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We are planning to replace the tires on our travel trailer. Just doing this as a preventative step so that we can hopefully avoid any tire-related travel issues. I plan to go with Goodyear.

At 34 feet, our camper is pretty long. Most tire shops seem to be meant for cars, not RVs. I replaced a set on our last camper which was smaller. We barely fit in the shop's parking area.

I called an RV dealer who could do the work. But, the quoted price seemed really high. Tires were priced at $250 per tire for four tires + a spare. They wanted about $400 to mount them; an estimated 30 minutes per tire times their shop fee of $165/hour.

My question is, what tips or advice do you have for finding a RV friendly tire shop?

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I took my 5th wheel to a not so friendly shop - lot was very tight. They just had me pull up blocking all the bays and 2 guys changed the tires. No problem. By the way, I put an LT tire, Goodyear, but even the Endurance was about $150 each and not much for mount and balance, I think $45. Call a Goodyear dealer and check if they have room. You can buy Goodyear on their website and get a discount before the end of February. Just order to be delivered at the dealer of your choice. Costco is also a good place to get tires, not Goodyear or ST tires. Also, check Discount tire if they have that where you are located.

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Posted: 02/22/21 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I put Goodyear Endurance ST tires on all my travel trailer. Great results. Did a cross country trip of 10,000 miles and experienced little wear. I then put them on all my other trailers as well. Cost was about $150 each everything.

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Take them off yourself. Throm them in the truck. Drive down to the tire shop.

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Instead of buying by name look at load ranges and go up a rating or two.

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When we purchased new tires at Les Schwab they simply did it in the parking lot with a jack. Really easy and fast


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I deal with Discount tire / Americas tire. Some you can get into, some not so much. I just remove mine at home and take them in loose.
Both of my trailers (5th and FB car hauler) have the GY endurance. No issues. But do get metal valve stems.





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Advice?
Price out your size and load range of tire.
Don’t pay more than that. The price you were quoted is about double of whatever tire your trailer has.
And mount and balance should be about $20-25/tire.

Personally I’d find the right tires buy them online and take them to be mounted. Or get a shop that will get close or match online prices.
Unless $ is no object. The dealer is quoting you about double what it should cost.


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The price you were quoted seems high but there seems to be some price gouging going on.
I've been taking my trailer to the local car dealership which has large bay, simply back in and stay hooked up.

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I would never use a RV dealer to buy and mount tires on any trailer...or wheel barrow.
Most tire stores in suburbia aren't set up for a vehicle pulling a trailer nor do they have enough trailering customers to offer good advise.

When I was pulling for a living I did all my trailers tire service with mostly Goodyear truck tire stores. They know a hell of a lot more about best tires for a trailer than the type stores I mentioned above. Plus they have enough room and proper equipment for servicing trailers.

Both small towns near me (10k -20k population) have 2-3 tire stores each and do all the truck and trailer service in their area. Drive by anytime and their mounting tires on some type of trailer.

You can always buy tires of your choice off the net (tirerack.com or many others) and let a area tire dealer that has the equipment mount them for you.


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