Load Range E 10 Ply Tires for Heavy Duty Use

Monday, May 14, 2012 by Gary Stanley

In a recent blog post titled "Goodyear Marathon Radial vs. Power King Towmax STR Trailer Tires," I covered the difference between two trailer tires we carry. Now, what about the tires used on the trucks to pull those trailers? Many full-sized pickups and cargo vans require load range E tires. If your pickup truck or van is a 2500 or 3500 (commonly called 3/4 ton or 1 ton), your vehicle falls into this category.

Load range E tires are the equivalent of the older 10 ply rated tires and are often still referred to as such, even though tires no longer have 10 actual plies in them. Regardless of what you call them, Tire Rack has what you're looking for. Below are two of my favorite recommendations for premium load range E tires:

Michelin LTX MS2
Michelin LTX M/S2
Michelin LTX AT2
Michelin LTX A/T2

If you're someone who does mostly street driving with some light off-road use and requires light snow capability, I would recommend the Michelin LTX M/S2. This tire is currently the top-rated option in its category according to our customer survey data and the customer reviews are outstanding. 

"I just put these tires on the Yukon. I knew they would be good tires, I had no idea they would transform my vehicle. It rides like new! A Yukon Denali already rides well for its size, but this rubber, you'd swear it was a Cadillac!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 GMC Yukon Denali XL

"Best set of tires I've ever owned. The only thing better would be riding on a cloud of air." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche 2wd

If you need a tire with a bit more off-road capability or desire a more aggressive tread pattern for cosmetics, then consider the Michelin LTX A/T2. This tire also offers better snow traction and the LTX A/T2 stands out for reliability, wear, wet traction and ride quality.

"Two snow seasons in Tahoe and tons of additional highway, city and off-driving - this is an awesome tire! When this set is gone, I will for sure get another." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 GMC Yukon 4wd

"I will likely buy another set when these wear out. I am impressed overall and really like how they handle the load when I have my 3,500 lb. camper on the truck. Awesome tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD 4wd

Comments on Load Range E 10 Ply Tires for Heavy Duty Use

Thursday, November 22, 2012 by R CHAPPELL:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by John:
I have a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 2500, 4x4, 6.0L V8 (364 cubic inch), currently Firestone TransForce HT LT245x75Rx16 E (10 ply) 120R.

I tow a travel trailer, (7,500 lbs +). It's time for new tires. I'm looking at Michelin now. Size me up with quite and comfort, and your best price. I want to buy within a week.

I'm looking for a "good sale".

Friday, December 7, 2012 by tom:
looking for a good blend of off road use and on road economy. i do tow horse trailers with my truck (2011 ram 2500 crew cab, 4wd, 8'bed) towing is via goose neck in the bed. please suggest anything but the stock tires (michelin) they wore out at 30k, and were challenged by wet grass when new (no traction - ever). will not pursue michelin. thanks for the help - tom
Friday, December 7, 2012 by Gary:

I can check on an alternate choice for you. What tire size do you have?
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Carol:
have a 2006 chevy silverado K1500 4wd, extended cab with regular bed and will be buying a 2 horse trailer in the near future. Tire size is P26570R17. I heard that I need the Load Range E tires for this. Could you give me a recommendation?
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Gary:

Moving to E load range tires on a K1500 will not give the truck increased load capacity as the 1500's suspension is not rated beyond the P265/70R17 tires load capacity. The vast majority of the extra weight of the trailer will be carried by the trailers tires, not the trucks tires.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Doc:
I bought a set of Michelin "E" rated LT tires for my 2007 Ford Expedition EL and LOVE them -- I got them because I love them so much on my Ford Excursion. One question: is there a Tire Rack recommendation for inflation pressures for those of us who love tough tires but do not tow?
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Gary:
The answer will vary from vehicle to vehicle, but in your case, this LT E load tire will have the correct load rating for your vehicle at about 50 psi.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Jim:
What about D rated 14" trailer tires?
Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Gary:

