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Never hear much about Firestone tires for RVs. Is it because they're not making RV tires or for some other reason? We've got Firestone tires on our coach and they are nice. I know that our ride takes a larger tire than most - we're running FS400 315/80R2.5 right now, which even for our coach is too much tire. They give a nice ride and seem to be holding up well.

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manholt   

Richard.

I have had Firestone, on a lot of cars and motorhomes, running 16 and 19 inch rim....never thought about them on a DP!  I got 315/80R/22.5 on steer axle, Mitchelins.  You may be on to some thing!!!

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Maybe so - the guy I bought the coach from ran lots of buses in commercial service, so I'm sure he installed what he had on hand when he put the tires on our coach. The FS400 is a commercial tire and that might be why it holds up so well. They're more pricey than other options, but I'd probably install them again unless someone can present a good reason why another tire is a better option. We're not anywhere as heavy as some Class A rigs being sold, so I'm sure that others can benefit from the commercial tires as well.

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fagnaml   

My "two cents" is purchase the "best value" tire.   When I purchased my motorhome 2-1/2 years ago from a consignment dealer in Houston (PPL Motorhomes) it needed a full set of new tires.   PPL recommended Goodyear G661 HSA tires as they were more readily available and around $100 per tire cheaper than "RV" tires from Goodyear and Michelin.   My tires are 255/70R22.5 "H" load rating as required by the Freightliner tire specification sticker.    The Goodyear G661 HSA's have provided a comfortable ride and look nearly new after 10,000 miles of use.  They cost about $600 per tire installed.

I was not a member of FMCA at the time I purchased the motorhome and new tires so I don' know how the price I paid compares to equivalent tires from FMCA's tire purchasing program.

Here is a link to the sales brochure for Goodyear G661 HSA tires --> https://www.goodyeartrucktires.com/pdf/resources/publications/sellsheets/g661_hsa_sellsheet_oct_2015.pdf\

Also, during "lunch time" Googling, I found the Modern Tire Dealer website which has a qualitative (?) ranking of top quality commercial truck/bus tires from a 2016 survey.  I'd think the "fleet owner rankings" provide a better view of actual tire performance.   Michelin and Bridgestone have a close "first place" ranking followed by Goodyear/Yokohoma/Firestone in a tight "second place".   The fleet owner quality ratings start to fall off with Toyo and other brands --> http://www.moderntiredealer.com/uploads/stats/page-26-chart.pdf

Given that quality rankings for the "top five" are "pretty darn close", I'd suggest pricing each brand and chose the lowest cost set of tires.

I'm anxious to see TireMan's responses to this topic.

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I too have the Goodyear HSA tires and the ride, wear and appearance after 3 years and 20 thousand miles is as expected. Perfectly happy and the price was fine as well at $500 each mounted and balanced.

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