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Old 04-29-2016, 03:52 PM   #31
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Interesting conversion. Now where is the spare and why not swap out and use it. That's what they are for. Telling me if I have 20,000 miles on tires no good. Just saying. Later RJD
It appears that they are 20" rims. The spare is a full size spare, but a 17". It seems like they can't find 3" to spare on a full size truck to mount a full 20" spare.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:59 PM   #32
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While on the TV tire subject, I have been told by tire dealers that the TV tires should be aired up to the max pressure shown on the sidewall when towing or hauling heavy loads. That is both front and rear tires. Normal tire pressure on ours is 30-32 lbs with max of 40 lbs. I haven't seen any posts on tire pressures, but it is something good to know.
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:27 PM   #33
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Newbie TT owner here! Saturday I'm going to pick up our first, a Salem Cruise Lite 261bhxl. My TV is a 2012 Ram 1500 with tow pkg., bought new a few years ago, in great shape with only 26k miles. The dealer will be installing a WD hitch and brake controller. The factory-installed truck tires are in pretty good shape with plenty of tread. I estimate they've probably got about 25k left on them before they need replacing. Unfortunately, though, one tire has a couple of plugs due to a close encounter with some nails in the road. We're going on a 4k-mile trip in June to the Grand Canyon. My question is, in light of this, should I plan on getting new tires (or at least one to replace the one with plugs) before we embark for safety's sake? Or is the plugged tire completely safe?

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I would take them in to a tire shop and have them install a patch from the inside, you should be fine, they can tell if you hit a belt or not, 25000 miles is not much for a tire. You could second guess anything have a professional look at them for your safety.
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:56 PM   #34
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Unfortunately they don't seem to make the Defender in 275/60r20 that I can find.

Pardon my newbie questions, but is it possible to use a slightly different size?

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I just took 275/60R20's off my Ram and replaced them with 285/60R20's. They fit perfectly with no steering or body interference and the Speedo is still exactly correct. The only difference between the 275's vs the 285's is perhaps a 1/4 to 3/8's wider tread area. so going the 1 size wider tire is NO PROBLEM!
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:17 PM   #35
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Well the problem seems to be with the Sam's website. Several of the tire choices don't begin with anything, neither a P nor an LT, which leaves me confused. Maybe I'll do some looking on tirerack.com

These will be the first tires I've put on this truck. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good set? I've always heard you can't go wrong with Michelins.

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Michelin has good E range 10 ply, great but expensive.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:20 PM   #36
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If you truck is not a 4x4 you can replace two tires if it is a 4x4 you would need to replace all 4........ Not a good idea just to replace one tire.

Lots of opinions will come in on plugs but tire stores in Virginia can not legally plug tire so ...................... So no plugged tires here.


My 4X picked up a nail inside sidewall front right.
Took it to DT, they would not fix it.
Prorated it out and replaced with a new one just like it.
Cashed it out after the rest were checked out.
Went back the next day and had a second new tire mounted, both new tires are on the rear axle.
Two older ones now on the front.


Just my input.....
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:38 PM   #37
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I just put the 10 ply Michelin Defender M/S tires on my truck. Significant improvement in stability. Also to note, most agree that the heavier tire will cost you in MPG. However, mine seems to have gotten a hair better? I'm confused, but guess the Michelin has less rolling resistance.

I've liked them so far, and didn't find them to be far higher in price than the competition.

Discount Tire price matched my local Costco price. They also gave the typical $70 mail in rebate. Price to me with the lifetime service and warranty, $920. Discount Tire near us has awesome service. I grew tired of waiting hours for a rotation at Costco.
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I just took 275/60R20's off my Ram and replaced them with 285/60R20's. They fit perfectly with no steering or body interference and the Speedo is still exactly correct. The only difference between the 275's vs the 285's is perhaps a 1/4 to 3/8's wider tread area. so going the 1 size wider tire is NO PROBLEM!
You went wider without going down in aspect ratio. They are taller too, by about a half inch. Your speedo is off, not by much, but it is. There goes your effective gear ratio too.
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This has been very informative, and I've learned a lot. I have a little 16' aluminum boat I tow to the lake, but this is a whole new ballgame with the TT. At least I feel like I can make some informed buying choices now. 'preciate everyone's input!

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Try the spare.

Hey gspot101...... Is your spare the same size as the other 4? If it is, have them remove that tire and swap it with the one with the plugs and use that one as a spare. I did that on a 2010 F150 I had and it worked out great. I basically had the same problem you have.
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