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Old 10-10-2016, 03:19 PM   #1
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Tires: Desperate and Ignorant Here!!

Hi all, I'm very new to this forum, but you all seem smart and kind, and I am in desperate need of clear direction. I apologize in advance for my cluelessness, and also for posting a question that may have been asked/answered before.

I bought a Class C '94 Fleetwood Jamboree Searcher (small, 18.5') last month. It's in the shop now, getting a new rubber roof installed and a couple of cabover seams sealed. I'll pick it up in a week or so.

Next stop: new tires all around. Money IS a significant factor, but I don't want to cheap out and regret it later. I also don't want to just randomly pick a tire--that seems unwise.

My question: Can you tell me what tires to buy? I mean, like, EXACTLY what tires. I've done enough research to addle my brain and am none the wiser. I just need some decent tires at a fair price. From what I've gathered thus far, they need to be commercial tires, as in 10-ply. (Right?) I go full time in less than a month.

I just need to get some tires on this puppy without shooting myself in the foot.

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A good starting point is to find the existing 'tire placard.' It may be affixed on a door frame or an interior wall near the cab. That will give you the minimum size tire you'll need. Note: the next larger tire size will likely fit your rig and can be available at the same price or a small difference and can improve your safety margin.

With that info in hand, plus best available info on the weight of the rig, you could then get written estimates from local tire dealers with widely recognized brand names. Do include Sears and truck tire dealers; I don't recommend RV dealers.

Let's see what others recommend. Good luck and safe travels...
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Old 10-10-2016, 04:11 PM   #3
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Firestone Transforce HT
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Firestone Transforce HT
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Without knowing the original tire size and load rating, or the axle ratings for your rig, it's impossible to answer with an "exact tire". Yes, it is probably an "E" load range commercial grade tire, but without having the details we cannot be sure.

The Firestone Transforce suggested above is a good candidate, but there are many others.

So, what was the original tire size (listed on placard by driver seat). If you can't find that, what size is on there now? Probably something like a 235/80R16 in LR (load Range) E.
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6, Bridgestone Durvas M700. About $220 a piece.
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B.F. Goodrich TA commercial tires(a Michelin brand) have a very good reputation. I began buying them after looking at the brand tires on fleet trucks; specifically UPS delivery trucks. Since UPS is a very successful company, I figured their accounting dept. had crunched the numbers for which tire brand gave the best return on their money. Every truck had B.F.Goodrich TA commercial tires.
I ran them(2 sets) on my dually, towing a 40' 5er, for 11 years without one tire problem.

Consumer Reports
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Though it's based on experience from a former life (the 70s/early 80s) I'm no fan of Firestone and would go with BFG or Bridgestone unless Firestone had come out with something remarkable and very well proven. In my experience, they are cheaper for a reason.

I've ordered a dozen or so times from TireRack and that's often a good place to see how tires stack up.
Here are reviews for the Firestones mentioned earlier:
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Firestone is Bridgestone these days. Some Firestone models are essentially identical to their Bridgestone counterparts but priced lower.
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Though it's based on experience from a former life (the 70s/early 80s) I'm no fan of Firestone and would go with BFG or Bridgestone unless Firestone had come out with something remarkable and very well proven. In my experience, they are cheaper for a reason.

I've ordered a dozen or so times from TireRack and that's often a good place to see how tires stack up.
Here are reviews for the Firestones mentioned earlier:
Firestone Transforce HT Reviews

Good luck!
Isn't it interesting that some reviewers get 70,000 to 96,000 miles from them while others can't even get 30,000.
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