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Posted: 02/24/12 05:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In August, 2009, I replaced my xrv 255x80x22.5 with Sumitomo 727 tires in the 275/70R22.5 size, load range H. I've had no problems, they are still in balance, and look like new. Back then the cost was $2309 for 6 including balancing, mounting, and sales tax.

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I'm working now with a local Michelin dealer under the FMCA Advantage Program to put a set of 245/70R19.5 XRVs on my MH. Tires will be about $390 each, as billed by Michelin, and I'll pay the dealer about $350 to install all 6, plus spin balance, new valve stems, old tire disposal and sales tax on the services. Around $2700 total.


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I really like Toyo tires. They give me a smooth ride and wear even, but I do replace my tires after five years no matter what brand. My original were Michelins XRV and I never had a blow out either, but at five years they got lots of small cracks on the side walls. So I noticed that for several years Country Coach installed them on their coaches, so I figured if they are good for Country Coach, they are good for me. They also cost less then Michelins or Goodyears. I use the 365X70 on a 22.5


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donkim wrote:

Looking to replace my aging GY's. Best price I found in Ohio for 275/70 22.5 is $2800 complete for 6 out the door for either of the above. The Firestones are made in Tennessee, not sure about the Sumitomo's. Looking for opinions on choosing one over the other. I found a set of Wong Lee for $2200 but never heard of them and am sure they're Chinese made so I'm not considering them.
Also was told the FMCA Michelin Advantage Program has ended, I never was able to find out what pricing would have been w/that discount program. Update, I just called FMCA and the program is in fact still alive. I was quoted $495+32fet per tire for the XZA2 + whatever the local dealer will charge to mount and balance.
Sumitomo are made in China

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My son just purchased some brand new Sumitomo passenger car tires and they are plainly marked on the sidewall as made in Thailand.

Maybe different types of tires come from different factories?

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Posted: 02/25/12 07:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just bought some Sumitomos for my BMW 745li. They are made in Japan. I'd never buy a Chinese tire (Not a political statement, just a safety concern).


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Put two new Hankooks on the front of our 35' GeorgieBoy last June. Could
not believe the difference in handling over the old Goodyears. Are planning
to replace 4 rears before we "hit the road" again. Quote for 4 OTD was
$1,600.00

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Posted: 02/25/12 10:03am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

running firestones on the rv. no issues. running sumitomos (second set) on my insight. no issues. of course neither of these examples are anywhere near the size or type you need.


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J-Rooster wrote:

donkim wrote:

Looking to replace my aging GY's. Best price I found in Ohio for 275/70 22.5 is $2800 complete for 6 out the door for either of the above. The Firestones are made in Tennessee, not sure about the Sumitomo's. Looking for opinions on choosing one over the other. I found a set of Wong Lee for $2200 but never heard of them and am sure they're Chinese made so I'm not considering them.
Also was told the FMCA Michelin Advantage Program has ended, I never was able to find out what pricing would have been w/that discount program. Update, I just called FMCA and the program is in fact still alive. I was quoted $495+32fet per tire for the XZA2 + whatever the local dealer will charge to mount and balance.
Sumitomo are made in China


The Sumitomos my wife ran on her Grand National were from Japan. The company is now owned by Goodyear.


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Posted: 02/26/12 10:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

World economy and American companies have gone over seas. So you never know where a tire or any product is made anymore. It is like Jeep at one time was as American as apple pie. I was reading where some are made in China. We might as well get used to tires made in China. I know that Japan tires are pretty good tires.

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