Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Tires

Stix n Brix
Clayton, NC

Baby got new shoes!  Well, actually, Wanda’s got new wheels.  I’ve taken our vehicles to Clayton Tire for the past 20 years for regular maintenance and feel comfortable with them.  We put the same tires on as the original, Michelin 245/70R 19.5 XRV.  They have a load range F which means they are 12 ply.  I asked Terry Hardee, the shop owner to see if he could find some that same size but with a higher load range since we will probably be a little overweight (the MH too) when we start full-timing in it in the Fall.  He checked with his supplier and said that what we had was best.  He found some with a load range H (16 ply) but the tread just wouldn’t be right for a MH.  Here’s Charles getting started on Wanda and taking off one of the front tires.

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It sure looks different without the hubcap and really naked without the wheels.

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Did ya notice the shiny new brakeworks on the front wheels?  Here’s a peek at the inner rear wheel and another naked shot. 

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The guys really had to put some muscle into it to get the new tires on the wheels.  The stickers will soon wear off of these new tires.  The manufacture date is 4810 (48th week of 2010).

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I know these weren’t very exciting pictures but I haven’t used the camera in a while.  Besides, we spent more money on these six tires ($2400) than we did on all the gas and cg fees last year combined.  The old tires were more than 7 years old.  Hopefully she’ll be safe for quite a while.

Thanks for dropping by, and enjoy your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.


ThE MidLiFe CrUiSeR said...

That's a bitter pill to swallow when you have to shell out those kind of clams! We just went through replacing our transmission. Bummer :(

Glad you guys will be safe though. Life is more valuable than a few Benjamins :)

Merikay said...

$$$ part of the picture. I hope to have a goodly repair fund set aside for items such as these.

Glad you will be safer on the road.

John and Ellen said...

I am sure Wanda will do very well with her new tires. How is the wx in NC?


Margie and Roger said...

Sure hate to spend money on tires, but they are a necessity of life. You'll sure feel a lot better knowing you are riding on new tires. We have to get them for the car this summer and new ones for the MH next year. $$$$$$$

Gail and Rick said...

Beautiful new shoes! :)
It's amazing to me how expensive tires are.
We really were lucky when we bought our coach. All 6 tires were less than a year old. That was one of the selling points for us. Hopefully we'll be good for awhile :)

Cruzin2some said...

It sure is expensive to buy tires, but well worth it. We feel a lot better since we put new tires on the truck. Truck rides better too.

Travel Safe
Dawn & Denise

Travelwithwhippets said...

Our first major purchase when we got our MH was new tires. We have been saving money since then to pay for the next set :-)

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

That was a great post! I liked the technical stuff and the "naked" pictures (lol).

You done good with the tires and super on getting such new, freshly made ones. Now get out there and wear them out! ;c)

Sherry said...

Thanks for all the info on the new tires. Winnona has tire envy now. She'll be getting new shoes before we come to the rally. Maybe the girls can compare!! :-)

Sherry said...

Thanks for all the info on the new tires. Winnona has tire envy now. She'll be getting new shoes before we come to the rally. Maybe the girls can compare!! :-)

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Our Maggie just got new shoes. Another reason we love the Class C over the Class A's, we paid a little over $1,000 for all 6 tires.