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Old 03-14-2020, 08:39 AM   #1
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Let's talk Tires

This is the first time I have had to deal with 22.5 tires. I am finding it hard to get a good cross section of answers so thought I would ask the users their thoughts. I really want to stay away from Michelin basically due to price. In reading this and other forums the Toyo and Hercules brands have come up.

Just the other day the folks who take care of my oil changes etc. mentioned about Toyo but would need a different "steer" tire. Is this steer tire something that needs to be different.

For me any information at this time would be good info Thanks.
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Old 03-14-2020, 11:08 AM   #2
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I would check-out these two:
  1. A search on this site for 22.5
  2. The Discount Tire Store reviews

Please let us know if you find what you seek.
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Old 03-14-2020, 11:37 AM   #3
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I haven't needed new tires yet, but on www.irv2.com plenty seem happy with their Toyo tires. When it comes to replacement I'd probably just put the same tires front and back just like it probably came with from the factory.

Be a little careful with sellers of Semi Truck tires. They generally put good tires on the steer axles and lessor tires on the locations. And, some folks are attracted to inferior Semi truck tires because they are so much cheaper. I clearly don't know, but I don't want the cheapest tires. They are too important to cheap out (I don't mean cheaper tires - I mean TOO CHEAP tires).
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Old 03-14-2020, 02:26 PM   #4
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I assume that part of the question will have to deal with how we each may use our tires. Myself, I do not expect to keep any one RV long enough to wear out the tires as soon as they will weather out. So how many miles does one put on versus how much weathering they get? If you run 40-50 thousand a year, going for longer lasting tires may be worthwhile but if they mostly set and the sun eats them up, cheaper mid grade may be just as good. I've had a number of RV and never really bought new tires for worn out but when they show cracks and get way past the recommended six years age, then I bite the bullet, but most of the time, I've just sold the problem!
Our life may not be the norm though so one has to try to predict what you personally will be doing a couple years down the road.
Tough decisions like that are what cause grey hair! At least that's what somebody told me as I'm certainly not old enough to know.
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Old 03-15-2020, 03:49 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the info. All information was helpful now comes down to finding a shop to talk tires with. It seems hard to find a shop that will do 22.5 rims. Again thanks to all
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Old 03-15-2020, 07:26 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the info. All information was helpful now comes down to finding a shop to talk tires with. It seems hard to find a shop that will do 22.5 rims. Again thanks to all
I've been doing a lot of shopping for 22.5 tires because mine need to be replaced. Don't call places that specialize in car tires, they're not set up to work on the RV or handle the 22.5 size wheels & tires.
You'll need to call places that specialize in truck tires, many of those have mobile units that will come to you to install the tires. The one near me (Jacksonville, Fl) that does that charges a $75 trip fee to come to my home to install the tires and haul away my old ones. To me that's more than worth it to save my time and trouble to take the RV someplace and wait around for it to get done. It makes a difference that I work from home, so I can be 'at work' and still be where I need to be for the guy to come and put the new tires on.
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Old 03-15-2020, 08:43 AM   #7
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What part of Branson area? That's old home territory and Big O on 248 or going to Springfield might be my first thoughts, depending on how you want to deal with leaving it or letting them order and then go by. I would look for tire shops versus RV due to experience and pricing.
Goodyear Commercial Tire on West 266 in Springfield is where a brother did his trucks if going that far for better choices.
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Old 03-15-2020, 11:26 AM   #8
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How about these;

Branson Motor Coach Specialists
2652 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, MO 65616
Phone: 417-336-5935

Mitchem Tire Mitchem Tire
5558 N Gretna Rd
Branson, MO 65616
(417) 339-5668
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Old 03-16-2020, 04:25 AM   #9
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Morich Big O is not set up for the 22.5 rims. I will check out the GoodYear commercial tire place. I know when I had my 5th wheel the only place I could get the Goodyear tires was at their commercial business in cedar rapids Iowa.

Creativepart Branson Motor coach is where I take my coach for all the maintenance. They are a great bunch of folks, I did talk tires with them although they will take care of tires its not really their main thing.

