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ducsingle
05-20-2012, 10:41 PM
The Continental Vanco tires on my 2005 118 are getting somewhat close to the wear bars, and I see some really tiny cracks between the tread blocks, so I'm shopping for new rubber. For reference, the Vanco tires have about 60k miles on them and are about 4 years old.

I live in Northern California and the van never sees the snow. I commute to work mostly by motorcycle, and the van is a secondary vehicle for hauling motorcycles, hiking trips with my dog, etc. So my primary concerns are road noise and performance on regular road surfaces in mild weather.

I've narrowed my choices down to the following based on researching previous posts and surfing for brand/model availability in the U.S.:

Continental Vanco 2
These are available in the stock size of 225/70R15 and are reasonably priced at $139/each at www.tirerack.com. Load rating is 2470 lbs and max inflation pressure is 65 psi. However, I get a lot of road noise with my current Vanco tires, especially on rougher asphalt and rain grooves. Any feedback as to whether the Vanco 2 tires are any quieter than the original Vanco's?

Goodyear Cargo G26
These are available in the stock size of 225/70R15, but cost is fairly high at $224/each at www.tirerack.com. Load rating is 2470 lbs and max inflation pressure is 65 psi. Any feedback as to road noise compared to other tires, and what benefits justify the significantly higher price?

Yokohama RY215
These are available in a 7R15 size, which is fairly close to a 235/75R15. It appears that many folks have switched to 235/75R15 over the stock 225/70R15 size for the benefits of (1) an accurate speedometer [but inaccurate odometer] and (2) dropping engine RPM 5-7% which likely results in a little less noise at freeway speeds. Cost at $172/each at www.tirerack.com is a little higher than the Vanco 2's. Load rating is 2040 lbs and max inflation pressure is 65 psi. Any feedback as to whether the RY215 tires are any quieter than the original Vanco's? The RY215's appear to lack cross-channels across the width of the tire, whereas the Vanco 2 and Cargo G26 have cross channels, which I think would make them noisier.

Thanks in advance for the help.

EEJ
05-21-2012, 02:00 AM
I'm in the same situation- need new tires for my 118 and am stuck with the 15 inch selections, which are very slim. I want the D load rating to insure good handling and I want mud/snow tread; this seems to be impossible so I think I will make the switch to 16" alloy rims, even though with the 118 and its lower stance I may have some clearance issues to solve. The tire selections are much, much better however.

NelsonSprinter
05-21-2012, 03:09 AM
CONTI VANCO2s are quieter and longer lasting now and seem suited to ducsingle's use.

If you need mud snow tires in 225/70R15, see if you can find a dealer selling Nokian cargo tires, called Nokian Hakka C or Cargo tires.

ducsingle
05-21-2012, 03:31 PM
I'm still interested in hearing comments about the Goodyear Cargo G26 and Yokohama RY215.

hulagun
09-05-2012, 09:40 PM
ducsingle, what did you end up with?

modrover
09-14-2012, 06:11 AM
Yes, do tell... did you go Goodyear? :popcorn:

shortshort
09-14-2012, 04:23 PM
Just put on my third set of Maxxis UE 168 235/75 15 tires. Still a perfect fit, reasonably quiet, ride fine, fix the speedo error, etc. I still get freaked a bit at how squirrelly they are when brand new though. Not for the anal retentive, octogenarian motor home crowd to be sure.

A.Hayes
09-14-2012, 05:20 PM
Nelson Sprinter mentioned the snow tire version of the Nokian Hakka C Cargos, but they are also available without studs as a regular tire and are the stock size. I put them on my '02 140" (one of the early 140s with the 15" wheels) several months back and have been quite happy. Not sure about the nationwide availability, but I got them at Tire Rack here in Portland.

hulagun
09-14-2012, 05:53 PM
I'm pretty happy with the tires I am currently running on my 118" Sprinter. Here's a link to my post with their details:

http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showpost.php?p=198744&postcount=12

aspen
10-29-2012, 07:26 AM
I have been using 195/70/15 Nokian Hakka C2 on my 2004 158" dually.
Now seems like they discontinued the size and what I see available is 225/70/15 (C Cargo).
Is it OK to use 225/70/15 instead of 195/70/15? What change will I experience if it is OK to use?
Thanks,
Val

hulagun
10-29-2012, 08:02 AM
I have been using 195/70/15 Nokian Hakka C2 on my 2004 158" dually.
Now seems like they discontinued the size and what I see available is 225/70/15 (C Cargo).
Is it OK to use 225/70/15 instead of 195/70/15? What change will I experience if it is OK to use?
Thanks,
Val

Hi Val,
Apples and oranges... :idunno: your van is a dually and much heavier than the little 118" wheelbase vans this thread is (mainly) for. To increase the odds of getting a useful answer you may want to start a thread more specific to your needs.
:thumbup:
Ivan

hillis24
11-14-2013, 07:37 PM
Just ordered a set of 225/70R-15 Goodyear Cargo G26 from tirerack. VANCOs have been discontinued. $644 tire+ship. I will let you know how they are.

