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#1 OFFLINE   ATPringles

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 04:03 PM

My 2011 truck (one of the last Dodge Dakotas off the line) is needing new tires. I know nothing about tires. Well, they're supposed to be of black rubber, usually, but that's about it. I haven't used the truck or camper as much as I thought I would, so the truck and tires only have 15-16,000 miles on them, but they are getting to the age where they need to be replaced. They are P265/65R17. I want safe tires--tires that will get me to and from the kinds of places that I go. I don't need flashy tires or the biggest name on the block tires. I realize this is probably like asking which type of truck is the best, or which canoe is the fastest (red). But, for a person who drives on pavement almost all the time, and gravel sometimes, and who never 4 wheels (because she has no 4 wheel drive), do you have suggestions? As I said, I only put 15,000 on these tires and have started thinking about getting tires because these tires are 6.5 years old, and getting little teeny cracks. The local tire shop says they're still ok, but they are "getting there."

Thanks for any advice! Pringles

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 04:28 PM

I like the Michelin LTX tires. I have had no issues during all the seasons. I would buy them again.


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 04:59 PM

I had Hancook 16" e-rated tires on my previous truck can't really say anything bad about them. I have Samson 19.5" tires on my current truck and Firestones 16" e-rated before them. The Firestones were a noise tire.

 

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 07:02 PM

Thank you. E rated tires are more heavy duty, aren't they? Does that make them handle the extra weight of the camper better? (I never had any handling problems, I drive like a librarian (which I am).).

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 09:59 PM

Yes they are a stronger tire that can handle higher pressures and carry more weight.

 

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 04:02 AM

Thank you.

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 04:04 AM

I would not put P tires back on the truck. P is for passenger car; those tires are designed for a cushy ride, not hauling heavy weight. Upgrade to an LT (for light truck) tire. I would guess that a load range C would be fine on a Dakota but going to a D or E is possible.

I don't think I've ever really had a "bad" tire. I've used a lot of different ones over the years and all were reasonably good. It doesn't sound like you require anything extraordinary.



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 10:31 AM

I like Michelin LTX also for lite campers. Been to every lower state except RI with them in ice/snow,rain and sand. Your original tires may be a good choice.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:24 AM

Again, thank you for the information. Pringles

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 09:43 AM

You said not to put P tires on the truck... that's what came with the truck. It was bought with the towing package, shouldn't Dodge have done better if that's not the right kind of tire? ??

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 04:55 AM

Towing doesn't add much load to the tires, more to the engine and trans and brakes.  How much weight are you actually carrying, and what is the GVW of the truck?  ?  That would help with recommendations.  



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Posted 05 November 2017 - 06:49 AM

P tires ride better. They have a more flexible side wall with more "give". Dodge put them on there for all the people buying trucks to drive to the grocery store. That way they won't say "this thing rides terrible, let's buy a car instead".

Since you are actually using the truck for hauling a fairly heavy load I would go with tires designed for carrying a load, not comfort.



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Posted 05 November 2017 - 05:34 PM

I can't remember the numbers, but I remember weighing the truck with the camper, and being at the load limit. So, I'm guessing that the heavier duty tires are the answer. Thanks again!

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 10:58 PM

For the best ride and handling, when you finally get your tires, weigh your vehicle, then look up inflation / weight tables on the internet for your make of tires and inflate accordingly.
I had a bouncer ride when I over inflated my new tires.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:34 AM

OK. Thank you Farmer.




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