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Old 02-20-2016, 01:56 PM   #1
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Tires, tires, tires.

Hello all.

My wife and I are new to rving and are picking up a 1997 Four Winds 31N class C from PPL next week. The first order of business is new tires. The size is 225/75R16. I have two questions.

1. Any brands to stay away from?

2. Load range D or E?

Thanks for any light you can shed on the subject.

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Old 02-20-2016, 02:55 PM   #2
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I had 6 Bridgstone Duravis M700 tires installed on my 1999 30 ft Class C.
Very happy with them.

This is what I took off. They were 7 years old with 8000 miles.

Stay away from the off brands.
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Old 02-20-2016, 03:02 PM   #3
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This is what I took off. They were 7 years old with 8000 miles.

Stay away from the off brands.
Why? Seems like you got good wear and 7 years out of them.
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Old 02-20-2016, 03:30 PM   #4
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Why? Seems like you got good wear and 7 years out of them.
Well, the fact that 4 of them turned into rolling footballs, within a few hundred miles gave me reason for concern.
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Old 02-20-2016, 11:52 PM   #5
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Rotate tires?

How important is it to rotate your tires? How often should you do it?
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Old 02-22-2016, 02:25 PM   #6
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My understanding is that you can't really rotate Dually tires anyway.


Plus most motorhomes do such low mileage that the tires age out before they wear out, so rotating isn't a priority.


There's lots of threads talking about replacing aged tires, most say around 5-years, but I think that depends on where you live (Arizona for example will age tires quicker than somewhere more 'temperate').


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Everyone has a differing opinion on brands. I have always had good luck with Goodyear.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:39 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. I ordered 6 Michelin LTX M/S 2 tires. $1240.00 installed. Hopefully they will be good tires.

We are in Seabrook (Houston area) right now. I have been trying to find a garage to change belts, hoses, and all fluids, so far no luck. If it won't fit on the rack so they can walk under it they don't work on it. No one owns a creeper anymore. I did find an RV place that quoted me $210 an hour plus parts. I did manage to cough up a no thank you before hanging up. I thought boat mechanics were crazy, guess I am in for another education. So I know what I will be doing this weekend.
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I think you'll be happy with the Michelins. I had the recalled Michelin tires on my RV when I bought it 2 years ago. They replaced all 7 tires for no charge even though the RV had 40,000 miles on it. They cost a little more but it is nice to see a manufacturer stand behind their product, especially when they mess up. This is 180 degrees opposite of my 2 experiences with Firestone on previous non RV vehicles. I will replace my RV tires with Michelins when it is time.
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I agree! Had a blowout recently with a Michelin LT225/75-16 and it was NOT part of the recall. Did a lot of damage though, Michelin has been very helpful so far. I am a little spooked the ones on there are the same year range, but from a different plant, as the recall.

I would still buy Michelin.
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Wink Go with the Michelin LTX M/S 2's

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I think you'll be happy with the Michelins. I had the recalled Michelin tires on my RV when I bought it 2 years ago. They replaced all 7 tires for no charge even though the RV had 40,000 miles on it. They cost a little more but it is nice to see a manufacturer stand behind their product, especially when they mess up. This is 180 degrees opposite of my 2 experiences with Firestone on previous non RV vehicles. I will replace my RV tires with Michelins when it is time.

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Thanks for the replies. I ordered 6 Michelin LTX M/S 2 tires. $1240.00 installed. Hopefully they will be good tires.

We are in Seabrook (Houston area) right now. I have been trying to find a garage to change belts, hoses, and all fluids, so far no luck. If it won't fit on the rack so they can walk under it they don't work on it. No one owns a creeper anymore. I did find an RV place that quoted me $210 an hour plus parts. I did manage to cough up a no thank you before hanging up. I thought boat mechanics were crazy, guess I am in for another education. So I know what I will be doing this weekend.
I live in La Porte, I have a Class C, 31 ft, Ford 450, I use the Firestone store on Spencer Hwy across from the airport........Great folks, service my rig every year
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Firestone Transforce HT are a known quality for Class Cs. I'd use Load Range E.
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