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Old 03-31-2010, 06:46 AM   #29
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I have been researching the purchase of 6 new tires for our coach before leaving for Alaska May 1st. I use 295/80R 22.5 Load H and the original tires on the coach were G670 Goodyear's. Since all Goodyear tires as of now are about a year old to start with because they have not made a new tire run in over a year, I immediately crossed them off of my list. Yesterday after months of reading and research, I finally decided to buy 6 Bridgestone R250F tires DOT coded no more than 3-4 months from Parkhouse Tire in LA for $3200 out the door. This was a $1200 savings over a set of Michelin tires. I was told by the sales counter person that Bridgestone is a "second tier" tire actually made by Michelin. I guess each major tire manufacturer such as Goodyear, Michelin, etc. have "second tier" tires sold under a different name. So, I wasn't able to justify another $1200 for a name.

All of my drive tires were coded 00 or 01. The 2 front steer tires I replaced in late 2004 after buying the coach as the original owner never had the front end aligned and both tires were cupped on each edge. The alignment has since been corrected. Those are coded 41/03 so I am taking one of those with me to have as a "spare" in case of problems somewhere in the boonies on the way up to Alaska.

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Old 03-31-2010, 06:54 AM   #30
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I was told by the sales counter person that Bridgestone is a "second tier" tire actually made by Michelin.
I guess I would be very surprised if that were the case since these are two independent companies. Bridgestone (a Japanese company) purchased Firestone and is a major supplier of truck tires. Michelin (a French company) purchased B.F. Goodrich and is also a major supplier of truck tires. Michelin and Bridgestone were fierce competitors in Formula 1 racing until about 2 years ago, so I can't really see them manufacturing product to be sold under each others' labels.

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Old 03-31-2010, 07:29 AM   #31
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I can hardy believe the Bridgestone and Michelin build tires for each other. You just cannot believe anything a sales person tells you.

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Old 03-31-2010, 07:47 AM   #32
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You guys are probably right with the brand information and I got my names mixed up as he was rattling off the various top tier brand names along with the second tier brand names.

Sorry if I caused any confusion more than my own!

I did tell him that after my trip to Alaska and back that if I have any problems with the Bridgestone tires, I will be coming back to give him a piece of my mind and 6 new Michelin tires. He remarked, "no problem".

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Old 04-01-2010, 06:38 PM   #33
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Could somebody help me locate a good RV tire shop in California, that sells the Michelin XRV tires ?

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Could somebody help me locate a good RV tire shop in California, that sells the Michelin XRV tires ?

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What part of Cali? North, central, or southern?
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:20 PM   #35
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McLeas in Petaluma, CA sells Michelin and they service a lot of large trucks and RV's.
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:49 PM   #36
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What part of Cali? North, central, or southern?
I am located in Southern CA., in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Old 04-08-2010, 06:07 PM   #37
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Just got my Goodyear G670rv tires installed> They are all dated week 48 year 09. I did not think that was too bad. Love the tires after a 600 mile drive both my wife and I agree that the coach rides better and has less side to side movement.
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I've been running Bridgestone R250 295/80R 22.5s on our coach for about 2 years now. First with two stearing tires than the remaining 4 a year later. They ride slightly stiffer than the Michelin, but are considerably lower in price. The pressure range on these is the same as on the original Michelins. I think you'll be happy with them.

As a side note, you couldn't give me a set of chinese tires!
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:24 AM   #39
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I would not have considered tires made in China on any of my vehicles a couple of years ago. I went to a Toyo dealer here in California about a year and and a half ago and purchased a set of Toyo Tires for my 2002 Chevy Tracker tow behind. Now I know this is a very light duty vehicle but I thought I was buying tires made in either Japan or the USA. Guess what, they are made in China. The tires say Toyo right on the sidewalls and also made in China. I did not notice this until a month later when I was washing the car. I was not happy and told the dealer so. The dealer offered to replace the tires but assured me that anything with the Toyo name was a quality tire. Time will tell. I love these tires, the ride and the handling are better than the original Uniroyal USA made tires.
Would I put tires made in China on my motorhome? No, not yet but I think it is just a matter of time until more tire manufactures, like so many others move their plants to China.
I don't believe that Toyo would risk their excellent reputation on tires made in China if they were not very good quality. Perhaps it is not so much the fact that something is made in China, but who is making it in China.
I can remember when most things made in Japan or Korea were junk, boy has that changed.
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