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Old 04-25-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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10 ply tires for tow vehicle

When I purchased my new Blue Ridge 3705BH a few weeks ago, the dealer encouraged me to purchase a set of 10 ply tires for my Ford F250. Since then, I have been trying to find info on 10 ply tires. I've come to two conclusions: 1. they ain't cheap. 2. I don't know for sure what a 10 ply tire is. From what I can tell, a load range E tire is relative to what used to be called 10 ply tires before the days of radial tires. Is that correct? Should I actually be looking for a 10 ply bias-ply tire or a load range E radial tire? Any advice is appreciated! We are going on a couple fairly long trips this summer and I don't need a blowout.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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You do not want bias tire, stay with the radials.

I found this explanation on Tire Rack, and since they are a major distributor I would tend to trust the information on this link. Tire Tech Information - Load Range/Ply Rating Identification

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Old 04-25-2011, 10:26 PM   #3
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You do not want bias tire, stay with the radials.

I found this explanation on Tire Rack, and since they are a major distributor I would tend to trust the information on this link. Tire Tech Information - Load Range/Ply Rating Identification

Hope this helps
Thank you for the quick reply. I read over this information and it cleared up all the muddy water for me. It confirmed what I was thinking, which is that load range E is the equivalent of 10 ply. This is an awesome forum! Thanks again!
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:48 PM   #4
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I have E-rated Michelins on our F250, and I think they're worth every penny. They simply don't seem to ever wear!
I would never scrimp on something so vital to my safety.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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Like Crocus said - never scrimp on tires - well worth it to buy the better tire

like stated above about the Michelin's
I had the Michelin LTX MS - in load range E and they wore like iron - I had 65,000 miles on them and they still had alot of meat on them before I got rid of the truck.
they balance pretty descent and will last you a long time - I had them on a 95 Dodge Ram - I towed a 21 foot boat at the time too.
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Like Crocus said - never scrimp on tires - well worth it to buy the better tire

like stated above about the Michelin's
I had the Michelin LTX MS - in load range E and they wore like iron - I had 65,000 miles on them and they still had alot of meat on them before I got rid of the truck.
they balance pretty descent and will last you a long time - I had them on a 95 Dodge Ram - I towed a 21 foot boat at the time too.

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Get the Michelin LTX M/S2 in an LT with load range E.
Best tire for heavy highway hauling period IMHO......not cheap but worth every penny!
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:32 PM   #7
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I have load range E on my truck and what a difference with the camper hooked up.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:57 PM   #8
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I am going tomorrow afternoon to have a set of Michelin LTX A/T2s in load range E mounted on my truck. For whatever reason, none of the tire stores I've checked with locally or online can get their hands on a set of LTX M/Ss in load range E right now. I read several reviews on the A/Ts and they are highly recommended as well. I had a set of them (not in load range E) on an F150 4x4 in the 90s and was well pleased with them, so I expect to be with these, too.

Thanks again to everyone for your help!
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:27 PM   #9
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OP my understanding was that the F-250's came with load range E tires as standard equipment, just curious with what yours has on it now
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might just be certain F250's like HD models or something.

My expy has the michelin AT load range E's on it - rides like a truck with just me onboard but I'm sure when towing I'll be glad for the heavier tires. Previous owner put them on to sell it, bought them used off of CL for $80 for all 4. The tread is low but I'll get some use out of them before i have to spring for a new set.
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