Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-28-2015, 06:43 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
rideandslide's Avatar


 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Waynesville Georgia
Posts: 1,272
LT Tires & Trailer Sway

I'm consider replacing my P rated rear tires to 10 ply E rated LT tires on my Ram 1500. Is it true a LT tire helps reduce trailer sway ??
Jim
__________________

__________________
rideandslide is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-28-2015, 07:12 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 333
suppopsedly

ran into someone with a f150 who did changed his tires claimed it helped

with swaying. would be nice if someone in the forum who did this.

Jim
__________________

__________________
sprayman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2015, 07:31 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
wandering1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 450
Send a message via ICQ to wandering1
No. You need a tow vehicle that has a strong enough suspension to control the trailer. The F150 is not it.
__________________
Wandering1
wandering1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2015, 07:56 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
TDI-Minnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,733
They WILL help, but as with all anti-sway equipment, you are addressing the symptom of the problem.
A properly set up trailer should not be prone to sway.
If you have lots of hitch weight and the trailer has a slightly nose down stance (correct ball height), it should be very stable.

Start with that before you replace tires, unless you need new tires anyway.
__________________
2013 Winnebago 2301BH-Red
2012 Ram 2500 Megacab HO CTD
TDI-Minnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2015, 08:02 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
brulaz's Avatar
 
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 1,135
If by sway you mean sort of a general "wallowing" around, that can be fixed with a stiffer suspension, LT-E tires and adjusting the WDH so 50-100% of the weight lifted off the truck's front axle by the trailer is returned to the front axle.

Most half-ton suspensions seem to be tuned for their unloaded state. If you are running them fully loaded much of the time, a suspension/tire upgrade can really help.

If by sway you mean the winds hitting the trailer and pushing you around, and the trailer oscillating back and forth behind you, all the above will help, but even more important is a high % tongue weight (I'm over 15%) and angling the trailer slightly nose down (definitely not nose up). And, of course, a WDH with good sway control. I have an Equal-I-Zer but there are other good brands.
__________________
2014 Timber Ridge 240RKS, 39K miles
690W Rooftop + 340W Portable Solar, 215Ah GC2s@24V
2016 Ram 2500 CTD 4x4 RegCab SLT, 10.8 mpgUS tow
brulaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2015, 08:56 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
caissiel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,312
Would never tow any RV trailer without an LT tire. P tires are not heavy enough for work. But on a 1/2 ton I would stay with load C rating at 50 lbs air.
Class E tires are plain dangerous on 1/2 ton wheels. Someone could air them to higher pressure then wheel can handle.
__________________
Barbara and Laurent, Hartland Big Country 3500RL. 39 ft long and 15500 GVW.
2005 Ford F250 SD, XL F250 4x4, Long Box, 6.0L Diesel, 6 Speed Stick, Hypertech Max Energy for Fuel mileage of 21 MPusG empty, 12.6 MPusG pulling the BC. ScangaugeII for display..
caissiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2015, 09:19 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
TDI-Minnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,733
I can't think of ever hearing about a wheel failure from air pressure.

But even at 50psi, an E tire is better.
__________________
2013 Winnebago 2301BH-Red
2012 Ram 2500 Megacab HO CTD
TDI-Minnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2015, 09:30 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
caissiel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,312
2 bothers here in my little village got killed by blowing wheels while pumping air in. Many tire service will not air past 30 psi. I found that class C tires perform well under load with proper inflation.
But operator be aware when using E tires on 1/2 ton rims.
I bought a set of used E tires from a tire man that removed them from his 1/2 ton because they did not drive well.
__________________
Barbara and Laurent, Hartland Big Country 3500RL. 39 ft long and 15500 GVW.
2005 Ford F250 SD, XL F250 4x4, Long Box, 6.0L Diesel, 6 Speed Stick, Hypertech Max Energy for Fuel mileage of 21 MPusG empty, 12.6 MPusG pulling the BC. ScangaugeII for display..
caissiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2015, 09:36 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
brulaz's Avatar
 
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 1,135
I run my LT-E tires at 50-65psi on standard F150 cast Al alloy rims.
No problems over many miles.
Steel rims may be different.
__________________
2014 Timber Ridge 240RKS, 39K miles
690W Rooftop + 340W Portable Solar, 215Ah GC2s@24V
2016 Ram 2500 CTD 4x4 RegCab SLT, 10.8 mpgUS tow
brulaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2015, 05:34 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
rideandslide's Avatar


 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Waynesville Georgia
Posts: 1,272
Thanks All ! Yes i do need/want to replace the rear tires, so i think a A/T LT E rated tire would be a nice upgrade. As far as the higher tire pressure and the wheel goes, i really can't see a 20# deference in pressues is going to do any harm solid steel wheel . Heck i put 100 # my cheap portable air tank for many years now, and i'm sure the steel wheel is a heck of a lot stronger than it.

We really don't have any major sway issues, but, if it's another benefit of LT Tires, great !!!

Jim
__________________
rideandslide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2015, 06:13 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 596
The rim should be marked for max load and max tire pressure ( it could be inside). Agree, most 1/2 ton rims are only rated for 45psi tires. I never had trailer sway but my f150 did wonder when fully loaded. Have you put your truck +trailer on a scale?

One of my colleagues made the switch on his f150. Ride is a little harsher, with a marginal improvement for towing. I recall when going from p-metric to using Lt tires, you need to increase the recommended tire pressure by 15 psi.
__________________
marcham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2015, 07:45 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
TDI-Minnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,733
The max pressure may be stamped on the inside of the wheel, or inside of a spoke, but unless the wheel has an existing structural defect or is already cracked, there is no reason a few psi should cause it to fail.
Tire shops will routinely pump serious psi into tires to get the bead to seat, and then let air back out to spec. If sudden wheel explosions were really an issue, they would not do this.

That said, I run my E tires at 45-50 most of the time. Only bump it up around 70psi when towing on the highway with lots of gear loaded up. And my truck weighs 7,300lbs empty.
__________________
2013 Winnebago 2301BH-Red
2012 Ram 2500 Megacab HO CTD
TDI-Minnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2015, 08:23 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
rideandslide's Avatar


 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Waynesville Georgia
Posts: 1,272
Thanks TDI

I think common sense rules , Thanks. Have made my dicisson to go LT. on my Ram !500 5.7 rear. Picked a tire with a mixed use of street and AT, good ride and low noise. I know 80 # Max Load, where to run them every day commuting ? At least 5 more months/RETIREMENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!
__________________
rideandslide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2015, 12:54 PM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: St. Augustine
Posts: 229
Quote:
Originally Posted by rideandslide View Post
. Heck i put 100 # my cheap portable air tank for many years now, and i'm sure the steel wheel is a heck of a lot stronger than it.
I wouldn't be sure of that, not when it comes to holding pressure.
__________________

__________________
Menendez is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tires



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ST Trailer Tires OR 10 Ply Truck Tires Bharv Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 15 03-01-2015 01:22 AM
Replacing leaf springs on a trailer EasternMarine Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 2 01-28-2015 08:54 AM
Trailer anti sway bars burgiebill Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 21 03-20-2014 09:39 PM
WD Hitch setup on a light trailer matchrocket Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 2 02-16-2014 07:39 PM
Can't make up my mind.. utility trailer or no? Cubey Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10 08-12-2013 09:55 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.