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Old 08-10-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Noobie tire dilemma

Hi all,

Today is Aug. 10, 12. I just bought a 2002 25' Classic. It is my first RV. I estimate that it has seen less than 2K miles, but the tires are original. They are GYM. The DOT code says that they were mfgd in 2001. I need to take the trailer out soon, so need to address the tire replacement issue.

I have searched through posts here and I feel that the Michelin LX M/S 2 235/75/15 are my best choice. I look at putting 10K miles on the A/S annually for the first few years.

I called my local Discount Tire franchise, and he pushed the Carlisle 225/75/15 8 ply tires, reason being that they were "trailer tires". They run cooler,etc.

I don't think at this point I want to change to 16"

I think I should go with the Michelins, 1. because I respect the brand, and 2. because I respect folks with long term experience on this forum.

What would you go with?

Please link me to any other threads.
Thanks,
Colby
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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I blew up 5 Carlisles in less than two years with less than 10k on any of them. Literally disintegrated despite my fairly anal tire maintenance obsession. I was underwhelmed.

I have GYM's (US made) on now and they have gone (knock on wood) about 8k with no problems.

Lots of folks love Michelin (have them on my TV).

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Old 08-10-2012, 09:40 PM   #3
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Hi all,

Today is Aug. 10, 12. I just bought a 2002 25' Classic. It is my first RV. I estimate that it has seen less than 2K miles, but the tires are original. They are GYM. The DOT code says that they were mfgd in 2001. I need to take the trailer out soon, so need to address the tire replacement issue.

I have searched through posts here and I feel that the Michelin LX M/S 2 235/75/15 are my best choice. I look at putting 10K miles on the A/S annually for the first few years.

I called my local Discount Tire franchise, and he pushed the Carlisle 225/75/15 8 ply tires, reason being that they were "trailer tires". They run cooler,etc.

I don't think at this point I want to change to 16"

I think I should go with the Michelins, 1. because I respect the brand, and 2. because I respect folks with long term experience on this forum.

What would you go with?

Please link me to any other threads.
Thanks,
Colby
With a 25 footer, I'd buy the Michelins and never look back. I've bought my last "ST" tire....never again.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:16 PM   #4
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Strongly consider the Michelins and the upgrade to 16" wheels. You can buy the aluminum wheels for about $105 each from Tredit, performanceplustire.com, or other Internet resources. If your experience is like mine you can recover at least 3/4 the cost of the new wheels by selling your old wheels.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:44 PM   #5
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Links to some recent tire failure and 16-inch wheel threads (posts):

* http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...oll-76867.html

* http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ere-92584.html

* http://www.airforums.com/forums/f465...res-69297.html

* http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ire-83262.html

* http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ore-87862.html

* http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ure-84703.html

This is a lot to digest, but it should give you a summary of the varied opinions on this forum.

Happy reading!
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