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Old 09-21-2018, 11:25 AM   #1
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NEW RV tire changeover ?

Wondering about the experiences folks have had when they purchase a new RV.

It would help my study if you could reply to these questions:
1. Did you ask/request the tires be changed?
2. If yes, did you change brand or size or both?
3. About how much were you charged?
4. If you asked, did any dealer you were shopping at refuse to do a changeover?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

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Old 09-23-2018, 10:01 AM   #2
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When I bought this rig new
1. NO
2. N/A
3. N/A
4. Did not ask

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Old 09-23-2018, 10:09 AM   #3
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I have a $45 Harbor Fright tire changer. I replaced the ST tires myself as soon as I got my new trailer home.

BTW - if you buy tires from Walmart, they mount them for free...but you have to take the wheels off the trailer yourself to have it done.
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:20 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by SeaDog View Post
When I bought this rig new
1. NO
2. N/A
3. N/A
4. Did not ask

Last 2 camping trailers same as above. Had no issues with the tires that came on the trailer. Used the tires 5 years before changing out.

1. No
2 n/A
3 N/A
4. Did not ask why change them (No need)

I might mention our regular RV dealer does not have the capability to switch (change tires) tires in that they are a three man operation and do not do any tire work. They would have to carry the tires 10 miles for repair replacement.

Not in your question but there are no dealers here that will put LT tires on a trailer unless them came with them.

For hobby use but travel I have a total of 16 ST tries on trailer an never had an issue with China made tires. This is other than dry rot after a few years.


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Old 09-23-2018, 12:57 PM   #5
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I just changed tires on our Flagstaff 27RLWS trailer. I had the new tires mounted and balance at a local tire store, I bought the tires and rims from E-trailer. I had to buy rims as I moved up to loads range D tires from C, and the old rims wouldn't handle the D tire pressures.
The tire shop charged me $18 a tire, which I felt was reasonable. I went with the same brand of tires, Westlake, as I have put 20,000 miles on the original ones and never had a flat tire. I had to add air about once every 6 mo., and it was only a couple of pounds.
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Old 09-23-2018, 03:44 PM   #6
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Tire Exchange

When I purchased my Forrest River 32' Signature Series fifth wheel I checked the tires and found they were "C" rated. I asked if they could be upgraded to "E"'s and was told no. The trailer I was trading in had Maxxis "E" rated tires less than two years old. After a long discussion, in which I almost walked away from the deal, the sales manager swapped the tires at no cost to me.

Some people may think I lost money on that deal but it gave me peace of mind knowing I had four reliable tires under my rig. I ran those tires for three more years and several thousand miles before I replaced them with new E rated Maxxis tires.
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Old 09-23-2018, 04:06 PM   #7
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if it helps when i bough mine home i had e rated tire put on to replace the not quite up to the task d rated . then sold the tires that came off to recoup my costs made half my money back . i don't think it's so much bad tires as people do not maintain them ie pressures and valve stems i'd wager are at fault for 50% of tire failures
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:09 PM   #8
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I wanted to exchange the year old 10 ply E rated tires on our old trailer for the 8 ply D rated china bombs on the new trailer.

Dealer wanted $650 to make trade.

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Old 09-23-2018, 08:36 PM   #9
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You'll find owners with lighter RV's getting by with China made ST tires. Unfortunately few to none (ST) are made in US of A. As for owners with heavier RV's as in 12500+ you'll find post after post on about any brand's website of ST tire failures. We had Goodyear MaraBombs on our 2011 Montana that didn't last 3000 miles. Tread separation and bulges in the sidewalls. Several of our RVing acquaintances had similar issues with the MaraBombs in that time period. We went with Michelin LT truck tires and had complete peace of mind as our weight was within the LT tires capability. When we switched brands, we swapped tires when we picked up our Silverback. It was on our own dime though as CW did not have an inhouse tire facility and wouldn't budge on throwing in the swap in the deal. We had no problem with any tire store in the area mounting LT's on the fiver's rims.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:30 PM   #10
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1. NO.

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