After wearing out the original set of G614s (stimulated by the tread peeling off at 33k miles) and with the replacement set of G614s ready for replacement (rockintom's rule for these tires is 3 years or 30k, whichever comes first - and I believe it.), I decided that an upgrade to 17.5" wheels and tires was in order. I bought a set of four new 17.5" aluminum wheels and Goodyear G614 tires from Tire and Wheel Supermarket
and had them shipped to Evans, CO for installation. (I kept a G614 for the spare. The OD of the G614 is 30.7" vs. the 30.5" OD of the G114.) Service and delivery from this outfit were excellent.
I'd recommend them to anyone. To answer the question of why I chose Goodyear rather than Michelin: price plus Goodyear's history of covering tire failure related damage to an RV.
During a rest stop a couple hundred miles up the road from Prince George, BC I noticed that the front driver side tire on the trailer had a gouge in the sidewall.
I must at this point apologize that NO PHOTOS are available.
The gouge is a 1/4" - 3/8" deep and 1 1/2" long, although it's full depth is only about 1/4" long. Although I'm not sure where the damage was incurred I suspect that I may have run over something at the "RV Park" we stayed at near Prince George. Although the tire had lost no air and showed no sign of deformation/bulging I elected to remove and replace it with the spare tire (G614).
Once we were within a hundred miles of Fairbanks, AK I called the Goodyear dealer there to learn that a replacement G114, mounted and balanced, would cost around $490.
Once I told him what had happened he suggested that Goodyear might be able to repair the tire. I took it to the dealer yesterday for an inspection. Result: Goodyear says the damage is cosmetic. They will send the tire to their shop at Anchorage where the damaged area will be "skived out", filled, baked, and ground to the original contour. The repaired area will be visibly noticeable upon inspection. The estimated cost is $20-30 and delivery will be 3 weeks (not a problem for us). Goodyear does not consider this to affect the performance of the tire.
This sure beats buying a new tire way up here in the land of inflated costs and prices.