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Old 07-21-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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Mastercraft TV Tires....

Well, was hoping to wait until fall before putting a new set of tires on the TV, but driving along the freeway yesterday an immediate vibration and shimmy surfaced originating from my front suspension. My TT was back at the campground which was good, so I pulled off the highway and a brief inspection showed signs of belt separation on the drivers front tire. I guess I can't complain, the tires are 9 years old and getting close to the wear bar with 52K miles (TV used only for towing). I think the tire age and the 96 degree heat did this tire in. The tire was drivable, just not at freeway speeds.

Anyways, I have been running this particular BFGoodrich "LT" Radial Long Trails on my past three TV's with great reliability, but found out BFG discontinued this particular tire line in the "LT".

So I'm now "testing" a new set of Mastercraft Courser HTR LT245/75R16 10E tires, rated for 60K miles. I found that Mastercraft tires are manufactured by Cooper, and are one of the few remaining tires manufactured in the US.

http://www.mastercrafttires.com/html...ck_courser_HTR

The Mastercraft tire has a highway tread, where my BFG's were a little more aggressive in their tread design. The Mastercraft has a little more tread on the road surface than my BFG's did, so this should be a plus. I only have about 60 miles on the new tires, but they seem to be just a 'tad' quieter than my past BFG's.

The tire dealer knows that I can be there worst nightmare , but they seem confident that I will like the tire for towing my TT.

Will see....................,

Bob

ps: Set of (4) $680 out the door with all the normal bells & whistles, includes $50 rebate.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:20 PM   #2
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That`s a good price for LT tires, Bob. Wonder if my tire dealer will ever let me "test" a set of them!
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:26 PM   #3
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Very good Bob,
You should be set now for many more miles.
I recently got a new set of tires. I went with Firestone Transforce HT in the size LT265-70-17.
http://www.firestonetire.com/Brand/Transforce
A little more pricey, they have good reviews.
Got maybe 100 miles on them, so far, so good.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:58 PM   #4
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I recently went with Uniroyal Laredo HD/H load range E tires. I went with them because I had them previously on my old motorhome and was impressed with their pressure retention during temperature swings. I was also amazed at their lack of sidewall cracking from age.

I have had Michelin tires that seemed to exhibit a lot of sidewall cracking within a few years.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:12 PM   #5
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snip.....was impressed with their pressure retention during temperature swings.....snip
Boss Wagon,

The local dealer (Belle Tire) where I purchased the new tires inflates all their tires with Nitrogen which I understand helps maintain a constant tire pressure during temp swings. I checked the pressure today and there wasn't any change (we hit 106 degrees today).

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This has been an interesting topic as I am currently shopping for a set of tires. On my old Dodge I had Michelin tires with 70k and 7 years old and no cracks. I took them off and installed Kelly Springfield tires and they didn't do well. I took off two of the Kelly's (seperation) and installed two Coopers on the back. The tread on the Coopers just seemed to go away so I have taken them off my list. My current truck, Dodge, has Michelins with only 37K, All four have deep cracks in the sidewalls and they are only 4 years old. Untill the cracks showed up on these I was going to buy more Michelins but I don't think I want to take a chance on them based on my current experience. Well let the shopping continue.
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Clutch,
This is where I went to make my buying decision.
http://www.tirerack.com/
There are reviews here for all the different brands, from many different people. I only found a few from RV specific people, but it was helpful anyway.
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Stay away from Mastercraft... junk junk junk... I agree with the other poster that suggested the tirerack.
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Stay away from Mastercraft... junk junk junk.......snip
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Which particular Mastercraft tire did you have problems with, and what type of issue???

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snip.....Well let the shopping continue.
Clutch,

I've been watching "LT" TV tire threads on other forums for the past year, and it seems all brands have had there share of bad reviews, and I couldn't find a brand/type that consistently made the "best of the LT class" either. I know my BFG's treated my very well, but they are not making the "LT" version anymore, only the commercial type....., go-figure.

About the only tire brand that has shown signs of a visible positive following are the Maxxis for the TT's, which I do have.

Like I inferred about the particular Mastercraft's I purchased, I don't have a history with them and Belle Tire knows I will return them if I'm not satisfied.

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