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Old 01-01-2012, 10:41 PM   #1
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Tire help

Just bought a 98 HR Vacationer with 16 in wheels.
It has LT 235/85R /16 tires load range B
these tires are LT and the max load ratings are far below the weight of the vehicle. Ford chassis weight is 18 K and the max GVWR is 24 K.
The tires size is correct according to the manual.
Can anyone tell me what 16 in tire in that size I need to bring the weight rating up? 16 inch rims seem small for a 34 ft coach.
LT tires are for my PU truck!
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:31 AM   #2
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Look on the data tag for axle and tire specifications and get the load range up to "E" or better for the weight carrying capacity to handle the coach's weight.
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ron what is the front and rear weight by the tag (this will only get you in the ballpark) i also have the same size tires mine is right at 5000# front (weighed on scales) i went with load range "E" on front (BF Goodrich Commercial) at sam's club on rear i weigh just under 8200# i went with "F" just to be sure and got a good deal. that said do some reading on how to tell the date the tire was made.
i have never lost a front tire (pray i never do) but i have lost a rear at 65 mph pulling a 4 door truck, it wasnt fun but i got lucky all i tore up was the mud flap. im gld the black,gray tanks ,plumbimg,ect... were ok.
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my rv requires LR E at 14050 lbs. i would thing G rated would be right for yours. check out the load/pressure tables for your size tires vs the max axle weights for your rig.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:07 AM   #5
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My rig is 7 k on the front axle and 12K on the rear.
The current tires are not up to snuff. If it was just a little under I would not be concerned but 2k on the front and 6 k on the rear is just too much. That is risking a catastrophic blow out. And that is just the chassis weight. Any way you look at it.......I need better tires and I am continuing to do research on them.
I was mainly concerned about the LT designation on the tire.
Thanks to all for the info.........
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