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Old 02-14-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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TIRES for Tow Vehicle???

Looking to buy new tires for our tow vehicle. Currently we have factory Goodyear P265/65/R17. Tire shop recommended a "C" or "E" rated tire, since we are towing a trailer. "E" is probably not an option, because we only pull the trailer during the summer months, and I don't want a rough ride. Anyone out there with advice on tires they may have purchased that run well with/without the airstream in tow? Thanks!
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What kind of TV are we talking about, and did the vehicle have OEM load range E's? I have 3/4 ton Suburban and tow a 25FB with E's. Towing 7000#, I would want the E's. A load range C tire may not be up to serious towing.

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TV is a Dodge Durango. Towed A/S last summer with original factory tires. Just an all season "P" tire. Seemed to do just fine. As with everything we are learning new things everyday. Didn't even realize there were "C" and "E" tires for towing. Want something beefy looking, but still rides smooth when A/S is in tow. We only take her out about 8 times a year.
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Before you decide on tires, take the fully loaded weight of your Durango, with gas, cargo, passengers, etc. Add to this the tongue weight of your Airstream, also fully loaded. Take this total weight and make sure it is within the weight specs of any tire that you are considering.

For instance, if you fully loaded TV with trailer tongue weight is 10,000#, and the tire max is 2100# each, that tire would be unsafe. Do your homework, the tire salesman may not be very knowledgeable.

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What kind of TV are we talking about, and did the vehicle have OEM load range E's? I have 3/4 ton Suburban and tow a 25FB with E's. Towing 7000#, I would want the E's. A load range C tire may not be up to serious towing.

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Our Burb also came with E's..

Up-graded to Michelin LTX 265/75/r16, re-program PCM for 31" tire height.

SOOPER smooth and quite too!!!
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Thanks! Do you still get a smooth ride with the "E" when A/S is not in tow? What tires are you running?
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Load range E tires can give a fairly smooth ride when unloaded by slightly reducing the inflation psi. I, personally, don't bother doing this, but some folks do.

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Google Hercules tires there made in the USA and have a really good warranty and roadside warranty as well
i have a set of 6ply on my 2000 1/2ton and have been really impressed with the way they are wearing and the ride they provide isn't to bad ether.

the two dealers i have dealt with weren't bad ether.

there not as high priced as say bridgestone Goodyear or Michelin tires
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If you wish you had lower gearing in your tow vehicle going to low profile tires has the same effect as gears one step lower.

In this case 60 series instead of 75 series.

Do this only if you feel the need for lower gearing when towing and don't mind a little worse mileage and revvier engine when not towing.
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Or take the GVWR for the truck. Divide by 4 and make sure the tire you use haev a load rating for 110% of that number. The GVWR can be found on drivers door jamb.

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Michelin LTX M/S: Low rolling resistance, smooth smooth ride, good traction, and long life. I've been averaging about 70,000 miles per set and am on my 4th set. My sister-in-law got and incredible and amazing 235,000 miles out of the set she put on her Ford Explorer when she went thru the Firestone recall! We even contacted Michelin with the good news. They sent her a nice baseball cap and a slick mouse pad!
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Michelin LTX M/S: They sent her a nice baseball cap and a slick mouse pad!
What no commercial?

They are great tires though!!!
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If you wish you had lower gearing in your tow vehicle going to low profile tires has the same effect as gears one step lower.

In this case 60 series instead of 75 series.

Do this only if you feel the need for lower gearing when towing and don't mind a little worse mileage and revvier engine when not towing.
Good idea. Also consider the fact that in many cases a smaller tire will improve handling when it comes to maneuverability. The chart illustrating the 2 Suburbans in their respective slalom and lane change speeds show the quicker vehicle with the smaller tires.
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I'm running Firestone Transforce HT 265/70/17 load range E, a high mileage tire that comes highly recommended by RV Transporters. Great ride.
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