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Old 02-25-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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Truck tire recommendations?

We have a Dodge RAM 2500 truck in need of a new set of tires to pull our 28-foot Airstream - would like to know the best tires for the job. Appreciate recommendations. Thanks! Wendy
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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Personally, I've been very pleased with Michelin LTX AT radials; I get about 50K miles on a set w/ our 7000 lb 4x4 truck. The right tire for your application depends a LOT on the kinds of use to which you put the truck - heavy hauling, high speed highway use, lots of off road, etc.

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Old 02-26-2011, 06:52 AM   #3
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Check what Consumer Reports says.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:59 AM   #4
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I love my LTXs. Finishing my second set on a RAM 2500 with 117000 miles (almost all towing). Had a pair on a Grand Cherokee and got 105,000 on them.

I think they are being updated by Michelin (MS2) but I will buy another set!
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:00 AM   #5
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While just about every manufacturer has a solid selection of hearty load-range appropriate tires for a 2500 series truck, the most important part is what you do with your truck. If all you do is dry weather towing on highways, a non-aggressive tread design will run the most quiet, steer the smoothest and give the best fuel economy and tread life. If it's a 4X4 truck and most of your driving is on snow covered or muddy roads, then a good aggressive tread would be the smartest choice. In between? There are mid-range tread designs for some occasional poor road conditions.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:35 AM   #6
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My 2004 2500 Ram came with Michelin LTX/ATs , ran the first set 92,000 and could easily have run another 10,000 but replaced due to age. My second set has 38,000 on them and they are barely wearing. Good all around use tire. I spend a lot of time in 4 wheel on the farm and they even work well there.
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Michelin LTX/ATs seem to be the way to go. We expect once we go full-time to get as far away from snow and ice as we possibly can! There won't be a lot of high-speed driving and probably minimal off-road adventures. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:55 AM   #8
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Another vote for Michelin LTX/ATs if you are staying on the pavement. We're pleased with this tire model.
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:33 PM   #9
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I switched from Bf Goodrich to Michelins this year on my F250 work truck and my Excursion this year. The Michelins are 100 times the tire. I wish I made the switch years ago.
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:41 PM   #10
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We replaced the OEM (junk) Load Range C Goodrich tires on our Tundra with Michelin LTX/AT2 Load Range E 40,000 miles ago. They wear well, have great traction in snow, ride well. Michelin has different versions of their LTX tires. I thought these were the best deal because we do a lot of driving and they would last a long time since the LR E has deeper tread. The AT means "all terrain". The LTX M+S is a mud and snow tire, but the AT2 is also but has a more aggressive tread. If you don't drive a lot, the non-AT2 LTX may be a better deal because I don't think they will last quite as long.

You can check Michelin's website for specs and how long they expect a specific tire to last. My experience is they last longer and have good traction even when the tread is getting down to replacement time.

I've looked at Consumer Reports tire ratings and have never heard of some of the tires they rate highly. They seem oriented towards car tires anyway. Tire Rack has customer ratings on its website and Michelin rates very high.

Many Forum members seem to be Michelin fans. When we replace the Marathons that are standard on recent trailer models, many of us go to Michelins even though we have to buy 16" tires and new wheels. We are also pleased with the Michelin LTX's on our Safari.

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My vote is for the Michelin LTX MS/2. I have the MSs on my F350 2wd it is used for towing. I have used them in the snow with a Shurtrax bladder(ShurTrax Traction Control System for Full Size Pickup) in the bed. With all the snow that we have had in NY I have not had a problem or have been stuck. I have 38,000 miles on the tires(12K going to Alaska in 2010) and still have plenty of tread. Next set will be the MS/2's.

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Michelin's on all my cars have been my tire of choice - the MS/2 LT has gotten good reviews!
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I've had real good service from my Michelin LTX M/S, and no problems. They are a little pricey, but so far worth the money.
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Another vote for Michelins.

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