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I have a 3/4 ton Dodge with the Cummins diesel, loaded up & ready to roll my gross weight is 18,500 lbs I don't drive over 60-65 mph. I installed a new set of top of the line Firestone tires last Oct. these tires now have 7,000 miles on them, which most of that is pulling the 18,500 lbs load, I checked the tire tread depth, and was surprised to find that the drive tires were 5/32 less that the steer tires, after 42 years of being a over the road, owner/operator trucker, I know that drive tires do wear more than steer tires, but my question "is this normal for my set up"...I had my tires rotated in order to try to keep the tire wear the same...if this is normal, I will buying new tires soon...

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Posted: 08/18/12 05:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just ran 83000 miles on the factory michlens on the truck in my signature. I was so impressed I bought 4 more of the same tire.
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I have Michelin AT2's and I would estimate that the drives when towing have worn twice as fast as the steer axle. Rotate regularly to qualize the wear. Now have 50,000 on set and will probably replace before winter.

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Posted: 08/18/12 06:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My rears wear about two times as fast as front tires so rather than rotate I just replace the rear (installing new on the front) every second time. Of course the harder you accelerate, the more rubber you will wear off.

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I'm always amazed at how many miles folks say they get when towing heavy loads. Maybe I tow more often, but on my last truck ('03 RAM 3500) I never got more than 30,000 miles out of tires, even though I did regularily rotate.

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Posted: 08/18/12 08:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bionic Man wrote:

I'm always amazed at how many miles folks say they get when towing heavy loads. Maybe I tow more often, but on my last truck ('03 RAM 3500) I never got more than 30,000 miles out of tires, even though I did regularily rotate.

x2, and that's about what I get towing fairly routinely and heavy.

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Posted: 08/19/12 09:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always plan on getting 60K on the tires on the tow vehicle and always have. [emoticon]

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The Cummins makes a lot of torque out of the hole and this will eat drive tires.

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My truck came OE with Michelins. I rotated them about every 5,000 miles. On average, they wore 1/32" every 3,500 miles and when I replaced them, were RF 5/32", LF 6/32", RR 6/32", LR 7/32" which would give them an expected life of 45,500 miles or wear down to 2/32" on the worst tire.
I replaced early at 35,000 because I volunteered to test a free set of Nitto Crosstecs.
My advice is to rotate more often. Nitto wants me to rotate the test tires every 3,500 miles. We'll see how they hold up, I like them so far.

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So many variables and absolutism in play

Absolutism, meaning that if one gets 120K miles out of Michelin LTX 30/9.5R15LT
load range C's then all Michelin tires will get 120K miles, or that all LTX will,
or all flotation LT tires will....or that my Daughter's Mazda half ton pickup
will, or that since Mazda makes it for Ford as the Ranger...all Rangers will

Variables as in the drivers style, the vehicle setup, the terrain, etc, etc, etc

Commercial class tires 'can' have million mile carcasses that have been re-tread
several times

To the OP, tires today are much different than the same OEM, same model, same
size, etc than years ago

My 4th and 5th set of Michelin LTX AT's rotted out (cracks) in less than 20K miles. My first and second sets went over 60K miles.

I drive extremely HARD when not towing. Towing, I'm down in the 55-65MPH average
with an occasional burst to 75-80MPH to pass.

Some of the new formulations requires curing on vehicle where they will harden
and both behave better and last longer

Good luck on your search

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