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Old 09-22-2020, 04:48 AM   #1
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Tire shopping ignorance

After many years of health issues, I am feeling good and looking forward to getting my 2006 Dutchstar DP3815 out on the highways. Current Tires need replaced first. It came with 305/70 R22.5 Mechelins. I am being quoted about $850 each locally which seems way high. Can not find that size in another brand. Anyone switched to another brand and are please with them?
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...It came with 305/70 R22.5 Mechelins....
There are other brands with the same size, many (most) at lower cost. Do a quick Google search and you will find them.

What type of tire shop are you going to that has such high prices? Stay away from RV dealers and try a few local truck tire shops. They can do the tire work and can get many brands of tires.
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I've been shopping around for tires too. I went with https://nationaltireconciergeservices.com/ who arranged for everything and has prices for my michelins that are over $200 per tire below the best price I could find.
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At $850 each, that's at least $350 to $400 higher that a Toyo's and many other brands would cost. Find a different dealer and a different brand.
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….Not familiar with your rig or the naming convention but 305/70R seems like kind of an odd size? ….need to check wheel/rim compatibility but 295/80R or even 11R is a good option for many rigs....what is the length and the axle weights for your coach? Need to check out the FMCA pricing too. Better yet, look at Bridgestone or Toyo, but never Goodyear--IMHO!!
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Very pleased with both Hankook and Hercules/Ironman.


Not pleased at all with Goodyear.
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Yesterday I had 4 Cooper Roadmaster 22.5 tires installed on rear axle $345/tire mounted and balanced.
Sounds like someone is trying to take you to the cleaners big time!
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These guys saved us a couple hundred over the FMCA discount.

www.zurchertire.com
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That's a large and oddball size, so the price is in the right ball park for a top tier bran. A couple companies make it, though, so shop around. Michelin XRV is pricey, and likely Continental too, but the Toyo M144 should be hundreds less and it's a quality tire.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:51 AM   #10
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Gary's right about the Toyo M144 tires. I went to them from Michelins and saved $2500 on 8 tires. The wife says the ride is better, but I think it's the same.
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Yoyo makes that size. I would go with them.
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I'm also a Toyo fan and agree with what's been said. I also like Yokohama, Sumitomo, and Hankook.

I my opinion, I think the Toyo M144 is your best bet and what I'd go with in your situation.

Simple tire not too long ago I thought was selling the M144 in your size for $389.99 (see below from my files) but when I go to their site now, I see it's $487.92 which is still a much better price than you'd pay for a Michelin or Continental.

I am one who believes that Toyo quality is equal to Michelin but many here on this forum disagree as we have many Michelin loyalists here. As it pertains to safety, I truly believe that you'll be just as safe with Toyos as you would be paying almost twice as much for Michelins. But again, many disagree and think that paying more for Michelins gives you more peace of mind as it pertains to safety. I disagree.

Toyo M144 305/70R22.5 at Simple Tire

(I'm just using Simple tire as an example ...check other places you'd prefer to do business with for their prices)

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Before I spent anywhere near $850 for a set of 305/70R22.5 tires I would change the tire size to a more readily available and less costly size. Here is a comparison.............

305/70R22.5 12" wide 39.3" tall 513 revolutions per mile $850.00/Michelin
295/75R22.5 11.6" wide 39.9" tall 505 Rev's per mile $386/Falkin RI-150

https://www.amazon.com/Falken-RI-150...816448&sr=8-10

I'm sure there are other brands but this is just an example. A 295/75R22.5 is a much more readily available tire if you were to have a blow out on the road. I think I'd switch!!

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Not so fast on recommending a 295/75 for a front tire ^^^. The load tables I keep at my desk doesn’t have the 305 but it’s made in a load range L. The 295 is H so there could be 1000 lbs difference in load carrying/tire.

Once I went with 315s instead of 295/80 on the front of my Dynasty, I put 6 11R rear because the rear is not that heavy...doesn’t need a 295.
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