority when we get home. Driving through west Texas with winds and fish tailing is no fun! Thanks for suggestions.
Don't wait , running under inflated can destroy those new tires.
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:33 PM   #6
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I'm with Skip426. I had my tires replaced by a shop in San Antonio because the salesman was someone I had done business with for many years and had full trust in him. His customer service and the fleet tire check service he insured for our trucks was flawless. HOWEVER, the replacement of my motorhome tires was done at their shop east of town. I trusted the shop personnel were of the same quality as his fleet service people were. I noticed the abnormal handling after I got up to speed heading west on I-10. Tire pressure check using my own gauge revealed up to 20 psi difference in tires all around. Adjusted pressures to where they should have been in the first place and handling problems resolved.

Lesson Learned: Unless you can verify what the pressure each tire was inflated to before installation - RECHECK IT YOURSELF to be sure.
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:53 PM   #7
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I had the same problem for a few thousand miles. OK now. I tried different tire pressures, did not help.

My front tires were almost new Michelin XRV tires with only 5k miles. It started when I put new Michelin XZE tires on the rear instead of XRV. The rear tires were load rated G while the front tires are load rated F. After a few thousand miles they broke in or wore down or something, they are OK now, but I am going back to XRV next time. It could have been that the tire diameter of the rear was different than the front.

I think the XZE is a truck tire and alot more Heavy duty. It is a stiffer ride in the back now. If I go by weight charts , I would be below the minimunm tire pressure rating on the tire.
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The alignment didn't change along with the tires, so this sudden change is unlikely to be an alignment issue. Tire pressure (low or high) would be my first surmise and an easy check (assuming you know the axle weights and have an inflation table). Tire shops tend to use a one-fits-all pressure, or simply use the sidewall max load psi as a default.

Sometimes a change in the tire tread pattern can feel "squirrely". They either wear in or, more likely, the driver gets accustomed to the different feel.
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