RV Tire Replacement – Save Money & Get The Job Done Right

TheRVgeeks Maintenance, RV Tires 31 Comments

Even though our RV has eight tires, we follow a somewhat unusual tire rotation schedule, so we only replaced two of them this year. But even with only two new tires, we spent a LOT less on our new Michelins with the FMCA RV Tire Savings Program. For our XZA2 Energy 295/80R22.5 tires, we saved over $100… PER TIRE!

As we do most winters, we spent this past one snowbirding in the Desert Southwest. Since it was time for new tires while we were there, we followed the recommendation of close friends (fellow RVers of course), who raved about Redlands Truck & RV. We went in with high expectations, which were promptly exceeded.

Save $10 on your annual FMCA membership with Promo Code RVGA2.

Special thanks to drone pilot extraordinaire, Tom Morton of MortonsOnTheMove for the slick highway and BLM aerial footage!


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  1. Great Episode. Quick question: in the opening shot showing your RV on the road from the air, was that done from a drone or a helicopter? In either case, my hats off to the pilot, it was very professionally done. If it was a drone, could you please share the make and model of it. Thank you

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      Thanks so much, Ali! That was shot by our dear friend Tom Morton of Mortons on the Move with his brand new DJI Phantom 5 drone. His flying skills are amazing!

  2. Hi Gentlemen, thanks for this video and all of your videos. Just wanted to say thanks as I recently ordered one of your tshirts and I was surprised but happy about the price. Would like to get a Wynns tshirt too but they are twice as much. Tell Nicki and Jason to either lower their cost or quality so I can show them off too. Thanks, Steve and Dorothy Lamb

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  3. Another great video with extremely helpful information. Do you guys belong to both FMCA as well as Coach-Net? I see that FMCA has towing as part of their membership. I’m remembering your previous video where you used Coach-Net to get you unstuck while boon docking.

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      Hi Scott,

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! And, yes… we belong to both FMCA and Coach-Net. FMCA does offer a road-side assistance program called Roadside Rescue (it’s powered by SafeRide RV Motor Club) for $69/year. But we’ve been with Coach-Net for many, many years and, after our one-and-only experience with them (which was AWESOME), we’re not looking to change. We haven’t heard much about FMCA’s program, but whenever we read discussions online… everyone seems to really like Coach-Net (again, we haven’t read anything specifically about FMCA’s plan, we’ve mostly seen posts about Good Sam and AAA… both of which seem to be resoundingly disliked, especially for big Class A Diesel Pusher owners). Since we don’t need TWO roadside assistance programs, we just keep Coach-Net… although we should probably do some more digging into the FMCA program. It IS cheaper! ?

  4. Very comforting to have a service center that takes any worry or concern out of you minds for safely traveling with an RV. I learned a lot from your video. Thank you.

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      They are a rare breed, David. In the 16 years we’ve been full-time all over North America, we can count on the fingers of one hand the number of service locations where we’ve even had an acceptable experience, let alone one like what we just had at Redlands. They were truly top notch, from start to finish. Which just goes to reinforce the great things we’ve heard & read about them over the years.

  5. Another great RVGeeks presentation. I really like how thoroughly you go through a process/repair/fix/modification in your videos – I love the details!

    I too have used Redlands Truck (January 2018) for a brake caliper warranty repair on my 2005 Workhorse chassis and was happy with their service. We even stayed in their little RV park down the street – VERY handy!

    Re: Your new tires –
    * Appreciated seeing that you got them spin balanced. I have seen some tire shops which do not bother with this for RV tires (because they do not have the proper equipment and/or are too lazy to do it) but in my extensive automotive experience spin balancing is always the way to go for smoother ride and long tire life.
    * Also really appreciated seeing how they used their special machine to de-mount the tire from it’s rim. As you mentioned most places just just a long lever jammed in between the rim and tire – always seemed like a sure way to gouge the rim up.
    * Rim cleaning – Maybe you did not show it – but it seems that when a tire is removed from the wheel that the rim should be thoroughly cleaned and inspected. After all that is where the new tire must seal against the wheel, and a clean, smooth rim at that point will help insure no leakage there.
    * What do you do about valve stem extensions for your inner rear tires? I know your rear dual tires were not touched this time but I know for many duelly rears this can be problematic. Just curious. For my 22.5″ rear inner tires I have long flexible braided extensions that snake their way out through the outer dual tire, but had problems with one leaking until I managed to finally get it tightened up against the inner valve stem properly.

