I just looked at my 1999 Dodge 2500 Cummins 4x4's tires..and they need replacing fast!
We are heading out on a 3000 mile trip Oct 1st, so I am late in putting on new feet.
I plan to pull a 31ft fiver of about 11,500 lbs.
And also a 20ft fiberglass boat w/trailer daily to ramp this winter, but NOT in tandem with the fiver.
What do you good folks on RV Net recommend buying in the way of 4 good tires? Our miles will be 90% highway miles..very little off-roading.
Brand? 10 ply or ? Size? I'm guessing 265/75 R16 or R17's, but don't really know the best choice. I don't want to make a bad mistake as there are going to be some steep cliffs 7 grades along our path....plus hot desert temps!!
Looking for some good advice for my tire shopping tomorrow.
I happily replaced my OEM BFGoodrich Rugged Trail's with the same. They handle the weight well, good fuel economy, quiet, decent wear milage, and best of all, the price was reasonable. Michelins are good too tho!
Your truck likely has 16" wheels on it, if it has the stock wheels. LT245/75-16E should be your stock tire size. You can verify that by looking on the VIN/info sticker on the driver's door jamb of the truck.
Michelin LTX are excellent tires. We got over 100,000 miles out of a set of them on a 2wd van once. Amazing.
Roger, I am running the BF Goodrich AT on my Dodge 2500 right now and will never make that mistake again, as they have worn out in less than 20k miles. I am going back to the Michelin LTX, we are running them on my wifes rig and they are doing great. I am looking forward to your posts on BN. JH
Another vote for the LTX M/S2's Had them on 2 other trucks and were the best tire I ever ran for comfort and towing an RV.
My new truck came with Michelin LTX A/T2's, only 1800 miles and 200 of those towing and seem good, but not enough miles to compare to the M/S2's, and the reviews I've read say the M/S2's are better in snow and ice, they have a lot more siping.
Having said that, if I have to be home all winter.....sigh....I'm a firm believer in a dedicated winter tire, and IMHO the Nokian Happas are the best, but expensive.
Many thanks for all those good suggestions ...and the reasoning behind your choices shows sound thinking and experience, which is what makes RVnet such a great support forum.
A set of Michelin LTX M/S2's it is then. I'll have them mounted and balanced TODAY....opps, Blue laws here on Sunday....okay, Monday, then.
Thanks, again. I'm happily content with the choice, AND my Co-pilot is feeling much safer..which translates to a great trip! We'll be giving those Michelin's a good test...starting soon we will be:
Driving thru some light snow near Glacier Park and over the Great Divide, then dry I-94s thru the rest of Montana to Idaho to Seattle. Then thru the Olympic Peninsula to the Coast Hwy..and take a left along the shore to San Diego to spend a week or two stocking up for 6 months in Baja. Margaritas, anyone?