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Old 05-03-2007, 11:48 AM   #15
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I just, as in last week, replaced the front and tag axle (Michelin) tires with four Kelly (made in the USA) 8R19.5 Power King Highways. The first thing I noted was the smooth ride my Silver Bullet had on these third world Oklahoma highways. They do have the skinny tread, but my experience is; wide tires- good for racing, narrow tire- good for highway.
But then I'm still a kid, so want do I know

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Old 05-03-2007, 12:52 PM   #16
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Tough to shake that 'Wide Tire' look.
Think I will always like the performace image.

Mine were new when I bought AS, so I have to justify somehow, other than $$$

How about they have less chance to pick up a nail? 18% less (7" vs 5.75")
They must be better on MPG too.
And wind resistance!
Yeah..I went for the Salt Flats look!

Just try to always look at them from the side.

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Old 05-06-2007, 06:50 PM   #17
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Dang, When you get back and look, they are skinny!
Wish I could less 18% for just $175.
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Old 06-10-2007, 08:19 PM   #18
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Michelin XPS RIBs are great tires. They have a full steel construction, are of exceptional quality, and they used to be advertised as "regroovable." I'm pretty sure they still are.
I worked my way through college in a high volume tire shop. RVs made up probably 1% of the tires I installed, but most of them were being replaced not due to wear but cracking. Tires aren't really meant to be on a vehicle more than 8 years. The most important thing is to keep them covered while the RV sits awaiting the next voyage. If you don't have white covers for them, at a minimum keep them coated with Armorall. It reflects the UV rays and pretty much lessens all aspects of environmental impact. Also, make sure dual tires have the exact same pressure or they will wear unevenly. If anyone reads the forums on, I went by the name "tireguy." I used to post extensively a few years ago but not to much time now. But I can tell you from my experience, Michelin is in a league of their own when it comes to tires.

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