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Old 04-24-2015, 10:16 AM   #1
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New tires, change of plan

Well, after hearing back from my local Goodyear Tire Truck dealer telling me that the G670 tires, which I had ordered and had them shipped directly from the Ohio factory had a build date of 23/14 AND he wasn't willing to shave off any money because of this (telling me that 1 year is not that old), I told him to forget it.

Which brings me back to Plan B.

I am not fixated on having Goodyears installed....just had good experience with them since buying the coach. So, perhaps it was fate telling me to switch to Michelin or to Bridgestone...or whatever. I don't know. What I do know is that I want tires that are newer than 1 year old (or discounted for that year of sitting on the shelf).

So, if anyone out there can tell me of a high volume Michelin or Bridgestone truck/RV dealer within 500 miles of Vancouver, BC, Canada, I will drive there and buy new tires. Most, if not all, tire dealers tell me that they can't give me the build date until the tires arrive in their shop! What gives? It takes all of 5 minutes or less to read all 4 outside tires on my coach....do these new tires come wrapped up in a protective coating that prohibits reading the build date?

It may be that with all of the Motorhomes buying Michelins that those tires are newer because of the turnover, and that Goodyear has a surplus of the G670's which they want to get rid of....I really don't know. But when spending over $4,000.00 CDN for 6 tires, I want to make sure I don't waste any money.

Again, thanking you in advance.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:19 AM   #2
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Check out Hankook. Everbit as good as a Michelin and less money.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:22 AM   #3
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Check out Hankook. Everbit as good as a Michelin and less money.
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I couldn't find Hankook tires for my size: 275 80R 22.5. Do you know if they make them this size?
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If I remember right that is a michelin size that is just about the specs of a 295/75/22.5 in everyone else except weight rating goes from 6650 to 7100 pounds weight capacity. I put a set on last year. They are a good looking tire.
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:24 PM   #5
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You should look into Les Shwab tire shops here in the states since you are in Vancouver BC. I am in Marysville Washington and I put a new set of Toyo tires purchased at Les Shwab last year... I went from 275/80/22.5 Goodyears to 295/75/22.5 Toyo tires on my coach and could not be happier with them. BIG improvement over the Goodyears... Better ride and less noise.
I put Toyo M154 tires on the drive axle and Toyo M147 steer tires on the front.... Great tires!
If you are willing to drive further South than Washington, you could go to Oregon and would not have to pay the sales tax.


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You should look into Les Shwab tire shops here in the states since you are in Vancouver BC. I am in Marysville Washington and I put a new set of Toyo tires purchased at Les Shwab last year... I went from 275/80/22.5 Goodyears to 295/75/22.5 Toyo tires on my coach and could not be happier with them. BIG improvement over the Goodyears... Better ride and less noise.
I put Toyo M154 tires on the drive axle and Toyo M147 steer tires on the front.... Great tires!
If you are willing to drive further South than Washington, you could go to Oregon and would not have to pay the sales tax.


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GCR Tire is owned by Bridgestone but carries other brands as well. I have had good experiences with them. Here is a location close to you:

GCR Tires & Service #805
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[QUOTE=Steve Ownby;2527009]GCR Tire is owned by Bridgestone but carries other brands as well. I have had good experiences with them. Here is a location close to you:

Steve,

Thanks, will give them a call and ask about build dates and prices. I think I may have to upgrade to the 295's....more availability and cheaper tire.
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Your tire dealer should be able to call the distributor and find out when the last run of a particular tire was made and when the next run of that tire is going to be made. It's hard to believe your dealer got tires directly from the factory if they are almost a year old.

Tire runs are made on an on demand basis. When distributors run low they send orders to the factory. They have an automatic order point and order quantity feature built into their inventory system. An example would be that a distributor normally carries 100 of a particular brand, model, and size. When the inventory goes down to 10 units an order is automatically generated for another 90 units.

When the factory receives a sufficient number of orders from their distributors to justify tooling up they make a run of that particular model and size. In all likelihood the tires you ordered either aren't popular enough to make multiple runs throughout the year, or they were the last remaining of a previous order.

Tire distributors like any other business follow the first in first out inventory model. They try to sell the oldest stock first so it doesn't sit on the shelf and expire before ever being used.

I know for a fact that the Goodyear dealers can specify a production date range to their distributor. We bought several sets for our previous motorhome and specified to the dealer we wouldn't accept anything older than 3 months. They in turn called the distributor and found the latest production date. If the tires were more than 3 months old we were advised as to when the next production run was scheduled. We had the choice of either taking the older tires or waiting until the next production run. The last time we bought tires we decided to wait. When we got them they were lass than 3 weeks from the factory.
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Your tire dealer should be able to call the distributor and find out when the last run of a particular tire was made and when the next run of that tire is going to be made. It's hard to believe your dealer got tires directly from the factory if they are almost a year old.

Tire runs are made on an on demand basis. When distributors run low they send orders to the factory. They have an automatic order point and order quantity feature built into their inventory system. An example would be that a distributor normally carries 100 of a particular brand, model, and size. When the inventory goes down to 10 units an order is automatically generated for another 90 units.

When the factory receives a sufficient number of orders from their distributors to justify tooling up they make a run of that particular model and size. In all likelihood the tires you ordered either aren't popular enough to make multiple runs throughout the year, or they were the last remaining of a previous order.

Tire distributors like any other business follow the first in first out inventory model. They try to sell the oldest stock first so it doesn't sit on the shelf and expire before ever being used.

I know for a fact that the Goodyear dealers can specify a production date range to their distributor. We bought several sets for our previous motorhome and specified to the dealer we wouldn't accept anything older than 3 months. They in turn called the distributor and found the latest production date. If the tires were more than 3 months old we were advised as to when the next production run was scheduled. We had the choice of either taking the older tires or waiting until the next production run. The last time we bought tires we decided to wait. When we got them they were lass than 3 weeks from the factory.

hikerdogs,

Well, that is very interesting, but not the story I got from my Fountain Dealer in Delta, BC. He told me that he could not specify any date or production range for any tire...so, you must have a great tire dealer with great connections down there.

Speaking of which, may I ask for your dealer's name, number and address? I just may give him a call.
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Our tire dealers name is:


Pomp's Tire
Manager: Joe Thelen
2301 Kilgust
Monona, WI 53713
608-222-6763


Over the years I've worked with the shop manager
Bill. He recently transferred to their Janesville location.


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Manager: Mike Flatow
3530 Newville Rd.
Janesville, WI 53545
608-754-1902
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Hikerdogs,

Thanks....time for a 3300 km roadtrip!

Wish all tire dealers were this nice....
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Interesting as in 9 years we've never had a dealer able to specify dates from the warehouse and on our last set of dually truck tires we tried multiple dealers in western PA and eastern Ohio. We ended up with tires 6 months old. Guess we lucked out on the To go we put on the MH in Tucson when we bought it. But of course To go is a huge semi brand so they may get produced more often. As a side note we live our Toyo tires 18 months and the wear is perfect
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I just bought a set of Firestone tires at Kal Tire in Chilliwack. They were 2 months old. They are excellent to deal with and can get you pretty much any brand you want. I dealt with their truck shop, but they have locations all over BC. They also gave me a casing rebate on my old Goodyears.
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