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Old 07-17-2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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I just bought a new 2005 Chevy 2500HD Duramax which came with Bridgestone LT245/75/16 load range E highway tread tires. I am contemplating replacing these tires with some 265's. My 32'Jayco TT (9000 lbs loaded) has 225/75/15 load range D Marathons on it. My question is: Would the Bridgestone LT245/75/16 tires be a good replacement on my Jayco if I switched to 16" rims.I have enough room between the tires.The Marathon's have worked fine on 1000 mile trips, but next year I'll be taking a 8000 mile trip and the Marathons have me worried.
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I just bought a new 2005 Chevy 2500HD Duramax which came with Bridgestone LT245/75/16 load range E highway tread tires. I am contemplating replacing these tires with some 265's. My 32'Jayco TT (9000 lbs loaded) has 225/75/15 load range D Marathons on it. My question is: Would the Bridgestone LT245/75/16 tires be a good replacement on my Jayco if I switched to 16" rims.I have enough room between the tires.The Marathon's have worked fine on 1000 mile trips, but next year I'll be taking a 8000 mile trip and the Marathons have me worried.
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A lot of folks use LT tires on their trailers, but a true trailer tire and an LT have different side wall construction. The trailer tires have to take more sidewall deflection due to the scrubbing of the tires when you turn. Next time you see someone backing up, take a look at the tires on the inside of the turn. One is flexed in and the other outward. It puts a lot of strain on the wheel rim as well as the tire casing.

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Two all-steel construction 16" radials recommended by their manufacturers for commercial trailer service are:

Michelin XPS Rib (Load Range E)

Goodyear G614 RST (Load Range G)

Please note that, even though the manufacturers recommend these tires for commercial trailer service, they both are available in the common LT235/85R-16 size, so the LT designation is not necessarily a disqualifier for trailer service - it gets a little cloudy in the 16" tire size.

I've used both of these tires on our previous and current 5th wheels and have experienced no problems with either.

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