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Old 03-31-2014, 06:43 AM   #1
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TV F150 tire question

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Just bought my first TT, it is a Springdale Summerland 28DBUD.
My TV is a 2012 F150 with a tow package rated to tow 9300#
The dry weight of my trailer is 6340#. From researching everything I believe I have plenty of truck or at least I hope I do. My question really pertains to the tires. I just bought new tires about two months before a TT was even in my thoughts. I have Cooper AT3s LT with a load range D. Are these tires suitable for towing? They are also nitrogen filled are there any advantages/disadvantages to the nitrogen in regards to towing?
Thanks for any advice!
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The tires identified on the sticker in the door jamb are the tires that are adequate for your vehicle. Nitrogen is a waste of money.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:45 AM   #3
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Unless you plan on racing or flying, nitrogen is a waste of money. I would put the extra cost toward a TPMs system.
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I didn't ask for the nitrogen they just put it in when I bought the tires. My concern was more if it was ok to yow with nitrogen filled tires. I would not have requested the nitrogen but that's what they put in. I can always change back to air but was not going to bother if it was ok to tow.
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Absolutely, air is mostly nitrogen. It's just not worth the cost. Our last TT came with nitrogen filled tires. I only had to top them off once in three years.
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I agree nitrogen is a waste of money. If you have low tire pressure on the road you will fill with air which BTW is 70% nitrogen. Nitrogen is not as available everywhere. Save your money.
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Hi all
Question
Just bought my first TT, it is a Springdale Summerland 28DBUD.
My TV is a 2012 F150 with a tow package rated to tow 9300#
The dry weight of my trailer is 6340#. From researching everything I believe I have plenty of truck or at least I hope I do. My question really pertains to the tires. I just bought new tires about two months before a TT was even in my thoughts. I have Cooper AT3s LT with a load range D. Are these tires suitable for towing? They are also nitrogen filled are there any advantages/disadvantages to the nitrogen in regards to towing?
Thanks for any advice!
Nice truck and trailer. What is the hitch weight?

Do you have a crew cab, 4x4, short bed, 5.0 or ecoboost, what gearing? These all affect your payload and towing capacity.

Nitrogen is nice to have, as the tire pressure does not vary as much with air temperature and it leaks out of the tires slower than air.

Do you have a weight distribution hitch?

What size are the Cooper tires? Load range D indicates 8 ply, not an amount of weight that can be carried. You need to compare the manufacturer max load rating and compare to the oem tires.
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Truck is a super crew (4 door) 5.0 short bed 4x4
With 3.73 gears. I will be using the e2 weight distribution hitch. I'm hoping the Coopers will be ok especially since oem tires were Goodyear junk which were not even LT tires.
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Just to clarify the truck tires are nitrogen filled not the TT tires
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Those tires are perfect for what you're doing. I had some similar Coopers on an 08 F150. Really helped with stability. Air them up to the max on the sidewall which should be 50psi when towing.
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Thanks much that puts my mind at ease a bit.
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Your LT D tires are rated up to 65 psi which may give the truck a harsh ride especially when not towing or carrying a load and aired to the max.

The wifes 1500 chevy crew cab 4x4 has C load range (50 psi max) tires. I keep the fronts at 43-45 psi and the rears at 55 psi when towing the car hauler which seems to get the best ride/tire wear for her truck. I air the rears down to 35 psi when not hauling or towing.

You will have no issues from using nitrogen in your tires other than availability when needed.
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I believe when towing you should have your tires aired up to the max cold pressure on the side wall. They may have all ready good if they did. I think the nitrogen is better for holding pressure over time. but that is it.
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Great I would make sure the rims can handle the max pressure because I believe the D load tires can be inflated to 65psi and 1/2 ton might have 50 psi rims.
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