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Old 01-07-2023, 02:18 PM   #1
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Which tire type for trailer towing

Looking for opinions/advice for the best type of tire for towing a travel trailer. Time to put new shoes on my 2018 RAM 1500 Express. Towing is mostly on highways or paved surfaces, no off-road boondocking. Looking for best tire for wear and quiet. Currently have Goodyear Wrangler SR-A P275/60R20 114S, worn pretty much at 47,000 miles.

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I've towed my trailer exclusively using Goodyear Wrangler SRA P 265 /70 R17 113R. I've bought 3 new sets of those tires since I bought the truck. They handle well and I never had a problem towing my trailer all 50k miles or so. I just pumped the rears up to their 44 psi max and hit the highway.

I think my trailer is around 500 pounds lighter than yours. When I started towing in 2011 I contacted Goodyear about the tires, and was told that they are perfectly fine for towing as long as within weight limits.
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Just my .02 worth, I've had good luck with the Michelin Defender LTX M/S series.
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Just my .02 worth, I've had good luck with the Michelin Defender LTX M/S series.
+1 I've had these on my last two trucks. They wear evenly and give good mileage and traction in dry or wet. So so traction in mud.
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I'm a Michelin tire on everything.
Others will say they have had problems.
Our truck and trailer are garage babies so the tires don't get weathered the same

Had my first bad Michelin tire in over 40 years this past summer.
Couldn't be balanced. So far it's been a free replacement

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You'll get a lot of options on which brand. If you tow a lot I would recommend considering a LT tire. They have a stiffer sidewall, and will improve your handling while towing. Down side, when not towing, the stiffer sidewall at the same air pressure, will provide a harder ride. But you can lower the pressure to improve the ride
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Old 01-07-2023, 07:51 PM   #7
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Definitely go with LT (light truck) tires. Much better than the "car tires" that most 1/2 trucks come with. Can run higher pressures if needed and they help minimize sway.
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x2 on the Michelin Defender LTX 2! Was never much for Michelins until I tried them on my Suburban. Smoothest & quietist tire I've ever owned, wear great also! Not the best tire in the rain, but still adequate. Just pump them up to 44 lbs when towing to reduce sidewall flex.
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Old 01-08-2023, 08:52 AM   #9
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I have Goodyear Endurance on our camper but also in the boat. I have friends who have ran their Endurance tires much longer than I ever would with no issues. That said these are not on heavy 5th wheels just in TT’s and boats under 10k.

I rarely ever go more than 4 years on trailer tires regardless of tread wear before I change them out. I don’t put more than 20k on any trailer tire in that time frame.
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I've had very good experience with the Goodyear on my last couple trucks. It helps I have a good dealer less than a mile from my house.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the Hankook stock tires my truck came with. I have over 30,000 miles in them with about 10,000 towing and don't have a complaint. I doubt I will buy a second set but if I didn't have a good relationship with a tire shop I would at least consider them. I tend to value first hand experience.
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Looking for opinions/advice for the best type of tire for towing a travel trailer. Time to put new shoes on my 2018 RAM 1500 Express. Towing is mostly on highways or paved surfaces, no off-road boondocking. Looking for best tire for wear and quiet. Currently have Goodyear Wrangler SR-A P275/60R20 114S, worn pretty much at 47,000 miles.

All comments/opinions welcome.

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I don’t know in which “Mesa” you are l located but that is the type question that I would be asking my Discount Tire person. They have great knowledge with various brands of tires for various uses.
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x2 on the Michelin Defender LTX 2! Was never much for Michelins until I tried them on my Suburban. Smoothest & quietist tire I've ever owned, wear great also! Not the best tire in the rain, but still adequate. Just pump them up to 44 lbs when towing to reduce sidewall flex.
X2. I put Defender LTX2 on our F-150 and the difference was shocking -- Smoother ride, more stability.

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I don’t know in which “Mesa” you are l located but that is the type question that I would be asking my Discount Tire person. They have great knowledge with various brands of tires for various uses.
X2. I discovered DT when I needed new tires for the TT. They matched Wal-Mart's price and the service was second to none.
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Michelins! Can't be beat
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Old 01-14-2023, 01:55 PM   #14
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I'm gonna differ in opinion with the majority here. I have had Hankook Dynapro ATM on my last 2 1/2 ton trucks (2013 F-150 & 2019 Ram 1500). Reasonably priced, quiet ride, all terrain (but no too aggressive), good tread wear.
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Michelin's on my truck, Goodyear Endurance on the trailer.
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Michelin Defender LTX M/S. Load range D. Or B.F. Goodrich K02's. Load range D ( for those who want more sidewall safety)
Both run well on highway!

Any name brand tire will work well. The secret is tire pressure.
I always run higher pressure when towing... Both front and rear. Never had an issue. I get over 70k miles on my truck with Michelins. I run 50lbs in rear and 45 in front. This is for my truck(GMC 1500) and 6k lb trailer. Normal tire pressure is 40lbs front and rear. I do NOT go by the door sticker as my tires and rims are aftermarket.

Recommend you weigh your truck and trailer properly and go from there.
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Michelin LTX A/T load D - 35 psi front, 40 rear with 300# tongue weight -
good traction and long wear, around 70,000 miles -
no problems at all with them, but figure Goodyears are about equal -
works in Michigan snow and dry summer highways but a little noisy

nowhere near the traction or ruggedness of the BFG All Terrains on my old 4Runner "Utah car" - ran BFG A/T for 20+ years - quiet on the highway but not as long-lasting - never broke down or got stuck in mud or sand in 500+ miles of Utah jeep trails
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To my opinion its not needed to swich to LT, but if you do, be ware that you need higher pressure for the same load.

In another topic on another forum, went from P-tire to E-load, and needed to my extra safe calculations about 50 psi, while P calculated 28 psi for the GAWR, recomended pressure was 35psi.

There is nothing wrong with P-tires, if maxload is with enaugh reserve.

44psi mentioned here is often the maximum allowed cold pressure of a standard load P-tire, while the referencepressure is 35 psi, or 36 psi in european system ( no P in front).

For reference-pressure and - speed the maxload is determined.
In theory you can drive a constant (reference) speed of 99mph with referencepressure ( 35 psi) in tire and maxload on it( LI 114/ maxload 2601 lbs), without overheating any part of tire, wich is the main goal of pressure determination.
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Looking for opinions/advice for the best type of tire for towing a travel trailer. Time to put new shoes on my 2018 RAM 1500 Express. Towing is mostly on highways or paved surfaces, no off-road boondocking. Looking for best tire for wear and quiet. Currently have Goodyear Wrangler SR-A P275/60R20 114S, worn pretty much at 47,000 miles.

All comments/opinions welcome.

Thanks,
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I Would consider LT tires instead of "P"s as they provide better stability for towing due to the sidewall construction. There was a noticeable difference in my RAM after switching to LT's and no difference in ride comfort.
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No offense but would I take all of this advice related to one or two sets of tires on an RV over the last few years or would I go to my local tire dealer, who deals with thousands of various tires? I leave the decision and wreck that will follow to you to decide. LOL
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