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Old 01-17-2019, 03:26 AM
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Looking to buy a motorhome soon. Found one I'm interested in at a dealer, and pointed out to them that the current set of tires is almost ten years old (based on DOT code). They offered to throw in a new set of Ironman all-position tires as part of the deal. At this point I said to myself "What the heck is an Ironman tire? Some just-arrived-from-China baloney?"

I did some research and there'* not a lot out there. Seems like they are produced by Hercules Tire and started production around 2014. When I learned this I said to myself "What the heck is an Hercules tire? Some off-brand Pep Boys baloney?" I've at least seen a few Hercules tires around, but don't know much about them.

Ironman may have had some teething issues for a year or two, but I can't seem to find much in the form of reviews or testimonials on forums or anything like that. It'* weird. From what little I can find there are a few

The size I'm looking at is 245/70R19.5 preferably load-range H for a Class A . I found several reviews of Hercules tires on cars and light trucks (F150'* primarily), none for medium duty, and a few testimonials on other forums when they've been used on semis.

Before anyone asks: Class A because I can find decent ones for about half the price of decent Class C'* at about the same length, and if there is a fuel economy penalty it will take years to make up for the difference in purchase price.

Has anyone here had any experience with Ironman tires in the medium and/or heavy-duty world?
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Lots more research and advice later . . .

I cheated on you guys and got some advice on another forum since (1) nothing was popping up here and (2) the manufacturer of the motorhome chassis is not GM and I needed to join anyways for long-term advice etc. It'* too bad GM didn't beat their way into the motorhome market a lot more like another manufacturer did. Just saying.

I also did a lot of research outside of the other forum. In summary:

- I have come up with a few that have actually used them on light duty pickups and cars
- Some love them
- Some say no difference from their last set of tires
- Some love them at first then have a major defect while the tires are relatively young. This is always with 1 tire, never more than one per vehicle. The defective tire gets replaced and they say "[I'll keep an eye on it]" and usually never post about it again
- A couple love them at first then the tires get noisy and have wear issues within 5,000 miles
- I have found one person that uses them on an F550 that is a work truck in San Francisco and they are fine, however they are new enough that they haven't had a chance to yet
- I have come up with two that have used them on Class A semi trucks and trailers. One of those said he'd never use them as a steer tire until Ironman has a decent reputation. one trailer tire came apart on them but replacement was easy to orchestrate, no arguments, etc.

So, I went back to the selling dealership and advised of my findings and advised that I wanted a couple grand off the asking price and I'll get Toyos. They came back and offered me to put my Toyos on (and fix a bunch of other stuff) for the original asking price and I accepted.

My verdict: Ironman seems okay enough for the price, and might have some quality issues to work out. I don't know where they are actually stamped out. It is the unmentioned cousin of Hercules tire, but is happy to mention Hercules Tire is its cousin. This strikes me as a situation where Hercules doesn't want to water down their brand with Ironman issues, but Ironman wants to say "See? My cousin is Hercules so that'd probably good!" Maybe someday they will have a reputation. In the meantime, I don't want to be part of the experiment.
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