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Old 06-03-2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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I have spent most of the day so far going eyeball to eyeball with tire dealers trying to get the best tires and pricing for our Winnebago Brave. Probably going to go with a 'known' brand...either Michelin (which I currently have) or Bridgestone. I found some suprises in pricing but most were pretty close. The tires I have been pricing are the Michelin XZE and the Bridgestone R250, both in 247/70R19.5's in LRF. Have also seen the Michelins XRV listed but haven't looked up the difference yet. Anybody know what the difference in the VZE and XRV is?
Is there any reason to chose one of these tires over the other? From previous research, it seems like these two brands might be a bit better at fighting the UV and ozone induced rot than some of the other brands. Anybody confirm that and/or give reasons behind that?
I can get the Bridgestones for a bit less than the Michelins but that isn't an overiding fact when you consider the overall picture and would certainly pay a bit more for a better tire, ride, savety, etc.
BTW...both of the dealers are proposing using balancing powder such as Equal in them...Good idea or bad?
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions, comments, etc.
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I have spent most of the day so far going eyeball to eyeball with tire dealers trying to get the best tires and pricing for our Winnebago Brave. Probably going to go with a 'known' brand...either Michelin (which I currently have) or Bridgestone. I found some suprises in pricing but most were pretty close. The tires I have been pricing are the Michelin XZE and the Bridgestone R250, both in 247/70R19.5's in LRF. Have also seen the Michelins XRV listed but haven't looked up the difference yet. Anybody know what the difference in the VZE and XRV is?
Is there any reason to chose one of these tires over the other? From previous research, it seems like these two brands might be a bit better at fighting the UV and ozone induced rot than some of the other brands. Anybody confirm that and/or give reasons behind that?
I can get the Bridgestones for a bit less than the Michelins but that isn't an overiding fact when you consider the overall picture and would certainly pay a bit more for a better tire, ride, savety, etc.
BTW...both of the dealers are proposing using balancing powder such as Equal in them...Good idea or bad?
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions, comments, etc.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:44 PM   #3
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I have Michelin XZE 2+ on the front. After 33K+ miles they look like new (tread and sidewall). They ride very smooth. The dealer did the lead weight balancing and everything has been perfect.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Capt Joe:
BTW...both of the dealers are proposing using balancing powder such as Equal in them...Good idea or bad?
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions, comments, etc. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
If they go with equal, make sure they change to valves that are compatible. Standard valves can get the powder in them causing them to leak.
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Go with the Michelin better brand and excellant tire wear
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I faced a similar problem last year. I priced both Michelin and Goodyear. I had Michelin XZA on the motor home and they also looked great but were too old (10 yrs). I ended up choosing Goodyear 670RV tires and was very impressed with the improved ride. Both the Goodyear and Michelin "RV" tires are supposed to be better at fighting off the effects of the sun. I am happy with our choice, and the ride improvement alone is worth the price.
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