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#1 waiter

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 03:47 AM

Just came back from Discount Tire.

$684.00 for 7 tires. Out The Door. mounted, balanced, etc, etc, etc...

Hankook RA08 (185R14)
185/00-14

They had to order the tires from the Hankook warehouse in Tennessee, they should have them on Wednesday.

I took them a copy of the OnlineTires and BusDepot ads. They matched the $72 dollar for the tire (DiscountTire original price is $105.00)

http://www.onlinetir...08+n%252Fa.html

http://www.busdepot....partnumber=RA08

All my tires have good tread, I can see minor cracking on the side walls, and they are all 1995 date codes (16 years old). Because of the age, I'm replacing all 7 tires, 6 on the ground and the spare.

I'm going to keep one of the 7 tires as an extra spare, if I can find a rim in the next 48 hours, I'll mount it, otherwise, I'll just throw the tire on top of the MH and I'll have it in case I need it (a 15 year old tire is better than no tire, Alaska trip)

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#2 Derek up North

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 05:19 AM

That's a nice profit they have for every tire they manage to sell @ $105! I doubt they're losing money, even at $72!

#3 hippinikster

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 05:37 AM

Waiter i used your price matching skills and tire info to get tires at discount tire yesterday. 676.00 for six tires out the door mount, balance, disposal..etc Guess you did a little better than me on your price considering you got 7 tires. My price was 88.00 per tire before all the extras. They will be mounting them today:)

Oh yea they are the hankook tires

#4 Lee & Joan

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 10:00 AM

$686 for six "Thunderer Rangers" 8 Ply from Les Schwab tires, mount balence and valve stems that I can get to easily. They had no Hankooks available and the other tire store in town could maybe order them for more money. The deal with Les Schwab is that they have stores all over the west and service what they sell. I popped a sidwall once on a new tire and they just put a new one on no charge. The other thing is that I am 100-130 country road miles (3 hours) from the nearest discount store and I did not want to chance that with the one plys. I still have two 8 ply 7 year old nexus that are pretty worn down, and basically 4 brand new 195 passenger tires...
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#5 waiter

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 10:20 AM

hippinikster;

I bet your salesman figured in shipping for the tires, mine didn't.

If he did, I was going to ask him who was going to pay the shipping if I paid full price, and he still had to get them from Tennessee. :headbonk: :headbonk:

We don't have a Les Schwab here. I figure Discount tires are just about everywhere, so if I have any problems, put the spare on, and next time I'm at a Discount Tire, let them deal with it.

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 08:00 AM

Now ya tell me!! LOl. Live and learn my friend. The rig is riding like a dream with those new tires and i could not be happier with the 2nd day service.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 11:03 AM

Yeah, I see cracking on my tires as well. And although I haven't looked to see how old they are, i'm looking at replacing them ... they make me nervous!
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#8 Vanman

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 10:14 PM

Yeah, I see cracking on my tires as well. And although I haven't looked to see how old they are, i'm looking at replacing them ... they make me nervous!

. Somewhere I read about changing the seals in the valve stems. I couldn't find them, so I got 7 new stems from Toyota Part# 90942-05026. They look identical to the ones on ouy '91 Dolphin. I found a sticker on the wall behind the drivers seat with the VIN # and info from National RV it specks the tire pressures as 37# front, 45# rear. I was running 55 Ft, 65 rear and 90# in the bags amd it rides really, really hard, too hard. We are getting the Hankook RA08's, brakes, seals and thanks to this great group I know what to get for that!!!! Thank you all. Vanman

Edited by Vanman, 18 March 2011 - 10:18 PM.

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#9 Derek up North

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 03:32 AM

I'm not clear as to what pressures you're running now. You say 'was'. I think most would say that 37/45 is too low for the tires and 90# too high for the air springs.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 12:48 PM

I'm not clear as to what pressures you're running now. You say 'was'. I think most would say that 37/45 is too low for the tires and 90# too high for the air springs.


I was told by old owner to use those pressures and we did to home and the Toy-in at Felton. I am not going anywhere except around the neighborhoood until we get all the new parts, so I dropped to 50# ft, 55# rear, 45# bags. I haven't tried those reccomended pressures yet, usually most cars and trucks I've owned I end up running higher that recommended. What do you run in yours?? vanman

Edited by Vanman, 19 March 2011 - 12:50 PM.

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