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Old 05-28-2013, 05:21 PM
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Default What tires do people buy?

I've got Hercules 265's All Trac A/T right now, they came with the truck and their fine at the moment.. But they are definitely getting old... I probably have 1, maybe 2 years left on them.

I was going to replace them with more or less stock 245's but then I bought a 5th wheel and I now need the extra weight capacity.

What do people buy, where do they buy em?

I live in Canada, but I can have things delivered to my US mailbox.

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Old 05-28-2013, 06:43 PM
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Michelin or Cooper would be a good starting place to look for quality tires. I actually liked my Cooper ATR tires better than the Michelin and they were much cheaper. The Michelin tires rode better but the side wall seemed to flex in turns. I just didn't like the feel of the Michelin tires on a winding road.

Be very careful with the Hercules MIC (made in China) tires that you are currently running. When I converted my Dually from 16" to 19.5" tires I took a chance on the less expensive Hercules tires. That was a big mistake. The left front tire blew out and did $4,600 damage to the left side of my truck. The tire was in great shape and gave no warning that it was about to fail. Hercules would not do anything because there was nothing left but the bead ring. I also had three MIC (Marathon brand) tires that separated belts on my 5th wheel. The bottom line is don't buy made in China tires. Additionally, check the date code on the tires and insist on tires less than a year old.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:51 PM
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Hi Gary
If it were my truck i would go with LT235/85-16.
Seeing where you live i would be heading to Washington to buy them,or pick some up on your travels in the States,tires are way cheaper there.
If you plane on mostly highway i'd get a Michelin LTX,if you plan on of road Michelin makes a tire with steel sidewalls and has a rib for summer,or a more open for all season,cant think of the modle but can find it if you need.
Toyo makes a good tire,bridgestone as well,Goodyear as well.The Michelin's with the steel sidewall i get recaped for my duallys.
Did you end up with 15's on your trailer?I have seen some Goodyear LT235/75-15 that have a load range D rating,and made in the States.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:05 PM
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Thanks for the replies, I'll try to price them out next time I'm stateside.

I was originally thinking of staying with 265's given that my truck with the camper is technically overweight, but even with that it's still withing hte load range for the real axle so I guess it kind of doesn't matter.

Thanks for the info on the Hercules tires, that's food for thought too.
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Edit, adding response regarding trailer tires.

Their 15's, I haven't had a chance to do anything with them yet. Probably do that next month when I have a chance to get stateside.
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:21 PM
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I just replaced the Dayton 235/85R16s on my 1T LWB Ford diesel van with Firestone Transforce HT of the same size. Can't tell any difference in ride or handling. Both are all-season designs.

I can't complain about the Daytons (also owned by Bridgestone) - they lasted 10 years in FL. With around 70K miles, the Daytons still had ~40% of tread left, and that on the biggest van Ford made in '87.
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I run Bridgestone Duravis M700HD's in 235/85R16. Not the cheapest tires, but they wear nicely and do well all season up here in Alaska. I may sipe them just for a little better traction on ice, but it wasn't bad.

I loved my BFG A/T's when I ran them on my K2500 Suburban. They were good tires, a bit on the heavy side and noisier than some of their competition. However they never let me down and got me through mud/sand/snow/highway/anythingitriedtodrivethrough without issue.
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...The bottom line is don't buy made in China tires. Additionally, check the date code on the tires and insist on tires less than a year old.
Good advice....
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:23 PM
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I replaced the factory Bridgestone 245/16's with 265 Bridgestone Revos. They were okay to start with, but as they wore down (30K) they started to get noisy. I replaced them with Michelin 265 LTX MS2's and never looked back. A bit pricey, but a great tire. I should get 60K from them easily. Great on wet pavement, no snow in Florida (yet) and a good trailer towing tire.
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x2 on the Michelin LTX MS2.
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Well, I have used GoodYear 245 Wranglers ever since I wore out the factory tires. I get about 110,000 km's a set and I like the kevlar side walls. I have never had a flat or even a slow leak. I run them at about 70 psi and they ride just great.
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