Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-03-2016, 11:11 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 18
Tires: Good 'n Bad

Hello forum members.

I have a 2001 Holiday Rambler 34PBS. I recently purchased it so don't have much paperwork to refer to. Don't know the original owner or one after him, so can't really talk to someone about it. That's why IRV2 has been so helpful to me thus far. Thanks to all of you !


I need to replace tires and want the best riding/handling tires that are reasonably priced. The tires currently on the RV are Toyo 255/70R22.5. They are at least 5 years old and one loses air.

I know there are several brands out there including Toyo, Firestone Continental, Falken, Goodyear and Michelin. (in no particular order of preference at all) I am partial to Michelin because I have used them on my vehicles in the past, but that is not of great importance. I am looking for some good tires that will be safe, good riding/handling tires that are reasonably priced for the 5 years until I replace them.

There is a weight ticket for the RV, but it is in storage and I will get it out soon. I don't remember what it says offhand.

So what wisdom can the world of IRV2 impart to me on the best tires to buy and places to purchase in Austin, Texas vicinity?

I have read that the Toyos are stiff, the Goodyears have cupping and not found much on the others. I expect I will be looking for Load Range G or H.

All wisdom imparted to me is appreciated. (Some I might even remember, too )

We are moving from Austin to Washington state soon, so let me have it!!

Thank you!!

Gary
Myabytude is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-03-2016, 11:59 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
gemert's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 916
The only tires I hear horror stories about are Michelins. Sidewall cracking seems to be a big issue at relatively young age. I would add Hancook tires to your list. They are quality tires made in Korea. I've had mine for 3 years. They ride well once you get the inflation right. I've got about 15K miles on them with no issues that I can see. Good luck.
__________________
Jerry, "EWC (SW)" USN Retired
2003 Beaver Patriot Thunder 505 HP C-12 1550 TQ
Allison 4000MH Ram 4X4 towed
gemert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 12:02 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
CampDaven's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Fulltime, USA
Posts: 16,488
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by gemert View Post
The only tires I hear horror stories about are Michelins. Sidewall cracking seems to be a big issue at relatively young age. I would add Hancook tires to your list. They are quality tires made in Korea. I've had mine for 3 years. They ride well once you get the inflation right. I've got about 15K miles on them with no issues that I can see. Good luck.

Those are old Michelin stories!
I'm on my 3rd set
__________________
Dave and Nola, RVM1
The Journey is Our Destination!

https://davenola.blogspot.com/
CampDaven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 01:04 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
stuhly's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,391
Forget the Michelins. way over priced and over rated. Take a look at the Hankooks.
stuhly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 01:17 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,295
We put bf Goodrich tires on today and so far so good ! Actually I find the ride much smoother but that may be just because they are new. The old ones were pushing 10 years and rubber gets hard with age.
Monacoach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 02:12 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
gemert's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 916
Quote:
Originally Posted by CampDaven View Post
Those are old Michelin stories!
I'm on my 3rd set
If you mean a couple of months ago I guess so. But I am not necessarily saying they are bad. I'm just saying that it is the only brand I hear a lot of complaints about. I used to hear Goodyear also but that seems to have stopped. I'm happy that you like yours.
__________________
Jerry, "EWC (SW)" USN Retired
2003 Beaver Patriot Thunder 505 HP C-12 1550 TQ
Allison 4000MH Ram 4X4 towed
gemert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 02:31 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
RELHUB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 648
I have Goodyear as they came on our MH when we purchased it new. We have just over 30,000 miles on them and they look great. I run mostly Hancook on our fleet equipment and they too have a good track record for us at a really good price.

This tire debate will go on for years so just shop around and pick a name brand that fits your wallet as they all seem good.
__________________
GRV We love to Roam
2013 Georgetown
RELHUB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 03:09 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
distaff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,822
I've had Michelin X-Energy tires on my Monaco (total of 8 tires) for just under 5 years. No cracking or other problems.

