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Old 06-07-2023, 07:42 AM   #1
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Replacement tires

Hi all, my Goodyear tires have timed out and Iím considering changing to something other than Michelin or Goodyears. Iíve seen some reviews about Sumitomo tires. To those who have changed, how do you like them? How dothey handle on the road. Any particular issues to share?
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I'm a big fan of Hankook's AH37, 18ply. They ride smooth, they are round. Performance wise I like the feel in cornering, you don't get the roll over. Wear and handling is great. There are a lot more out there and everyone will have there own opinion. This It will be up to you to choose and your budget. Happy Travels.
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Every tire sold in the US must meet the same standards. Every brand has it's loyal following of satisfied customers. There's not much difference between any of them outside of price. I had Michelins but replaced them with Toyo's. I was happy with them. I probably would have been happy with any other brand as well. Based on the dozens of tire threads on this forum, most are happy with the brand they have chosen. Sumitomo tires have as good a reputation as any other brand.
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I have Toyo tires and love them. Sumitomo tires are also great as well. You have opened a big, perhaps as big a subject as which pickup brand is best! Look at the front tires on the semi trucks and see what they use. Toyo, Sumitomo, GoodYear, and one of two others. Choose the best price tires among them. You cannot go wrong.
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Thank you all for the info. Greatly appreciated.
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You are smart by considering something other than Michelin or Goodyear. Sumitomo is one of my favorite brands ...Japanese engineering and most are now manufactured just outside of Buffalo New York at the old Goodyear factory that Sumitomo acquired. Lots of happy Sumitomo users here if you search around on the forum.
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Every tire sold in the US must meet the same standards. Every brand has it's loyal following of satisfied customers. There's not much difference between any of them outside of price. I had Michelins but replaced them with Toyo's. I was happy with them. I probably would have been happy with any other brand as well. Based on the dozens of tire threads on this forum, most are happy with the brand they have chosen. Sumitomo tires have as good a reputation as any other brand.
There is a huge difference, michelins and goodyears age out and fail. I watched my friend go through three sets of those two with failures on every set. He's on toyos now and zero problems. Just watch the posts on this forum. Michelins are great on your suv, they are not that reliable on class A's
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There is a huge difference, michelins and goodyears age out and fail. I watched my friend go through three sets of those two with failures on every set. He's on toyos now and zero problems. Just watch the posts on this forum. Michelins are great on your suv, they are not that reliable on class A's

How many years did your friend get from Michelins and what size and year tires were they?
How many years did your friend get from Goodyear and what size and year tires were they?
Was this the same friend with 3 sets each? Regardless, sounds like a lot of tires.

Michelins I have seen quite a few posts with sidewall cracking starting in 3 years.

My current tires are Goodyear 295/80R22.5. Fronts 3314 and rear 3113, so coming up to 9 and 10 years. I'm sure some readers are blowing gaskets by now but I'm not one of those sky is falling guys if tires are more than 3 years old.
These tires look like new other than some rivering on the fronts. Don't feel that driving though.
According to vehicle tag, the coach has had same size Goodyears from day 1.

Due to age, I'll be replacing those this summer. Have not prized any yet but they just won't be Michelins.
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I switched to Sumitomo ST719 (19.5 inch tires) a couple of years ago from the Hercules brand tires the previous owner of our coach had installed a couple of years before we bought it, and it was a night and day difference, so much so that for the first couple of thousand miles I kept finding myself driving 5-15 mph faster than I thought I was going.
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Every tire sold in the US must meet the same standards. Every brand has it's loyal following of satisfied customers. There's not much difference between any of them outside of price.
I disagree. Every tire sold in the US must meet the same MINIMUM standards. Premium tires have better engineering, better materials and arguably are manufactured in a factory with better quality control than cheapo tires.

For instance, the Firestone FS561 245/70R19.5 tires I put on my motorhome had a tread face that was more than 1" wider than the 245/70R19.5 Samson tires I took off! See the attached picture. The Firestone tire is on top in the picture. The difference in width is obvious!

I think that often the difference between the Super Premium Tires like Bridgestone and the next lower tier tire like Firestone may be just the name. But maybe not!

You really do get something extra when you buy a premium tire. Each of us have to decide if we value the extra things in Premium tires enough to pay the difference.
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