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Old 08-24-2007, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best load range E tires for hauling around a camper insert

Any thoughts on the best load range E tires for hauling around a camper insert?

The OEM sized tires for my 2003 crew long bed were 235/85RR16 that will handle up to 3,045 lbs. Many of the 265/75RR16 will handle up to 3,400 lbs. Will probably go with the 265s.

What brand has been holding up to this kind of load best?

I'll ask this same question over on NATCOA (National Truck Campers of America) site, and will repost any answers I get there.
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Re: Best load range E tires for hauling around a camper insert

I would stick with your 235/85R16's and get Michelin XPS Tractions.
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Re: Best load range E tires for hauling around a camper insert

My truck ('01 350 4x4) came with Firestone R4S Steeltrax 265/75-16, I was very happy with them pulling a 12k lbs. trailer and would have no problem replacing them with the new 'stones, Trans-Force AT, they seem to be the next progression in the line, although they did steal a 32nd in the tread depth. Do not know how they would handle the slide in but the weight on the 5th wheel must be all of that. I would also consider what your truck is rated for (250?) why spend the extra coin, let along the increase in unsrung weight of a heavier tire you don't need. Remember you need to spin it and stop it too, fuel economy is more important every day.
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Re: Best load range E tires for hauling around a camper insert

You didn't say if you have an SRW or DRW. I know that tire size is standard on the DRW, but it may be on the SRW too, I dunno....

Anyway, recently bought the Michelin XPS Tractions like haul_n_horses2 recommended. I only have about 5k on them so far, but at least 60% of that is towing my 5er. Gotta say, they are working great thus far...
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Re: Best load range E tires for hauling around a camper insert

Truck is SRW.

Why stick with the 235s if the 265s handle 400 lbs more load?
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Truck is SRW.

Why stick with the 235s if the 265s handle 400 lbs more load?

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First of all, it's the size that came on your truck. Changing sizes effectively changes your final drive ratio to something less than what you have, meaning it will seem less "peppy" than it does now.

Secondly, the XPS is a commercial grade tire, so it'll last longer.

Third, the XPS has all steel belts, even in the sidewalls, so it's more puncture resistant, which could be really important with a load on.
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what weight slide-in camper??? if its heavy i suggest you go with 3400 pound rated tire....gives you 6800 lbs at the axle which would allow for about a 3600lb wet camper. the f250 at 8800lb gvwr doesn't allow much more than an 1800lb camper to be legal...
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Re: Best load range E tires for hauling around a camper insert

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: skopje</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Truck is SRW.

Why stick with the 235s if the 265s handle 400 lbs more load? </div></div>

Exactly.......just do it. The 235/85 and 265/75 are virtually the same diameter, and both were the standard size tires that came on the truck. The 265/75 was a factory optional tire size and trucks could be ordered both ways. I also haul a camper, and like you, I want the highest rated tire I can put on the truck.

Sorry, I don't have any brand recomendations. I doubt there's much hard evidence to justify one brand over another.
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Re: Best load range E tires for hauling around a camper insert

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: skopje</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Truck is SRW.

Why stick with the 235s if the 265s handle 400 lbs more load? </div></div>Just check out the posts on the XPS tires. I think you will be very secure.
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Re: Best load range E tires for hauling around a camper insert

Many camper guys are going to the new 285/75-16LT E rated tires on their superduty SRW trucks.
The rating is 3750 per tire.

I would stick with the 265/75-16LT E rated tires (all rated at 3415 lbs each). They fit better on the rim and give you less SWAY.

What camper do you have? What do you tow when the camper is aboard?
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I have the stock 265x16 E BF Goodrich ATs on my 2004 and love them. Currently 33000 and they will go at least another 15000 or so. Even with heavy snow across the passes they worked great.
The 2000 came with Firestones and they gave poor traction and wore in less than 25000 miles.
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michlin XPS hand's down,no contest,been there,done that with a slide in before going to the 5th wheel,will run you around $200.00 each mounted and balanced.
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Michelin XPS is hard to beat. I have run them many miles, check my signature. This is the best tire I have found for stability, mieage, and cost per mile. Every other tire I have used feels squirmy in comparison.
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Michelin LTX are suppose to be one of the best truck tires out there. I contacted many tire shops and they all said the LTX was the best tire. I used the M/S version.
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Michelline's for me. I was a die-hard BFG AT fan, (only a few sizes in LR E), but my first set of michellines has changed my mind.
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