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Old 04-08-2019, 03:05 AM   #1
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Recommendation for new tires

We are buying a 2013 Thor ACE 30.1 and believe the tires are original with 36,000 miles on them. Any recommendations on buying new tires? What manufacturer? Buy the same size as original? Where to get the best price? Should we have an alignment done at the same time we have the new tires are put on? When should tires be replaced on MH? Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:41 AM   #2
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I cannot answer all the Q's...
But front end alignment would be a good idea when tires are newly installed.
One consideration I would make, on the tires, is a high load rating on the tire, for safety.
e.g. 8 ply, or load range H, something like that.
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:16 PM   #3
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Recommendation for new tires

Well Iím sure youíll get lots of opinions to sort through. Hereís mine. A 2013 coach might be on a 2012 chassis. If they are original tires they might be going on 8 years old - you can tell by the date code on each tire which will be a four digit number at the end of a string of numbers down near the rim. They will be the week and year the tire was made. In your case maybe something like 4312 which would be the end of October 2012. 7 years is a long time for an RV tire and you should replace them even if they have good tread left. Iíd go with the OE size and rating and Iíd personally use an RV specific tire. Some folks use truck tires because they are cheaper but Iíve also heard they can give a harsh ride. Itíll be harsh enough as it is and you donít need anything making it worse. My dealer recommended Goodyear over Michelin which goes against my historical preferences for cars but he didnít stock either and said his margin on either brand was the same so I would respect his opinion. Iíd get the alignment checked if the old tires show any uneven wear patterns at all. And Iíd absolutely certainly replace the valve stems with dually valves. Expect all this to run you in the neighborhood of $2500. Sad but true. Enjoy your new rig!
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:00 PM   #4
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You will probably get as many opinions as tire brands. I would use same size tires as originally installed. Most tire manufacturers build pretty good tires. Do. Google search for recommendations
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:25 PM   #5
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Ok, will keep that in mind, thanks 10cDust, Pete'sMH and KOLCB for all the information and suggestions.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:44 PM   #6
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I like to keep things simple. If those tires held up for so many years: I'd seriously consider staying with the same brand and model...
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:50 PM   #7
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@Bob, I think that may be the best thing to do. Have already called our Goodyear guy and he will give us a great deal. Thanks!
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:15 PM   #8
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My local Ford truck dealer has very competitive installed prices, like $2,151.80 for 6 Hankook 245/70-19.5 installed



Package Pricing Includes:
Tire(s), FET, Low Price Tire Guarantee, TireCARE Road Hazard, Mounting, Balancing, Lifetime Rotation, Valve Stems (non TPMS only), Multipoint Inspection, Local Customer Courtesy Shuttle, Customer Lounge with WIFI and coffee, Lifetime Nitrogen With Tire Purchase, Free Alignment Check With Tire Purchase, Taxes (Sales Tax, Tire Disposal).



I had Hankook on previous RV and found they seem to resist cracking better the Goodyears or Michleins.
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:48 PM   #9
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You might check into the FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) tire discount program. Iíve never tried it but the guy who stores his Tiffin DP next to me in my storage yard (nothing like keeping good company!) tells me itís a good deal.
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:25 AM   #10
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Stay with the same size and load rating so you don't have to worry about rear dual spacing and rubbing on the tire wells up front. Your placard pressures should be the same but verify with the manufacture you choose to go with. Consider second tier manufacturers such as Kelly, Cooper, Dunlop or Uniroyal.

I've had Kelly Armorsteel tires on the coach for 50,000 miles. No abnormal tread wear, no sidewall deterioration, no cracks or splits and at 1/2 the price of an "RV" tire. The only cleaning agent I've ever used on the tires is soap and water along with keeping them covered when the coach is home. No 303, Armor All, Tire Shine or other so called preservants. No complaints with the ride and driving back to back 500 mile 12 hour days isn't a problem.
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Old 04-09-2019, 01:40 AM   #11
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@Bob, I think that may be the best thing to do. Have already called our Goodyear guy and he will give us a great deal. Thanks!
Good luck!
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