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Old 10-08-2016, 01:42 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for new TV tires.
I drive a '13 Ford F-150 FX4 Eco with max tow pkg.(1100/11000). The truck came stock with Pirelli Scorpion ATRs (P275/55R20). I am not changing the rims. I tow a Jayflight X213 (5500 GVW). I don't load the trailer to capacity so I am def under the 5500. I do use an Equalizer WDH (1000/10,000). The truck is my daily driver and I only tow the trailer about 6-8 X's per season. The trips average less than 1,000 miles each, round trip.
The Pirellis seemed to do okay but they are running out of life. I have 45,000 miles on them and I can feel the tires just aren't what they should be. Last trip I noticed they seemed to have the slightest hint of flex but still felt the same when driving.
I have been looking at different tires and am narrowing my choices. I have a great offer on a set of Michelin Defenders LTX M/S (P275/55R20). The price is $725.00 + tax mounted, balanced, 4 wheel alignment and road hazard warranty.
I am also looking at a deal offered on a set of Goodyear SRA LRE (265/60R20) light truck tires. That price is 850+ tax. mounted and balanced but no alignment.
I am leaning toward the Michelins because I don't believe 6-8 times a season is a lot of towing and the trailer is not that heavy. I think I'll appreciate the better ride on the P rated Michelins for the bulk of my driving over the rougher ride of the LT tires. I'm also not a huge fan of Goodyears.
$ is also a factor as I don't have an unlimited supply. That is why I have narrowed it down to pretty much these two tires. These two deals seem to be the best I could find.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:02 PM   #2
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Anything less than Load Range E tires with highest temp rating is dangerous while towing any trailer above about 2000 lbs. 35 psi is also not nearly enough pressure to make them handle the loads properly. This, from a CHP officer who rolled onto the scene of a friend's blowout which nearly rolled his Suburban while towing his boat (nowhere near as heavy as a TT).
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:34 PM   #3
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That's a great price for the Michelins. Just put four 18' ers on the Tundra three weeks ago, and love them. My tab was 950.00 out the door, but no alignment or road hazard, just rotations. Have about 500 miles on them so far.
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:52 PM   #4
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The Pirellis have a max of 44 psi and thats what I wouls put them at for towing.
The Michelins say 44 psi (max) also.
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Ever checked your local Costco for prices?
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Old 10-08-2016, 05:19 PM   #6
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No Costcos even remotely close. Sams and BJs but their prices are actually some of the highest around here.
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Old 10-08-2016, 05:23 PM   #7
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Mine had Michelins on it when I bought it and I went to cooper discoverer atps ... I love them and they have good winter and wet rating and more tread depth to begin with than most
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Old 10-08-2016, 06:58 PM   #8
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This may or may not help, depending on several factors. My Silverado is also a 1/2 ton, but I agree with at least one poster - I feel strongly Load Range E is better because one never knows when one might go off road, and E's are much stronger/thicker and take more abuse without the possibility of puncturing like a lesser Load Range tire. Go online to the TIRE RACK, plug in your tire size and look for what you might want, especially in the Load Range E category. TIRE RACK also has an extremely comprehensive, biased (based on consumer reports, opinions and rationale) comparison chart. I've driven extensively in Alaska, on Oregon's logging roads as well as on the Lower 48 Interstates, and my choice (based on my experience as well as TIRE RACK's comparison chart) is without a doubt, the BF Goodrich's All Terrain KO2, Load Range E. Despite what one might think, they're very quiet, even at speed on pavement. They are heavier; they cost me about 1/2 mile less MPG, but when I'm dragging my little Jayco, I want safety, even at the expense of 1/2 MPG. Incidentally, these KO2's air from 35 to 80 psi depending on application.
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:44 PM   #9
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Load Range E and higher pressure ratings are about sidewall strength, which keeps tires from separating and overheating, as well as stabilizing loads laterally. You don't want to be within 1500 to 3000 lbs of your collective tires' load ratings. Because your trailer with a proper weight distributing hitch will add plenty of load to those TV tires.
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Dustdevil - OK. Unsure if you're addressing me or just educating all the posters in this Thread, but I guess what you've posted is good info. I believe, however, my recommendation is still a good one. Would you disagree specifically somewhere? Enlighten us.
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