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Old 10-10-2018, 03:32 PM   #1
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Last summer we blew a front tire on our 2006 Itasca Meridian 39K while on the road. The only service provider available on this Sunday morning in the middle of nowhere only had Michelin tires in my size. I was told I needed to replace both front tires because they should be from the same manufacturer, so I said go ahead, didn't feel like I had a lot of choice at that time.


Now I'm wanting to replace the rear four tires, but I'm wondering if I can go to another manufacturer since the quote I just got for the four Michelins is $2,400. Is it an option to put a different tire manufacturer's tire on the rear from what's on the front?
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:00 PM   #2
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Old 10-13-2018, 04:53 PM   #3
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For sure you can. Just keep the same manufacturer on all the rears. And of course DON'T rotate them!

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Old 10-13-2018, 05:38 PM   #4
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:56 PM   #5
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FMCA if you are a member can help with that Michelin price.
Otherwise I run Toyo’s on everything I own. Had great luck on my ‘03 Horizon.
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Last summer we blew a front tire on our 2006 Itasca Meridian 39K while on the road. The only service provider available on this Sunday morning in the middle of nowhere only had Michelin tires in my size. I was told I needed to replace both front tires because they should be from the same manufacturer, so I said go ahead, didn't feel like I had a lot of choice at that time.


Now I'm wanting to replace the rear four tires, but I'm wondering if I can go to another manufacturer since the quote I just got for the four Michelins is $2,400. Is it an option to put a different tire manufacturer's tire on the rear from what's on the front?

I have Continental's on the front and Toyo on the rear. Toyo is much less $$ than Michelins. Conies are a bit pricey.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:13 PM   #7
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For what it's worth, the commercial truck shop where I got my tires recommended Uniroyal (owned by Michelin) as a less expensive alternative to Michelin. According to my "tire guy", although Michelins will probably wear longer, the Uniroyals are similar and will probably age out before they wear out on a motorhome.

IMHO, as long as you're buying a brand name tire, you'll be fine. Prices can vary significantly, especially when you're buying six or eight tires.

Also, if you have a spare, it's a good idea to replace it as well and not use one of your old tires for a spare since it's probably, or soon will be, aged out. In my case I bought a relatively recent vintage, used tire that had adequate tread depth for $75.
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Wingchop, your original Michelins were most likely 25580R22.5's. Michelin is the only one that makes that size. If you change to Toyo or Continental, they will be close in size. There is a chart out there that compares the difference in the tire sizes and the performance such as revolutions and MPH differences. I think it is slight. Ask others on the forum, i.e., FIREUP who switched from Michelins to Toyo's, I believe. He has a post on it and explains the difference.




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Use this tire size comparator to see the actual difference in measurments; for instance the diameter difference between a 255/80R22.5 and a 265/75%22.5 is 5 tenths of an inch, which makes a difference of 8 tenths of 1 MPH at 60 MPH.
There is a way around Michelins unique, and expensive, size.
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If you want to keep the same tires on the rear, join WIT OR FMCA and use their Michelin tire discount programs. Check both plans. The discount will easily be 10X the cost of memberships. Both are good programs. If you only have a few hundred miles on the two tires, most reputable dealers will give you some reasonable trade-in value for them and you can purchase any type you want. First, though look at the tire programs at the two clubs. I belong to both and FMCA was a little better pricing. I saved over 20% off Michelins for my Horizon. You might be please try surprized.
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If you want to keep the same tires on the rear, join WIT OR FMCA and use their Michelin tire discount programs. Check both plans. The discount will easily be 10X the cost of memberships. Both are good programs. If you only have a few hundred miles on the two tires, most reputable dealers will give you some reasonable trade-in value for them and you can purchase any type you want. First, though look at the tire programs at the two clubs. I belong to both and FMCA was a little better pricing. I saved over 20% off Michelins for my Horizon. You might be please try surprized.
However the FMCA webpage has a blurb about double-checking with Michelin dealers first, because some offer lower prices than the FMCA program can match.
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