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Old 07-27-2017, 08:36 AM   #29
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Got my new tires yesterday. They discovered that my two inner drives were dated 2013 so they went to the tag. I replaced the steer and drive tires with XZA2's with 4416 date codes. A trucker from NC wanted to buy my six take off tires. So, the dealer allowed an additional discount based on that transaction. Final cost to me for the Michelins was $95 less per tire than the FMCA discounted price.

Tires were spin balanced and took little weight. Ride home was butter smooth.
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Glad to here all came out well in the end. Now time to get in coach and head out.
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Score!!!! On the timing of a trucker wanting your old shoes!

And we too our a bit out of sync with our two oldest tires (12R BF Goodrich ST230, now ~2 1/2 years old on the Tag.) and our 6 new 295/80 XZ2's on Drives and Steers. (This are now ~14 months old.)

One benefit, is the spreading out of the purchase on at least 2 out of the 8, to allow the wallet to magically replenish between tire purchase!

Did you got with the Cross Fires, or some other Dual's pressure balancer?

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Score!!!! On the timing of a trucker wanting your old shoes!

And we too our a bit out of sync with our two oldest tires (12R BF Goodrich ST230, now ~2 1/2 years old on the Tag.) and our 6 new 295/80 XZ2's on Drives and Steers. (This are now ~14 months old.)

One benefit, is the spreading out of the purchase on at least 2 out of the 8, to allow the wallet to magically replenish between tire purchase!

Did you got with the Cross Fires, or some other Dual's pressure balancer?

Travel safe,
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Smitty, I did not get the cats eye or crossfire. I just never got my ducks in a row on that.

Actually the trucker was next in line to get some new steer tires on his Kenworth. We struck up a conversation. I told him the dealer refused to allow any trade saying the 295/80 was a hard size to sell. The trucker looked at my tires and said he would give me $100 for each of them. However, he was bobtailing back to NC and had no way to transport them. He struck some deal with the shop (to transport them to a sister shop in NC?) So they gave me the additional $95 discount per tire.

I'm happy.
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Hey gang; not to unnecessarily complicate the discussion but what about weight rating on these various tire options. Lots of people are running 11Rx22.5 tires because that is a standard truck tire and commonly available on the road. Most 11Rx22.5 are rated at 6,175 pounds per tire in single application. The 295x22.5 are usually rated at 7,830 pounds. And in dual applications they are 5,800 and 6,900 respectively. Yes the weight rating goes down when they are dualed. The front axle on our coach is rated at 14,400 pounds. I would not run a tire rated at 6,175 lbs on the front just in case we ever got over 12,000 pounds on that axle. In dual wheel applications like the rear axle, the 11R22.5 gives you 23,200 max capacity. On our coach we have a single rear axle rated at 22,500 so on that coach the 11Rx22.5 should be sufficient.

The 12Rx22.5 is what was originally spec'd on our 2000 Magna and that tire is rated at 7,390/6,780. So the 12R 22.5 would work just fine on the front but would be overkill on the rear. 12Rx22.5 are hard to find on the road as are 295x22.5 I think.

Just a word of warning be sure to know your weights and load characteristics. Particularly on that front axle - these rigs and commercial busses carry a lot of weight on that front axle and you do not want a tire failure on the front!
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I have a 2001 Intrigue and I am starting looking to buy tires for the first time since I have owned this coach. They have the 12Rx22.5 tires. Can these tires be changed to 295/80R22.5? I have noticed a lot of people of been talking this size of tire instead of the 12R22.5 tires.

Also anyone in the Plano/McKinney Tx area and where do they buy there tires at?

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Yes Gene...the 295/80R will do quite nicely in place of the 12Rs. I'm having a really tough time getting Michelin XA2 Energy tires in that size. May have to go with another brand or the Michelin Coach tires if I can't locate the Energy soon. Although the tires "look" okay, they're just past 7 years old now (drive and tag). Have new Energy 315/80R on the steer.
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I have a 2001 Intrigue and I am starting looking to buy tires for the first time since I have owned this coach. They have the 12Rx22.5 tires. Can these tires be changed to 295/80R22.5? I have noticed a lot of people of been talking this size of tire instead of the 12R22.5 tires.



Also anyone in the Plano/McKinney Tx area and where do they buy there tires at?



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Check out simpletire dot com. I got my Hankooks AH12. 275/70r/22.5. Delivered for a great price!!
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Check out simpletire dot com. I got my Hankooks AH12. 275/70r/22.5. Delivered for a great price!!
Gene - Yes to the change in tire size. Our speedometer at 60MPH is off by about 2-3MPH due to the differences in the tire size. (Not enough that I bothered having it the speedometer/odometer calibration changed.). This was going from the 12R XZE*'s to the 295/80 XZA2.

And be careful when researching this change, for example the above mentioned AH12 specifies 9" rim, where as Michelin allows the 12R on the 8.25" rim. And the 295/80 is not available in the AH12. (Nor the AH11 in either of these two sizes.) This does not mean that a call to Hankook Tech Support (And that is the only place would call for input, not a tire salesman or dealer.) might not tell you the AH12's would be OK on a 8.25" rim (Which I suspect you have?). Spacing in the Daul's would need to be OK'd, as the narrow rim would end up with a fatter/mushroomed tread. I have zero doubts that the load range of the AH12 would be more then robust enough to handle your loads on any position.

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Here, and on the Country Coach Yahoo forum too - lots of posts on tires!

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Got my new tires yesterday. They discovered that my two inner drives were dated 2013 so they went to the tag. I replaced the steer and drive tires with XZA2's with 4416 date codes. A trucker from NC wanted to buy my six take off tires. So, the dealer allowed an additional discount based on that transaction. Final cost to me for the Michelins was $95 less per tire than the FMCA discounted price.

Tires were spin balanced and took little weight. Ride home was butter smooth.

Hard to get fresh tires. I had to wait a few weeks for my last set of Hankooks and they ended up being eight week old when I got them.
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I guess I "lucked out" on my Michelin tires from Bob Dickman's Les Schwab tires in Junction City OR. The 365/70's were three weeks old and the 315/80's were five weeks old when they installed them.
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I lucked out also I guess. Michelin Tires were less than a month old on the date code when installed.
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