    Thanks for another great video!

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      Thanks, Richard! We really appreciate the kind words! And it’s good to hear from other people who have had good experiences with Redlands. Our friends who recommended them RAVE about their experiences there. And we have to say our first experience was right on par. Quality, thorough work. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. And an RV Park! LOL! What more could you ask for?!?! ?

      We agree about the spin balancing. We’ve always had all tires done, regardless of location. Just makes sense to ensure everything is spinning smoothly! And that machine Redlands had for mounting/removing the tires was AWESOME! We could have watched him use it all day long and not gotten bored! We love that kind of thing! LOL!

      As for the rim cleaning… we’re not experts on this subject, but we’ve never seen anyone clean or do any serious inspection on the rims during the process. We have to admit that we were a bit preoccupied shooting video this time to have paid complete attention to everything the tech was doing, so he may have looked things over while we were busy. Or it may have to do with our rims being aluminum/alloy… so maybe they’re less likely to have a small, leak-causing flaw (like a steel wheel might) and would instead fail catastrophically? Regardless, we’ve never had a problem with this… but maybe we’ve just been lucky.

      On our duals on the drive axle, we have a similar setup to yours: the inner tires have a standard valve stem, but the extension that brings it out through the outer tire is a solid one. We did once have a small leak where the extension connects to the inner valve stem… and it was a struggle to get in there to tighten it. But, once tightened, we’ve never had another problem. Redlands showed us what they would install had we been replacing the drive axle tires: long, solid valve stems that eliminate the need for extensions. We’re hoping we have no problems with our drive tires between now and when they need to be replaced… and plan on having it done at Redlands so we can have those long valve stems installed!

  6. I especially liked how you stress the importance of tires as a key safety item. I’ve always said to my family and friends, to no try to save a few bucks on tires – always get what you feel are the best quality tire for your application (A fun debate usually follows, based upon opinions of specific tire brands:)!). Those little patches of contact from the tire to the ground, are all that allow you to go forward, turn and stop. We too are on a 2 and 6 tire schedule change. Thanks to pot hole sharp edge impact to the outside dual and tag (Broken cord/belt on one, and slipped on the other.). And we like the added safety of younger tires on the steers at all times. One other key thing, sometimes missed at a tire shop used to knocking out truck & trailer tires, is the attention to detail required to mount the tire properly in relation to the tire ring. An out of round mounted tire, results in an ‘egg’ ride. We have Centramatics on all axles, but still pay to have all the tires spun balance when mounted, including the duals, which sometimes shops will say are not needed. If the tires is on that rim for it’s full life time, the cost of spin balancing amortizes out over 7 – 10 years, depending upon tire change schedule. I change out at 7 years, but that’s just how I do things. And the tire manager at the place I buy my ties, did say if it were him – he’d not have changed out the then Michelin XZE*’s at that time. He suggested we roll for another season on them, and then bring them back for a follow up inspection to see how they are doing. (May consider doing that on the rears, a longer usage period. But as we, as you seem to do too, often travel off the beaten path and or in remote regions of the country and Canada – my concern is not ‘needing’ to replace a tire on the road. Never sure if you’re going to be able to get a young DOT date (And I will only allow 6 month and younger tires on our coach, from a ‘I’m the customer, and that is what I will pay for. Nothing older.’ attitudes:)!). Good example, is the Tag’s are now BF Goodrich ST230’s, vs Michelin. The ST230 is a fine tire, but it is not my preferred tire, now the XZA2’s. When we hit the pot hole, it was during a Michelin tire shortage, and we had to have the ST230’s trucked to the location we had them installed, from three states away. (BF Goodrich is owned by Michelin, so we still received the FMCA discount.) I agreed to cover the cost of shipping, which was $80 for the pair to reach us within 2 days. And yes, a very cool drone shot of the rolling home on wheels:)! Best to you, and all, Smitty

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      Hey Smitty! Thanks for sharing all of that. Good stuff! (other than the need to have a tire replaced in a remote location and having to pay extra to get one delivered… that part? Not so nice! LOL!)

