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Old 09-19-2008, 09:42 AM   #1
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I'm suffering major sticker shock. The Goodyear tires that I wanted are over $500 a piece . . . I am afraid of getting no-name brand tires . . . and I've read so much on this forum about Michelin tires blowing that I am afraid to buy them. I have Goodyear tires now and I figure if they've gone 30k miles and 3k miles 9 years old and have held up this well, they must be good tires. I know you guys will have lots to say about this so I'm ready to take notes. Thanks!
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I'm suffering major sticker shock. The Goodyear tires that I wanted are over $500 a piece . . . I am afraid of getting no-name brand tires . . . and I've read so much on this forum about Michelin tires blowing that I am afraid to buy them. I have Goodyear tires now and I figure if they've gone 30k miles and 3k miles 9 years old and have held up this well, they must be good tires. I know you guys will have lots to say about this so I'm ready to take notes. Thanks!
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:01 AM   #3
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GraciesMom,

my MH (a 2008 Newmar) came with Goodyears.... They ride ok, but I love Michelin Tires.
If I have to replace mine down the road, I will put Michelins on....
Just watch, that you do not get a no brand chinese tire.... I even do not know, if they have them floading around for RV's....?????
When is the next SALE on Tires?????
I had no clue, that you have to fork so much out for some good tires....!!!
Goodyear or Michelin are great... each has its weak side.
But maybe some of the seasoned RVers here know more....
Think about YOUR life and not about the tires...
You need a safe set on your RV.

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Old 09-19-2008, 10:13 AM   #4
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Although I prefer Michelins and am pretty well forced to run Goodyears on the 5th wheel, take a look at Bridgestone and Toyo if you're price shopping. Both of the latter 2 build tires for Class 8 (over-the-road semi) applications, so you could potentially benefit from trickle-down technology.

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Old 09-19-2008, 10:37 AM   #5
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I have Michelins now only because they came with this coach but will not replace them with Michelins. I had a more than one blowout and tires were checked every travel day and pressure was set for coach weight which was not overweight. The tires were only 2 years old. Insurance adjuster (the last one caused damage) told me most of the claims they receive for tire damage are from Michelin tires.

Just check to make sure the tires have steel belted sidewalls. Some brands have the load rating but do not have the steel belts and will not hold up.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:41 PM   #6
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Another Michelin fan here.

They are on my MH, and Michelin is the preferred tire I would buy for my MH or toad. If for some reason Michelins were not available, I'd buy Goodyear.

There is no reason to be afraid of Michelins.
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:44 PM   #7
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One more look at those tires before you buy...
the Manufacturing date!!!!
On my MH (2008 Newmar product) the datestamp said (2307)....manufactured in the 23rd week of 2007. I got my MH end of Sep. 07....
The tires you buy this year should have at least a datestamp from around "3008" and up??? or so
GraciesMom, stick with a tire from a major manufacturer..... your life and that of others is worth it!!!
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Another Michelin fan here. I've been using them exclusively, "forever". Had two problems (out of round both times). Michelin replaced the tires each time.

Their documentation says they may be good for ten years, with proper care and maintenance.

I will buy Michelin every time.
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One strictly U.S. made tire is Denman Tire. They make tires for heavy industrial equipment, farm equipment, and highway vehicle tires.
When pricing tires, keep in mind- you may really get what you paid for!
One good indicator (IMO) of tire quality is to look at the brand of tires UPS, FedX, and DHL are using. I can't remember ever seeing one of these trucks with a tire failure along the road.
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Michelins usually cost more than Goodyears, so be thankful you like Goodyear!

Shop around - you should find a bit better price (depending on the specific size), but if you want to save $100+, try Bridgestone or Toyo. They make fine tires and are used by many trucks. And since they don't say "RV, they are less expensive.
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Suggestion, when you purchase your tires, step up, if available, at least one load range. This will give you better sidewall strength and allow you to carry the same load at a lower pressure. After my blow out I stepped up one grade in quality and one higher load range. This only cost me $50 per tire which I consider cheap insurance. FYI, it was a Michelin (2 years old, 18,000 miles, properly inflated) that blew and a Michelin that replaced it. It is the first Michelin that I have every had blow out.
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From what I have read on all the forums I monitor, I wouldn't trust Goodyear!! I have four Michellin XZA2 tires, and two Continentals. I plan to replace the four Michelins with Contenintals this winter. I went with Continentals a year ago when I could not get the XZA2 Michelins in load range H when I needed one that Michelin gave me an adjustment on.
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Checked out Toyo tires last week (245/70/R19.5) and priced out tax and balanced at $285.00 at local dealer. Why not look at them once yourselt. All steel sides. Good luck!
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GraciesMom,

I'll through my two sense in as well. Over the years, I have come two trust Michelin tires for all my applications including the wife's mini-van. I opted for Bridgestone Revo's on the Ford Superduty and had a front tire separate while on the interstate. When the new MH was only available with Michelin's I was happy.

However, while on the highways, I do see a lot of Goodyears and Toyo's in the semi's.

I will still stay with Michelin's until they give me a reason to change.
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