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I recently bought Michelins (have always done well with them on the cars I have had) and the G rated Michelins on the bus never had a problem even though they were at about the max load and about 7 years old. I ran them at 110 on the front and 110 in the rear . I found H rated Michelins in 275's so I put them on and still run the same pressures but feel safer. Michelin reccomended XZE's for motor homes (a little harder to find) so that's what I got. Michelin says you can run 10 years (probably more likely if they are used often and the chemicals work better) and I would feel better about trying that with the H tires

Don Baker put Toyo's on his BMC and they don't make 275's so he put on 295's. I thought that might be too close for the duals but he says they are closer but still OK. He has been happy with them.

But, I guess I'm still a Michelin man.
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Oops, that shoujld have been 100 lbs in the rear tires, not 110
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Lee,

I am running Michelin XZA3 tires and 110 PSI front and rear. Sometimes it is a PITA as my compressor doesn't come on until 100 PSI but I just make it cycle to get the higher pressure.

I weighed my coach and it was 12,000 lbs front, 22,000 lbs rear so the 110 PSI gives me a good cushion.

Anybody use a high pressure CO2 tank like the Jeep guys use?

Link: http://www.powertank.com/category.rv
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I wasn't aware of this CO2 deal but so far it hasn't been a problem with the onboard built in compressor and our Pressure Pros (recommended) and that would be one more thing to carry which don't need.. I only need to add air with these Michelins every 1-2 months and then usually only 1-2 tires. (Even the old G rated ones at 7 years were also like that).

With the Pressure Pros, I don't even check the tires at the valves any more other than to plug the PP in before we go anywhere and everything usually checks out great. If not I will add air then. Pumping the brakes occasionally helps build up the pressure if I need that.
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[QUOTE=bwinter1946;26979]Lee,

Anybody use a high pressure CO2 tank like the Jeep guys use?

I use a 20 pound CO2 tank with 150 or 160 fixed pressure regulator. Have used this for 30 + years. Works great.
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Thanks Curt.

The CO2 tank seems like a good option as I could use it at home, on the road in the Bird, and in my Jeep Cherokee for off road.

May I ask if you bought a "complete tank system" or did you buy a regulator/inflator and just exchange tanks? IE what is your set up please?
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Thanks Curt.

The CO2 tank seems like a good option as I could use it at home, on the road in the Bird, and in my Jeep Cherokee for off road.

May I ask if you bought a "complete tank system" or did you buy a regulator/inflator and just exchange tanks? IE what is your set up please?
I bought the 20 lb. tank at a garage sale, about $10.00. The fixed regulator was about $30.00 from a welding supply story. Yellow curly air hose, quick disconnect for inflate tool, where every they are sold.

I weigh the tank when refilled and every once in a while until it gets down about 20 pounds and fill it up again.
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Curt,

Wow, would I love a deal like that!!!!!!!

Know of anymore?
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Curt,

Wow, would I love a deal like that!!!!!!!

Know of anymore?

A welding supply store will cell you the 20 lb. CO2 tank for approx $80.00 plus the CO2 maybe $20.00. That's some time ago when I check for a friend.
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Thanks Curt, I'll keep my eyes open for a deal. Some of these "complete tank systems" are $350 - $500.
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