Tires: where do I even start?!

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Hello!!! I’m so glad I stumbled on to this page(I think 🥴)I belong to several FB groups, but often times I feel as though I’m lucky if I can get my question answered by someome who has “been there, done that.” We own a 2000 Fleetwood Jamboree Rallye 32027V on a Chevy 3500 with the big block engine(ppl had to tell me about the engine as I am not a gear head). We bought Shelly(yes, she has a name!) in 2018 from the original owner. We live in East Texas and she’s been outside for several years before we got her. We need to invest in new tires. I can see date codes of 2015/16. And I can see cracking. We are a family of 5. I want to be safe!! Already had 1 blow out last year on driver rear inside that was a little wild— no damage PTL! I get buying 6 new(bought new spare after using old spare for flat replacement)— how do I find the correct tire for my rig?? How do I find shops to install? I don’t want to get ripped off for just not knowing or because it’s a MH.
I will provide photos of labels/stickers. I did find weight info inside closet— thanks to reading another post on this forum ✅
I appreciate everyone’s time and knowledge!
 

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Hi Momma, welcome to the RV Forum!

You need to confirm your tire size - it's not on the stickers you posted. There may be another sticker inside the driver's door giving the original tire size and load rating. Or look at the tires you have now.

The good news is your Class C likely uses 16" tires, most likely 225x75x16. When I had a motorhome with 16" tires I found the best deal at Discount Tires. The motorhome wouldn't fit through their shop door so they pulled it up just outside the shop and used a couple of hand jacks to get the tires on and off.

What you're looking for are tires with the proper size and Load Rating. Like I said, 16" tires are widely available. I'd stay away from the cheapest tires but anything from medium priced on up should be fine.
 

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there should be a label around the driver's door frame that shows the tires, type and size like the one here. that will tell you what tires are intended for the vehicle.
I second the recommendation for Discount tires. They tend to have knowledgeable people who are very helpful.
 

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Welcome aboard! I live in TX also and used to be out between Van & Lindale, about 15 miles from Tyler. I also like Discount Tire and put new tires on our travel trailer at Discount Tire in Tyler. There are two of them, and I went to the one on south Broadway. What you are looking for should look something like this.
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I also found a brochure for the 2000 Rallye to download if you wish.
 
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FYI, that tire for a typical Class C will probably cost about $200 each, so they are a major investment, but it is really important that you have good tires for the safety of your family.

You might want to use you cell phone to take a photo of the tires where it shows all the numbers. Not only do you want to get the right size, but you want the right load rating. For example, mine are Es, I believe, and can carry 2,500 pounds each. That should be printed on the tires.

Also, when they install the new tires, make sure they are selling you recent tires and not ones that have been in storage for years. I always personally check them, which irritates the tire dealer, but I don't care!!

And make sure they put the right amount of air in them. That information should be on one of the documents you posted.
 

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Well sir, we just moved from Palestine to Freestone county— I spent many a day in Tyler. Thanks for heads up on location to use.
 

3CMomma

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FYI, that tire for a typical Class C will probably cost about $200 each, so they are a major investment, but it is really important that you have good tires for the safety of your family.

You might want to use you cell phone to take a photo of the tires where it shows all the numbers. Not only do you want to get the right size, but you want the right load rating. For example, mine are Es, I believe, and can carry 2,500 pounds each. That should be printed on the tires.

Also, when they install the new tires, make sure they are selling you recent tires and not ones that have been in storage for years. I always personally check them, which irritates the tire dealer, but I don't care!!

And make sure they put the right amount of air in them. That information should be on one of the documents you posted.
Heck yeah!! I’m all about those fresh tires!! I need to share I spent 15 years at Walmart-with several in management—including helping out with tire& lube. What got me questioning my thoughts on this was a post about how some tires(even the spec ones) aren’t able to handle the weight well when fully loaded( people, stuff, etc) and that some ppl upped the tires. That never occurred to me to be an issue.

We’re blessed to be able to pay for 6 new ones at once— and I’m okay to pay for the brand—as long as it performs. My grandpa was a Michelin guy. But if those or Goodyear’s aren’t worth the $$ due to lack of performance, I’m open to suggestions ✅
 

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Hi Momma, welcome to the RV Forum!

