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Old 09-08-2007, 11:35 AM   #1
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Well the tires finally came in and were installed yesterday. I ended up purchasing Goodyear G670's for her. I've only had a chance to put a few miles on her, but what a difference so far. We'll see if that continues as I put a few miles on her. The Michelin XZA's that came off are just short of 10 years old. They looked great from the outside, but close examination after they were removed revealed some weather cracks deep inside the tread. One of the tires even had a nail in it that was not seen before. Still holding air, but for how long? Hopefully we did this just in time to avoid a potential disaster. We can now drive much more confidently.
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:35 AM   #2
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Well the tires finally came in and were installed yesterday. I ended up purchasing Goodyear G670's for her. I've only had a chance to put a few miles on her, but what a difference so far. We'll see if that continues as I put a few miles on her. The Michelin XZA's that came off are just short of 10 years old. They looked great from the outside, but close examination after they were removed revealed some weather cracks deep inside the tread. One of the tires even had a nail in it that was not seen before. Still holding air, but for how long? Hopefully we did this just in time to avoid a potential disaster. We can now drive much more confidently.
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Old 09-08-2007, 04:05 PM   #3
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Our motorhome came with the Goodyear G670's they seem to ride great however this is the first motorhome I have ever driven so I really have nothing to compare the experience to.

Two years ago I had some tire damage to my right front passenger side tire and had to replace it and at the same time I put the "new" spare on the drivers side front. So the front tires have about 6,000 miles on them and the rear four tires have 33,000 miles on them. They all appear to be in very good condition. They are five years old now and I believe I will keep them several more years.

How many miles did you have on your 10 year old set of Michelin tires?

I am thinking of changing the shocks to the Koni FSD shocks. I again have no other experience but I believe I am close to needing new shocks after five years and 33,000 miles and with the comments I have read on this forum about the Koni's I just may make that investment and see how much the ride improves.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for the response.

The Michelin's I took off provided super service (mostly for the previous owner). I had 23,000 miles on them at 9.75 years old. When I inspected the tires while on the motorhome, I was unable to see any weather or age damage at all. When they were removed we could then see weathering inside the tread area just beginning. Who knows how many more miles before I contributed to the growing number of "hiway gators" out there. Mileage is not really a factor in RV tires. Age is what kills them, check them very carefully. I have never need road service for a blowout, hope I never do.

I decided long ago that I would replace with either Goodyear or Michelin. In this case the price was the determining factor. When figuring in the Goodyear rebate, I saved almost $400 over the Michelin tires. My local dealer ordered them for me, all are manufactured in August '07. In fact my local Goodyear dealer even beat Belle Tire's price by $100. I am not too worried about the longevity of these tires, we will probably trade for a newer motorhome when I retire next year.

I have hear glowing reports on the Koni shocks. It sounds like you couldn't do better than the Koni's. I have Bilstien's on mine and am satisfied with the ride. It does ride like a truck, but then again, it is a truck.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:27 AM   #5
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Good wishes for your retirement next year. How appropriate to this thread and subject RE-TIRE

I have been retired now 2 years. Always time to take the scenic route.

Retirement is all that it is cracked up to be..........

On Life's journey, be sure to take the scenic route.

RETIRED! How sweet it is.......................................
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:33 AM   #6
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My turn is coming. Can't wait till we can hit the road with no particular destination in mind. Just go down whatever road looks interesting, no schedules, no commitments.
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