  7. Great video guys. Interesting take on tire rotation, it makes a lot of sense. We joined the FMCA last winter and will be using their tire replacement program when we do. Thanks for the information and as always, very well done video.

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  8. That was a well done production from the drone shots to the sound and editing. Very professional and I think Redmonds will get even busier thanks to you.

    My only comment: why nitrogen? Now that you have nitrogen in four of your tires you should probably not be using your Viair compressor on those. On the other hand mixing outside air with the nitrogen in those tires would be better than running with low pressure.

    1. I too have the same question re: Nitrogen. The air we breath is ~78% Nitrogen already. I know the claim is that Nitrogen is a larger molecule, and hence less likely to leak. But over time, proper inflation will introduce plain old air back into the tire (to some degree) anyway. Since some tire shops started doing this a number of years ago (and often charging unknowing customers as much as $20/tire for N2 inflation) it always seemed like just another way for the auto industry to fleece unknowing customers – kind of like “fabric protection” for tires.

      1. A nitrogen molecule is 2.6% larger than oxygen. Coupled with the 78% nitrogen already in air, does anyone seriously think that could possibly make any difference? Paying for nitrogen filled tires is a scam – pure and simple.

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          Hi TJL… we agree, we’re not 100% sold on the idea that pure nitrogen has a dramatic-enough benefit in typical automotive applications (race cars or jet airplane tires facing far greater, and sudden, changes in temperature/pressure? Sure!). But this was not an add-on, extra charge. Redlands ONLY uses Nitrogen to fill their tires (just like Costco does). We don’t feel scammed.

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        Hi Richard. We’ve heard the arguments for and against the use of nitrogen in automotive/RV applications for years. And, honestly, we don’t have an opinion on it one way or the other. Except in cases like you mention, where a tire shop is charging unknowing customers an extra charge for using it. That was not the case here at Redlands… they just use nitrogen. It’s not an extra charge. Exactly like at Costco.

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      Thanks, John! Pure nitrogen is supposed to be better for use in tires, so that’s just what Redlands uses as standard operating procedure (not an add-on or extra charge), the same as when Costco installs new tires on our car. While we’re well-known to be pretty anal retentive about a lot of things, we do have to let some things go… such as worrying about how absolutely pure the N2 is. So we’ll continue using our wonderful Viair compressor as needed. :)

  9. Guys,

    As you said- a lot of detail here. Can you tell me how much this whole service costs (less the tires)? A nitrogen fill sounds great too. I’ve heard of this place before but knew nothing about it. The rv park is a plus!

    Thanks,

    Drew

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      Hey Drew. The cost to break-down, re-mount, and balance the four tires was $318… and the cost for the three-axle alignment was $715. We really appreciated all the attention to detail… and you’re right… the RV Park is a total plus! Makes the whole experience that much more pleasant! ?

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      Hi Bill. In the 16 years we’ve been full-timing, we’ve only ever had our tires spin balanced… and haven’t had any problems with ride or tire wear. So we haven’t seen the need to do anything else, and don’t have any problem to fix. We know lots of people have used beads/Centramatics in place of the traditional balancing with lead weights and are happy with them. If we had ever had a problem, we would surely have sought out an alternative option.

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  10. Good episode. Very informative. We are FMCA members, but with a 2018 Ventana LE, we’re hopefully at least five years away from replacement. However, I’d like to know how you’d recommend modifying an eight-tire rotation strategy to six tires. (Also, thanks for the tip about Redlands. We’ll be traveling through California this summer.)

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      Hi David. Thanks! Unfortunately, since you’re supposed replace all tires on an axle at the same time, there isn’t any way we can think of that you could successfully modify our rotation schedule to work on a standard, 6-tire configuration. If our RV didn’t have a tag, we’d just be on a standard 10-year rotation schedule for all 6 tires.

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