You need to confirm your tire size - it's not on the stickers you posted. There may be another sticker inside the driver's door giving the original tire size and load rating. Or look at the tires you have now.

The good news is your Class C likely uses 16" tires, most likely 225x75x16. When I had a motorhome with 16" tires I found the best deal at Discount Tires. The motorhome wouldn't fit through their shop door so they pulled it up just outside the shop and used a couple of hand jacks to get the tires on and off.

What you're looking for are tires with the proper size and Load Rating. Like I said, 16" tires are widely available. I'd stay away from the cheapest tires but anything from medium priced on up should be fine.
That size is currently on Shelly—and I haven’t been able to find that sticker… I shared in a reply to Judy about me questioning the size. Thanks for the welcome ☺️
 

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Please do us a favor. Go outside and look at your tires. Besides brand name you should see letters/numbers starting with LT. Write the combination down and post it for us. There are lots of tires for your MH ranging from cheap (Chinese off brands) to expensive (Michelins, Toyos). All will give you reasonable life experience. Unless your traveling a lot of miles shy away from the expensive brands. Instead pick a brand/price based on your 5 year miles. For instance Hankook offers some pretty decent tires at fair prices, but don't expect 50,000 miles out of them. Michelin on the other hand will return 40-50,000 miles but at nearly twice the price. For middle of the road I like Yokahamas. Quiet decent ride at a middle of the road price.
 

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to Freestone county

Discount Tire Waco​

5101 W Waco Dr
Waco, TX 76710

Discount Tire College Station​

4470 State Highway 6 S
College Station, TX 77845

or.....
2321 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX 77840

Discount Tire Temple​

721 Sw H K Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX 76502
 

3CMomma

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Please do us a favor. Go outside and look at your tires. Besides brand name you should see letters/numbers starting with LT. Write the combination down and post it for us. There are lots of tires for your MH ranging from cheap (Chinese off brands) to expensive (Michelins, Toyos). All will give you reasonable life experience. Unless your traveling a lot of miles shy away from the expensive brands. Instead pick a brand/price based on your 5 year miles. For instance Hankook offers some pretty decent tires at fair prices, but don't expect 50,000 miles out of them. Michelin on the other hand will return 40-50,000 miles but at nearly twice the price. For middle of the road I like Yokahamas. Quiet decent ride at a middle of the road price.
Yes sir can do! I’m more than happy to search for the tires…. But I’m wanting to confirm this size is accurate. I’ve posted also the only other stickers I’ve found…. I’m about to be out of pocket until this evening. Thanks y’all!
 

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3CMomma

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Discount Tire Waco​

5101 W Waco Dr
Waco, TX 76710

Discount Tire College Station​

4470 State Highway 6 S
College Station, TX 77845

or.....
2321 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX 77840

Discount Tire Temple​

721 Sw H K Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX 76502
Thank you! If you’ve had good experiences with south Broadway location, I’ll probably head that way. It’s kinda on the way to my in-laws so it would be worth the trip.
 

3CMomma

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Hello!!! I’m so glad I stumbled on to this page(I think 🥴)I belong to several FB groups, but often times I feel as though I’m lucky if I can get my question answered by someome who has “been there, done that.” We own a 2000 Fleetwood Jamboree Rallye 32027V on a Chevy 3500 with the big block engine(ppl had to tell me about the engine as I am not a gear head). We bought Shelly(yes, she has a name!) in 2018 from the original owner. We live in East Texas and she’s been outside for several years before we got her. We need to invest in new tires. I can see date codes of 2015/16. And I can see cracking. We are a family of 5. I want to be safe!! Already had 1 blow out last year on driver rear inside that was a little wild— no damage PTL! I get buying 6 new(bought new spare after using old spare for flat replacement)— how do I find the correct tire for my rig?? How do I find shops to install? I don’t want to get ripped off for just not knowing or because it’s a MH.
I will provide photos of labels/stickers. I did find weight info inside closet— thanks to reading another post on this forum ✅
I appreciate everyone’s time and knowledge!
Btw, the photo is me dressed up for Halloween as Casino Carol headed to the bingo😎
 

