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Old 02-25-2006, 12:39 PM   #1
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Any Michelin Tire Experts Out There?

I'm looking to buy new tires for my TV (2002 Yukon Denali) that I just purchased. I'm picking up my 2004 19' Bambi Safari in 4 weeks in Florida and will be towing to Michigan. Anyone know which would be better: The Michelin Cross Terrain or the Pilot LTX? Same price but different treads. Just wondering which would be best for towing. I'm ordering from Costco and although the description of the tires seems adequate on the website, it doesn't address towing.

Thanks for any suggestions,

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Old 02-25-2006, 01:18 PM   #2
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My only bad experience EVER with Michelin tires was with a new set of LTX A/T's on my Avalanche. They were great on dry roads but absolutely worthless on anything wet or muddy. I had them on for about 3 months and got stuck twice in 4WD on roads I've driven on for 30 years and have never gotten stuck on. I took them back to Discount Tire and the changed them out for BF Goodrich's at no charge (Michelin had nothing else in the heavy load range I wanted)- great customer service from Discount Tire.
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Thanks, Dave. Maybe I'll take a look at the B.F. product line...
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I like Michelins on my Lexus sedan, but from reading the Michelin website, both of these are passenger tires that are cosmetically adjusted for SUVs.

If you plan to do a lot of towing, I would go with LT tires for better sidewall stiffness. You will suffer when not towing.

How about a spare set of LT tires for the back, and switch over to all Michelins when not towing?
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I like Michelins on my Lexus sedan, but from reading the Michelin website, both of these are passenger tires that are cosmetically adjusted for SUVs.

If you plan to do a lot of towing, I would go with LT tires for better sidewall stiffness. You will suffer when not towing.

How about a spare set of LT tires for the back, and switch over to all Michelins when not towing?
Hmmm. What are LT's? (Pardon my lack of knowledge here)....
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Old 02-25-2006, 04:01 PM   #6
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Hmmm. What are LT's? (Pardon my lack of knowledge here)....
Light Truck tires. They have stiffer sidewall and usually higher weight ratings than P-metric tires.

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Light Truck tires. They have stiffer sidewall and usually higher weight ratings than P-metric tires.

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Gotcha! Thanks!
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Take a look at the Michelin XPS Traction tires. The have a very tough side wall and last forever. I ran these on my Land Rover and my brother used them on his Ford F250. They are excellent tires.
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I will check them out. Thanks!
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Old 03-03-2006, 05:57 PM   #10
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We have had an EXCELLENT experience with Michelin tires, load range D. We've replaced whatever comes on our Suburbans with them every time and get at least 50,000 miles out of them. Would have nothing but Michelins on our trucks. We tried Dunlop once, dealer talked us into it and thought it was going to roll over, the side walls weren't strong enough.
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Thumbs up Michelin XPS RULE!

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Take a look at the Michelin XPS Traction tires. The have a very tough side wall and last forever. I ran these on my Land Rover and my brother used them on his Ford F250. They are excellent tires.
A big YES to that....
I towed over 25,000 miles last year on the Michelin XPS for my Suburban!
Best place to buy? Discount Tire Co. if they are in your area.....
They will meet or beat any deal & if you purchase the free replacement certificate, you get absolute free replacement for the life of the tire (no pro-rating of the tread).
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Jim and Janssvt,

Michelin XPS it is. Getting them put on next week as we are leaving for Florida to pick up the Bambi two weeks from today. I must say I have some mild anxiety over towing the little bugger home, but I think I've covered all the bases: New TV (2002 Denali), with new tires, Equal-I-zer with w/d with sway, McKesh mirrors (free from a guy here in the forums), a personally imposed rule not to exceed 65mph, and an observant wife to make SURE I don't screw up on the road.
We'll actually get to camp on the way home north of Chattanooga and get to try her out. Thanks for the info!

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Michelins are a good choice, but for us non-millionare Vintage Owners that need the money to fix up our money pits...I can reccomend the Cooper Tires. I have gotten very good service out of them. After chewing up 2 sets of Firstone's on my f-150 in under 50,000 miles I switched to the Cooper Discovery and was getting between 50k and 60k per set, that was what was on the truck at 300k when I turned it in to the company. Current beast has Michelins on the front and Firestones on the rear As soon as I wear them out, Coopers it shall be.

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Jim and Janssvt,

Michelin XPS it is. Getting them put on next week as we are leaving for Florida to pick up the Bambi two weeks from today. I must say I have some mild anxiety over towing the little bugger home, but I think I've covered all the bases: New TV (2002 Denali), with new tires, Equal-I-zer with w/d with sway, McKesh mirrors (free from a guy here in the forums), a personally imposed rule not to exceed 65mph, and an observant wife to make SURE I don't screw up on the road.
We'll actually get to camp on the way home north of Chattanooga and get to try her out. Thanks for the info!

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Out of all those things, the most important is to keep your speed down....
Although it is tempting to go faster, I usually tow at 55 m.p.h. with the flashers on......
10 to 15 m.p.h. makes a big difference when you have to stop quickly on the freeway

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