I know this has been talked about before but thought I would ask in a new thread for up to date thoughts. I am in the market for new tires for our 31 foot Tioga built on an E-450 chassis. Currently it has Michelin LTX's and are 225-75-16's. I am wondering what people are replacing this tire with. PLEASE NO MICHELIN'S! been there, done that, wont go back. I am at or over capacity and need a high load rating. Also something that wont dry rot would be a plus. I also have been thinking about a size or two larger. Any one done this and if so, what are the pros and cons.
2006 Safari Simba
Gone 2005 31W Fleetwod Tioga SL - Not my problem anymore!
1996 Jeep Cherokee Toad
Unless you've already gone this route, you should know that not all Michelin's are created equal.
In my opinion, the only tire that you should use in the 225/75 R16 LRE size would be all-steel. There are four to choose from.
Michelin XPS Rib has a very long history and is a great tire.
There are also two choices from Goodyear and one from BF Goodrich (I think).
The Michelin LTX does not seem to be a very good choice, especially when at (or even over) the maximum rated weight rating for the tire. I personally would have little hesitation in choosing any of the all-steel tires, but will use nothing else. The tires are just too important a safety issue, especially on larger vehicles like these.
One limitation to load (range) capacity is the 16" size. Most common LT tire in 16" is Load Range "E".
I know you can get a LT235/85R16 w/ a load range "G" 3415 LBS @110 PSI in a duel. Several questions come to mind
2) duel spacing
3) Rim maximum air capacity.
If you search the archives, I know someone with a "C" has done it.
I switched from Michelin LTX (LR "E") to Goodyear G949 RSA Featuring Armor MAX Technology
All steel Rib design. Very happy with around 1,000 miles on them. Like many others hoping to extend life and not get all cracked up.
This is the reason we went to 235/85-16 load range G this gives you a 1,000 pounds per tire 4,000 per rear. Put on mine 3 1/2 years ago 30,000 miles look as good as new. Most of all no more blow outs and now a happy camper knowing we go were we want. Knowing when we leave we show up were we were going on time not sitting on side of road wait for road service.
Ours had had the tires replaced with Bridgestone Duravis R250. I knew little about them other than they were nearly new. I can say now that it turns out they're another all-steel tire and so far they've been good. Smooth, quiet, no sign of sidewall checking. I'm not promoting these above any others on the short list above, but I can say they're worthy candidates.
If God's Your Co-Pilot Move Over, jd
2003 Jayco Escapade 31A on 2002 Ford E450 V10 4R100 218" WB
For our 29 foot Coachmen Class C I selected the Michelin all-steel XPS Ribs in 2008 (225x75R16E). Two trips to Alaska and back (2009 & 2010) without one problem. 10,000+ each trip with lots of gravel roads included. I couldn't be more pleased. Your results may vary.
Mike NA9Q, Retired Electrical Engineer
My Shih Tzu traveling companions Jack and Diane
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and of Pookie Sue, Our Shih Tzu, Companion 10/26/1992- 04/27/2010
2000 Coachmen 285QB
Side wall cracking on the Michelon LTX's seems to be a common problem. I have the same cracking problem with mine. They're August 2006 with 25000 miles on a 2007 E-450 30 ft chassis.
Has anyone thought about a class action suit against Michelon?