Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by Jon Q, Mar 22, 2020.
recommendations for tire and rim combos for 1985 F250 with camper and trailer
What do your other tires say their Load Range is? Mine were Load Range E which should do you just fine. I see you are in Boonville. Venture over the hill to Ukiah and ask a tire dealer what he thinks.
A few years ago, I went looking for 235/85-16 tires in a load range "E". I shopped various sources on line and started reading tire reviews. I first looked at $105 tires and finally wound up looking at $250 tires before the negative reviews ran out regarding premature tire failure that you seem to have suffered.
Proper inflation might be another factor but cheap rubber will not hold a hold, no matter the 'rating'.
WHat tire is that? Size? air pressure? Age?
FWIW I am running 255/85/16 Cooper St/Maxx--narrow 33" tire--and they hold a load well. I once weighed out at 12,100 and that's on a SRW truck. Admittedly they are wearing a bit faster than I would like, but no flats or problems.
As far as wheels, it is hard to beat the oem steel wheels for durability and weight capacity. Lots of tires that will do as far as the weight, but any time that I think I need the best, I use toyo m55s.
How heavy is your camper, and how much tongue weight?
Firestone Transforce AT2 on stock steel wheels if you're looking for recommendations.
For me personally, it has to be name brand and load range E. I know some folks haven't had problems with them, but I will not trust any foreign tires. Everyone for me has either gone 'out of round' or blown out completely, long before the tread wears out. Also there are different load ratings among 'E' range tires. All of the hot shot drivers around here that have to be DOT inspected have to have 4000lb capacity E's (Most are 3k). Cooper makes some I believe. I know tire price can be a tough pill to swallow, though. Good luck on your search!
First thing I would check is date of manufacture. I nearly had a front tire blow out on me when a belt broke. The front of the truck developed a nasty shake over the course of a 200 mile round trip on the freeway. Tires age whether you use them or not. Mine was an unused spare that still had the nubs on it. Since then, I've avoided buying used tires. Although, where I live, a 50% tread set typically lists for only slightly less than 50% price of a brand new tire, so it was never much of a bargain to begin with.
Used aren't a bad idea for your spare tires, if you don't want to spend full price on a tire you might not ever use. Even if you do use it someday, it will sit there rotting for however many years until use it.
The factory steel wheels are the strongest.
I have had many tire issues.
One trip to see Calvin we had one seperate, he ordered me some 235-85 16 bridgestones , commercial casing, very good tires,
Dont go with house brands for hauling a camper, my single wheel with the camper on was 7600 rear gvw. Right at the axle limit and tire limit. I like a bargain but bridgestone, continental, michelin are the way to go on hauling weight.
Basically you need a truck tire not an LT.
I'm guessing these? https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire...mmercial+T/A+All-Season+2&partnum=185R6CTAAS2
I'll probably get those next time, if i ever wear out the cheapo Asian tires I got from WM for close to half the cost. Needing 6 tires all at once isn't cheap! So far, the cheap tires are holding up ok. Maybe they won't last tread wise, but for the price I can't fuss. If they last 2-3 years at half the cost, it's not a bad use of money.
Since I'm on House Arrest, hide in place here in California, and getting exceptionally bored, I went all the way out to my truck, the farthest I've been in over a week.
I'm running steel rims, six of them. The rear tires are Bridgestone LT 215/85R16, VSteel Rib 265. The front tires, 2 of them, are Michelin XPS Rib, LT 215/85R16, LTE XPS Rib Radial X
These tires, all six of them, received Calvin's seal of approval.
That would have been good enough for me. I'm sure that he knew tires better than most of us do.
Those are some pretty good looking tires.
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