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Old 08-14-2012, 08:20 PM   #155
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Jason, my experiences with local tire dealers have not been good. That's why I went back to Discount Tire despite the crowded parking.

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My experiences with Discount Tire when I lived in Austin were excellent! Best dealings I've ever had with a tire dealer.

Wish they would put one in Little Rock.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:59 PM   #156
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DISCOUNT TIRE can vary store to store. In Dallas I used to make a 27-mile highway run -- bypassing seven others -- to one run by an extremely savvy manager. The local Corvette, Ferrari and other exotic owners felt the same way.

The one I use the most locally is pretty good. I'm in there recently on a weekly basis adjusting my TV tire pressure in 5-lb increments to find the correct pressure rise for the current load and 70+ mph runs (after wheel weight numbers were acquired).

The "new" digital air machine mounted on the wall just outside the office door to the shop (at the overhead door itself) is a bulletproof simple manner of using this chain to full effect. I'm in and out in minutes, and the tech and I have no reason to squabble over gauge accuracy: I back to that door, go inside to ask for a pressure check, head back out to remove the covers, and am usually gone again in less than 10-minutes.

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Old 08-20-2012, 07:42 PM   #157
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Replacement 16" XPS Rib tires ordered

Purchased the entire replacement tire system through Discount Tire (DT) in Bee Cave, Tx. Attached is the bill of sale. It includes 5 matching rims, caps, new lugs, 5 matching 225/75R16 Michelin XPS RIB tires, the lifetime replacement warranty, and removal and recycle of tires from older 15" rims. Price out the door $2493.70.

With this we will have full DT support when we travel.

The price difference was $305/tire for Michelin XPS RIB LT225/75R16E1 115R B vs $207/tire for Michelin LTX M/S2 LT225/75R16E1 115R B.

Blake Baucom, the DT Asst. manager, ordered several XPS Ribs while we were there. Another customer bought 6 for his goose-neck horse trailer.

Should have remainder of trailer repairs completed by end of week at North Dallas RV. Will take new tires there for replacement before returning home.

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:21 AM   #158
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Gklott,

Just looked at your invoice. Discount Tire entered the $70 rebate from Michelin on the last line, but entered $0 under Amount column. Also, the totals at the bottom do NOT reflect the $70 rebate.

If the sales person didn't catch this when you paid, Discount Tire still owes you $70.

Congratulations on your XPS Ribs, the most expensive and toughest tire one can buy in this size. No more tire worries!

Happy Trails!

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Old 08-21-2012, 07:27 AM   #159
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The invoice entry indicates that you are eligible for the $70 rebate. You submit that separately with your invoice information, and it comes as a VISA gift card.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #160
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New Wheels and tires.

Here is a picture of the new (today) Michelin LTX M/S LT225/75R16E's .
The wheels are Sendel T-03 BM (Black wheels with machined face).

I don't think you can see them, but I also ahd Centramatics put on at the same time

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:50 PM   #161
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Here is a picture of the new Michelin LTX M/S LT225/75R16E's .
The wheels are Sendel T-03 BM (Black wheels with machined face).

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Looks great, Ken!
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:55 PM   #162
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Looks great, Ken!

Thanks.

It probably has something to do with the size of the trailer, but I am amazed at the clearance i still have.

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Old 08-23-2012, 05:19 PM   #163
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Needed tires BAD for my '68 International Sovereign 30'... see pics of cracking dry rot etc. here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ml#post1189407

Spent hours, ... no actually days reading the forums and tire threads here and elsewhere. Finally drove down to Discount Tire here in Salt Lake City and negotiated a $632 price "out the door" for 4 Michelin LTX M/S2's size 235/75/R15 mounted balanced and new metal valve stems on my old rims. Had a discussion about putting the Michelins on an Airstream and was assured it would be no problem. I paid for them and made the appointment for 8:00 AM the next morning.

Hauled it down, asked them not to jack it up on the suspension components and went into the store and watched through the lounge window. Two wheels came off, one was taken apart on the tire machine when the shop manager stepped into the lounge and called my name. "Mr. Cole" he said, "we will not put a P rated tire on a trailer. We have several other ST rated tires you may choose from." I told him to put the old tires back on. They had destroyed an inner tube (which they replaced), my morning and and they lost a customer for life.

Have now ordered the Sendel T03 wheel with Michelin LTX M/S2 235/75/R15 tire package from Performance Plus Tire. $956 delivered to my door. Mounted, balanced and filled with nitrogen.
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Nice! Will have pictures of ours before too long.

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Old 08-23-2012, 08:23 PM   #165
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Or not?

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Discount Tire is only about 2 miles from me. However I'm putting mine on myself for the following reasons.
1. I will take my time and not be in a rush
2. If something ends up not working, I won't have the trailer down there with a wheel or 2 off.
3. It is a crowded lot with a lot of traffic and everyone is in a hurry.
4. I'm sure that would be the day the old lady in a Buick puts her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake and doesn't stop until the Airstream has a new side cargo door.

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Well, after reassurances that my trailer would be well guarded from unpredictable little old ladies, I took the trailer down to Discount tire and had them mount the wheels and tires on the trailer. I figure it saved me a full days labor, not to mention the fact that I was paying for it anyway. I got to observe the whole procedure at close quarters. We formed a plan ahead of time to get the truck and trailer positioned at the last bay in the shop away from the traffic. I'm glad I did it this way.

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Provided details of overall rehab, including new tires, on new forum thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f138...ml#post1197492
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I ran across this today and it is quite interesting. This comes from a web site Barry's Tire Tech. The writer states he is a tire engineer and provides some information regarding recommendations on tire upgrades for ST tires. Interesting although he does not give reasons why, the load capacity of the 16" LT tire upgrades are less than the 15" ST tire equivalent. Here's a copy of the table on 15" tire upgrades. Keep this in mind if you are considering reduction in pressure in your LT tires.

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I ran across this today and it is quite interesting. This comes from a web site Barry's Tire Tech. The writer states he is a tire engineer and provides some information regarding recommendations on tire upgrades for ST tires. Interesting although he does not give reasons why, the load capacity of the 16" LT tire upgrades are less than the 15" ST tire equivalent. Here's a copy of the table on 15" tire upgrades. Keep this in mind if you are considering reduction in pressure in your LT tires.

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This is interesting. However I think his whole logic for picking replacements and his comments about capacity are bogus. I don't care whether the computations are different or not. I am not going to replace a stock tire with one that has a lower published weight rating, no matter how they were calculated. No wonder they make a tire dealer nervous. As far as I am concerned, they should make the vehicle owner nervous as well. I think it is strange that the only times he goes up in load range is when he stays with ST tires. He total disregards the option of going from ST to LT and also increasing load range. This would make all the comments unnecessary.

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