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I am looking at purchasing new steer tires for my 2005 Monaco Dynasty Diamond IV.  They are 295/80r22.5.  Was thinking about buying Michelin brand of tire.  Any input on a tire outlet to purchase them from and which kind of Michelin would you recommend or are other brand names just as comparable?

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Robert, I purchased Michelin through FMCA program. Saved a ton of money. That said, I went with 315/80s on the steer axle. Bigger tires = less pressure = better ride and steering. I've been pleased with them. I run Michelin's all around. Hope this helps....Dennis

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No more Michelins for me.  Last set had the familiar sidewall cracking on all 6. Have keep copies of many of the postings over the years by our group on tire experiences. I went with Toyo M-144. Clean history with no problems. Not an RV tire; that's a good thing. It's a well established truck tire. Price was half of Michelin. I paid $413 each for same size as yours plus installation at a local dealer in a small AZ town. Price was better than online or in Phoenix. Ride is the same as Michelin. Very happy and would do again.  Gary K   06' Windsor

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20 hours ago, Executive45 said:

Robert, I purchased Michelin through FMCA program. Saved a ton of money. That said, I went with 315/80s on the steer axle. Bigger tires = less pressure = better ride and steering. I've been pleased with them. I run Michelin's all around. Hope this helps....Dennis

Dennis,

We did the same on our 2005 Exec (actually, we ended up with 315s all around but that’s a different story), but when we tried to help a good friend with a 2006 Dynasty do the same they wouldn’t fit. One of the Dynasty air bag perches was moved just enough that the larger tire would rub severely on a turn. The OP could try but definitely should make sure that the dealer will not charge if they need to go back to 295s.

George C, 2005 Exec

Robert,

Tire preferences change all the time. It was likely one of the most “Popular” (and I use that term in the finest Ford/Chevy tradition) topics on the old site.

I’m a fan of the FMCA programs. I got a set of Michelin steer tires there when the program first came out. They are now on my tag. I had Continental HA3 steer tires put on last April. I’m going to have 4 Continentals put on the drive axle in March. All reasonable no-hassle deals via FMCA.

When you use the FMCA web site to get a quote, there is a “Find a Dealer” button that takes you to the manufacturer web site’s dealer locator. Put in you zip and you’ll see options. You don’t need to do a separate search yourself as FMCA/manufacturer has already done it.

I had sidewall checking on an older (2009) set of Michelins but I realized that it was self-inflicted. I have tire covers and carry 303 Aerospace Protectant but was too lazy to use them. Once I swapped those out, I started consistently covering the tires when in storage (generally November to April in Arizona) and using the 303 liberally on a monthly schedule while on the road. Voila; no more tire cracking issues, irrespective of the brand.

Just my 2 cents based on experience...

George C, 2005 Exec

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1 hour ago, georgecederholm said:

Robert,

 

I had sidewall checking on an older (2009) set of Michelins but I realized that it was self-inflicted. I have tire covers and carry 303 Aerospace Protectant but was too lazy to use them. Once I swapped those out, I started consistently covering the tires when in storage (generally November to April in Arizona) and using the 303 liberally on a monthly schedule while on the road. Voila; no more tire cracking issues, irrespective of the brand.

Just my 2 cents based on experience...

George C, 2005 Exec

George C

IMO neither tire covers or 303 Aerospace Protectant can/will prevent any tire "prone to premature sidewall cracking" from cracking to the point of being useless/unsafe.

All 6 of my  2011 Michelin tires developed sidewall cracks in 2014: https://www.motorhome.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Tire-cracks.jpg

They where replaced under warranty by Michelin Customer Care

I had to pay Pomp's Tire,  Rothschild , WI,  a total of $936.64, ($156.11 each)...$794.28 for the 6 replacement tires and $142.36 for 6 new valve stems.

BTW  the only other tire dealer near me "authorized by Michelin to do warranty work",  (Southside Tire and Automotive Service, in Weston WI),  had quoted me $2.800.00 ...($466.66 each).

 

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First and last word on Rv tire safety; https://www.rvtiresafety.net/

As for tires, We bought our coach in '05 with 2010 dated goodyear tires (Oh, Heavens!!). No problems. GY are Round and hold air. Replaced GY on steers with Mich XZA-2 in 2018. Replaced GY on drive axle in 2019 with same Mich. Will replace tag this year with same, swapping steer to tag so that newest tires on steer. Les Schwab said that if he sold me a tire via FMCA, I would have to call them (FMCA) if I had a problem with the tire; pretty subtle message there. Not cheap tires, but peace of mind; priceless. I use tire covers and 303 while on the road. Ride? Can anyone really tell the difference in ride quality with (small) differences in tire pressure or mfg? Subjective is anecdotal, no data. 

 

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I tried putting 315's on the front, didn't fit, it rubbed.  We are replacing badyears soon on the front.  Sam's Club sells the toyo's at a good price, but a very long shipping time to an installer.  Hoping to find a solution when we get back home and have the time to wait for shipping.  The badyears are new, not by choice since we were stranded, so keeping fingers crossed until replacement.

Woody Miller

09 Dynasty Regal IV

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16 hours ago, woodylmiller said:

I tried putting 315's on the front, didn't fit, it rubbed.  We are replacing badyears soon on the front.  Sam's Club sells the toyo's at a good price, but a very long shipping time to an installer.  Hoping to find a solution when we get back home and have the time to wait for shipping.  The badyears are new, not by choice since we were stranded, so keeping fingers crossed until replacement.

Woody Miller

09 Dynasty Regal IV

Woody

I've had "badyears" that lasted  9 "goodyears"..... (and Michelins that lasted ONLY 3 )

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  • 3 weeks later...

About a year ago I bought two front tires through the FMCA Michelin Advantage program.  They arranged for a commercial tire dealer near me to do the installation.  Very happy with the pricing and the service!  🙂

Joe

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