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Old 12-29-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Firestone Transforce vs. Michelin LTX

Has anyone considered going with the Firestone Transforce HT over the Michelin LTX M/S2 due to the cost? I am a firm believer in Michelin tires and run them on all of my family vehicles. But I always change them out due to tire wear and on my Classic 31 trailer they will more than likely be changed out on a time basis instead of mileage. For the past couple of years I have been running 15 inch Michelins following a GYM blowout which caused extensive damage to the side of the trailer. Now I plan to move up to 16 inch wheels and have been shopping for tires. I run a set of the Firestone Transforce tires on a 24ft. car hauler and have had no issues. The Michelin LTX M/S2 225/75R16's run around $235 each. I can purchase the Firestone tires for around $146 each. Anyone with Firestone Transforce experience on their Airstreams that can provide me some feedback would be helpful. Thanks......... steve
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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Steve: No experience with the Firestone you mention but the Goodrich TA in 225/75 R 16 LT is a favorite of the GMC motorhome group. I put a pair on my Argosy when I changed to the 16" wheels. They are a good tire and I have several years on them with no issues.

I have Michelin's on the Airstream as Costco no longer can provide the specific size 16" Goodrich LT tires due to some stupid internal ruling which even the tire shop manager found to be nutsy. Unfortunately in my area other shops who sell Goodrich are not common.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:56 PM   #3
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The firestone is pretty much a bridgestone. Michelins will ride better!
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:15 PM   #4
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I am running the TransForce on the tow vehicle with excellent results. Don't know why they would not work well on the trailer.
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:20 PM   #5
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I am also running them on my Excursion which is a dedicated AS tow vehicle. I tow 2 different 34s. I have 75+k on this set and still have 30% left. I experience very uniform wear, as I keep my front end tight, and the tires inflated hard. I have often pondered using them in a 15" e load application, on my classic, a d 16' on my PanAmerica. Both are due for new rubber this coming year.
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:29 PM   #6
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I run the Firestone's on my Sprinter van. I'm on my second set now. I got many miles from my on 1st set. They were on the van when I got it. Plus I run my Sprinter loaded to the max most of the time with no issues.

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Old 12-31-2013, 01:29 PM   #7
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All of our 3/4 ton trucks at work use the Firestone Transforce tire. I think they are a good bang for the buck and would use them myself if going to the 16" upgrade. They are a common tire and cost a lot less!
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:49 PM   #8
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All of our 3/4 ton trucks at work use the Firestone Transforce tire. I think they are a good bang for the buck and would use them myself if going to the 16" upgrade. They are a common tire and cost a lot less!
What he said.
We use Firestone Trans-Force almost exclusively on our fleet of 300 trucks/50 trailers.
We have a Firestone-Bridgestone national account and get a discount.
We had 10 custom trailers built with the same wheel/tire combination as the tow vehicle to be able to use the same lug wrench/spare.
Most all tires in the fleet are LT245/75R16 or LT225/75R16.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:05 PM   #9
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We use Firestone Trans-force HT on our Excursion and keep them inflated hard.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:30 PM   #10
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50 psi on the front. 80 psi on the back. Rotate every 10,000 miles.
I wonder if Firestone TransForce LT225/75R16 on steel wheels would work for the Airstream- we probably have enough steel wheels hanging around to git-r-dun- but, no, wait a minute- the Airstream wheels are 6 lug, aren't they? We could possibly have 4 6-hole 16" steel wheels hanging around-
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:14 PM   #11
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I had Transforce HT on my Suburban for about 70k miles, then replaced with Michelin AT2. Never any problems, but I noticed much smoother, better ride with Michelins.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:42 PM   #12
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The Michelins do ride better, and I got a 130,000 miles from a set of Michelins on a Chevy Express van. I don't put enough miles on my trailer or tow vehicle to justify the expense of Michelins. I never get the tread life out of a tire. The sidewalls start cracking before I get anywhere close to the tread wear indicators. A less expensive good enough tire is all I need. I will never get more than 45-50k out of a set of tires before they dry rot anyway.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:08 AM   #13
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Thanks for all of the good information. I decided to go with the BF Goodrich tires and give them a try. They were split about halfway in cost between the Firestone and Michelin tires. I've got the TransForce tires on a 24ft. enclosed trailer we haul the cars in and have had great service. I just thought I would give the BF's a try. Again... thanks
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