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TonyMin

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I decided to go with inexpensive but with a name for commercial grade truck tires, Hankook. They were already on the front when I bought mine so I just added 4 to the rear. Since tires don't get a chance to wear out I figured this was fine. Now I have a mud and snow rated tire for ski trips as opposed to a steel rib summer tire like the $175 XPS


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ed6713 wrote:

Do yourself a huge safety favor. But an all steel tire. Prorate the cost difference over say 5 years and the extra cost per tire of a quality all steel tire vs steel/ fabric is insignificant.


All steel tires aren't superior to other tires for any application other than delivery vans and trucks. These applications require lots of curb hopping and the steel deals with that better. If you're doing a lot of curb hopping in your MH, you'll probably have more to worry about than tires.

I bought some load range E tires a few weeks ago for $61 each, and they look, drive and ride as well as the $140 each Goodyears they replaced.

Tire age and maintenance is much more important that brand or price, they all have to withstand the same D.O.T. testing, so why pay more?

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Wiz,

Interestingly I have seen motorhomes do this and cringe, since it IS horrible on the tires.

I went with commercial tires as well. I seriously considered XPS units, as well as the other Michelins. I even looked at the Steeltex tires my MH came with new since I had no problems with them.

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Your family, your motorhome, your choice.
When it comes to safety I don't compromise or pince my pennies. All steel tires are simply stronger than others. Check the web site of major tire manufactures to see which of their tires they recommend for RV's as opposed to an SUV. The very popular Michlin(sp?) LTX is not a recommended RV tire. Goodyear makes an excellent line of all steel tires they recommend for RV use.
Plus Goodyear is an American company making tires in America. That matters to me. Buy American; save an American job.
Ed




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Hmmm.....where are you folks going for your tires? The cheapest "E" tire I could locate was $95.00 per tire at Evans Tires. Discount Tires wants $101.00 per tire for their cheapest. $61.00 a tire I can swing, $100 a tire gets a little steep...





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ed6713 wrote:

All steel tires are simply stronger than others.


And with every strength comes a weakness, the added metal content means they dissipate heat far less efficiently and quickly that those with a higher nylon to steel composition.

As far as saving an American job goes, if I can save $600 on a set of tires (which I did) that's 3-4 more weekends of camping for my family. We give to charity, and I employ another person full time, I'm also a Marine veteran of 2 foreign conflicts. So the way I see it, I've pretty much done my patriotic duty, anyone shouting "buy American" to me better well never have shopped at Wal-Mart, or purchased a foreign made product ever!

/just saying

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ed6713 wrote:

.... The very popular Michlin(sp?) LTX is not a recommended RV tire. ...
You better pass that on to Ford. They put them on mine.


John, Winnebago Minnie 24V


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Thanks for all the info. A lot to digest, Wife did good at the casino this weekend so I will be getting after buying now!!!
Bill.


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ed6713 wrote:

The very popular Michlin(sp?) LTX is not a recommended RV tire. Goodyear makes an excellent line of all steel tires they recommend for RV use.Ed


Ok Ed, now you got me going... I've got Michelin LTX's on my coach, brand new from the factory (coach in sig below)... Where are you getting that the LTX is not recommended as an RV tire? Seems to me Fleetwood, or any other manufacturer could not/would not sell a coach with tires not for it... Maybe I'm naive? Can you enlighten me?

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FrizzleFried wrote:

Hmmm.....where are you folks going for your tires? The cheapest "E" tire I could locate was $95.00 per tire at Evans Tires. Discount Tires wants $101.00 per tire for their cheapest. $61.00 a tire I can swing, $100 a tire gets a little steep...


I got mine through a friend with a wholesale account, he owns an auto repair shop in Detroit.

Here's a link to a thread with pictures of the tires.

...Wiz

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