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Default Yep, still another question about tires

There are volumes of posts on tires , I have been looking for days. I find out that Cooper Tires makes a Roadmaster 12R-22.5 which is of course my required tire. Does anyone have experience with them? I have used their tires on my cars almost exclusively for 30+ years and have always been happy with them and the service that comes with them.
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Roger,
If you like the tires and your dealer will honor any warranty...go for it. I bought a set of Toyos when Ryder bought all Michelins east of the Miss. River and they worked fine.
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There are volumes of posts on tires , I have been looking for days. I find out that Cooper Tires makes a Roadmaster 12R-22.5 which is of course my required tire. Does anyone have experience with them? I have used their tires on my cars almost exclusively for 30+ years and have always been happy with them and the service that comes with them.
Friend of mine replaced the 18 year old Coopers on his bus conversion. Of course the bus sat unused for about 10 years. Coopers still holding air just fine when driven to tire shop. New tires = TOYO
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I'm running 11R Roadmasters on my drive axle and I believe Gardner is running them all the way around, I have had no problems and I think Gardner is doing ok with them too. I took off Michelin's on the rear and perceive. no difference.
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I have roadmasters on the dualies, but I changed out the fronts after running over a big bolt and wrecking one of them. (see pics below) I use the other one as a spare. They developed a weird wear pattern on the front. The second tread band from the outside started to scallop on both of them. I asked around what could cause that and got no answers. When I first put on the Roadmasters I noticed the ride was rougher.

I put Hankooks on the front this time and they ride better than the Roadmasters did. I run them at 120 lbs. In hind sight I should have gone for the 12r's, the 11r's are near the top of their weight range. I put near 9000 miles on them no issues. Unfortunately these were made in CHINA. Apparently they aren't all made in Korea as I had believed.
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Over the last 30 years I have run the following without issues;

Armstrong SD-300 E/S
Goodyear Hi-Miller CS2
Kelly DSW Armorsteel
Kelly KGR Armorsteel
Cooper CXMT 340

I'm now running these on the front;
B.F. Goodrich ST244

and these on the rears;
Michelin XDA3 (purchased used)

Being on a spring bus I will not comment on the "ride". But I will say I go off road a lot and on some very rocky terrane.

Since I've run these I have heard issues with Goodyear but have not personally experienced them or the tires in the last decade.
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I have roadmasters on the dualies, but I changed out the fronts after running over a big bolt and wrecking one of them. (see pics below) I use the other one as a spare. They developed a weird wear pattern on the front. The second tread band from the outside started to scallop on both of them. I asked around what could cause that and got no answers. When I first put on the Roadmasters I noticed the ride was rougher.

I put Hankooks on the front this time and they ride better than the Roadmasters did. I run them at 120 lbs. In hind sight I should have gone for the 12r's, the 11r's are near the top of their weight range. I put near 9000 miles on them no issues. Unfortunately these were made in CHINA. Apparently they aren't all made in Korea as I had believed.



A Wise man of 50 years in the alignment business told me if your front tires are scalloping it is more then likely the shocks causing the problem but check the alignment any way
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Stephen and Gardner and any one else...

That wear pattern, one or more "inside" bands is called *rivering* and only happens on front tires and has nothing to do with alignment or condition of the front end. I and many Goodyear owners have experienced that on our various pushers. For that reason and a blowout on a rear on my Monaco and no support from Goodyear convinced me to never own Goodyear again. Rivering isn't exclusive to Goodyear.
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Here is a site for tire wear identification and cause/solution

http://www.kaltire.com/index.php?pag...ear-conditions
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I will have to defer on opinions to the wise old man with fifty years experience in the business
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