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All Season Tyres?

RobnCaz

New Member
Hello all,

We've just jumped into the world of MP ownership and I'm after some advice... Being RWD have many / any of you switched to all season tyres and if so what's been your experience? Apart from winter traction benefits, I'm assuming A/S tyres will make getting stuck in a wet / muddy field less of an issue? I'm considering getting a set rather than faffing about with winter wheel / tyre swapping twice a year. Also, from my research so far, on the 19in AMG wheels, it appears options are limited - Bridgestone Weather Control the only "known" brand showing up.

Any thoughts anyone?
 

BabaJen

Active Member
I'm not an MP owner and my vehicle is 4WD but for all year round camping I would have nothing else. When I picked my new vehicle up last time round it had Bridgestone Turanza's fitted and they were off as soon as I got home.

I was parked in a field in Wiltshire just a week ago and after torrential rain the sinking feeling was affecting those all around but I had no difficulty pulling our caravan out. Just one of many times I have been grateful for them.
 

Method7

Active Member
I think you’ll need steel winter wheels for the best options, but to be fair RWD is better than FWD and at least it has ESP or whatever they call the traction control system.

The problem with the AMG wheels is the you have two of the three dimensions are completely wrong for winter driving, narrow wheels and high profiles is what you need, ideally with deep chunky tread pattern. I don’t think you will gain any noticeable benefit from changing tyres on those 19” rims. In fact it’s possible you will just hinder you normal tarmac performance, introduce more road noise for no real improvement in the dirt.. could be better in the wet but over those widths I sort of doubt it unless your currently running some special summer tyre.

If I was planning on ploughing fields and snow I would change the wheels for smaller steel ones and fit proper tyres.. those AMG alloys are also very unforgiving, we picked up a double blowout from a pothole in Scotland, had to get recovered.
 

KDM

Member
I bought a second set of 19" AMG rims for winter tires. I've found similar wheels to be superb in winter driving on my Audi and Volvo. I've never gone "skinny" in the winter and I live in the foot hills of the Alps. Today's materials and tread designs make for winter tires that drive and feel like summer sport tires. Going with 19" Michelin Pilot Sport 5 winter tires this winter. Lots of good info on winters here: https://www.tirerack.com/winter/tech/index.jsp
 

Method7

Active Member
I bought a second set of 19" AMG rims for winter tires. I've found similar wheels to be superb in winter driving on my Audi and Volvo. I've never gone "skinny" in the winter and I live in the foot hills of the Alps. Today's materials and tread designs make for winter tires that drive and feel like summer sport tires. Going with 19" Michelin Pilot Sport 5 winter tires this winter. Lots of good info on winters here: https://www.tirerack.com/winter/tech/index.jsp
That may be the case with a 4 matic as @BabaJen has explained, I’m not so sure a 2WD would perform as well on those rims.
 

Ian

Member
I've had a closer look into this as I think this year will be the year I bother to get some winter tyres sorted out. Most likely going to get a second set of rims rather than faff with getting the tyres popped on and off twice a year.

My van has the 245/45 R 18 XL tyres / wheels fitted. Looking at the Mercedes guide on-line it appears this setup is in both category 1 and 2, meaning that I could replace with any other allowed combination without causing the instrument calibration a problem. I'd probably stay with the existing size or step down to a R17 rim. Would need the TPMS as well as new rims. No idea how much these cost?

Has anyone just gone to a Mercedes garage and asked them to sort it all out (i.e. swap the whole lot for a new winter set?). Any view on costs etc?
 

Paul Mc

Member
I've had a closer look into this as I think this year will be the year I bother to get some winter tyres sorted out. Most likely going to get a second set of rims rather than faff with getting the tyres popped on and off twice a year.

My van has the 245/45 R 18 XL tyres / wheels fitted. Looking at the Mercedes guide on-line it appears this setup is in both category 1 and 2, meaning that I could replace with any other allowed combination without causing the instrument calibration a problem. I'd probably stay with the existing size or step down to a R17 rim. Would need the TPMS as well as new rims. No idea how much these cost?

Has anyone just gone to a Mercedes garage and asked them to sort it all out (i.e. swap the whole lot for a new winter set?). Any view on costs etc?
I purchased the wheels and tyres from MB.
My tyres are the T850s on 17 inch rims.
Change the wheels over myself using a 3 ton trolley jack which I purchased from Halfords.
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Paul Mc

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It’s a good idea to use a torque wrench on those wheel nuts.
Yes, I bought a torque wrench when I purchased the trolly jack.
180 Nm for the light alloy wheels. I forgot to include it in the photo.
Will also be using a set of wheel stud alignment guides for the next wheel change. The wheels are quite heavy!
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