I replaced Goodyears that came standard but were wearing unevenly and cracking ('05 built coach, tires replaced in '12) and what I can say is the ride, noise level, and handling all improved significantly.

Now, I did add dynamic balancing to all axles, so the comparison is not 1:1, but I've been very happy with the Michelins and would buy them again.

I do strongly recommend the FMCA deal on Michelins.
__________________
Paul
2006 Patriot Thunder C13 Allison 4000
2010 Ford Flex Ecoboost AWD
distaff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 06:58 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Richmond Hill, GA USA
Posts: 704
Add Sumitomo to the good tire list. I've had excellent service from them.

I'd suggest you have individual wheel weights before buying tires. My recently sold Holiday Rambler was much heavier on the driver front than the passenger front, and the original tires were running right at the maximum weight on the driver front...and previous owner had several blowouts on that position. I upgraded tires and had no problems.

Fred
__________________
Fred & Vicki
St. Augustine, Fl.
Fred Cooper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 07:58 PM   #10
Community Moderator
 
TonyDi's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Posts: 22,837
I'm on my second set of Bridgestones, it is a great tire and you don't have to take out a second mortgage to buy a set.
__________________
Tony & Ruth........... FMCA#F416727
2016 London Aire 4519, Freightliner chassis, Cummins ISX, 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Blue Ox Avail with AF1. TST 507 TPMS
TonyDi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 10:19 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
gjetson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Central, CA
Posts: 26
Dunlop's all position SP 348, they are priced pretty competitive.
gjetson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2016, 10:38 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
saddlesore's Avatar


 
Foretravel Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Home is Where WE PARK IT...
Posts: 4,861
Went with Toyo's,(8 tires)
Wait until you come thru Oregon, Les ScwaabTire, NO sales tax!
saddlesore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2016, 06:09 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 3,401
Whatever tires you do get you need to watch this video on how to take care of them to keep you safe and make them last as long as possible. I consider tires and their care one of the most important considerations when owning a MH. Everything you have rides them.

marjoa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2016, 09:13 AM   #14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 18
Thank you all for your advice. Special thanks to Marjoa for the video.

The weight ticket from when the RV was new shows 7,900 lb on front axle and 14,820 lb on the rear axle. there is no indication whether it was fully loaded (which I don't know) or not. The GVWR for the vehicle is 26,000 lb. I didn't get the GAWR and will have to do that another day.

If I proportion out the actual versus the factory sticker, the front axle would be in the 9,000 lb range and the rear axle would be in the 17,000 lb range. I read without knowing the weight of the 4 corners of the RV that a factor of say 53% could be used to account for differences in each side. (this is an assumption and you know what that means ) That would put the front at 4,800 lb in round numbers and the rear at 4,500 lb. This is all based on a mythical proportion. Does anybody out there have the factory GAWR for a 2001 Holiday Rambler Ambassador 34 PBS ?

So now my dilemma is to convert that to a real tire size and tire pressure for the new tires. The old Toyos on the RV again are 255/70 R 22.5. Can someone help me determine the actual tire size I need for these loads, and what tire pressure is the correct one? I know different brands have different loads/tire pressures, so open to the brands that you all have experience with and trust .

I am interested in the FMCA/Michelin deal. How does that work?

Thank you IRV2 members for your great ideas!

Gary
Myabytude is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tires



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GOOD SAM Road Side Assistance Good & or Bad? Duffy260 iRV2.com General Discussion 3 07-24-2015 08:44 PM
GOOD SAM Road Side Assistance Good & or Bad? Duffy260 Class A Motorhome Discussions 22 07-22-2015 07:31 PM
Bad, bad, bad - bad vibrations.... Doc Vegas Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 21 11-30-2014 05:56 PM
Kumho Tires Good or Bad Mikeeg MH-General Discussions & Problems 20 08-26-2010 09:28 AM
Bad Star - Good Middle - Bad Ending Rocket Heart Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 11 08-18-2009 12:26 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.