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Old 12-27-2017, 08:40 AM   #1
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Class A Tires - Steering vs Driving / Tag

I have a 1993 Firan Europremier - it came as is. So I've been trying to figure out everything with little or no documentation from previous owner or manuals.

My coach has Bridgestone R249 Steering 255/70R22.5 on Front and Michelin XZE 255/70R22.5 on all 4 Rear


I'm not sure what to look for, a completely new set all the same or different like i have now. The R249's are not available. Nor would I want to spend over 900.00 a tire.

I'm also not rich even though I own an RV.

Their are so many conversations about tires, it would be nice to hear from the experts - all of you that have been there and tried it and learned from your mistakes.

The other thing is where to buy the tires, simpletire has good prices; but who puts them on?

Or do I pay full price at a Truck Tire Shop?
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Pop into a Les Schwab shop and get some ideas.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

FMCA has a tire discount program that can save you some money. I know they have Michelin and another company that I can't remember.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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If the coach originally came with all the same size tires, then it is better to have them all the same brand for possible rotation in the future. There are several brands that people are happy with. I prefer Michelin and Bridgestone, but a friend is happy with Toyo's. Find a tire dealer near you that deals with your size and ask which tire has worked well for them. Many brands to choose from. I would stay away from the third tier cheap Chinese tires.
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FMCA has discounts on Michelin and Continental tires.
I had Michelin's they lasted 4 years then started cracking I went with Bridgestones. After 8 years I changed to Yokohama's. You don't have to spend a fortune to get good tires for your RV. Just stay away from Chinese made tires.
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I have a 1993 Firan Europremier - it came as is. So I've been trying to figure out everything with little or no documentation from previous owner or manuals.



My coach has Bridgestone R249 Steering 255/70R22.5 on Front and Michelin XZE 255/70R22.5 on all 4 Rear





I'm not sure what to look for, a completely new set all the same or different like i have now. The R249's are not available. Nor would I want to spend over 900.00 a tire.



I'm also not rich even though I own an RV.



Their are so many conversations about tires, it would be nice to hear from the experts - all of you that have been there and tried it and learned from your mistakes.



The other thing is where to buy the tires, simpletire has good prices; but who puts them on?



Or do I pay full price at a Truck Tire Shop?


You should check that the tires will carry your max axles weights. There should be a label on the wall close to the driverís seat.

The size 255/70R22.5 are available through FMCA from either Michelin (B F Goodrich) or Continental for about $350/each.
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Without seeing the tires all I can tell you is that they are all the same size and aspect ratio So the two you have **SHOULD** be interchangable.

MOST RV's I've seen all tires are same ... and the FMCA discount on the MItchlins may make it worthwhile to go all M.
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their are no labels or manuals - i guess as this coach was bought and sold know one thought well maybe it would be helpful to leave this stuff in the home because we don't need it. or someone said they'll figure it out...lol but I will look around to see if i can't find something maybe under the hood?
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

FMCA has a tire discount program that can save you some money. I know they have Michelin and another company that I can't remember.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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I used the Michelin program in Nov 2016. Saved a bunch too.
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Steering tires are completely different than the drive wheels. Heavy trucks, which operate in far more hostile conditions than the usual RV, run different tires on the front than on the drive wheels all the time. A common regulation throughout North America is that the steering tires cannot be recaps, but the drive wheels can be recaps, which gives you an idea of what the real concerns are with safety. Not at all the same as for passenger car tires.

All the driving regs deal with is tread depth, and not tire age, which can mean tires are completely unsafe while being completely legal. Match the front pair, and match the drive wheels with each other keeping in mind, some tires are for all weather and others are more for ideal conditions. Old rubber is worse than cheap rubber.
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Might also check inside the closet for a data list. Any luck searching online for information about your coach?
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their are no labels or manuals - i guess as this coach was bought and sold know one thought well maybe it would be helpful to leave this stuff in the home because we don't need it. or someone said they'll figure it out...lol but I will look around to see if i can't find something maybe under the hood?


It would be time well spent to visit a truck scale so you will know how much weight you are carrying on each axle. Then check & see if your current tires are correct.
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