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Old 11-19-2010, 10:14 PM   #1
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who makes the best RV tires for a 35 ft motor home and what do you think it will cost me to replace all 6 tires.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:49 PM   #2
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Micki49,

Welcome to the forum. Michelin are the best in my opinion. If you have 19.5 wheels about $350ea. If you have 22.5 wheels about $450ea.

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Old 11-19-2010, 10:54 PM   #3
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If you had asked me a year ago I would have just answered Michelin. After a year or more of ready about 2 dozen of these threads my answer has changed. I think there are at least 5-6 maybe more makers of good tires for motor homes. And since all of them cost less than Mich that may move some of them into first place. The likely answer if the question was, "Who makes the best RV tires regardless of price" is Mich. If you factor price into it then there are several more. The tires that seem to get the most bad comments are Mich XRVs and Good Year 670s. I have two GY 670s on my tags that are six months old. No problems. I would not put this model tire on the steers. I will also not buy XRVs.

Next spring I need four rear drive tires due to age. If I am feeling flush at the time I will likely replace them with what is now on them Mich XZE 22.5 295. If money is still tight I will check out GY, Toyo, Hankook, Bridgestone, and maybe a few others.
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This is like 'which is best, Ford or Chevy'. I think your answers are going to be opinions. My opinion is, my coach came with Goodyear G670's. I've been very happy with them.
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Well in my case Michelin was the most economical as they replaced at 21,000 and 5years for 50% of retail. Big time savings. OH with XZE's ride great as usual.

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I agree with Joe, most of the people responding including myself only have their own opinion.

I needed to replace all six tires last spring BEFORE leaving for an Alaskan trip as my rear tires were over 10 years old and the fronts were 6 years old. The rears had 42,000 miles and the fronts had 2500 miles. Obviously, the coach was sitting more than it was being driven. I had a full-time job at the time and never enough time to enjoy the RV travel.

I did a lot or reading and research, finally settled on 4 Bridgestone tires for the rear drive axle and two Michelin tires for the front steer axle. I chose the Michelin for the front as that's where our cockpit chairs are located and I wanted a softer ride up there.

All of them handled great on the trip and I am about to cross the country in January with them.

My tires are 295/80R/22.5 and I run 105 lb's in the front and 110 lb's in the rears. Those weights were based on manufacture inflation tables and the resultant weights I got from doing a four corner weighing of the coach.

It's really all a matter of choice, price and opinions.

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Thanks for the info. everyone. Looks like I have some thinking to do.
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Micki49,

Welcome to the forum. Michelin are the best in my opinion. If you have 19.5 wheels about $350ea. If you have 22.5 wheels about $450ea.

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22.5 Michelin $322.00 at Sam's club.
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:03 AM   #9
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Check out Toyos. We had Michelins and went to Toyos. Better ride and saved $1000. We put on 11K miles this year and Zero problems. Do your "due diligence" and google "Michelin RV tire problems" and you'll end up with over 70K hits.
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Check out Toyos. We had Michelins and went to Toyos. Better ride and saved $1000. We put on 11K miles this year and Zero problems. Do your "due diligence" and google "Michelin RV tire problems" and you'll end up with over 70K hits.
I keep reading that on these boards. I'm in B.C Canada. Recently priced 6 new rears for my National Dolphin. The fronts had just been replaced by the previous owner, with Toyo's, so I thought I'd replace all the rears with the same . Up here, the Toyo's ran $200 per tire, more than the equivelent Michelin XZE !
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Bridgestones, been using them for 15 years, zero problems and deeper tread than most tires, more rubber on the road.

Good luck with your choice
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22.5 Michelin $322.00 at Sam's club.
I didn't know any Sam's Club carried 22.5 inch tires. The Sam's in Mckinney, Texas told me they didn't. I wish I had known this before I bought mine.
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It wasn't planned but the Bridgestone (250F) front and Toyo M143 rear has been working out real well.

Two things to be sure of though:
1) BEFORE you buy rubber to be sure everything else related has been attended to. 2) Have a reputable shop who knows how to do a good RV alignment.
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I just installed new Bridgestones from reading tips on this forum. I am happy with them. Just under $2K. Also had them balanced with beads...
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