I would not be purchasing tires but the struts were completely gone, replaced them and current tires broke a belt and were cupping very bad.

I drive about 50k highway miles per year.

dalemonroe
06-18-2014, 12:27 AM
The Continental Vanco tires on my 2005 118 are getting somewhat close to the wear bars, and I see some really tiny cracks between the tread blocks, so I'm shopping for new rubber. For reference, the Vanco tires have about 60k miles on them and are about 4 years old.

I live in Northern California and the van never sees the snow. I commute to work mostly by motorcycle, and the van is a secondary vehicle for hauling motorcycles, hiking trips with my dog, etc. So my primary concerns are road noise and performance on regular road surfaces in mild weather.

I've narrowed my choices down to the following based on researching previous posts and surfing for brand/model availability in the U.S.:

Continental Vanco 2
These are available in the stock size of 225/70R15 and are reasonably priced at $139/each at www.tirerack.com. Load rating is 2470 lbs and max inflation pressure is 65 psi. However, I get a lot of road noise with my current Vanco tires, especially on rougher asphalt and rain grooves. Any feedback as to whether the Vanco 2 tires are any quieter than the original Vanco's?

Goodyear Cargo G26
These are available in the stock size of 225/70R15, but cost is fairly high at $224/each at www.tirerack.com. Load rating is 2470 lbs and max inflation pressure is 65 psi. Any feedback as to road noise compared to other tires, and what benefits justify the significantly higher price?

Yokohama RY215
These are available in a 7R15 size, which is fairly close to a 235/75R15. It appears that many folks have switched to 235/75R15 over the stock 225/70R15 size for the benefits of (1) an accurate speedometer [but inaccurate odometer] and (2) dropping engine RPM 5-7% which likely results in a little less noise at freeway speeds. Cost at $172/each at www.tirerack.com is a little higher than the Vanco 2's. Load rating is 2040 lbs and max inflation pressure is 65 psi. Any feedback as to whether the RY215 tires are any quieter than the original Vanco's? The RY215's appear to lack cross-channels across the width of the tire, whereas the Vanco 2 and Cargo G26 have cross channels, which I think would make them noisier.

Thanks in advance for the help.
I bought my 118 with Goodyear Cargo tires they wear out in less than half the mileage I'm getting from my Vancos. I was well impressed with the tracking of the Vanco 2's, better than the Vancos or Goodyears.
My complaint with the 118 is the ride quality at the recommended tire pressure of 50 front 70 rear. The van is rated at 8500 pounds gross and I never carry close to 6000. A tire shop recommended that I try running the tires at 35 psi. That's what I'm going to try next trip.

Paul_E_D
06-18-2014, 01:52 AM
I JUST put a set of 235/75 R15 BFG A/Ts on my 118. I LOVE them. Just a touch more road noise, but a much more compliant ride and the reduction in RPM does make the motor a bit quieter, so it's a wash. I'm going to run them at 50 lbs front and rear. I'd recommend at least going to the bigger profile tires.

I have a set of used vancos for sale in MA if anyone wants em. some decent life left in them. 120 for the set. actually 3 vancos and one cargo.

derekhski
06-20-2014, 06:35 PM
I looked at these before I upgraded my 118" T1N to 16" rims. Looks like a super tire, they have two or three versions in 15" The LT version at 116S E 10 ply and a 109 T version.

Nokian Rotiiva AT Tire Size: LT235/75R15 Part Number: T428439 Service Description: 116S Tread Life Warranty: Sidewall: BW Load Range: E (10 Ply) -

Try the Tire Factory in your area.... They may be spendy at $160 - $200 a tire, but they are on/off and the Snow FLAKE symbol..

just a fyi. I now run 16" Duratracs and am super happy so far, 46PSI front 66 psi rear. But

hulagun
02-23-2015, 09:23 PM
Any opinions on these tires on our little 118" vans (used non-commercially w lighter cargo loads)?

Wrangler DuraTrac(On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction) LT235/75R15, Load Range C. They are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol to identify they meet snow service standards.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Wrangler+DuraTrac&partnum=375QR5WDTOWL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

derekhski
02-23-2015, 10:55 PM
Any opinions on these tires on our little 118" vans (used non-commercially w lighter cargo loads)?

Wrangler DuraTrac(On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction) LT235/75R15, Load Range C. They are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol to identify they meet snow service standards.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Wrangler+DuraTrac&partnum=375QR5WDTOWL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

You asked for opinions. I had some "C" load tires on my little 118, I was in Nebraska, stuck on I90 with balled Michelins and the only thing the local tire shop has was 15" C load. I cant say I noticed any difference between them and now the "E" load Dura tracs I switched to.... I switched to E range, as my now 3 year old daughter, rides in my van daily, and its our family / utility / work horse. I switched for piece of mind. honestly, I would try and find the Nokia's I mentioned in the post, earlier, try tire factory, they are snow flake rated(?), and weight rated. Just peace of mind for me....