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Old 02-12-2016, 01:33 AM   #1
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Are these tires safe to tow with or...

So I just purchased a new used Truck. 2001 F250 V10 Crew Cab Long Bed 4x4. It's big and weighs 6800# per the specs. It only has 59k miles and it's super clean.

Unfortunately the truck came with Load C tires on the front axle and Load E tires on the rear. I didn't notice the fronts because they are the same size and model tires. I just missed it. They have lots of tread left.

Well now I'm concerned about towing with this setup. I have a light Travel Trailer that probably weighs close to 4500# loaded (3500# dry). I am thinking I need to buy new tires but was hoping to get some advice.

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Old 02-12-2016, 05:47 AM   #2
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Weigh your trucks front axle then compare to the max weight rating of the tire.
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Old 02-12-2016, 07:49 AM   #3
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I haven't done that personally yet but a google search found examples that are approximately 3900# on the front and 2800# rear for 6700# total. That is unloaded of course.
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Old 02-12-2016, 10:00 AM   #4
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You might be OK, but you really won't know for sure until you weight it, will you? It's a small amount of money and hassle to be confident in knowing that you're safe, or that you really need to make changes to your rig. Load that thing up like you would if you were going to hitch up the trailer, put the family and the dog and a cooler of sodas and sandwiches, go get weighed, go have a picnic, and then you'll know for sure.
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To refocus......how old are the tires?????????????? On the truck AND camper!!!!!!!!

First thing I'd do is check that & have them inspected at a tire shop about their suitibility...
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To refocus......how old are the tires?????????????? On the truck AND camper!!!!!!!!

First thing I'd do is check that & have them inspected at a tire shop about their suitibility...
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Get a weight of the truck loaded with full fuel, passengers, tool box if you carry one and all of the stuff you plan to haul when you are towing.

Take the front axle weight and compare it to what the tires capacity is.
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To refocus......how old are the tires?????????????? On the truck AND camper!!!!!!!!

First thing I'd do is check that & have them inspected at a tire shop about their suitibility...
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Yup. Tires age out, sometimes before they wear out.
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For reference, our '09 F350 weighs around 5,200 on the front and 3,500 on the rear per scale weights loaded and ready to go. Granted mine will be heavier with the diesel and steel Renegade grill guard. But it will give you an idea. As others have said get actual weights. It will probably surprise you. I installed Toyo tires rated @ a little over 4000 + lbs ea. It's the only contact between you and the road...don't compromise. That being said, if the tires are good, not too old, and will carry the weight...I'd run them. You can always upgrade when it's time for new. That's what I did anyways.
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Heck, I didn't even know load range C tires were made in the sizes used on those trucks. I suppose if their load capacity is at least equal to the maximum load on the front axle you could continue to use them. I do recommend you check their date code to ensure they're not older than 7 or so years.
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If you bought it from a dealer, he should put a set of E rated tires on it for you no-charge. The label in the door jam will tell what the OE tires load rating was. The C's don't meet spec on a 3/4 ton.
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Heck yes they are safe, I would have no problem you with driving down a hot hiway in the dead of summer with a heavy camper with C Rated front tires.
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2001 F250 V10 Crew Cab Long Bed 4x4.

GVWR------8800#
FAWR------4400# (or up to 5200# depending on options/HD or Snowplow pkg.)
RAWR------6084#
OEM Tires.......LT235/85Rx16E----3042# max load rating at 80 psi

Go look at front 'C' tires for MAX LOAD/MAX PSI Rating on sidewall


Good overall info here
https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...1/fsersdcd.pdf
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Load C tires will do for a 2 wheel drive 3/4 ton.
On a 4 x 4 you will need matching tires on all axles.
It's a shame that anyone would do that in order to max the ride comfort.
The 4 x 4 F250 rides very well with load E tires and no need to cheap on tires.
For me when towing the front tires are most important and the better front tire is my reason for choosing a SRW 4 x 4.
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