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jehutch

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RV Purchase
« on: February 03, 2018, 01:42:56 AM »
Looking to purchase a 2004 Fleetwood Bounder 38N motorhome with 22,000 miles.  Date code on tires show 2012.  $2000 to replace current Michelins.
Any suggestions on cheaper brands or stick with Michelins?
Any members with experience with this model?
What to beware of?
Problems?
Good points?

Appreciate any help/advise/cautions/suggestions...!

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jayc2640

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 08:28:35 AM »
Welcome to the forum!  You might want to consider joining FMCA.  They offer members discounts on both Michelin and Continental tires.
- John Coffey
2012 Monaco Lapalma 30 SFS

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 12:31:42 PM »
Lots of excellent tires available at lower prices than Michelins (or the Goodtear RV tires as well).  Identify your tire size and load range and start shopping. Some of the excellent brands with lower prices include, Toyo, Yokohoma, Cooper, Hankook, Kumho, Sumitomo, Firestone, and BF Goodrich. And no, those aren't "China bombs" - they are all respected international brands.   You might also find some deals on Continental and Bridgestones in your size.

BF Goodrich is a Michelin-owned brand and in the 19.5" and 22" sizes they are often identical to their Michelin counterpart, yet lower priced.
Gary
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Home: Ocala National Forest, FL

CharlesinGA

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 08:00:37 PM »
I bought Michelins thru the FMCA Michelin Advantage program. I got them from the largest tire DISTRIBUTOR in Georgia, who also does tire repair/installation on trucks at their Atlanta warehouse. I was told that my price (LT225R75/16) was $10 each less than their cost!. I did not consider their installation and balance cost unusual. They told me they did at least one motorhome a week on the FMCA program and actually had one office person who was an expert at knowing the system and its paperwork. It was easy and painless (other then the damage to the wallet).

If I had done anything else I probably would have bought Toyo on the best deal I could find, as I have read a lot of good things from folks on the RV forums about them.

Charles
2007 Winnebago View 523H, 2006 Dodge (Daimler-Chrysler aka Mercedes) Sprinter 3500 chassis. Bought Sept 2015 with 18K miles, Prog Ind HW30C, Prog Dynamics PD4645, Chill Grille, Fanstatic Fan Ultrabreeze, PML/Yourcovers.com deep alum trans pan, Roadmaster sway bar

WILDEBILL308

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 10:33:38 PM »
Looking to purchase a 2004 Fleetwood Bounder 38N motorhome with 22,000 miles.  Date code on tires show 2012.  $2000 to replace current Michelins.
Any suggestions on cheaper brands or stick with Michelins?
Any members with experience with this model?
What to beware of?
Problems?
Good points?
Appreciate any help/advise/cautions/suggestions...!
New member, just joined.
Welcome to the world of Bounders. I just used the FMCA program to put Continentals on my coach. They were over $100.00 cheaper each than the sale price of the Michelins.
Yes I have a little experience with Bounder.
Bill

2003 Bounder 38N
300 HP 5.9 Cummins
Allison 3000MH Trans.
Towing 2014 Honda CRV
Home base Fort Worth, Texas
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
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NSRVer

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 06:32:44 AM »
Just remember you get what you pay for. Also watch the DOT code on the tires, first 2 numbers is the week and the last 2 is the year. ( 0618 ) would be week 06 of 2018.

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2018, 08:37:27 AM »
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Just remember you get what you pay for.

Conceptually true, but price is not always a reliable indicator. For example, where brand name recognition is an important factor, advertising and distribution channel overhead can substantially increase pricing without any real benefit to the buyer.
Gary
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Summers: Black Mountain, NC
Home: Ocala National Forest, FL

WILDEBILL308

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2018, 10:43:23 AM »
I will put the Continental's up agents the Michelins any day. I already have over 8000 miles on them. I think they ride as good or better than the Michelins.
Bill
2003 Bounder 38N
300 HP 5.9 Cummins
Allison 3000MH Trans.
Towing 2014 Honda CRV
Home base Fort Worth, Texas
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
-Mark Twain-

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2018, 11:05:03 AM »
I believe that Michelin makes good RV tires, but so do other tire manufacturers. And some of them cost substantially less than Michelins. Any good brand of tire should have no trouble lasting 7 to 8 years on an RV if they're properly maintained. We have Michelins now, and while they've been good tires, I doubt we'll replace them with Michelins. We're not going to wear our next set of tires out (unfortunately) we're going to age them out - just like we did our Michelins.

Kev
2011 Winnebago Tour 42QD
Towing a Jeep Rubicon Unlimited LJ
RVI Brake 2, Minder TM-66 TPMS, 960 watts of solar
(Can't wait to spend more time RVing)
Lakeside, California

malexander

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2018, 03:40:42 PM »
Jehutch, I sent you a PM.
Marshall Alexander
2007 Fleetwood Bounder 38N DP, 2008 GL 1800 Goldwing, 2007 VTX 1300, Cessna 150 & 172, Rans S19 Venterra

petepell

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2018, 08:53:13 PM »
BFGOODRICH 225/70R19.5 - $293.44 each through FMCA.  Not too shabby.  That's a lot less than what my current tires cost and I have the exact same brand on right now.
2001 Fleetwood Bounder 39z

banjosimpa

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2018, 08:16:04 PM »
How much time did your current tires have before you replaced them?  Was time or tread wear the reason for replacement?

I ask because I recently purchased a 2013 Winnebago Vista w/ 17,000 miles on original tires.  At five plus years on them I am starting research on what/when to replace them.
Al & Pat
2013 Winnie Vista 26HE

Ernie n Tara

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2018, 11:57:18 AM »
I replaced six good looking tires in 2016 because of age. Mileage was about 25, 000 and hardly worn.

Ernie
Ernie 'n Tara

2011 Winn Journey 34y
2012 Jeep Rubicon - Dozer (orange - kinda)
2006 Jeep Wrangler

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Re: RV Purchase
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2018, 07:08:06 PM »
How much time did your current tires have before you replaced them?  Was time or tread wear the reason for replacement?

I ask because I recently purchased a 2013 Winnebago Vista w/ 17,000 miles on original tires.  At five plus years on them I am starting research on what/when to replace them.
Look at the date codes on the tire not the year of the coach. They could be older. I would look at the FMCA tire discount program.
Bill
2003 Bounder 38N
300 HP 5.9 Cummins
Allison 3000MH Trans.
Towing 2014 Honda CRV
Home base Fort Worth, Texas
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
-Mark Twain-