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Old 01-12-2003, 07:30 PM   #1
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Goodyears vs Michelins

Last year I replaced 4 tires, 2 on the right rear and 2 on the front. I went with the Goodyear G-159 8R19.5
Last week I went to have the last 2 replaced and found that Goodyear no longer makes the G-159's.
The dealer wanted to sell me the G647 RSA instead. Upon further investigation, I found that Goodyear does not recommend these tires for class A Motorhomes, for reasons unknown. I told the dealer and he freaked out, since it was a conflict of information given to him by Goodyear.
The tire recommend by Goodyear for a class A (G670 RV) only comes in 225/70R19.5 and not 8R19.5. The 225's require a rim width of 6.75" versus the 6" rim width of the 8R's.Also the tire is 1" shorter, reducing your ride heights by 1/2". So running 225's was out of the question for me, which left me with no tires available from Goodyear.
Instead I went with Michelins 8R19.5 XZA's, had them installed on the front, with the 4 G159's running in the rear.
Today, I went for an extended run and can hardly express the immense difference in ride quality and handling with the new michelins on the front axle.
Just my personal experience for what it's worth.
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Today, I went for an extended run and can hardly express the immense difference in ride quality and handling with the new michelins on the front axle.
Are the michelins good are bad?
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Old 01-12-2003, 07:59 PM   #3
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Re: michelins

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Are the michelins good are bad?
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Good point! Should have said:
immense improvement in ride quality and handling.
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Old 01-14-2003, 05:52 AM   #4
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I am running Goodyear G670 RV 225/70R19.5 for 6 months now, and have found them to be great. No conflict on width at all. I add 4% to my Speedo to get my real speed.

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well got to kick the dog
i put godyears on the front of my 310 and when i took the rig to be balanced was told and shown the G159s tires were out of round. had the tires trued and i think i will get a lot of miles out of them . a friend of mine blew six yes 6 michekin tires this past year. he went the bridgestone route for replacements. and hasnt had a problem. had a hassel getting his money back for the michelins. my thought is when it comes to tires to each his own.
i really dont think there is anything wrong with michilens problem you got to but the name .
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Had Good luck with Michelins

I had them on my Xplorer class B-van, put 25K on them in 3 years. They rode great and still had plenty of life when I sold the truck. Goodyear seems to have gone down hill these past years. Bridgestone are great tires and If you can get BF Goodrich for RV's I would definitely look at that option.
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bf goodrich is made by michelin.. firestone makes bridgestone.
good year is made by i guess good year. i think the G-159 tire goodyear was making had to have had production problems. my dealer has never seen a tire come off the market as fast as this series. tires are a scarey business after firestone . lots of luck with what ever you buy.

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