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MoonchaserTX 03-08-2015 07:19 PM

Which Tire On Steer Axle?
Cooper is going to give me a credit for the 2 front tires that wore unevenly. I have the option of applying that credit to a pair of newer Cooper 272 tires for no extra money (they say it's a better tire for the front), 2 Hankook AH12 tires for no extra money, 2 Goodyear G670's for $250 extra, or 2 Michelin XZE tires for $550 extra over and above the Cooper credit. (Cant utilize the FMCA program)

I hear of blowouts/cracking on Michelins, cupping on Goodyears, and pretty good reports on Hankook, nothing on Cooper.

We intend to keep the motorhome 2-3 more years (Newmar Grand Star front engine diesel) ...the tires are 255/70R22.5.

Any recommendation on which tire to select for the front of our motorhome?


Ray,IN 03-08-2015 07:44 PM

Your choice, I've read good reports about all of them, as well as bad reports for Michelin and Goodyear. The others haven't been in common use long enough for such damage to be revealed. The vast majority of tires on a MH are the result of being parked for long periods, sun damage, flat-spotting, sidewall cracks, etc., as well as running tires at their maximum load rating for inflation pressure.

vsheetz 03-08-2015 08:08 PM

Given the situation, I think either the Cooper or Hancock. I don't have Hancock on the motorhome but do on our pickup truck, they have been a good tire and were reasonably priced.

Ray,IN 03-08-2015 10:06 PM

As side note to your post is this; Camping World is now selling Samson tires to fit MH's.

GaryKD 03-09-2015 07:44 AM

Hi MoonchaserTX,
I read about the Michelin blowout too. I've been driving on Michelin tires since 1965. Never had a blowout. For me, the blowout stories have more of the story that is not told than told. Proper maintenance and care is the key to longevity. My tires last 10 years and are then replaced.

Now after all that you might expect me to recommend Michelin. The answer is no. Based on the information in the OP, take the cheapest route. For the first 2-3 years of a tires life, basically they all provide good service. Don't forget to maintain them.

Hikerdogs 03-09-2015 09:12 AM

I think you hear more bad reports about Goodyear and Michelin because they're installed on most chassis new from the factory. We've had both and the only problems we've ever had were due to a dealer not balancing replacements as they were supposed to.

Personally my first choice would be Goodyear's or Michelins (a toss up). The second choice would be Coopers again. I would stay away from the other brands, not because of a quality concern, but rather an availability concern. If something should happen to a tire there's a much greater likelihood of finding a compatible Goodyear or Michelin than almost any other brand.

gemini5362 03-09-2015 10:26 PM

I am going to throw out another name I bought continentals to replace two tires on my MH. Continentals have been around for a long time. They are the factory choice on some serious premium cars. I used to use them on my motorcycle and loved them. I have not seen any difference with them on my MH but really do not have enough miles to observe how they are going to last. They were about a third cheaper than michelin or goodyear where I bought them at.

Fishhogg 03-10-2015 12:42 AM

After 43 years in the trucking business, I only run Michelin's! In Alaska it's along way's to a tire shop. Never ever had a blow out on the front axle:cool:

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