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Old 01-18-2018, 05:47 PM   #1
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Who to put on new tires?

I will be in the need of 4 new tires in the Spring on my 2013 X23B. The Road King tires has not lasted and are cracking. Who should I have install the tires? Tire shop or RV Dealer? I plan to buy the tires on my own. I am currently looking at the Maxxis tires (any thoughts?).

* Estimated cost to install?
* Should I have anything else done as well as nothing as been done to date?
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Old 01-18-2018, 05:56 PM   #2
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In my experience, you’ll do better if you just buy from a tire shop and have them install. They’ll hit you hard on installation if you buy elsewhere. I’d have the bearings re-packed and brakes checked too. Might involve a couple different shops if you aren’t going to do anything yourself. Locally I have a trailer shop that would do everything but it depends on who you have available to you.


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Old 01-18-2018, 05:58 PM   #3
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I bought new rims and had Discount Tires swap the tires. IIRC it was about $60. Check their prices before you order, they may have a good deal and I think they can order pretty much anything. The new US made G’years seem to be getting good press as well.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:17 PM   #4
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Some of us got the best price for Maxxis tires at Real Deals.com . There was no tax on these tires so that was a real savings and I had them installed ( best price) at Costco.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:32 PM   #5
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I would not go to the RV dealer for tires, you will pay dearly there. As others said try Discount Tire, great prices, usually free mounting, free flat repair. Look into the Goodyear Endurance tire which is made in the USA.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:38 PM   #6
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I don't know about your area, but we have one privately owned tire shop here that has several mobile units for doing emergency roadside big truck repairs. You can bring your trailer to them. Or, if they are not busy, they will come to your house and do a trailer (or farm tractor, etc.) for you there so that you don't have to drag it in to their shop. If you have a similar company in your area, it may be worth a call to see how much they will charge.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:07 PM   #7
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I was a Les Schwab customer for a number of years but their business model has changed and I didn't care for it.

Discount Tire has been my go to place for the last few years. The only exception was buying new tires for an older trailer. After getting the rig home, I noticed the bill stated I was charged for mounting and balancing. I took a look at the wheels and no weights anywhere. I called DT and expressed my discontent I was asked to bring it back, which I did the next day.

A mana ger came out and asked what he could do for me (not the one I spoke to on the phone) and I showed him what I was charged for and what they didn't do. He trys to defend not balancing travel trailer tires "since no one rides back there". I was about to explain to him that balanced tires roll smoother down the road, don't bounce and shake things on shelf when he stated the obvious himself.

He then got a tech right on it, apologized and I have been back there for at least 4 sets of tires since and highly recommend them.

You may want to check online reviews for any tire store because some of them look like nightmares.

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Old 01-18-2018, 09:39 PM   #8
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I installed Carlisle's I think model HD tires. They are load range D. I have been very happy with them.
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:57 AM   #9
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I purchased Maxxis on Discount Tire's Direct Ebay store on sale, had them delivered to my house. I took the trailer and the tires down to my locally owned tire shop to have them mounted and balanced. They did a great job and took good care of me. In the end, I bought the tires basically "buy 3, get 1 free" and paid the tire shop what the 4th tire would've cost for installation and disposal of the old tires.

I didn't go directly to Discount Tire as I do with all my vehicles because our closest store is about a half hour away and I didn't want to tow the trailer there. My local shop is like 150 yds from where I store my trailer.
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:15 PM   #10
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I installed Maxxis on my X19H - IMO best tire available in that size (new GY's don't go down that small). Based that on a lot of reading here and other forums, could have gone with Carlisle as well, but mixed bag on reviews.

Ordered direct from Maxxis Canada as neither my RV repair shop or local tire shops carried them. Had them installed at Kal-Tire for $10-15 per rim (don't recall exactly) *5 rims.

With 1 season on them, they have done fine. Certainly feel better than the former GY Marathons. No visible or unusual wear evident. They do seem to need topping off more often than the GY's, but that could be slight corrosion on the alloy rims causing poorer sealing. Not a big problem, but I seem to need to add 2-5 lbs per tire before each trip.

BTW - cracking at 5 years is pretty much the norm for ST tires. Your Load Kings have done about average. Most recommend replacement every 5 years anyway.
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