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Old 06-29-2015, 09:01 AM   #1
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My take on the 614 debate

Seems to be a lot of debate on the price of the 614's and any cheaper alternatives that are out there. Speaking for myself and myself only, I think I will stick with the 614's since I have had zero problems with them on the last two rigs covering 4-5 years of use (two sets - because of trade). I was even more impressed after we began the last trip to Hilton Head. On my pre-trip inspection, I was dismayed to see a couple glimpses of shiny metal about a half inch from the edge of one of the tires. Knowing that I had picked up a couple of nails, I went to get pliers and screwdriver to remove the nails and fully expecting to hear the sound of escaping air when I got them removed. During the removal process, I discovered that the nails were about a half inch long and went in at an angle. I pulled them out and never heard a sound. Soaked the remnants of the holes with soapy water and not one bubble. Being impressed was an understatement even knowing that the nails were on the edge where the tread was the thickest. To be safe I estimated the penetration depth and checked the tread depth and further convinced myself that I had either been totally blessed or these were pretty sturdy tires and then settled on the knowledge that both were true. I am confident that the tires suffered no ill effects after the 1100 mile round trip to NC and bath with no problems. Going forward, I do not think I will experiment since I am confident that I have found a reliable tire. Other opinions may differ, but I just wanted to give a report as to my experience. I am totally satisfied with the 614's!
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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Some times the most expensive turns out to be the cheapest. Buy a cheap tire that tires the side off of your camper and you got an expensive tire.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:38 AM   #3
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I think you look at it in the right perspective. It all comes down to owner confidence, satisfaction, and peace of mind when you select the tire brand and load range for the rv that you own. Sure, crap can happen no matter what tire you have...but less likely for most issues if you are running a higher load range with reserve capacity than the "delivery" tires put on by the factory. Long may you tow in safety. John
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:04 AM   #4
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Bingo you do have a point. Back in 2012 I had a IS failure on one wheel on my heavy side while in Elkhart. Thought something was wrong but couldn't figure it out till we stopped to camp near Indianapolis. That 614 carried all the weight from the heavy side of the trailer all that way over all those bad roads and RR tracks and three years later is still on the same wheel. Your right, I won't be looking for another brand when these are done.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:54 AM   #5
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I too have been very happy with my G614s. People like to vote with their wallet but I still like buying things made in the USA (I know, my diesel engine was assembled in Mexico. But I have the satisfaction of knowing the company is still a US company and not Communist Chinese.) When I did a recent cost comparison, the G614s worked out to ~$.04/mile for a set of four (based on ~$300/tire and 30,000 miles per tire, which is less than what I have on my G614s). The Sailuns priced out at about half that but unknown on tire wear. For the ~$.02/mile difference, I too will stick with my G614s knowing the money is staying here in the USA.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:25 AM   #6
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I'm with Bingo. No more troubles after installing G614s on our first Monte. We have had this one for a little over a year and have them set at 110 and they have stayed there except for temperature changes making them move.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:50 PM   #7
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After running 614's now for quite a few years with zero problems we will usually default to what has worked so well for us in the past our good old 614's.
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:54 PM   #8
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We All know g614's have a proven track record BUT the other options (Saliun and Geostars G574's are proving themselves with many owners to be a reliable options they are no Longer the "new kids on the block"
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:35 AM   #9
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I just replaced my G614s had 40,000 miles on them over 5 years. Cost me $%1,800 mounted and balanced with a life time warranty. If it can't be repaired I get a new one free. I got them from America's Tire and I am satisfied. You get what you pay for.
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:08 PM   #10
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I have considered the G614s and have spoken with others that like them but keep them at 80 psi. Does that defeat the purpose of paying the extra bucks for the best? My lousy Marathons probably are adequate at 80 lbs but fail at every other measure of durability.
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Old 07-03-2015, 05:26 AM   #11
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Goodyear bought my Marathons back after one year of use with about 5-6000 miles on them. I complained to them that they were underrated for my rig and felt a disaster would be immanent had I continued to use them. Traded them in on G614's. The G614's are a substantial tire compared to the Marathons and much heavier. I keep them inflated at the recommended 110 psi at cold temp. I have a TPMS and it shows little variation when traveling. I have had much greater confidence in pulling the Monty now. We plan on trading our Monty in about a year from now and if the newer Monty or SOB has an ST or a different LT tire, I'll switch them out. Dealers will admit that they're the "gold standard" and the best tire out there, period. There may be other LT tires that could handle the speeds and weight, but it's not worth it for me to experiment.
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:26 PM   #12
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I am on my second Montana and my 3rd set of G614's. It all comes down to can you sleep good at night. If you can with stock OEM bombs wonderful. I prefer the extra security of the Goodyear tire, it was created for heavy trailering, and when you pull a Montana that's heavy towing.
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Old 07-03-2015, 07:40 PM   #13
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We had tire problems before we got the G614's. Did I pay more? Yes! Am I sorry? Not one bit. Did 13,000 mile Alaskan trip, including a broken spring, but no tire problems.
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Old 07-04-2015, 02:20 AM   #14
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When I got my Monty, this forum advised the G614 upgrade. I did and have had only one minor issue; a slow leak. Turned out to be a loose valve stem core. Tighten it and now it's been over a year since I even had to add air. TPMS shows everything is fine. 9000 miles so far.
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:26 AM   #15
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Hi Bingo

I put 40,000 miles on my first set and now have about the same on the second set. The only reason I got the second set was because they came on a set on 110 PSI rims I purchased from the form and they were only a year old so I kept them instead of using the older tire.

And FYI the first set including the wheels are on an equipment trailer my partner and I haul antique engines on.

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Old 07-06-2015, 01:28 PM   #16
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when reading about the G614 upgrade it says make sure your rims are rated for 110 lbs I have the stock Montana rims that came on my 2014 3402 RL
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When I got my Monty, this forum advised the G614 upgrade. I did and have had only one minor issue; a slow leak. Turned out to be a loose valve stem core. Tighten it and now it's been over a year since I even had to add air. TPMS shows everything is fine. 9000 miles so far.
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Old 07-06-2015, 03:11 PM   #17
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when reading about the G614 upgrade it says make sure your rims are rated for 110 lbs I have the stock Montana rims that came on my 2014 3402 RL
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When I got my Monty, this forum advised the G614 upgrade. I did and have had only one minor issue; a slow leak. Turned out to be a loose valve stem core. Tighten it and now it's been over a year since I even had to add air. TPMS shows everything is fine. 9000 miles so far.
Rating is stamped on the back of the rims, but you should be good with the recent model year.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:40 PM   #18
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thank you just had a wonderful ST come apart with about 2500 miles on it. will be installing G614's when they arrive
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Has anyone had a G614 or a good LT tire blow out? Just wondering. My camper dry weight is 92?? pounds so I done need the G tires and have LTs. Haven't had any trouble with the LTs.
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:48 AM   #20
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I had a set of Toyo LT tires come apart on me. Lost two tires in 4 days on a trip to the west coast and not a hot day. Tires had 20,000 on them and had recently completed a trip to the East coast. Tires still looked good, but when looking at one of the remaining good ones, there were cracks between the treads. Les Schwab, took all four back and gave me 71% of what I paid for them towards any tire I wanted, didn't have 614's in stock so those weren't a choice. The manager had good things to say about the GEOSTAR's so went with them, 7000 miles on them so far, keeping finger crossed.
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