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I am needing to purchase new tires but am having a hard time trying to find my size. (8.75 R 16.5) I have Ameri550 AS LT M+S on right now but I need new ones. Eventually I will upgrade my rims to 16", making my search easier, but for now I can only afford tires. If any one has suggestions of tire brands or sources where I can get a good deal, I would greatly appreciate the info. I want something that has good tread wear, Load D or E, and that doesn't cost a whole lot since I'm needing to purchase 6. I would like to be able to get tires with a warranty of some sort since I travel from state to state. (I have a warranty from Wal-mart for my car tires which covers road hazard/flat repair, rotaion, balance, ect. for the life of my tires) Since Wal-Mart and places like Sears are in every state, I would have one close if I had any problems with the tires. Thanks in advance for your comments. Jill

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Cooper SRM II tires are very good and have nationwide service. Any questions about the tire, call Cooper Tire Consumer Relations: 1-800-854-6288


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Try Kelly's too. They're right up there with Cooper's.


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I use USA made Coopers, but not that size. IMO just do NOT get anything made in China, especially nothing made by Carlisle! Also remember to get new metal valve stems.

I always agree ahead with store that tires will be less than 6 months old per DOT label before I order them. There are some great deals out there, so I've read, where people are selling tires that are already several years old. Since they have never been sold, they are "new". Your choice.


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[quote=johnsey22]I am needing to purchase new tires but am having a hard time trying to find my size. (8.75 R 16.5) I have Ameri550 AS LT M+S on right now but I need new ones. Eventually I will upgrade my rims to 16", making my search easier, but for now I can only afford tires. By all means confirm this, but I dimly recall that the 8.75 x 16.5 wheel is split wheel construction and not too revered.

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jdcone wrote:

Try Kelly's too. They're right up there with Cooper's.
Kelly is one of Goodyear's brand names. I think Goodyear has let their quality slip over the years. I do like their new TripleTred car tires and SilentArmor light truck tires.


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Just to second Chuck, be _real_ sure that you're not sold 'old' tires that have been sitting in the warehouse.... 'aging' ain't good for tires, and odd sizes may have been made a while back.

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At the risk of being stoned to death by rabid Firestone haters, your size in load range E is available from Firestone. They used to be called Steeltex tires (not included in the Ford Explorer Steeltex disaster a few years ago), but I think the name has been changed. I've had them on my MH for two years now with no problems, but I religiously watch the tire pressure. They sell for around $115 and if not in stock can be ordered to arrive in only a couple of days. My rims are marked for radial tires and are not split rims. Let the stoning begin.

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I was able to get an unusual sized set of tires for my trailer at a small, local chain tire store. The price ended up being a bargain as well. The tires are nearly ready for replacement due to age, but the tread looks good as new. I suggest calling the dealers in your area using the yellow pages, and not just the big names.
I found some information on your situation on this web site: http://www.gmcws.org/Tech/TireSafety/
A quote that is pretty significant is: "Wheel: All GMC's were delivered with 16.5" steel wheels and 8.75 16.5 bias ply tire from 1971 through 1975. Starting in 1976, 8.75R 16.5 radial tires with radial steel wheels were a major option, but some vehicles were still delivered with the bias ply tire and wheel combination. Steel wheels for radial tires are all stamped "RADIAL" on the outer rim and were designed to resist the larger wheel loads created by the radial tires. Radial tires mounted on non-radial approved rims can cause wheel cracking resulting in slow or even rapid pressure loss. This is a major safety issue."
It would appear that you need to stick to bias ply tires until you can afford to replace the rims.


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