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Old 05-30-2014, 08:16 AM   #1
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Tire dilemma

I need new tires for our 30' Class C. It's a Minnie Winnie and basically over weight empty, so I was wanting XPS RIBS. But the I can't get 6 in my area (Louisville, KY) that are all under a year old. They range from 9 months to 14 months old. The dealer has not been able to get a solid date for a new run. First it was the end of May, but when he checked yesterday Michelin will not even give an estimate anymore. My current tires are from 1407 and have pretty bad checking, so I don't want to go to far/fast on them, so waiting more than another month or so it out.

My choices seem to be

1. Old(er) XPS RIBS
2. Michelin LTX
3. BFG Commercial TA AS

Note: I will be installing an internal TPMS system with the new tires.

I'm leaning towards #3, the dealer is mostly a commercial truck repair place who I really trust, and they have recommend the BFGs, if I wasn't happy with the RIB date codes.

Comments ?

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Old 05-30-2014, 08:39 AM   #2
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Check out Firestone Transforce HT tires.
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I don't think the brand is important - you just need a quality tire with a sufficient load rating to handle the coach. BFG is excellent and it's a Michelin owned brand anyway and might even be the same tire with a different brand on the sidewall. I would also look at Bridgestone/Firestone and Continental if they offer the right size and load range for your needs.
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I've been looking at it from a "all steel" vs "steel and poly" perspective. So the XPS RIP and the Bridgestone R250 are both all steel, they others are not. If the rig wasn't overweight I'd be much less worried about it. But with just 2 adults and very little gear the rear axle is at least 300 over. If I stripped everything out and went to the scales by myself, it might just come in under. Wish I knew this about Class C's before I bought it.

I did track down 6 R250's that are 8 months old, that may be the way I go.

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japple, I have ran B.F.Goodrich TA commercial M+s 215/85R16, load range E tires on my dually ever since the originals wore out. I researched some brands, then decided to buy Goodrich after finding out UPS ran them on all their final delivery trucks. I figured if the UPS accountants figured they get the most bank for their buck, they are good enough for my truck too. My present set have about 50,000 miles on them and are 3/4 worn to wear bars. About 3,000 is empty driving, rest was towing a 15,500# 5er, including one trip to Alaska..
I almost forgot to say, none of these tires have ever needed any kind of service or repair.
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