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Old 01-22-2016, 12:57 PM   #1
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General Tires vs. Goodyear

I have to replace the original Uniroyal Larado LT 225/75 R16 E tires on my 2013 Sunseeker 2250 SLE on a chevy express van 4500 chassis. The sidewalls are cracked. I was misinformed about the age of the tires when I bought this guy last August. They have a date code of 4411 which makes them much older than what I was told. The above was posted in another thread.

Based on price I have narrowed my tire brands to General or Goodyear.

The shop that can install the Generals is only a few miles from home and also offers the lowest price vs. another brand made in the USA. I found one Goodyear truck tire shop that is about $100 more costly in price and not too far away.

My first question is, does anyone have experience with General Tires and what is that experience?

My second question is the same but for Goodyear Wrangler HT tires.

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Old 01-22-2016, 01:01 PM   #2
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I never had much luck with General. Hard to balance and out of round. I never had much luck with Goodyear either. Wore out fast. For my money I would get Cooper, B.F. Goodrich, Firestone or Michelin. Cheapest isn't always best with tires..
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:31 AM   #3
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My experience has been it depends more on the tire itself vs. the actual manufacturer.

I can say I have never had a bad Cooper, but have only used STTs and AT/3 tires. BF Goodrich KMs are terrible, while their AT is good. Goodyear SRA are one of the worse tires I have ever had for traction, but the Wrangler Kevlar has so far, been great.

So, I have always researched a particular tire brand and a good place to start is Tire Rack and read the customer reviews.

As for General. Years ago I installed a set of Generals on a car and the were great tires up until the car went away. But that was yeas ago....
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I had Generals on my 2004 coachman 25 ft MH, They were on for 10 years and still looked to in great condition, No side wall issues. Decided to change them as we were making the alaska trip went with Firestones, The Firestones have been great tires, 22,000 miles on them and never any problems. I now have a new 2014 sunseeker that also has Firestones on it, 15,000 miles and still running great. It originall had Michelins on it that were recalled but there were no replacment Michelins available so Michelin said they would pay for the Firestones.
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Thanks to all for your replies.
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I have used Coopers on all our SUV's and Trucks. My Jeep had BFG MT and GY Wrangler MT, all worked well. My father's 4x4 f550 have General MT tires and they are monsters on the road.. And off. Depending on your driving habits I would bet they will max out on age before they wear out.
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Have the BFG All Terrain T/A's on my TV; great tires, good traction, quiet & after about 2 years show very little wear. Understand they are made by Michelin. A little pricey, but very pleased. Tried other brands & they were OK, but do not compare the BFG's. Have to remind myself sometimes, you get what you pay for.
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General tires came as OEM on my Ford F350 dually. Got about 37,000 miles on the front and about 70,000 on the rears. Getting ready to replace the fronts again. Getting prices tomorrow on Generals and Michelins...just to compare.
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I have had pop up campers, truck campers, motor homes, and 5th wheels over the last 40 years. I've got so if the vehicle don't have Goodyear, I don't drive around the block.
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Nothing wrong with Generals....they are owned by Continental and mostly made here but some originate in Brazil & Mexico. I would not hesitate to get a pair that meet your needs and would put them on a par with Goodyear.
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