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Old 12-14-2018, 03:22 PM   #1
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Trailer Life: LTE

For years I have suggested Trailer Life as enjoyable light reading and a somewhat useful source of information. No longer.

This is my letter to the editor (LTE) of TL. It speaks for itself.

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I've been a subscriber since purchasing my rig in 2014. I am very disappointed in "Get a Grip" (January 2019, pg. 42) on tow vehicle tires. Whether deliberate or an oversight, omitting Michelin from an article on truck/SUV tires is inexcusable. In your words, "Since everything is riding on the tires," leaving out what is arguably the best tire brand worldwide (according to THE leading consumer magazine) leads me to believe I cannot trust the content in Trailer Life.

I have, for years, carried two gift subscriptions along with my own. I will not be renewing any of them.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:32 PM   #2
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Probably because Michelin wouldn't pay TL to include their tires, like the other companies did.
Or they wouldn't supply free tires.
It's the game you have to play.

Not that big a deal. And I'm a big fan of Michelins.
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:54 PM   #3
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Nothing to get excited about.
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Old 12-14-2018, 06:51 PM   #4
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Don’t see where its a big deal. Michelin is a good tire but there are many other good brands. I’d like to see the article. May subscribe.
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:04 PM   #5
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Probably because Michelin wouldn't pay TL to include their tires, like the other companies did.
Or they wouldn't supply free tires.
It's the game you have to play.

Not that big a deal. And I'm a big fan of Michelins.

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The game is played that way in other industry mags as well.
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:12 PM   #6
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Trailer Life, Good Sam, Camping World and all products or services are not purchased by me. The articles in TL are advertorials not RV Journalism which is what I would expect.
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:30 PM   #7
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In my humble opinion Michelin is in the same category as Bose Speakers. You are not paying for the quality of product you are paying for the advertising so you think you are getting a quality product.
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Probably because Michelin wouldn't pay TL to include their tires, like the other companies did.
Or they wouldn't supply free tires.
It's the game you have to play.

Not that big a deal. And I'm a big fan of Michelins.

Tend to agree and last tv had Michelin and where great. First vehicle I had with those tires. Ready to install on my new Ram.

I've been getting Trailer life for a long time they hit and miss on articles but over all pretty good reading. Later RJD
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:52 PM   #9
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Two sets of those crappy tires, never again.
I have better luck with the ST tires I buy for my trailer!
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:56 PM   #10
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Ditto on the Bose and Michelin. As for Bose, ask any audio engineer. Not the great speaker they are made out to be, and more expensive than many comparable,

I had 3 sets of michelin LT tires within 5 years have to be sidelined due to bad sidewall cracking. First set, not covered as I was not the original owner, despite the dealer putting them on the vehicle to sell it to me. Second set failed same way. 3rd set bought as what was supposed to be warranted. Michelin ended up not covering them as it was caused by ozone. Sold the van they were on less than a year later to my neighbor. They too failed. The tires were driven daily and very well maintained. Again, not warranted due to ozone. See ya Michelin. Not ever going there again. You have lost a loyal customer. Currently have Firestones on a nearly identical vehicle. Driven under the same conditions, parked in the same assigned spot at work and driveway. Almost 5 years, 40,000 miles, no cracking or issues.

Oh, by the way, the Phoenix metro area is not one of the higher ozone capitals in this country either, and the “Michelin Man” could not explain away the failures.
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