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Old 12-15-2011, 04:08 PM   #43
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By the way our standard hub covers fit the new wheels perfectly no need to buy new ones.
I just wanted all new...I bought the Orange Electronics's TPMS..
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:12 PM   #44
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which michelin 16" tires did you go with, LTX M/S or LTX winter? what is the difference between the M/S and winter tire. Why didn't you use the XPS rib, which is an all season tire, price?
I've been looking into upgrading my 2007 25' Safari from Goodyear Marathons to 16" Michelin's. I was on the Michelin site XPS Rib | Michelin Tires looking at the XPS RIB and it listed the tire as a "Summer Tire". When you hit the "Summer Tire" it comes up with the following: "Summer tires are primarily designed for high-performance vehicles and provide optimized dry and wet performance levels in a temperate environment. Summer tires are designed for year round usage but should not be used during winter season where the temperatures are colder and approach freezing consistently as their performance would be less than optimal" I then called Michelin and was told that they did not recomend the XPS Rib for temperatures under 45F. What is real funny is here is a copy of the picture they show of the XPS Rib. It sure makes this process a little confusing.
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I've read enough Marathon woes to be fairly nervous with my 3 year old Marathons, despite the fact they've got low mileage.

dumb question. How about replacing the 4 alloy wheels with 16" plus michelins, and keeping the 15" steel with zero mileage marathon as a spare? it's just there for emergencies to get to the next tire repair shop down the road.... saves a little money and no worries about the spare fitting in the carrier.
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I've read enough Marathon woes to be fairly nervous with my 3 year old Marathons, despite the fact they've got low mileage.

dumb question. How about replacing the 4 alloy wheels with 16" plus michelins, and keeping the 15" steel with zero mileage marathon as a spare? it's just there for emergencies to get to the next tire repair shop down the road.... saves a little money and no worries about the spare fitting in the carrier.
That's what I am doing.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:36 AM   #47
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I've read enough Marathon woes to be fairly nervous with my 3 year old Marathons, despite the fact they've got low mileage.

dumb question. How about replacing the 4 alloy wheels with 16" plus michelins, and keeping the 15" steel with zero mileage marathon as a spare? it's just there for emergencies to get to the next tire repair shop down the road.... saves a little money and no worries about the spare fitting in the carrier.
I thought about that but in 4-5 years time do you really want to be installing an 7-8 year old Marathon if you get a blowout? As well, you can rotate the spare to get longer mileage and more even wear. Also, if you happen to scuff a tire or rim you can use the spare and it will match.

There really isn't any issue to get the larger spare in the carrier. I put a deep socket on a long handle ratchet and pulled down a bit. It couldn't have taken more than 1 or 2 pulls on each post to make it wide enough. That part was simpler than I thought it would be.
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Would the smaller tire touch the ground firmly enough to help support the trailer’s weight?
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:48 AM   #49
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I was on the Michelin site XPS Rib | Michelin Tires looking at the XPS RIB and it listed the tire as a "Summer Tire".
That is strange. I think of the Rib as a commercial truck tire designed for delivery trucks traveling relatively short distances.

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Would the smaller tire touch the ground firmly enough to help support the trailer’s weight?
The overall tire diameter difference is less than an inch, so only half of that for the radius. You would not have any problems.
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I received the following from Michelin regarding their website remarks that the XP Rib is a "summer tire" and showing a SUV in the snow on the page for the XP RIB.
"Thank you for your email. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.
The picture on the website is misleading. The XPS Rib is a commercial tire and would not be used on an SUV.
We have notified our website administrator to make corrections.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
Sorry for the confusion.
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I received the following from Michelin regarding their website remarks that the XP Rib is a "summer tire" and showing a SUV in the snow on the page for the XP RIB.
"Thank you for your email. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.
The picture on the website is misleading. The XPS Rib is a commercial tire and would not be used on an SUV.
We have notified our website administrator to make corrections.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
Sorry for the confusion.
I guess that means it would not be appropriate for a travel trailer either.

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I guess that means it would not be appropriate for a travel trailer either.

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I wouldn't necessarily say that. I think when most folks state "SUV tire", they are refering to a P metric tire. Most SUVs are road vehicles, 1/2 ton and are produced for the "car" market.

IMHO, a commercial or an LT is appropriate for an SUV, but most folks would complain of a rough ride, etc.

Also, IMHO, a commercial and an LT is appropriate for an AS (providing all the load requirements, etc are taken into account).
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I wouldn't necessarily say that. I think when most folks state "SUV tire", they are refering to a P metric tire. Most SUVs are road vehicles, 1/2 ton and are produced for the "car" market.

IMHO, a commercial or an LT is appropriate for an SUV, but most folks would complain of a rough ride, etc.

Also, IMHO, a commercial and an LT is appropriate for an AS (providing all the load requirements, etc are taken into account).

I just put new Michelin LTX M/S 2 P275/55R20 tires on my 2010 Toyota Sequoia, and the ride is about the same, in fact, if I had not been anticipating a change, I might not have known I was riding on truck tires instead of the original Dunlop passenger tires. I changed to the truck tires because of the higher weight that I now tow.
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The P means these are passenger car tires---no? jim
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The P means these are passenger car tires---no? jim
Not according to the tire guy...He said that these were light truck tires...
So, I am not sure..
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