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Old 09-03-2019, 12:47 PM   #1
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Journey 2002 Tires: Michelin 235/80R-22.5

I need help with tires. My 2002 Journey has Michelin XRV 235/80R-22.5 tires. They look good on tread with minimal cracks that are barely visible. The tire date code is 2009 year. We have owned her for 3 years.



My problem is that I cannot find Michelin XRV 235/80R-22.5 anywhere that is within reasonable driving distance. Michelin will not commit to a manufacture dat and says it could be months out before a production schedule occurs. So I asked my local tire dealer what do I do if the tire blows while we are on the road this winter. He said very few manufacturers make this tire size. So he told me about my only option was 245/75R-22.5 made by Firestone, Goodyear or Bridgestone. In the past, I have avoided thes manufacturers for my auto tires. What comments can I get for making this size change and these manufacturers of the the 245/75R?
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:10 AM   #2
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Love your avatar Charles Moore.

To your question, and too lazy to retype the whole thing, take a look at this thread and see if you glean anything useful from it.

http://www.winnieowners.com/forums/f...es-354802.html

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Old 09-04-2019, 04:38 AM   #3
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I put toyo tires of the same size as you mentioned, look just like the mitchlen tires, several hundred dollars cheaper.
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:56 AM   #4
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Ya, I would get something on there before too long, those are approaching out of safe date. 7 years is conservative, 10 years typically maximum.
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:57 PM   #5
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Tires continued.

They found some tires that are 15th week 2019 so they are not too old. I bought all 6 and at my age will probably not buy another 6 if they last 10 years. Thanks for all the comments.
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:27 PM   #6
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My dealer suggested I try Michelins XZE tires as the XRV were no longer made in the size I needed. This was last year and I needed a set of 6 tires.

I was amazed at the difference! Motorhome tracks better, soother drive, less subject to wind gusts, and much less stressful driving.

I have been real pleased with the XZE tires.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:19 PM   #7
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The date of manufacture is stamped on the tire in an oval. Go to the Michelin website and ask where to find the date stamp and how to read the code. If your tire is approaching 7 years, install new tires yesterday. If you ever blow out a steering tire there will be 2 people driving that day - you and the Good Lord!
I also agree with Alfred622 about the XZE models. Ask your Michelin dealer for counsel of consider Cooper tires too.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:56 PM   #8
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Foreget about Michelin. Go with Toyo tires, they have this size. Toyo's are half the price and just as good as all others. In the N.W. they can found at Les Scwabb Tire dealers, and the service cannot be beat. Les Schwab can b e found in many states in the west, Toyo is a national brand.
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:47 AM   #9
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Toyo Tires

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I put toyo tires of the same size as you mentioned, look just like the mitchlen tires, several hundred dollars cheaper.
Ditto on the Toyo tires. I changed from Michelin to Toyo, saved almost a thousand dollars on a set of six. They look great, handle well, and quiet.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:42 AM   #10
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Those tires are available

Those tires are readily available, and from multiple manufacturers. Michelin still makes them in that size, as do many others. I have a 2005 Adventurer which uses that exact same tire. Had to recently replace the fronts (date code 0411). Since FMCA offers a Michelin discount I started there. Got prices of just over $500 ea. I was in Maine at the time, and called some local truck tire dealers in the Bangor area. Found several who could order up this tire in less than a week.
But in doing my RV research I found that some had installed Toyo tires instead. I have used that brand in that past and found them good. The size available (245/75 R22.5) is a bit different - but only very, very slightly. Weight carrying capacity is exactly the same as Michelin, I think it has 2 more treads, and the overall tire weight (88 lbs) is a few pounds heavier (meaning it is built with more material).
Found that even Walmart can order them, as well as Amazon. So I ordered through my Amazon Prime account, and they were immediately shipped from California to the dealer in Maine I selected - free shipping under Prime. And they were still $200 (each) less expensive than the Michelin. Date codes were 1919, and I received them in July, so they were about as new as you could ask for. Dealer then had to mount and balance them for a fee of $75/tire, but that would have been charged even for the Michelins at a Michelin dealer. BTW - You should always balance your tires.
The Amazon link is:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

should you want to look them up. BTW - if your tires are dated 2009 you really should consider replacing them soon. As you know, most RV tires age out well before they wear out. I think Michelin makes the best tires, but the Toyos I installed are made in Japan and are working well for me.
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:46 PM   #11
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10 years is really pushing your luck! Most conservative RVers with large rigs say 5 years 6 at the outside.I have been RVing since 1962 and the 5 years has served me well. I also trailer fairly large boats, we go by the same 5/6 years.

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Old 09-18-2019, 03:36 PM   #12
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Tire life

Michelin says 10 years and after 5 years to inspect tires every year. Quite a % of the 10 years was sitting in a building out of the Indiana sun. One has to search my tires with a magnifing glass to see cracks. I do not feel there is a blanket statement that applies universally.


Anyway, the tire guy just received our tires and they go on this week. I hope they last 10 years too. Thanks to all for the comments.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:52 PM   #13
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Toyo 245-75- R22.5 is what we went with. My nephew uses these on all his big trucks. They are heavy duty and even regroovable. They work just fine. They can be found almost anywhere should you have a problem.
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