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Old 02-14-2010, 09:35 PM   #1
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At my fire station we started putting michelin tires on all our trucks. They cost more but we are hard on trucks and they hold up.
Our ladder tower is 43 ft long and weighs 60,000 lbs. and we have lug tires on the rear and high way tires on the front. I can find out what they are if you want me to. My be I can post pictures.
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:07 PM   #2
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Michelins are good, more money, but good tires. I have 4 new Yokohamas on the rear of my bus and I like them. Good tread pattern for a quiet ride on the pavement, yet enough tread for going off the road to the random-camp sites that we go to in the mountains. The front of my bus has Toyo tires, but I won't be using them again. Never seemed to be able to balance them properly. They are almost worn out, so I will likely get a pair of Yokohamas to replace them. In all honesty, just make sure to buy a brand name tire in the tread design most suited for your driving conditions. Avoid retreads unless you absolutely cannot afford any others, even then they may not save you much money if one decides to let go on the highway. And, if you are spending that much for 6 tires, get a wheel alignment. It will save you from premature wear on those new boots!
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Smitty, you're probably already aware, but your steering tires on your bus are the most important, and in my opinion no one should skimp when it comes to them, especially. Michelin doesn't even carry my size tires anymore, so I'm stuck with g.y....not that I can find a thing wrong with them other than having to travel to get them. It makes not a lot of sense to me that some tire shops only cater to passenger vehicles- especially a major named tire company like g.y..
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I'm going to play devil's advocate here, but I have cheap bias ply tires. Yes, they will wear out quicker than the expensive radials. They also won't handle as well and will hurt my mileage. But...I'm not going to wear them or radials out. I just don't think my bus would last that long no matter what. I'm sure they hurt my handling, but I'm driving a 10 ton death machine. I promise that going from driving a Chevy pickup daily to the bus I'm not going to notice it. Finally, yes, I'm sure they hurt my mileage, but at 8 mpg I'm not going to feel it for a long time, and certainly not enough over the course of the life of the bus to justify the cost difference. Now I know you plan to travel more, Smitty, so take that into account, but don't rule out the cheap tires just because they have a few downfalls that accompany their greatly reduced price.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:09 AM   #5
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Smitty, I buy tires for a utility truck fleet where I work. I buy Firestone and have execellent service from them.
They are great tires but don't kick you in the wallet as bad as Michelins Or GY. Sounds to me that you probably need open shoulder tires for the rear and just straight steer tires on the front.--Jerry
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Between the bus and my crawler that was daily driver forever it took me a long time to get used to driving with radial tires. I still don't like looking at my tires and always thinking they're flat with the sidewall bulge they show. I will admit though...my Coopers do better on the highway than my Super Swampers ever did.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:51 PM   #7
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I'm just thinking for the future, but before the bus sees much road-time, I want to put a fresh set of skins all-round (all 6). I don't have any experience with large tires (other than mudders ). I want a good hi-way tire, and they will see some "mild" off-road use. I'm talking boondocking, not off-roading Dirt, sod, and hopefully a little desert.

Michelin or Goodyear? Any particular style?

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And sing my super swampers do. On a clear night they are audible for 2 miles through the trees. It makes for a less pleasant experience on long drives, that's for sure. My tires are just little guys though cause it's just a little truck...36x12.5-15 Super Swamper SX's. Much bigger than that and I think I'd be spending more times swapping birfields than actually driving. As it is I really need to come up with the coin for Longfields. 36's and a healthy V-8 on stock Toyota axles is pushing the limits, that's for sure. My LTB's were screamers too...
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Smitty, I buy tires for a utility truck fleet where I work. I buy Firestone and have execellent service from them.
They are great tires but don't kick you in the wallet as bad as Michelins Or GY. Sounds to me that you probably need open shoulder tires for the rear and just straight steer tires on the front.--Jerry
What's an open shoulder tire? When you're talking Firestone, are you talking radials?

t_e03- The best part about 40-44" tires is listening to them sing

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Open shoulder would be an all around tire(highway and off-road) without having the big heavy lugs. Yes I'm talking radials.
Go to Firestone web and check them out. Look at the t-831-not what you would want on a skoolie but that is what we run here because we are off road alot.--Jerry
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I'm just thinking for the future, but before the bus sees much road-time, I want to put a fresh set of skins all-round (all 6). I don't have any experience with large tires (other than mudders ). I want a good hi-way tire, and they will see some "mild" off-road use. I'm talking boondocking, not off-roading Dirt, sod, and hopefully a little desert.

Michelin or Goodyear? Any particular style?

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Front...Hankook, Kumho, etc.
lol....like I'd take your advice

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