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    Question Tire Ratings

    What rated tires should I have for truck and trailer tires. 1/2 ton truck. 3500 lb trailer axle.

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    Default Load Range

    I only use load range D or E. The added strength really helps on Ak roads and the Haul Road hitting stones. Never had a flat running up north.

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    Typically I have to agree with Dave, however a half ton truck usually has a softer suspension, tires being part of that. If you put D or E range on your truck you will sacrifice some smoothness in the ride. The trade off is a sturdier tire so its up to you.

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    Agreed, E rated tires will hold up to stone cuts better. I have friends who drive their SUVs up north with car tires on them (that's what comes on them) and they are the ones who are getting 4-5 flats in per trip. I'd rather have a slightly stiffer ride and not have to be fixing flats.

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    Ya, HD six ply tires for the Elliot and Dalton for sure. That crushed rock they use is some sharp stuff. Although for driving the ALCAN I don't think it's necessary. Heck, you can drive the ALCAN in a car now.

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    The E-rated tires have treated me very well. I had 3 flats on my Tahoe one summer with P-rated (2-ply) tires. I didn't have a single flat after switching to LT tires with an E load range. I have made two trips up the Al-Can with E-rated tires. No flats on either trip. The stiffer sidewalls of the E-rated tires also help in cornering stability while towing a load.

    I gladly give up a little ride quality for a more durable tire.

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    E rated would be my pitch as well. Rancho 9000 shocks will help with the stiffer ride when you don't need it. I really appreciate mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in Alaska View Post
    The E-rated tires have treated me very well. I had 3 flats on my Tahoe one summer with P-rated (2-ply) tires. I didn't have a single flat after switching to LT tires with an E load range. I have made two trips up the Al-Can with E-rated tires. No flats on either trip. The stiffer sidewalls of the E-rated tires also help in cornering stability while towing a load.

    I gladly give up a little ride quality for a more durable tire.
    It has always graveled me that they put P (passenger) tires on trucks instead of LT's. I guess they are cheaper and make for a more comfortable urban cruiser sales pitch.

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    It helps make that truck ride more like a car. The F-150 isn't the top seller because it rides like a truck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snyd View Post
    It has always graveled me that they put P (passenger) tires on trucks instead of LT's. I guess they are cheaper and make for a more comfortable urban cruiser sales pitch.



    There are too few people (in the entire county) that actually use a Truck as a Truck. I saw more trucks/SUV's (most were 4x4's too) in San Francisco than I did cars. They cater to the masses, and the rest of us have to suffer a bit.


    Quote Originally Posted by AKBighorn View Post
    It helps make that truck ride more like a car. The F-150 isn't the top seller because it rides like a truck


    I thought the GM’s rode better than the F-series?
    Don’t get me wrong I love my Ford I just wish they would put a oil burner in the F-150.
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