Replacing Motorhome Tires

 

This is the first time I've taken a motorhome to get new tires.  My previous used Class A came with new tires as part of the purchase.

The first thing I learned was an automotive tire shop typically lacks the ability to work with such large vehicles, and the larger tires.  I ended up going to a truck shop, which deals with big rigs, and RVs.  This was an easy and routine job for them.

I had priced tires online, and to my surprise, the local shop had slightly better prices.  They make their profit on mounting and balancing.  Total job, including 6 new Michelin RV tires, and a new spare wheel, just under $3K.

My RV was only a few years old, and had less than 14K miles.  Why the need to replace them?  I've had Goodyear tires on 2 RV, and multiple vans and trucks.  They ALL track poorly, and shake, despite age, or miles, or repeated balancing.  The trip to the tire shop was a white knuckle ride.  Anything over 45 MPH, and the vehicle shook terribly.  After the new Michelin tires were installed, it was like a new RV.  Tracks perfectly, zero shake.  Google "Goodyear tire problems", you'll see I'm not alone.  Expensive, yes, but worth every penny!

 


Very low miles on the tires, and the chassis.

The truck shop doesn't use a lift to remove the wheels.  They have 4 large pneumatic jacks to raise the entire vehicle in the parking lot.

A better view of the jacks.

Balancing is optional, but I want the best ride possible.

They actually used a torque wrench to tighten the lugnuts.  Many places just use an impact gun, and potentially overtighten the lugnuts, which can warp the rotors.  They also included brass valve stem extenders, allowing easy tire inflation once the wheel simulators are installed.

Tires ain't pretty, nor cheap, but it makes the RV a joy to drive.

 

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