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Old 07-28-2010, 10:45 AM   #1
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I have where the rubber hits the road question.

I would be very appreciative if you could advice me on what tires should I replace my current ones with.

I am preparing to take my maiden voyage with new to me 73 tradewind. Never have towed more than a tent trailer. I am concerned about getting things right and safe. The previous owner used this trailer on a regular basis. It has newer shocks and brakes and newer axels 7 years ago from Inland. The trailer tires are months old. So I believe I have that covered.

I got advice previously to get a brake controller and a transmission cooler. I had a n istop IQ installed and a Tru-Cool transmission cooler 4590 rated fir 28000 gvw installed, today. I also installed new Monroe reflex shocks on tow vehicle.

Now I want to replace tires and hope to get some advice. I have a 2004 ˝ ton Express van AWD. GVWR 7200 GAWR FRT 3600 GAWR RR 4000

The tires that came on it were P235 75R 16 Currently the tires on it are P245 75R 16 off brand Coopers

Any thoughts on what would make sense to upgrade to. The shops recommend LT 10ply but are short on the why. Please advice and help put me on the side of the angels on my first voyage. Many thanks Tony

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Old 07-28-2010, 10:58 AM   #2
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Why do you want to replace the tires? Cooper is not an off brand by any means. They have four manufacturing facilities in the US in addition to those offshore.

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Old 07-28-2010, 11:03 AM   #3
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Are the tires you have shot? If they are still OK, I don't know that I'd necessarily replace them just to upgrade.

P-rated tires are not as conservatively rated as LT-rated tires weight wise so to compare weight ratings you have to subtract 20% or something from the weight rating of the P-rated tires.

I've heard that LT tires have less sidewall flex but I'm not sure I believe it.

I used to get LT tires for my 1/2 ton truck and always do for my 3/4 ton that I have now but I'm not sure it's really necessary. Then again usually there isn't much price difference.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:27 AM   #4
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I am sorry I didn't make myself clear the tires are branded with another name but are made by Cooper. They are made in USA. I was advised to replace them at the end of the summer before the weather changes. So I figured since I was going to start towing I would push up the date and eat a few miles. Thanks Tony
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