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Old 09-17-2018, 01:23 PM   #1
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Question Tow Vehicle Tires?

2012 Ford F350 King Ranch club cab, SRD 6 foot bed w/powerstroke. Has original tires w/39,500 miles, time to replace. Michelin LT AT2. 275/70 R18 Load Range E tires.

Going shopping for new tires. What do I need to look for? I'm sure the sales people will have plenty of suggestions, need to know what I need to tow my 37 foot Cruiser 5th wheel. Someone mentioned 10 ply tires?

Previous owner used truck to go to country club, home depot and plowed his driveway. The only off road this truck sees is in and out of campsites. I may plow my driveway this winter, but it's flat, otherwise it's also my daily driver. I work from home, but that may be changing and don't want to buy another vehicle.

Suggestions? Is this going to be a popcorn thread? I tried searching the forums but didn't find much and nothing recent. I usually get my tires at Townfair Tire and have always done well.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:51 PM   #2
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Well, LT load range E are 10 ply rated. I would suggest a name brand and make sure you stay away from the Chinese brand.


Personally, I and quite a few of my camping friends, prefer the Firestone Transforce. The come either Highway rated (HT) or A/T (All Terrain). I prefer the HT since they run cooler and quieter than the A/T tires.


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I always had good luck with Copper AT3. Wear like iron. Don't use anything less than Load Range E.
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2012 Ford F350 King Ranch club cab, SRD 6 foot bed w/powerstroke. Has original tires w/39,500 miles, time to replace. Michelin LT AT2. 275/70 R18 Load Range E tires.

Going shopping for new tires. What do I need to look for? I'm sure the sales people will have plenty of suggestions, need to know what I need to tow my 37 foot Cruiser 5th wheel. Someone mentioned 10 ply tires?

Previous owner used truck to go to country club, home depot and plowed his driveway. The only off road this truck sees is in and out of campsites. I may plow my driveway this winter, but it's flat, otherwise it's also my daily driver. I work from home, but that may be changing and don't want to buy another vehicle.

Suggestions? Is this going to be a popcorn thread? I tried searching the forums but didn't find much and nothing recent. I usually get my tires at Townfair Tire and have always done well.
I am a fan of the same brand of tires you are looking to replace, only the Michelin LT MS2. 275/70 R18 Load Range E tires. They are a little more expensive compared to most brands but they have not steered me wrong. I don't think they are loud, seem to have decent traction in the snow and rain.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:01 AM   #5
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I also run the Cooper Discoverer AT3. Getting ready to replace them with the same thing.
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Old 09-19-2018, 06:10 PM   #6
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Michelins without question.


They cost a bit more but they're worth every penny. IMHO



I've got Michelins on everything even my bike.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:16 AM   #7
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Michelins. Very good and reliable tire for towing a rig.
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I am running Goodrich All Terrains load range E. they wear very well but the side walls crack after 4 or 5 winters! I keep towing with them anyway as I only run them in the summer time, but they sit under my deck in winter.
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Ten ply hankooks. Great tires good wear and bite the road great
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We just went through this situation and settled on the Cooper Discover HT3. Very happy with them and the decision to go with 10 ply. We do notice it handles the camper much better.
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I have BFG/AT/K02's on mine 2013 F350 and love them. I pull a 2016 Rushmore and have no issues. The tread is a little aggressive so you don't get stuck in soft dirt or sand, but they don't have a bunch of road noise. I have several thousand miles on them and they wear great too.
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I have 19,000 miles on the Goodyear Wrangler SR-A tires that came on my truck, and they still look new. They are load range E LT tires with a highway tread. They're quiet and do well in snow.
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I also run the Cooper Discoverer AT3. Getting ready to replace them with the same thing.
I just upgraded to the AT3 tires. What pressure do you run at? The dealer suggested 40#. I couldn't find an inflation/load chart for the Cooper tire.
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I go by the door sticker. On my truck with LT 265/70/17 tires it calls for 60# front and 72# rear. I also rotate them every other oil change.
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I go by the door sticker. On my truck with LT 265/70/17 tires it calls for 60# front and 72# rear. I also rotate them every other oil change.
The sticker for my F150 is about 35#, I'm not near the truck to get the exact pressure. That seems a little low for the LT tires. The originals were not LT's.
This is my first experience with LT tires.
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I go by the door sticker. On my truck with LT 265/70/17 tires it calls for 60# front and 72# rear. I also rotate them every other oil change.
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The sticker for my F150 is about 35#, I'm not near the truck to get the exact pressure. That seems a little low for the LT tires. The originals were not LT's.



You guys have two different trucks so it will be hard for you to go by the door sticker if you are using the same tire.
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Here's a chart that may help you.


https://tirepressure.com/2009-ford-f...-tire-pressure
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Thanks Mark. Looks like the LT option for my truck is a different size than what I bought.
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Must be in a daze today forgot he changed from a passenger tire to a truck tire. My truck came with the Lt tires stock so things would be different on his truck but the chart should help .

For my "learn something new everyday" policy - Are the rims the same for the P and LT tires? Just wandering about the higher pressure.
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