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Old 01-23-2016, 04:51 PM   #141
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I purchased the 15" Michelins for my 25' FB FC. Not the Defenders since they aren't available. Wondering if anyone has recommendations for installation? I purchased from Costco, but they wouldn't install since they didn't have the equipment to install outside of one of their bays. Should I try a different costco or are you going to a dedicated tire store?
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I purchased the 15" Michelins for my 25' FB FC. Not the Defenders since they aren't available. Wondering if anyone has recommendations for installation? I purchased from Costco, but they wouldn't install since they didn't have the equipment to install outside of one of their bays. Should I try a different costco or are you going to a dedicated tire store?
Wow, that's pretty crazy. A tire seller that doesn't have a floor jack and a hose longer than 20'? Crazy.

I would return the tires to Costco and go to Discount Tire or some other tire shop.

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I've been following this & other threads on the 15" Defender debate. Personal conclusions: the new 109T remains untested as of yet, until it hits the market in March & we have this conversation a year from now I'm going to remain skeptical mainly because if it's continuing C rating.
I'm for now returning to my original choice, the Maxxis 225/75R 15 ST tire for further consideration, it E rated & gets very good reviews with a very few exceptions.
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Mrjkq - that could be a fine strategy. Seems the tire guys in the forums suggest overloading and exceeding the 65 MPH restriction on ST tires (ever!) are among the key drivers of failure. Can't imagine you'd overload E rated ST tires - so keep it under 65, don't hit curbs, keep them covered when not in use - you're probably just fine.

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I've been following this & other threads on the 15" Defender debate. Personal conclusions: the new 109T remains untested as of yet, until it hits the market in March & we have this conversation a year from now I'm going to remain skeptical mainly because if it's continuing C rating.
I'm for now returning to my original choice, the Maxxis 225/75R 15 ST tire for further consideration, it E rated & gets very good reviews with a very few exceptions.
Just out of curiosity, where are Maxis tires manufactured? Personally, I try to avoid tires made in China.
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To the best of my knowledge Thailand & that I've verified but someone said China, only reference to China, mentioned once.
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To the best of my knowledge Thailand & that I've verified but someone said China, only reference to China, mentioned once.
The E rating is certainly compelling.
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Mrjkq - that could be a fine strategy. Seems the tire guys in the forums suggest overloading and exceeding the 65 MPH restriction on ST tires (ever!) are among the key drivers of failure. Can't imagine you'd overload E rated ST tires - so keep it under 65, don't hit curbs, keep them covered when not in use - you're probably just fine.

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I find the Defender a possibility liability/insurance claim problem in case of a tire failure & resulting in a damage/injury lawsuit. Being C rated it's quite easy to say it should not be on a 25ft travel trailer resulting in careless disregard by the owner as he or she travels the Interstate. The Michelin 16" LT tires are rated to E, well within a trailer capabilities. If Michelin had changed that C to a D in it's new defender tire I would be onboard but the fact that it did not speakers volumns.
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Just picked up a set of Michelins for my car. Drove the last set 125,000. Needless to say, between that and what I read here, I'm a Michelin man. However, I learned something interesting.

The tire shop informed me Michelin uses a oil based product vs synthetic found in much of the competition. He said it's an older technology that Michelin decided to stay with, probably because they have a comfort level with it.

However, he said therefore they are much more likely to experience cracking and dry rot, and 2 guys there confirmed the same. Interesting, as most of our trailers probably sit for a while with no tire covers, pretty much perfect conditions for dry rot.
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When I purchased the 15" Michelins for our 2013 25FB, I set myself up in the storage unit to take the two tires off one side and install the spare along with the jack stand while I was gone. CostCo mounted the new tires and I returned to the storage unit and installed them and moved the spare to the other side replicating the process. The spare was a third trip.

I was starting to take the trailer somewhere and noticed a screw in the outside radius of the tire. I drove the rig and parked across the street from CostCo in another parking lot and removed the tire in question. The screw location totaled the tire and I was given a new one.

When I ordered the 16"Michelins from CostCo, I brought all five 16" SenDel wheels in and had them mounted along with the Dill TPMS system. They forgot to note what letter TPMS sender was in each tire, so they got to open each tire to obtain that information.

For the 2015 23D, I ordered the 15" SenDel wheels, 15" Michelin tires and Dill TPMS 1506-453 system from a local Mesa, AZ Discount Tire store. They mounted the tires and TPMS senders and I drove them to the east coast in a U-Haul along with lots of other stuff that was dropped off in Indiana. The 15" tires and wheels replaced the stock 14" tires and wheels before the rig moved off the lot.
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Just out of curiosity, where are Maxis tires manufactured? Personally, I try to avoid tires made in China.
Mine were made in Thailand. The person that mentioned China was incorrect.
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Wow, that's pretty crazy. A tire seller that doesn't have a floor jack and a hose longer than 20'? Crazy.

I would return the tires to Costco and go to Discount Tire or some other tire shop.

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Based on my conversations with 2 local costcos, I don't think they want to bother with trailers.

Bring in a trailer, no good.

Bring in 4 rims and have tires put on, all good except they will not rotate based on miles (likely no big deal) and will not warranty.
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I brought the tire in. CostCo warranted a screw in the edge of a 15" Michelin on my 25FB as it was a non-repairable location. There was less a than a year since purchase and under 2000 miles on the tire.

CostCo knew the application. It also helps I have purchased Michelin tires for all my 4 tire vehicles (excludes my motorcycles) from them at that location for over 13 years.

I got a new tire at no cost.
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I brought my 4 new 16" sendel wheels in to costco, they mounted new michelins and balanced, I took them home to mount on trailer..$187 ea for the tires nd balancing ,happy as a mad dog in a meat house...
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