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Old 09-23-2015, 05:20 PM   #51
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I had Yokohama Geolanders on my Ford Explorer. When I replaced them, I could suddenly hear the engine, and I could hear myself think. Municipality next door replaced the Geolanders on their equipment with another brand.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:23 PM   #52
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I guess there is some virtue in buying local !!
Especially with things like tires. Way easier to get warranty work done too, plus they fix flats for free.

I try to buy locally if at all possible, and am willing to pay a bit of a premium to do so.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:24 PM   #53
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Can't find an LT Michelin in a 15"; Oliver is using 16" wheels. Thanks for the warning on Yokohamas- seemed like I had a similar experience on a new Sequoia once.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:28 PM   #54
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Discount Tire put me in Yokohamas on both our cars a few years back. Had to replace both cars under 30k mi went back to Michelins. I personally won't buy Yokohamas again.
This is the opposite of what I've experienced . The contractor I worked for had a fleet of 20 service trucks . Michelin tires gave the poorest performance usually lasting only 30 to 35
thousand miles before needing replacement. They switched to some house brand tires from
Tires Plus and got close to 60 thousand miles out of a set of tires plus the cost was about half.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:32 PM   #55
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The last set of tires bought for a Ford E-150 recently were Toyo's. The Hankook's didn't last well and was told that Michelins were not a good choice because they didn't have a lot rubber. So it doesn't surprise me that they are not a good choice for big work trucks.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:49 PM   #56
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The last set of tires bought for a Ford E-150 recently were Toyo's. The Hankook's didn't last well and was told that Michelins were not a good choice because they didn't have a lot rubber. So it doesn't surprise me that they are not a good choice for big work trucks.
The service trucks were 3/4 and 1 ton pickups and vans . Don't know if that qualifies as big work trucks.
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:27 PM   #57
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Just got off the phone, the new tires are Loadstar, made by Kenda (chinese) and they come with a 2 year warranty. The rv dealer states thay have had -0- complaints with this tire as compared to other brands. BlackJack will be home tomorrow. Anyone here have any first hand knowledge of these tires?
I am curious how they do and feel Jim.

Those are the same tires I have been looking at that I posted in another thread that are sold by Etrailer
Radial Tire Tires and Wheels | etrailer.com
And easternmarine
Radial Trailer Tires w/o Rim at Trailer Parts Superstore

They have good ratings and are available in C or D load range.
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:40 PM   #58
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Agree & more than many know. Have been researching for a good amount of time now and have narrowed down the short list of LT tires: Yokohama Geolander HTS 6-ply for $512. or Goodyear Wrangler HT 8-ply for $600. The Yokohama are from a National chain new to town and the Goodyear from long-time local store who said he couldn't get the Yokohamas anymore and it was probably older inventory.

The catch is that either choice requires going to a 215/75 R15 from the stock 205/75 R15. Does anyone think this will be a problem?
The math calculations would be that the tire will be 0.4 inch wider, 0.3 inch taller and will raise the trailer 0.15 inch. Can't imagine that would be a problem. Manufacturing tolerances are not that accurate from one brand to the next, so give us a report when they're installed.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:02 PM   #59
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Thank you Bill; will report on choice. I realize that we're somewhat in a niche category, with the 20K miles/year so far. Probably not the only ones though and my interest was piqued by the Oliver decision to move to LT tires.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:04 PM   #60
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Discount Tire put me in Yokohamas on both our cars a few years back. Had to replace both cars under 30k mi went back to Michelins. I personally won't buy Yokohamas again.
On the other hand, I had a set of Yokohama tires many years ago when I was running in autoslalom competition, and they worked well and wore well for what they were doing. Like any other brand, Yokohama has a range of models with different characteristics.

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... was told that Michelins were not a good choice because they didn't have a lot rubber. So it doesn't surprise me that they are not a good choice for big work trucks.
There is a huge range of Michelin tire models. Tires sold for original equipment use (the tires on the vehicle as it comes from the factory) tend to have little tread depth (they handle better right off the lot, and they're cheaper, but the don't last as long as they could), and there are differences between styles of aftermarket tires. I wouldn't draw any brand conclusions from someone else's experience with a limited range of models.
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