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Old 03-28-2015, 01:07 PM   #1
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Tire Conclusion

It was time for tires on my 2008 Georgetown. They had plenty of tread but they also had lots of cracks all over them and even some deep cuts. I did a lot of digging and calling local places and came across a couple interesting things I thought Iíd share.

First Costco was by-far the cheapest, they canít mount or balance a tire this size but they can order the tire for you. $1804 for 6 Michelin XRVís of the correct size. Thatís CRAZY cheap, so cheap that I think they wouldnít have honored it once they went to order it. But itís worth noting. Checking around it seemed like about $50/ea to have those tires mounted at a local truck stop. So it youíre the DIY type, and donít mind moving around 60 pound tires, you might check out this option.

Calling around I talked to lots of places. Youíre dealing with truck sized tires here so check with your local truck stop / industrial type of places. The best prices where at Les Schwab, I called the big Les Schwab near the big truck stop in Portland, OR since they do truck tires all day every day. Apparently FedExís standard delivery truck uses the same size tires we need. And the big Les Schwab has the local contract for FedEx, so they always have these tires in stock and theyíre at least good enough for FedEx to use.

These Toyoís donít have the UV protection that Michelin XRVís do but they're a lot cheaper too. A set of tires covers will solve the UV problem and only cost me $110 at camping world. And theyíre surprisingly easy to put on and take off if you read up on how to do it properly. (The bungy goes over the top of the tire, but thatís a story for another time) The Toyoís are also slightly different proportions but the overall tire size with within 0.5% of the OEM Michelinís.

Prices I found (for all 6 tires, includes mount and balance):
Toyo M154ís @Les Schwab - $2,386 (This is what I went with)
Michelin XRV @Les Schwab - $3,333
Bridgestone X250ís @ Les Schwab - $3,543

My invoice is attached for more detail.


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Old 03-28-2015, 01:15 PM   #2
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Balancing

Another interesting thing I came across was balancing. Several of the truck stops I talked to just donít do it. Apparently a lot of the over-the-road trucks just donít bother with it. You can see in the invoice above itís pretty cheap. But I guess if youíre running a fleet of trucks it adds up.


I wanted the tires balanced. I can afford the extra money and it can't hurt. This ruled out a lot of places I might have otherwise purchased tires.


One problem is that you canít (or shouldnít) attach a traditional wheel weight to our pretty aluminum rims. The inner rims on the rear is steel, but the other four present an aluminum challenge . So hereís what Les Schwab did for balancing. I watched the whole thing and talked with the guy doing it the whole time.

Front Tires (Aluminum Rims) -- Balanced with sticky wheel weights on inner side of rim.
Inner Rear Tires (Steel Rims) -- Balanced with traditional clamp on wheel weights
Outer Rear Tire (Aluminum Rims) - Balanced with EQUAL

EQUAL is a bag of sand they throw inside the tire. Once you start driving the bag breaks up and the sand provides a dynamic balance.
http://www.imiproducts.com/products/equal/
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:28 PM   #3
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Tire Covers

I bought the AdCo Ultra Tyre Gard tire covers from Camping World, because that's what they had in stock. But I was surprised when I got the XL sized covers home they they didn't fit the tire. They would go over the tire but they left about 6" of the bottom of the tire exposed to sunlight. So I had to go back and buy the bus sized tire cover.

The instructions on the box aren't at all clear. But the bungy cords are intended to be attached and left attached. You then pull the tire cover over the top of the tire and the budgy sits behind the tire on TOP of the wheel hub. Doing it this way pulls the bottom corners up and away from the ground, gives a nice fit. And means you can just slip them on and off.

When I first put them on I was running the bungy around the back of the tire near the ground. Which involved laying down in the rain each time. So I did some goggling and found I was doing it wrong. Maybe my posting this I can prevent you from laying in the rain.

Apparently a lot of people just don't use the bungy cords. It does seem like the covers would stay on just fine without them. Just that the bottom of it would flap in heavy wind.

