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Posted: 09/01/20 10:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you check that they put the right tires on? A national chain put a new set of Michelin P rated tires on my ram 2500. It can happen.

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Same thing happened to us after getting new tires, took a few hundred miles before the slickness of the new tread wore off to get back to the towing comfort we were accustomed to.

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How old is your truck? I know you did an alignment but maybe there is something else in the front end that they forgot to do or tighten.


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Sjm9911 wrote:

How old is your truck? I know you did an alignment but maybe there is something else in the front end that they forgot to do or tighten.


2012 w 60k miles is what I picked up from the first post. And at 60k miles on original skins, it's been babied, not beat.


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Add another, new tire squirm! Drive it 1000 miles or so, should be better.
Yes as others have noted, could also be too much psi front or rear of the tires. Possibly, but unlikely, wrong tires with too low a load rating, too low of pressure.......

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campigloo wrote:

Did you check that they put the right tires on? A national chain put a new set of Michelin P rated tires on my ram 2500. It can happen.


YEP, good OL LesSchwab was famous for installing fatty tires on 3/4 ton trucks in a "D" rating saying "oh they have the same carrying capacity". BIG problem when towing there is a lot of bounce and poor handling.


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Grit dog wrote:

Sjm9911 wrote:

How old is your truck? I know you did an alignment but maybe there is something else in the front end that they forgot to do or tighten.


2012 w 60k miles is what I picked up from the first post. And at 60k miles on original skins, it's been babied, not beat.


Reson why i was asking is that on my gmc( i know diffrent truck) there was sway links or something like that that went bad in the front end. Not sure on what it was called but would make the steering a bit wonky in the front.

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bgum wrote:

You were running 65 and 75 but what is it now pressure wise?
Answer: Those readings were COLD PSI before I started towing.

Beverley&Ken wrote:

Same tire with the same tread pattern? same pressures, possible a 'new bad Continental tires,'
Does it handle the same without the trailer as it did before. Since you had the alignment done, start at there shop, maybe they can check the tires as well

Ken

Answers: Yes, same tire, tread pattern, and air pressures as the old tires. Truck handled the same as it did before without the trailer.

campigloo wrote:

Did you check that they put the right tires on? A national chain put a new set of Michelin P rated tires on my ram 2500. It can happen.

Answer: Yes, Tires checked and verified before I left the dealer as I accidentally did that to a car when I was 17 and working at a service station in 1980. Actually, I don't remember if I grabbed the wrong tires or they were handed to me but I'll take the blame for it.

I had the alignment checked and other than being a very small amount out it is fine and I had the tires balanced again just to make sure everything is good related to the tires. I'll get underneath it this evening and check the linkages to make sure there is no slop in them,

The truck has few miles on it because I have a short trip to work and we've not taken a lot of long vacations with it since we purchased it on early 2013. We mainly camp in State Parks in Indiana with the occasional long vacation trip.

We are skipping this weekend so Saturday morning I'll hook the trailer up to the truck again with sway and weight distribution bars and see if it is any better now that I have 900 miles on the tires.

I've never experienced tread 'squirm' in my 45 years of driving and pulling a trailer was quite the wild experience over 225 miles to the park and back. I guess I'll put the tires on in winter next time to get some miles on them before I tow as I don't want to experience that again.

Thanks for everyone's ideas and I'll report back on the pull test on Saturday and let you know if it is gone or getting better.


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Probably pertinent to the discussion, what size and model of tire?

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Some times new tires will do that till broken in. Maybe you’re front end alignement is not right


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