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Old 04-28-2016, 08:24 PM   #1
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Do I need new tires?

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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Old 04-28-2016, 08:32 PM   #2
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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.


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Old 04-28-2016, 08:42 PM   #3
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Tire plugs are a tough call.
Sometimes the tool can cause belt/structure damage before the plug is inserted and sometimes not. No real good way to tell except when doing the plug.

If it doesn't leak, I would keep a close eye on the tire with the added loading. You may be just fine.

Another thought to consider, many of us have switched from the stock P tires on our trucks to LT tires and it has made a world of towing difference for the better.
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I forgot to add that it is a 4x4, so it would be all four at once or none, then? I guess I could go to Sam's and get four new LT tires. Otherwise I guess it's a crapshoot. I just wasn't planning on having to do that so soon (tires are expensive! ). I did buy an aftermarket TPMS for the trailer though. Don't want any blowouts!

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Old 04-28-2016, 09:25 PM   #5
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As long as it is not an all wheel drive or full time 4wd or auto 4wd you can replace them in pairs without a problem. The slight difference in tire height from tread wear does not make a difference to a normal shiftable 4wd especially in slippery conditions when you would be using it. Also plugs have been used for years without issue. It is illegal for professional shops in the state of FL as well but can be used by the owner. Your call on the plugs but I have never seen issue with them as long as they seal.


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Old 04-28-2016, 09:34 PM   #6
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Thanks! So assuming I did want to put new tires on, I'm having a hard time identifying exactly what constitutes a LT tire. Are those the ones that do NOT begin with a P (for passenger), such as : Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure - 275/60R20 115T ?

Right now they have Goodyear Wrangler SR-A - P275/60R20 114S.

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The only tires that have plugs in them around here are on the quads,never on a TV.I wont even run a inside patch repaired tire on the steering axel,and only on the drive axel to get somewhere and replace it.
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The tire will specify LT or P, always check the load rating to verify. Plugs have been used for years, now, legally, can't use them, the only correct and APPROVED method is a plug/patch, honestly, I've patch many tires over the years with no problem. Done correctly, it is good to go. Also, just because a tire is an LT or even a P tire the load rating still varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, and Good Year's suck for even wear, just my observation's.
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Thanks! So assuming I did want to put new tires on, I'm having a hard time identifying exactly what constitutes a LT tire. Are those the ones that do NOT begin with a P (for passenger), such as : Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure - 275/60R20 115T ?

Right now they have Goodyear Wrangler SR-A - P275/60R20 114S.

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Light truck tires will always begin with LT such as LT285/70/17. From there you have to look at different load ranges. For example, my F250 uses load range E tires which are 10 ply. I believe LT tires begin at load range C and go on up from there i.e. D, E, F, G etc. Do some googling it is pretty easy to figure out. As you increase the load range, the tires are stiffer lending itself to a more harsh ride when not towing. However, when towing higher load range tires provide more stability.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:56 PM   #10
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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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