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Old 12-18-2018, 06:42 PM   #1
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Nexen roadian tires on my DRW tow vehicle

There are two purposes for this post: (1) to share my negative experience with my current tires. And (2) to solicit suggestions for replacement tires.

My 2018 Ram 3500 4x4 Dually came with these tires:

Nexen Roadian HTX RH5 LTV
LT235/80R17
Load range E

We put 20k miles on the truck with these tires this past season (9 months of use all around the lower 48). We tow a 34 foot Arctic Fox 5th wheel with gross weight limit of 15,700 lbs.

To be blunt: these tires suck. I would never buy them or recommend them to others. My reasons for this opinion are as follows:
- the tires pick up and hold gravel and small rocks in the tread. Iím not talking about once in a while. It is continuous! Every day. And not just a few rocks, but A LOT!! I am always picking rocks out with needle nose pliers. Maybe this wouldnít be such a problem if we only drove on paved roads, but between dirt roads and gravel campgrounds itís just not acceptable for our use.
- a side effect if this is that we had two issues this year. Both were screw / bolt that got picked up and held until they worked their way into the tire. Once resulting in a flat that we had to get plugged. And another time the screw was embedded to full length but didnít result in a leak.

So even though there is a lot of useful tread left, Iím thinking I want to start this next season with a better set of tires.

Is this type of ďgravel holdingĒ common? I.e. something I need to watch out for in my new tires?

Iím considering a set of all-terrain tires. Maybe Michelin or BF Goodrich. Open to suggestions.

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Old 12-18-2018, 06:57 PM   #2
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Nexen roadian tires on my DRW tow vehicle

Iíve had the exact same experience with The Nexenís that came on my 2016 Ram DRW.

Yes, they were horrible at holding gravel. Sounded likke gunshots from the fender well when leaving our storage lot.

I got about 15,000 miles on the fronts and 34,000 on the drwís. They suck.

Just for giggles I made warranty claims and they offered to replace them...but I chose to buy new tires. Itís not worth the worry when Iím towing so much.

I went with Yokohamaís. 60k mile tires I believe. I have had good luck with Michelinís on my previous DRW but was unable to find them this time.
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:10 PM   #3
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The Michelin MS2 tires on my Motorhome and the Michelin Defenders on my Ram 2500 both do this (I have a long gravel driveway). It always throws rocks for the first ten miles. Will soon have to call a hauler to get another load of gravel at this rate! The Motorhome had Firestone Trans Force tires, they were as bad. I think this will be the norm for any larger truck tire.

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Old 12-19-2018, 10:49 AM   #4
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Ram likes the cheap Nexium's. My 2016 came with them and yes they hold gravel but any tire with aggressive thread will hold gravel. At 19,000 miles the front tires were worn out. The rears still had considerable tread but I chose to get rid of them and went with Michelins. And yes, before you ask I did rotate the tires at the recommended intervals. We live on a mountain with severe switchbacks and any brand of tire wears out quicker than normal but not as fast as the Nexium's.
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...At 19,000 miles the front tires were worn out...

I never rotated mine...that explains why my front mileage-life was so low.

Wonít make that mistake again.
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Old 12-23-2018, 11:19 PM   #6
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PJ, the factory Michelins (LTX M/S2) that came on my DRW
were replaced at appx 72,000 mi. I might have gotten another couple thousand out of them, but I wanted new ones before we left Ohio for the winter.
When I wasn't towing, I dropped the fronts to 65 psi and the rears to 55 psi.
These were within the limits on the load chart.
Also rotated them at every oil change (7,000 to 7,500 mi).
A new set (LTX M/S2) was put on a couple months ago.
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Old 12-25-2018, 01:35 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the feedback.

I had BF Goodrich All terrain TA radials on all (three) of my trucks/4x4ís exclusively since 1989. Loved them! And they didnít hold the rocks and gravel in the treads like the tires that came on my Ram DRW. Sure they would kick some rocks/gravel around at times but wouldnít hold it forever!

My new use case has changed though. I wasnít towing a 16k lb 5th wheel in those days.

So. specifically, Iím thinking about
(1) the BF Goodrich TA KO (mixed reviews presumably due to a recent redesign?)
Or
(2) the Michelin LTX A/T 2.

Currently leaning toward option #2 when we resume our adventures in March.

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