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Old 11-05-2016, 06:19 AM   #15
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Its your money and your decision. We are on our third motorhome and have used Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear G670, and Hankook tires. IMO, the Goodyear G670 would be my last choice. They are expensive and they are prone to rivering on the steer axle (Google tire river wear, tire rivering for an explanation). My G670's wore unevenly (had no alignment or inflation issue) so badly I had to rotate them to the rear to get a smooth ride.

I would listen to your tire guy. A good truck tire will do fine. BF Goodrich is made by Michelin. Hankook AH12's were my favorites. Reasonably priced, smooth ride, highly recommended by my favorite and trusted tire shop.
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Edit: Didn't mention the XRV's sidewall tears were do to rusted steel cords. The side wall thickness of the truck tire is twice that of the RV tire.
The steel cord in a tire is completely encapsulated in rubber. Moisture should never get to it to start rust unless the tire has had a puncture repair. I would pursue the manufacturer for warranty (assuming the tire hasn't been repaired or curbed).
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Old 11-05-2016, 07:56 AM   #17
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Michelin makes a number of tires for RV use besides the XRV model.

View the list on page two of the brochure below.

Michelin RV Tire Brochure

Dr4Film ----- Richard
If you never buy a Michelin tire this guide is still good reading. Lots of information on the care and feeding of RV tires. I particularly like the recommendation to remove wheel covers. They do more harm than good. I had the dealer remove them before we took delivery.
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Old 11-05-2016, 08:35 AM   #18
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Its your money and your decision. We are on our third motorhome and have used Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear G670, and Hankook tires. IMO, the Goodyear G670 would be my last choice. They are expensive and they are prone to rivering on the steer axle (Google tire river wear, tire rivering for an explanation). My G670's wore unevenly (had no alignment or inflation issue) so badly I had to rotate them to the rear to get a smooth ride.

I would listen to your tire guy. A good truck tire will do fine. BF Goodrich is made by Michelin. Hankook AH12's were my favorites. Reasonably priced, smooth ride, highly recommended by my favorite and trusted tire shop.
More posts like this will sway me back to the truck tire.......decisions decisions
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Old 11-05-2016, 09:39 AM   #19
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One tire I will not put on my coach, even if they were free, is the Goodyear G670. My coach came with them and we had nothing but problems. Good Sam even called us and said if we have one more blow out they were dropping us. We had two more and they dropped us. When the steel belts blow, they will do major damage.

I've also seen and heard of issues with the Michelin XRV. I would also avoid it.

Michelin Energy XZA2, BF Goodrich, and Toyo have all worked well for me. I realize there are other good tires out there, but I'm saying I would not hesitate from personal experience to recommend these three. BF Goodrich is owned by Michelin and I had the tire guy stand them side by side with a Michelin (don't remember the model) and they were identical except for the price. Even made in the same factory.

The other big tire controversy is should you buy tires made in China. There is a significant price difference and they are becoming very popular. Just be careful, there are some that are good and a lot that are not.

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Old 11-05-2016, 10:09 AM   #20
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Just can't understand why so many folks feel they need to use a so called RV tire when there are so many good tires, any one of which can, and are used on MH's.
Bridgestone
Continental
Dunlop
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General
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Ohtsu
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When it comes down to it what is the difference between a Motorhome and a truck.
Most Motorhomes are loaded to almost max. axle weight.
Big Motorhomes have better softer riding air suspensions under them so I do not understand the fear of running a so called truck tire on them.

My coach had Goodyear RV tires on it when I bought it and they were 9 years old when I took them off and they still looked great. I refused to pay the price for RV specific tires and opted for the Firestone truck tire. After 8000 miles I see no difference in ride handling or any other aspect in fact I think they are better.

I have ran many different Brands of tires on big trucks for years and have had just as good of service from many brands as I had with Michelin. Advertising dollars go a long way in swaying people on what is the best product!
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If you never buy a Michelin tire this guide is still good reading. Lots of information on the care and feeding of RV tires. I particularly like the recommendation to remove wheel covers. They do more harm than good. I had the dealer remove them before we took delivery.
My eyes may be getting old where did you see the reference to removing wheel covers?
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So how will truck tires affect the ride of a coach with a spring suspension. ?
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When I acquired my coach it had Michelin XZA3 22.5 tires that were four years old. Four years later, they still looked like new with zero signs of cracking but I was getting concerned.

While at a Loves shop getting my AC recharged, the manger made me a deal on a set of six new XZA3+, made in Canada, one month old tires such that I could not refuse. XZA3 is a truck tire with a higher profile than your typical RV tire. Thing is, if I do have a problem and require a replacement, they are a very common tire in most areas.
I don't have anything to compare to as far as ride but I have no complaints. On rough pavement they can be a little noisy. They steer like a dream and wear like iron.
One word of caution if you are considering the XZA3. Because of its higher profile, you may have clearance issues.
On my DS, they would rub the jack pads on the front during a full lock turn and knock the pad off the levelling jack. After wrestling with putting the pad back on a few times, I finally realized what the problem was and removed the pads and trimmed a bit off the corners of each from jack pad. That cured the problem.

Would I replace with the same XZA3 steer tires again? Absolutely.
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My eyes may be getting old where did you see the reference to removing wheel covers?

Page 4: "If the RV has wheel covers, consider removing them
since the extra time and effort they require could lead the
RV owners to avoid checking the tire’s pressure."
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Thank you that was not an eye problem but a brain problem I did not look at that section.
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