Tyre Gards Vehicle Tire Covers

Ultra Tyre Gard, Pair - Tire Diameter 40" to 42", Colonial White (For Buses) - ADCO 1949 - Tire Covers - Camping World
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:46 PM   #4
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I bought the AdCo Ultra Tyre Gard tire covers from Camping World, because that's what they had in stock. But I was surprised when I got the XL sized covers home they they didn't fit the tire. They would go over the tire but they left about 6" of the bottom of the tire exposed to sunlight. So I had to go back and buy the bus sized tire cover.

The instructions on the box aren't at all clear. But the bungy cords are intended to be attached and left attached. You then pull the tire cover over the top of the tire and the budgy sits behind the tire on TOP of the wheel hub. Doing it this way pulls the bottom corners up and away from the ground, gives a nice fit. And means you can just slip them on and off.

When I first put them on I was running the bungy around the back of the tire near the ground. Which involved laying down in the rain each time. So I did some goggling and found I was doing it wrong. Maybe my posting this I can prevent you from laying in the rain.

Apparently a lot of people just don't use the bungy cords. It does seem like the covers would stay on just fine without them. Just that the bottom of it would flap in heavy wind.

Tyre Gards Vehicle Tire Covers

Ultra Tyre Gard, Pair - Tire Diameter 40" to 42", Colonial White (For Buses) - ADCO 1949 - Tire Covers - Camping World

Hahahah. I never really figured out those bungee cords. thank you so much for explaining it. Now it makes sense.

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Old 03-28-2015, 04:16 PM   #5
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Hahahah. I never really figured out those bungee cords. thank you so much for explaining it. Now it makes sense.

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Except for the rain.
I can remember rain once maybe twice BUT those golf ball size rocks with the SHARP points are ALWAYS where we stay .

We need 2 for the front next month, THANKS FR.
Will be checking CostCo and local trucking.
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JS...thanks for the nice series of posts...these will be remembered next time we're in the market.
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Old 03-29-2015, 04:22 PM   #7
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I had the Toyo 245/75-R22.5's installed to replace my Mich's last month, and am very pleased with them. The UV protection thing is a bunch of hooey!

I use 303 on mine anyway.

BTW, a bit harder sidewall on the Toyos, but seems to have less sway.
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Just had my 6 tires replaced this weekend with Goodyear G670's on my 2008 315DS SE Gerogetown. Ouch!
Blew out the inside driver's side rear dually coming back from Moab. Tires were manufactured late August and early Sep of 2007. Almost 8 years old so I guess it was time.
Now I'm looking for a good contact at Forest River who can help me with parts for my rig. When the tire blew it tore up the basement compartment box that houses all of my water connections and controls. Looking for the replacement plastic box that is the basement compartment.
Any help there would be appreciated.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:42 AM   #9
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First Costco was by-far the cheapest, they canít mount or balance a tire this size but they can order the tire for you. $1804 for 6 Michelin XRVís of the correct size. Thatís CRAZY cheap, so cheap that I think they wouldnít have honored it once they went to order it. But itís worth noting.
What size tires did you price, I went to Costco web site and they don'tt list the 22.5 that I would need for mine.
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Just had my 6 tires replaced this weekend with Goodyear G670's on my 2008 315DS SE Gerogetown. Ouch!
Blew out the inside driver's side rear dually coming back from Moab. Tires were manufactured late August and early Sep of 2007. Almost 8 years old so I guess it was time.
Now I'm looking for a good contact at Forest River who can help me with parts for my rig. When the tire blew it tore up the basement compartment box that houses all of my water connections and controls. Looking for the replacement plastic box that is the basement compartment.
Any help there would be appreciated.
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You can try to call the georgetown Service Manager from the contact listed from the forum. Other then that you will be either at a salvage yard or the mercy of a dealer. They say they won't sell parts from the factory, but I have done it twice now. Just be real nice. 7 years is along time for tire.
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