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Old 07-22-2017
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I need to get a new set of tires. Looking online, there's a plethora of people offering them mail order, but I'm concerned about getting fresh ones. Does anyone have any insights about achieving this goal? After all, once you have 8 tires on your front doorstep, returning them could be problematical if they have old date codes on them
The other thing is...which ones? I seldom drive over 55mph (conserving fuel, I'm a cheapskate) so although Michelins are nice, I'm looking to the more economical brands. I'm running on Toyo steer & Firestone drive & tag right now, with a Hankook(?) spare (unused), & they're all between 7 and 8 years old, how she was shod when I got her. I'll probably get all 8 the same, as some places offer a discount for a full set (see? Cheapskate!), so does anyone have a recommendation as to brand? Also, is there a market for used 7-year-old tires with plenty of tread left on them?
Lastly, does it matter if I have the same tires on all axles? Looking at the specs, some say recommended for steer, can be used steer, drive or trailer, and the documentation for the PT-40 recommends slightly different specs for each axle, I think. (I'm out of state, Reno, for work for a couple of weeks, & the Shadow & all her documentation are back in Salt Lake; it's not that I'm too lazy to go out & look!).
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I used a local tire shop, Toyo M144s, 315 size, mounted and balance beads installed, very recent date code, for $567 each. Simpletire.com had them for a little less, but then you have to have them installed, so would not have saved much. Your are right about the date codes. They could be old.
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I used a local tire shop, Toyo M144s, 315 size, mounted and balance beads installed, very recent date code, for $567 each.
Then there is the other question bead balance, spin balance or centramatics? Or Centramatics with beads or spin? I know WOG has the Michelin discount program, I just haven't been able to figure out just what the Michelin cost is on the WOG program.
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Then there is the other question bead balance, spin balance or centramatics? Or Centramatics with beads or spin? I know WOG has the Michelin discount program, I just haven't been able to figure out just what the Michelin cost is on the WOG program.
I just bought two new Michelin 315 for the steers. Cost per tire is $649.30 using the Michelin advantage program tied to Dupree. Not to be confused with the Michelin advantage program tied to FMCA. The FMCA costs are higher.
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I just bought two new Michelin 315 for the steers. Cost per tire is $649.30 using the Michelin advantage program tied to Dupree. Not to be confused with the Michelin advantage program tied to FMCA. The FMCA costs are higher.
Kevin,

When did you buy? I didn't know that different advantage programs had different prices. I think that they Michelin raised the price $50 again in May. I used the Dupree plan and the end of last year and paid something like $1325 for two 315s installed.

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You could end up chasing your tail and spending more. I'm not convinced that Michelin tires are needed nor even that they are the best. BUT I like to deal with the local guys, support the local economy knowing if I have a problem they will be glad to help me. I don't see a problem with Toyo tires and Hankook seems to be pretty respected .

A little like fuel. How far do you drive out of your way to save 10 cents a gallon. I guess it depends .

My local tire shop also does repairs for me. I spend a TON of money with them but they treat me like I'm a celebrity.
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Kevin,

When did you buy? I didn't know that different advantage programs had different prices. I think that they Michelin raised the price $50 again in May. I used the Dupree plan and the end of last year and paid something like $1325 for two 315s installed.

Diego
I bought them last week. I didn't know about the different prices either until I spoke with the Michelin advantage rep. The price i listed is per tire and doesn't include install, tax, balance, etc.
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Do you have les schwab in Utah? Seems like I saw them there, talk to them.
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Default Drive axle tire OK for tag & steer?

Thanks all for your advice. I've been perusing the (many) tire size threads & checking online vendors as well as local retailers. So far my best bet is www.simpletire.com, they carry tons of brands, the well-known ones as well as some I've never heard of; probably the Chinese knock-off's I've read about.
One that looks promising is a Yokohama TY023; it's a 295/75R 22.5, 16ply with a H load rating. does that sound like it would work for the PT-40 all round? The price isn't too bad, $343 each (plus tax) with $70 per tire shipping, & right now there's a 10% summer sale going on. They also have a TY517 at $293 with the same specs, but it's listed as a drive axle tire. Could I use it on all axles?
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I would add all the numbers up and see what those tires will cost headed down the road on your coach. They may not be such a deal after you consider all the cost. How close are the local dealers on a suitable tire? I would pay a few bucks more for a local.

As far as "drive Axle tires for all positions the name answers that question.
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