I am headed to Mitchem today.
My problem is the coach has 255 70 22.5 tires and Toyo does not state that size so I do not which one to get the 11r22.5 or one of their other sized tires.
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Old 03-16-2020, 08:05 AM   #10
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Mitchum would also be one that I might recommend as the Springfield store has had a good rep with my bunch and been there a long time. Doesn't mean the tire guy has but a better chance? No personal experience on that size in that area. M<ostlt vans and smallish trucks.
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Old 03-19-2020, 06:25 PM   #11
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I am close to also needing tires. FMCA has a Michelin discount program and also I believe 1 more brand if you are an FMCA member. I will be checking the FMCA price first then compare to other quotes.
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Old 03-22-2020, 05:40 PM   #12
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I'm on my 3rd set of Michelins on the steer, 2nd set still on drive & tag Axel...never a problem never a flat.
Bought using the FMCA discount.


I won't trust an off brand tire with my life.
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Old 03-22-2020, 05:50 PM   #13
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I've just started that process with the 22.5 tires. Like you, the first time. I've had both Toyo and Micheline. I replaced the front tires last month and decided to stick with the Michelines original equipment as I feel I get a smoother ride with them on my 13/14 Itasca 35F. Will be replacing the 4 years before we start using it this summer. I just joined the FMCA Club and will go through them for the next purchase.
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Old 03-22-2020, 06:55 PM   #15
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Take the advice of your oil change guy and at least put Michelins up front. A couple years ago when I needed to replace my tires no one had Michelins available (at least that is what they claimed). My Tire place talked me into Toyo tires. We drove to a campground about 100 miles from home, a winding mountainous two lane road with a 55mph speed limit and several 35mph curves. We drive this road a lot so drove it the same always before the new tires were installed. SCARED ME TO DEATH!! When we got back home I drove straight to the tire place and told them to take them off. I had pay $60 a tire restocking fee per tire so I only did fronts but I wish I had done all 6. Toyo tires have softer (more Flexible) sidewall and just don't handle as well as Michelins.
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Old 03-22-2020, 06:58 PM   #16
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I love Mich tires on my cars and trucks. But I was not happy with them on my DP. Very early and severe weather checking was not acceptable. Using the Toyo's currently and am very happy with them. I did not make the decision based on price. I don't cheap out on tires. But it was a bonus that what I consider a better tire was also cheaper.
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FWIW I went with Continental 22.5" RV tires. They're a brand name tire and I received better pricing than the FMCA Michelin price. I've had them on the MH for about 6 months so I can't comment on sidewall cracking and as with any new tire they feel very good on the road. The Continental Truck Tire website was very helpful with part numbers and technical specs. Good luck in your search.
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Old 03-22-2020, 07:47 PM   #18
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This is the first time I have had to deal with 22.5 tires. I am finding it hard to get a good cross section of answers so thought I would ask the users their thoughts. I really want to stay away from Michelin basically due to price. In reading this and other forums the Toyo and Hercules brands have come up.

Just the other day the folks who take care of my oil changes etc. mentioned about Toyo but would need a different "steer" tire. Is this steer tire something that needs to be different.

For me any information at this time would be good info Thanks.

Some tires are All Position while others are Dedicated Position Tires for Steering, Drive or Trailer use of which you might see all three dedicated type of tires on an 18 wheeler.


That said a motor home specific tire will usually be an All Position tire while Dedicated Position tires will usually be commercial truck tires although there are also All Position Commercial Truck tires with much depending on which series of tires you are looking at. Good Year, Firestone and Hurcules (an old American brand) all make dedicated position and all position tires.
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I have owned my Class A, 35' Itasca, W24 chassis since Dec., 2006. The rig came with Michelin Tires. I went to several tires seminars over the years and discovered that Michelin tires could last up to 10 years if proper care was taken. The "proof is in the puddin" as the saying goes. I covered the tires when sitting for long periods, used wood underneath if parked on concrete, checked the pressures, rotated, etc. I knew I would never wear out the tires so longevity without compromising safety was my major object. I replaced the tires when they were 9 years old. I never considered any other brand so replacement tires were also Michelin. Another 4 years has passed and the tires are holding up well. I have no doubt they will last another 5 to 6 years. I was able to get a reasonable price on all six tires with a local truck tire dealer. I take my rig to them every year for a tire wear and pressure check at no charge. They are also capable of doing a front end alignment if necessary. To me the convenience and peace of mind is worth the extra money for Michelins. Just some comments to consider.
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Good info. Do they balance the tires too?
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