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« on: April 21, 2011, 05:54:07 AM »

Considering buying new Michelin tires for the drives on a Prevost that we bought recently. The tires are 2005's and have some slight hair line cracks. Want to be safe. Tires are $865 each but can buy other brands cheaper.
My question is that I have heard over the years that Michelin's make a Prevost handle better. True or false?Huh
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2011, 05:59:05 AM »

Mich is supposed to be top of the line, best tire you can buy for any coach...... also the most $. I had goodyear and now have firestone....... quite honestly, I enjoyed the ride the same on both. I have never riden a coach with Mich on it, so I cant really compare. But I bet there isnt a bus driver around (even with Mich) who enjoys his ride more then I enjoy mine! I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2011, 06:14:48 AM »

I would feel a little uncomfortable buying 6 year old tires with some "hair line cracks"
If you are going to drive a lot in the next few years then it might be OK, you could get a lot of miles out of them. But if you use your bus like most do then it will be sitting for most of the time and the cracks will only get worse before you get your usefulness out of the tires.

You want to get the most years of use on a set of tires because most conversion buses don't travel enough miles to wear them out.

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011, 06:23:43 AM »

Zimtok,
I think he meant that the current tires are the old ones.  Eagle 10, where are you located?  If it's near Michigan, I might want your cast offs!   Roll Eyes

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2011, 06:26:55 AM »

Zimtok.
I am not buying tires 6 years old with  hair line cracks. I plan to take these 6 year old tires off my coach and buy new ones. I can see how my post mislead you into thinking I was buying 6 year old tires.
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2011, 06:33:29 AM »

Tenor,
We live in Maine. When we had the Eagle 10 and bought some new tires recently, the tire company gave me $70 trade ins for each of the old casings that were on the Eagle. (24.4) They now tell me that they don't but the 22.5's coming off the Prevost because they are low profile. They have no call for them used. Interesting!!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2011, 06:35:23 AM »

I wouldn't spend that much more money for Michelins. I don't think they are any better than the average tire. You would just be paying extra for the name.

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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2011, 06:53:35 AM »

My mistake.... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2011, 06:58:18 AM »

Michelin tires are at the fore front of tire design.  When Michelin brings out a tire, other tire manufacturers sit back to see if it works then copies their design and brings out their own. 
Michelin makes around 50 different tire designs (proof that tires are much more then big round rubber things that hold air) for truck and bus use.  What tire size is yours and what model of Michelin are you thinking of buying?
I use nothing but Michelin on my cars, bus, truck.  I know I have averted many a car collision because of Michelin's excellent traction over a cheaper tire.  A mere few inches can make the difference between stopping or running into something.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2011, 07:49:48 AM »

Our Eagle has always wondered when going down the road and the front is a little heavy. I ran fierstones for 7 years and was happy with them. They road a little ruff because of the pressure I have to run in the front tires. I but michelins on all positions 2 years ago. The ride got softer and the bus does not wonder as much. As far as wondering I am always twicking the frontend and It might not be all the tires that helped that problem but the ride is noticeably better. Also I do not keep good track of fuel milage but I think I am getting a little better fuel milage ( and maybe it is my old brain playing tricks on me).

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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2011, 08:56:33 AM »

My bus doesn't wander but I wonder when my 12 year old tires are going to give out!  50,000 miles on some Firrestone HP-300 315-80r-22.5's ann no cracking anywhere-- sidewalls or tread.  I just keep crossing my fingers and carry a spare.  New tires are not in the budget, I can barely afford fuel!
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2011, 09:12:13 AM »

I Have Firestones on our Eagle and there going on 10 years old as well and no signs of any cracking I also keep them off the ground on and they are only uncovered when Iam useing the Bus
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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2011, 10:52:55 AM »

I have Michelins on the bus and love the ride. I had Michelins on my truck before the bus and had to replace them right before I sold the truck. Hated the tires I replaced them with. It rode like a tank after the change. Unfortunately, the Michelins on the bus are about to be replaced and I can't justify the cost of new Michelins. I'm going to try Toyo's this time. Most of the loggers around here seem to run Toyo's and Hankooks. If the ride is harsh, so be it  Sad
Best of luck in your decision, Will
BTW-when I took my truck into the tire shop to replace the Michelins, the tire buster took out a pen knife and poked it into the weather cracks in the sidewall on one of the drives and it hit metal wire. He just shook his head in disbelief.
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2011, 11:42:38 AM »

Tires are $865 each but can buy other brands cheaper.
My question is that I have heard over the years that Michelin's make a Prevost handle better. True or false?Huh

None of my biz, but you asked.  You can buy BRAND NEW Michelin's cheaper than $865 each, I would rethink this deal.  I had Mich. and the ride was superior, but the price was way too much when it came time to replace them, I went with Firestones' this time.  Reasoning?  Mileage is way down because of the fuel issue, and the Mich. were twice the price of the Firestone tires.

I would look somewhere else.

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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2011, 12:13:04 PM »



Replaced 6 low profile Mich. with 6 11.00x24.5 Hancooks.  Drives better,runs better down the road and only cost 2,300$  About one half what the wanted for mich.

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