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Posted: 07/24/21 12:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, I'd like to buy new tires with more weight carrying capacity for my truck to pull an 11,000lb 5th wheel. The ones that came with the 2018 Ram 2500 are size : LT275/70r18 125/122s. I'm not sure if that means they are E rated or D. The brand I'm looking to buy are from Westlake. the ones I have are Transforce and well worn. Thanks for your help.

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All I know is that Westlakes on RVs are in the China Bomb family, so not sure I would want them on my RV.


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I purchased Firestone Transforce the last three times for trucks owned and well pleased with them. Just my experience.


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Stick with the Transforce

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I've had really good service from Michelin LTX A/T 2. Had 2 sets on my Ram and my Silverado came from the factory with them. I tried a set of Hankooks in between and they just didn't measure up.


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I’ve had great luck with 2 sets of Cooper AT3s.


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I have and recommend the Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar®

https://www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/wrangler-all-terrain-adventure

Looks like you already have a large E rated LT tire so you may not find much more capacity unless you go to a commercial tire.


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navybanker wrote:

I purchased Firestone Transforce the last three times for trucks owned and well pleased with them. Just my experience.


Worst tire I have ever had except for Michelin. The Firestone Transforce HT ,came new on my Ram 3500. They were done at 28K. Rotated every 5K, still wore out very quickly. Yes ran the proper air pressure ,towing ,and non towing.

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I too have had excellent service with Goodyear Wrangler LT Load E tires on my Dodge Ram 2500 V10 and Ram 1500 trucks. Was not impressed with Michelin a long time ago.

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Road Phantom wrote:

Hi, I'd like to buy new tires with more weight carrying capacity for my truck to pull an 11,000lb 5th wheel. The ones that came with the 2018 Ram 2500 are size : LT275/70r18 125/122s. I'm not sure if that means they are E rated or D. The brand I'm looking to buy are from Westlake. the ones I have are Transforce and well worn. Thanks for your help.

Your tires have a 3640 lb load rating and are a LT E. Plenty of tire for a 11k lb 5th wheel trailer.
I've never used the Firestone Transforce on a truck but have used a couple of sets of LT235/85-16 E on my service trailers. They run around 40k-45k miles till the wear bars get close.

Westlake LT and ST tires don't have a good rep on many different rv and non rv trailering websites. There are better LT E tires out here for your truck. Don't cheap out when tire replacement time comes.

Driving style and city vs rural has a lot to do with how many miles of service a tire will last. I'm rural and can get 75k+ miles out of LT E on my trucks. I also air up (65 psi-70 psi rears) for when needed and air down when empty (65 psi frt-45 psi rears).
My bil has used the same tire brand/type on his 2500/3500 trucks....lives in a big city....squares his corners....aggressive driving and never checks his tire pressures and is lucky to get 25k-28k miles before the tires shoulders are gone.

I stick with major LT or P brands for my trucks. I don't have a favorite brand but lean towards a nice quiet all terrain on my 2wd/4wd trucks.


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