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Old 10-06-2011, 11:26 AM   #1
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Another Tire Question

I am in the market for new tires for my 8319. Does anyone have any experience with Akuret tires? My local RV dealer sells them and I can't find much information about them concerning reviews. They don't appear to be made in the US.
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Old 10-06-2011, 01:43 PM   #2
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I would buy from a tire dealer not an rv dealer who sells tires.
in my opinion .

search within the forum about tires youll find more than you ever wanted to know about rv tires !
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:17 PM   #3
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You can't go wrong with Goodyear Marathons in my opinion.

Since ST tires are not stocked by most Goodyear dealers they will have to order them for you. This is GOOD. If you specify to the Goodyear dealer you want American made Marathons they will tell the warehouse to only ship the ones made in Gadsden Alabama. Tire code "MD"

This will almost guarantee you will also get FRESH tires and not some "out of country" crap that has been laying around the RV dealer's back room for 10 years.

My Goodyear's were 3 months old when I bought them. Not bad since the OEM tires were 18 months old when the NEW camper was delivered to the dealer.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:55 PM   #4
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How do you tell what country tires were made in if it doesn't say on them?Is there a code or something on them?
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:07 PM   #5
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How do you tell what country tires were made in if it doesn't say on them?Is there a code or something on them?
DOT Codes

There is a 4 letter code right after the DOT mold mark.
The first two letters are where and who made the tire.

MD is Goodyear at the Gadsden Alabama plant.

Look for the mold mark in my second photo MDHH
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Thanks for the info,I looked mine up and unfortunately they are made in China.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:15 PM   #7
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Just because they are made in China does NOT make them bad. It is who they make them FOR that makes them bad.

For example, Goodyear (or BF Goodrich or Michelin, or other Quality company) has plants in china as well as the USA (and many other countries). I would have NO FEAR of putting one on my car or camper. Why? Because they must pass TWO quality assurance processes to be sold in the USA. One from the DOT and the other from the name brand company who stakes their reputation on that tire.

Abracadabra Tires only has to send a few tires to the DOT and get them to pass the MINIMUM acceptable standard to get sold here. Who checks the production run? Who do you go to when you tire falls apart due to a manufacturing defect?

Even if they honor the warranty (good luck finding a tire young enough - though "new" to even be covered by a warranty), they will replace it with a tire just as bad. When C******e offered to "work with me" on the blow out on my 13 month old camper, (OBTW not help with the damage to the wheel well) they were going to give me a reduced price on an identical crappy C rated tire; PROVIDED I shipped them the bad tires (there were 3 on the camper by that time) at my cost; AND IF they decided it was their fault.

Well just pucker up buddy and plant it right here.
My next stop was the Goodyear dealer.

This was also the first time I realized my local dealer's back shop sucked. They told me to look through my paperwork for the phone number to C******e's warranty person; I would have to deal directly with them. Also so much for the VERY expensive "Extended Warranty" I was sold by that dealership too. Did not cover tire(s) or tire damage to the camper (small print).

Did they mention a second year warranty by FR? NO, THEY DID NOT.
God, I am ticked off all over again...
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:53 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info Lou!
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