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Old 11-27-2020, 10:33 AM   #1
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Tire Shortage

I was calling around to get quotes on replacing my Michelins 275/80/22.5. The first place quoted me Goodyear Marathon RSA- but did not disclose they were 14 ply. 14 ply is readily in stock at the tire warehouses. Our big class A's need 16 ply tires that are hard to find right now. I'm getting 2 roadmasters for the tag axel and Toyo's for the others 295/75/22.5. Could not get all eight from same brand. Not in stock without shipping from far away. They only wanted to balance the steers, but I got him to include spin-balance on all eight. So, be careful about what tire they quote you. Will quote what is in stock versus what is the best tire for your application. Buyer be ware.
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Old 11-27-2020, 11:31 AM   #2
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That's why I have always used a known and trusted dealer. You will like those Toyos. My wife said they ride better than the Michelins they replaced. Big savings too.
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Old 11-27-2020, 10:10 PM   #3
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No there is no tire shortage. Retailers do not maintain a large inventory for several reasons, the main reason is invested capitol, next is most people want tires recently made, storage area is next. There is little shipping time involved. My MH tires are made in Vietnam, when I bought them they were 6 months old. I ordered them, they arrived at the installer in 3 days.



I tell the tire seller what I want; I've already done my research. I never ask what he wants to sell me. It's my money, retailers do it my way or no way.
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I have been looking for tires as well. There are some sizes and brands which are in short supply. Still haven't decided on which tires but will in December. The prices are all over the map. Lots of calling and footwork involved.
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I just got 8 Michelin X Line energy 315/80R22.5's installed. Date codes of 3620. Not a problem getting them
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Old 11-28-2020, 10:12 AM   #6
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Just bought 4 new Roadmaster rears off of Ebay for $1400 date code is August. Beads and stems were $60, local install was $45 each. Had them at my door in 3 days.
I bought the front Roadmasters 2 years ago from the same seller and they are great tires. Ride and handle great in heat, rain, and some snow without any singing. We have put 20k miles on the fronts so far.
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No there is no tire shortage. Retailers do not maintain a large inventory for several reasons, the main reason is invested capitol, next is most people want tires recently made, storage area is next. There is little shipping time involved. My MH tires are made in Vietnam, when I bought them they were 6 months old. I ordered them, they arrived at the installer in 3 days.



I tell the tire seller what I want; I've already done my research. I never ask what he wants to sell me. It's my money, retailers do it my way or no way.
The problem was finding 16 ply tires. There are plenty of 14 ply in the warehouses.
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295s are RV tires, thus hard to find. 315s are truck tires, easy to find. When I went to Michelin to replace my same brand OEM tires, the dealer was not interested in attempting to find 295s. So I went to a different dealer and bought eight tires, none Michelin.
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295s are RV tires, thus hard to find. 315s are truck tires, easy to find. When I went to Michelin to replace my same brand OEM tires, the dealer was not interested in attempting to find 295s. So I went to a different dealer and bought eight tires, none Michelin.
315 is the width of the tire, has nothing to do with the application, e.g. truck vs RV . My Coach came from the factory with 315's --
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315 is the width of the tire, has nothing to do with the application, e.g. truck vs RV . My Coach came from the factory with 315's --
My point was that the dealer said 295s are RV tires and not nearly as easy to get as 315s. Lots more 18 wheelers using 315s than RVers using 295s.
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235/80r 22.5

Called a local dealer yesterday asking for a quote on Michelin's. He told me no current availability from the factory!
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My point was that the dealer said 295s are RV tires and not nearly as easy to get as 315s. Lots more 18 wheelers using 315s than RVers using 295s.
They had plenty of 295 Michelins XZA2 at the shop I was at. All with recent DOT codes..... I had time to walk around and check things out while waiting for them to get my tires mounted.
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In response to your comment - there are plenty of 235/80R22.5, current production dated, Michelin XRVs in the market.
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I recently replaced mine w Continentals 275/70R/22.5 and had mixed availability. My closest dealer said they could get only 4 and no idea when more would be available. I tried another truck place and they asked how many I needed but they had plenty and get them all the time as they are popular. All had recent date codes so inventory is turning over. Being US made may be a differentiator with Conti's?
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