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Old 09-30-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Mad at the tire guy.

A year and a half ago the DW wanted to take the kids up to see the grand parents and wanted new tires before the trip. So I called around to find someone that will put tires on our SUV and Travel Trailer at the same time. So we bought 4 for the TT and 4 for the SUV. All is good. Then we deside to order a new TRACER 3150 BHD. A little more wieght then I wanted but we both realy liked it after looking at other trailers for a couple of years. Then I found this site. After reading a lot of information about towing. Why didn't the tire guy say "Hey you are towing you should realy have a tire rated to carry more wieght"

2007 Lincoln Navigator w/tow package and 3.73 gears Tire P275/55R20
2007 Passport 200Qs Reese Dual Cam

There are 11 different tires on Tire Rack that are rated (XL) for more wieght.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:54 AM   #2
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because he sold you exactly what your vehicle came I with. He does not care as long as they match the minimum requirements of the vehicle. It is up to the buyer to be ibformed.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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It's also possible you will get better ride and handling with the original type tire vs
an XL rated tire.
Do you drive this vehicle much when you aren't towing?

Any time you buy tires and just take what the "tire guy" offers, you risk a similar
situation.
I'm not saying you were misled but you wouldn't buy clothes based solely on what
the sales clerk offered nor a house based solely on what the realtor said.
Don't buy tires that way either.
IF you have a special situation, like towing a heavy trailer, you should do your
homework before hand.

You said it was a year and a half ago.
Are you unhappy with the tires you got?
Just curious.
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Whew, I saw the title of this topic and thought it might be about something I said.
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What tires are you talking about? The tires for the TV or the TT. You should have LT tires on the TV.
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Thanks for everyone's reply. I have been doing the math on our new trailer and it looks like I might go over tongue wieght and it looks like XL tires would better handle that. At this point we don't want to trade up to a truck. DW wife needs the rear seat to haul around kids and I drive (Acura TL) into Washington DC for work. We have done the third viehical thing in the past and it sits and rots. We only tow a few miles a year ~ 1200 miles, Less then 10%. Furthest trip less then 200 miles.
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What tires are you talking about? The tires for the TV or the TT. You should have LT tires on the TV.
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2007 Lincoln Navigator w/tow package and 3.73 gears Tire P275/55R20
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:21 AM   #8
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Read the tire sidewall to get max load rating on your tires.
Read your owners manual to get max load on your tow vehicle and
hitch tongue load max.

Go to a truck scales and get weighed both with the tongue on the ball
and with it off.

It's all a guessing game unless you get an actual certified weight ticket!!

No more than you are towing sounds like you are likely OK but I'm
just guessing
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Old 09-30-2011, 03:11 PM   #9
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Some (not all) tire places are buyer beware. One local shop many years ago sold me single ply sidewall Michelins for my GMC Safari that I towed a 25ft travel trailer with. Talk about a wild ride, that thing floated side to side all over the road, I had tv sway instead of tt sway, not safe at all, buyer beware. Another local shop (which is who I now use) asks questions about your use to sell you the correct tire. Buyer be happy!!
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2007 Lincoln Navigator w/tow package and 3.73 gears Tire P275/55R20
If you have room for a slightly taller tire, you can get a LT275/65/R20 that will be a lot better suited for towing. Your selection of LT tires in 20" is somewhat limited. You could also look at going with a 17" wheel and that should give you a lot wider selection of LT tires.
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