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CharlesinGA

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Posted: 01/06/18 04:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My WBO View had a set of Firestone Transforce HT LT225R75/16 tires on it, dated late 2012 when I purchased it in Sept of 2015. They worked well but the broker (for the estate of the deceased owners) had used tire shine on the sidewalls and it sat for a while on their lot. I have had several tire people tell me this caused the fine checking of the sidewalls that these tires had after I bought it. You cannot get the tire shine off, no matter what you use, and it is nasty when you handle the tires. I ended up scrapping the tires in the summer of 2017 due to this and installing a set of Michelin MS2 tires. I did move a rear inboard with no sidewall checking, to the spare position and scrapping out the new/original 2006 Michelin spare.

I considered a new set of the Firestones, or possibly Bridgestones or Toyo tires, but in the end I got the Michelins thru the FMCA advantage program cheaper than any deal a tire dealer was willing to make on any other tire. The Michelins ride about a thousand precent better than the Firestones did, and that made me much happier.

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I have BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All Season 2 from Discount Tire. 6,000 mile road trip and no complaints from me.

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txnese wrote:

I have BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All Season 2 from Discount Tire. 6,000 mile road trip and no complaints from me.


Is your class C a 31ft model running at the max weight on the rear tires? There is a big difference between a 31 footer and a 24-26ft class C.





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I've got a 30ft. I took it to weigh station right before the trip and it was a hair under 13,000 lbs total. That includes full gas tank, full fresh water tank, 5 passengers and all our junk for a 2 week trip. We also took out the RV queen mattress and replaced it with a King size mattress, no box.

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Linc,

How much of those 13,000 lbs. was on the 4 rear dually tires?

It's of course important to get detailed enough RV weight data to make sure no tire is over-loaded. Dividing the rear weight by 4 gives an approximate estimate of the weight on each rear tire. Dividing the front weight by 2 gives an approximate estimate of what's on each front tire. Some RV owners even get each corner of their RVs weighed individually for more accurate estimates of each tire's loading.

Large Class C motorhomes can often have their rear weight be too much for the type of rear tire being used and/or the pressure being used in those tires.


Phil, 2005 E450 Itasca 324V Spirit

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txnese wrote:

...I took it to weigh station right before the trip and it was a hair under 13,000 lbs total. That includes full gas tank, full fresh water tank, 5 passengers and all our junk for a 2 week trip...


You weighed it correctly, full of people, water, gas, and all that Stuff. Weigh Station usually gives you Axle Weights. Did you get those, or only the Total? If you go to a Travel Center (21st Century PC for Truck Stop) that has a CAT Scale, it'll give you three weights called Steer (your front axle), Drive (rear axle) and Trailer (any trailer or vehicle you're towing). All for about $10. They can't give you Corner Weights like some of the RV weighing fests, and like Michelin uses in the RV version of their tire load/pressure chart. Michelin apparently feels that more RV's than trucks are loaded unequally side to side.

With Michelin's Corner Weights, you'd set the entire axle according to the heavier side (not average or the lower side). The point made above, that Axle Weight could be OK but not one side, can surely happen, but most of us find Front and Rear Axle Weights to work out OK.


If God's Your Co-Pilot Move Over, jd
2003 Jayco Escapade 31A on 2002 Ford E450 V10 4R100 218" WB

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