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« on: March 20, 2013, 07:39:54 am »

i have made a decision to replace my 6 tires on the 2010 2551S this summer, mainly because the prior owner let it it sit for a year and half in a park. No signs of cracks but the tires were manufactured in 2008. four questions.

Is there a trick to getting wheel covers off?

Has anyone purchased tires at one of the large RV shops such as Lazy Days or Campers World? It seems to me that for a number of reasons i am better off going to a group that deals with wheel covers, valve extensions and balancing large tires than going to a discounter like Costco.

Lastly did anyone move away from the tires that came with RV? Mine are MIchelins 255/75 R16 LTX 5 play (three polyester two steel)

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What do you do about the spare that has never been on the ground and is also 5 years old?
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 08:10:04 am »

GE-MT.....I think you are smart to play it safe and replace your 5 year old tires.  I am sure there are alot of miles left and some say 7 years is the rule  but your life is riding on them so why not paly it safe and not worry going down the road.  There are mnay good brands out there like Toyo, Bridgestone and others  but IMO none come close to Michelins.   Michelins are a little more pricey but the company stands behind their product and I have never had a single problem with  and adjustmnets or even a  replacement.  never any question they just do it.
The front hub caps come off with some heavy prying with a very large screw driver.  I have not had my rears off so am not positive but I am sure they are like my other motor homes in that you will see some dimples in at least two of the lug nut chrome covers, those are the ones that pull off to reveal some slim nuts that you loosen and the entire cover comes off to reveal the stock wheel and lug nuts. 
I would personanlly go to your local truck tire dealer and purchase thru them vs's Camping World since I think they run high on price.   I am sure others on this forum will have differing opinions.   best of luck!
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013, 08:28:25 am »

All four hub caps are just that, hub caps. They all come off using the tire iron to pry them off, just like a hub cap.  Grin

RV tires have an extra amount of oil in the rubber because the manufacture expects them to just sit a lot. When driving the oils come to the suffice to keep the side walls from cracking. Car and truck tires are always on the go, so they do not need all this oil. If there is no cracking on the side walls you should be OK to keep these tires. For Peace of mind you can drive by a tire dealer you trust and have them check your tires. No need to spend money on tires that could go into your gas tank. exactly!
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2013, 08:33:03 am »

I suggest you go to your local reputable tire dealer... they change thousands of tires each year, cars and trucks.  I had to have one of my new Michelins replaced and they took care of me.

Be very careful removing the chrome cover.  It doesn't take too much to deform it.  The person changing my tire was the person was aware of this and took care to make sure it wasn't damaged.
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2013, 08:41:49 am »

This is one of my concerns since I purchased my 2010 2551 which had 20,000 miles on it.  Tires look almost new but again I don't know about if the spare was ever  used.    I am with Family Motor Coach and have been a member for almost ten years and they have a program with Michelin to save money on purchasing their tires with an authorized Michelin dealer.  Since I am going to travel West in the next month I have this concern also.  Don't know if this is of any help. HiThere
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2013, 09:49:31 am »

Look on the side of your tire for DOT and four digets. The first two are the week of the year and the second two are the year of manufacture. 0510 would be the 5 th week or first week of Feb. The year is 2010. If your tires are less than seven years old and you do not see any cracks over 1/4 inch deep, stop worrying and go enjoy yourself.  ThumbsUp
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2013, 10:19:57 am »

This is a follow up. Called FMCA about their program with Michelin that gives a discount on tires. I gave them the code off my tires, 225/75 R16 LTX. She says that they don't have a program for such small tires, commented this is a light truck tire.

That's news to me. I assume all of you have this size too?

But in either case my reason for renewing with FMCA is flawed. Maybe someone can shed light.
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2013, 10:58:57 am »

As posted on the Yahoo forum...

Your 2551 is a light weight E450.  The load on your E-rated tires doesn't compare to huge class Cs so you are not near the limit of the load the tires are designed to handle.  Given your tires have no visual concerns, I would keep using them until specific issues come up which could be a number of years away.  When you see significant (and I do mean significant) sidewall cracking, cracking in between the threads, uneven or severe tire wear, a bulge in a side wall, things like that, then I would think about new tires right away.

If you won't have peace of mind about it, then spend your money and help the tire industry.

But as for me with our 2007 2350 E350, it has the original like-new-looking E rated tires, now with 17,000 miles.  I have no plans to change them until I see a better reason other than going by the calander.  It does help that our rig is kept indoors when not in use.

Our first rig owned for 24 years, I sold it with tires that were 12 years old.  It too had tires rated for a much heavier motor home.  At the time of sale, the tires did start to develop minor side wall and in-between-the-thread cracks, but too small to be of concern.

If our rig was at the weight limit of the tires, I might feel differently.
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2013, 11:36:17 am »

Hello,
      The FMCA Michelin tire program is only for Class A tires, 19 inch or 19.5 inch. I know how you feel, I got it also after hearing about the program, I'm looking forward to next Tue. 3/26/13 when I get to pick up my new PC 3100. First MH for us.

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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2013, 12:09:28 pm »

Congrats--I bet nest Tues can't come soon enough.

You did it the right way--PC 3100 first MH. It took us 4 tries and 3 PC's to get it right! Finally exactly!

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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2013, 12:57:53 pm »

KB90MH....Congrats on the purchase of your new 3100!!!  Two PC's and 5 other MH's previously and our 3100 is absolutely the best coach  for what we want to do.  Perfect size, drives like a dream, layout works well, nicely constructed.  Keep us posted post pick up.   Thanks, Ron
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2013, 07:37:19 pm »

i have made a decision to replace my 6 tires on the 2010 2551S this summer, mainly because the prior owner let it it sit for a year and half in a park. No signs of cracks but the tires were manufactured in 2008. four questions.

Is there a trick to getting wheel covers off?

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Lastly did anyone move away from the tires that came with RV? Mine are MIchelins 255/75 R16 LTX 5 play (three polyester two steel)

Greg Matthews
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What do you do about the spare that has never been on the ground and is also 5 years old?

I would surely run it by a Michelin dealer and get his opinion after doing on-line research at the Michelin site. Reason I say that is I just (within last month) threw away a lot of stuff on tires I had printed off, and IIRC as Ron D pointed out, without cracking 7 years is Michelins thought on when to start thinking about replacement.
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