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While the tires that are on it today is a data point I would spec the new tires based on what should be, not necessarily what is presently on the vehicle. It would be a harsh lesson to find out after the fact that there was a tire better suited for your purposes, no telling what the motivation was or deception perpetrated on the previous owner that resulted in the current tire selection. Given the rim size and chassis weights there are only a certain number of tires that will work at all but I would want to know what my options were before picking one, and in deference to current company, what folks on an internet forum would decide for me. I'm kind of a tire snob and have bought enough of them in my life to know what I like, and I get that it's all a bunch of gobbledygook to look at spec sheets. But in general, once the operating parameters are decided upon the choices will be limited to just a few and the decision not difficult from that point.

Mark B.
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Looking up the tire guide for your truck, assuming it to be a dual rear tires, you probably have the right tires now. I come up with the proper tire as a 225/75R16 in a load range E.
 

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Looking up the tire guide for your truck, assuming it to be a dual rear tires, you probably have the right tires now. I come up with the proper tire as a 225/75R16 in a load range E.
Awesome! Where does one find the tire guide?? And yes, dual rear tires.
 

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There is one built into the website of Discount Tire and I also use the one on Tire Rack website just to make sure that they agree. Just about any major tire seller will have on online.
 

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While the tires that are on it today is a data point I would spec the new tires based on what should be, not necessarily what is presently on the vehicle. It would be a harsh lesson to find out after the fact that there was a tire better suited for your purposes, no telling what the motivation was or deception perpetrated on the previous owner that resulted in the current tire selection. Given the rim size and chassis weights there are only a certain number of tires that will work at all but I would want to know what my options were before picking one, and in deference to current company, what folks on an internet forum would decide for me. I'm kind of a tire snob and have bought enough of them in my life to know what I like, and I get that it's all a bunch of gobbledygook to look at spec sheets. But in general, once the operating parameters are decided upon the choices will be limited to just a few and the decision not difficult from that point.

Mark B.
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I’m cool to look at spec sheets and do the research… I’m just trying to find out how to confirm/verify what is currently on it to be correct size, the performance of brands etc. I want a reputable site/guide with step-by-step instructions on how to gather said info to determine the size tires. I’m a trust-but-verify person. It’s important to me to know how to collect the needed info to calculate the correct info so o can recall the process in the future—and I love all of the wisdom online forums offer—I can then research and go my own way.
While the tires that are on it today is a data point I would spec the new tires based on what should be, not necessarily what is presently on the vehicle. It would be a harsh lesson to find out after the fact that there was a tire better suited for your purposes, no telling what the motivation was or deception perpetrated on the previous owner that resulted in the current tire selection. Given the rim size and chassis weights there are only a certain number of tires that will work at all but I would want to know what my options were before picking one, and in deference to current company, what folks on an internet forum would decide for me. I'm kind of a tire snob and have bought enough of them in my life to know what I like, and I get that it's all a bunch of gobbledygook to look at spec sheets. But in general, once the operating parameters are decided upon the choices will be limited to just a few and the decision not difficult from that point.

Mark B.
Albuquerque, NM
 

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Open the drivers door. There should be a tag listing VIN, date chassis built, tire specs, etc. But I'm guessing that what you have is correct. They should have a 3042 or there abouts load rating. If in doubt call your local Ford dealer with the VIN and ask them what would have come new on the chassis.
BFG Commercial TAs are a really good tire, so if it's in your budget I would not hesitate to instal the same again.
 

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Open the drivers door. There should be a tag listing VIN, date chassis built, tire specs, etc. But I'm guessing that what you have is correct. They should have a 3042 or there abouts load rating. If in doubt call your local Ford dealer with the VIN and ask them what would have come new on the chassis.
BFG Commercial TAs are a really good tire, so if it's in your budget I would not hesitate to instal the same again.
Yes sir, I’ve checked the door wells, etc. the tag isn’t there 🤷🏻‍♀️I even popped the hood just to make sure. Idk if calling a Chevy dealer would do any good. I’ll try that tomorrow. Thanks!
 
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