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Old 07-23-2010, 09:12 PM   #1
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Samson tires

Has anyone heard of, had experience with or received feedback on Samson tires? A regional tire shop is advertising 225/70R19.5 tires, without naming them, at a very attractive price. By phone they identify them as satisfactory for RV or light truck use but declare that they have no mileage warranty. Any info would be appreciated. I am skeptical.
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I've seen Samson tires on motorcycles and lately Jeepneys in the Philippines.
A Chinese manufacturer with plants in Thailand and I heard Viet Nam also.
IMHO if you don't exceed Jeepney speed, about 55kph, they're safe.
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:59 PM   #3
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By phone they identify them as satisfactory for RV or light truck use but declare that they have no mileage warranty.

is it a tread depth warranty instead?

Even though I'll never buy Michelin I'm still something of a tire snob I've been insisting on a well known national brand for decades... especially when used on a vehicle that I'm crossing the country in.

But as regards tires (and most buy decisions) the real issue is the "incremental" cost difference between choices.

If we say that the Bridgestone 250F (at about $250) is the mid grade par... then how much is the *incremental* savings to be had by choosing some other tire (like these Sampsons) worth to you in the larger context of road safety, long park times etc. etc. etc.

Conversely... is more than "peace of mind" gained by paying more.

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Old 08-09-2010, 05:55 AM   #4
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We had a stepvan come in with 225/70R19.5 14ply a couple of months old from a local dealer after they gave up...with a complaint that the truck was loose. After driving vehicle we felt the vehicle gliding in the air when you changed lanes at about 40mph. After inspecting vehicle we found various suspension related problems...King Pins bad & tie rods, Spring bushings bad etc. Felt that spring bushings could be more likely to cause looseness so we replaced bushings. We drove the truck & it was the same.... When I took a look at the tires I didn't like the fact that I didn't recognize the mfg. & started rocking the vehicle. The sidewalls were like spaghetti so i had the dealer put on another set of tires from another van not having this problem. Problem went away.... Between the dealer & I the customer probably thru away over $900.00 to save maybe $100.00 on tires & I think he got lucky it wasn't higher$...
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Thank yu for the feedback. I will stick with known name manufacturers.
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