There is a Kumho branded trailer tire in size 205R14 that is available in a load range D.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Joanna:
I have 08 Nissan Quest SL and since I live in IL we get anything from rain to tons of snow. I would like to buy one set of tires that I can use year round, but so far I haven't found any that I like, especially when I drive in winter
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Gary:

The subject of this particular blog is about E load range tires for heavy duty trucks. Top choices for a passenger tire for your minivan would include the Michelin Defender and Continental ProContact Eco Plus.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 2, 2013 by Edward:
I have a new set of bridgestone durVis tires 245/75r16 and the tires have a lot of sway like tire swirm its unnerving .I tow a tt 8500 lbs and the sway s worse .I pump tires to 80lbs but with same results . I'm running lt 245/75r16 and I'm looking at michelin ms/2 and at/2 I tow from jersey to florida once a year and need peace of mind. Please help me decide which one is best for me . Its a chevy avalanche 2006 2500 4x4
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Gary:

The Michelin LTX MS2 E load in this size does have a more shallow tread depth than the Bridgestone Durvis R700HD and the Michelin LTX AT2. This shallower tread depth will reduce some of the 'swaying' feeling that you're describing.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 23, 2013 by Dave:
I bought a set of michelin LTX AT 2,and when pulling my 30' camper it would start to sway going down the freeway at about 70Mph. Gonna try the LTX MS2. Hopefully sway goes away.
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Valli:
I have a 2012 Chevy Express 2500 and I would like you to help me choose the right winter tires, I live in Vancouver BC, we don't have much snow in the winter, mostly rain, black ice, but want to make sure it will perform as good in the snow as well.
I read on your website about Michelin LTX and Bridgestone Blizack but cannot decide, I would appreciate you guys helping me to make the right choice, thank you very much,
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Gary:

I can check on this for you. What tire size are you using?
Friday, August 8, 2014 by grady Griffith:
I have Michelin's to 265 70 r17 on my 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 bowl before but it tires a showing dry rot around some parts of the tire is that a normal attire you are hardly at all this still show fairly new
Friday, August 15, 2014 by Kathleen:
We have a 78 GMC flatbed dually that had 750X16 LT steel radials on it with a Load range of E. Do you have any recommendations?
Monday, August 18, 2014 by Gary:

I'm sorry, we do not carry this type of tire.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by John:
Can you recommend a tough tire for the Arizona desert where 95% is highway & 5% is gravel dirt road with some sharp rocks? Problem is I have 4 near new Goodyear Wangler SR-As because this year alone - had 4 puncture flats and each time the tire was replaced with new. I'm done replacing one tire at a time. I'd like to have tough tires that don't get flat nearly so easily as the ones I now have. Truck is a 2010 Nissan Titan 4X4 with P265R70-18. I'd appreciate recommended alternatives and tire pressure for this tuck and driving condition. Thank you!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Gary:

While we do not have experience with tires used in the conditions you're describing, I would suggest considering a tire in the off road/ all-terrain category just as the Michelin LTX AT2 or Goodyear Wrangler AT Adventure at 50psi.
Saturday, August 23, 2014 by Meng:
I'm picking up a 2005 Toyota Tundra (limited, quadcab, 4x4) and was wondering if it is neccessary for me to get E load tires? I'm looking at getting the General Altimax Artic (studded) and you have 2 versions, one is LT. Both come in the size I need. What would the difference be between the two drivability wise? Would the non-LT version be dangerous to run or just limiting? New to truck tires since I've always owned a car. Thanks in advance!
Monday, August 25, 2014 by Gary:

The 2005 Toyota Tundra uses standard load tires, so there would be no need to use the harsher-riding load range E tires.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, August 29, 2014 by Roland Joles:
Please, what size tires fit a 2005 Ford 3/4 ton pickup?
Those on it now are about a foot wide. Not good for snow.
Friday, August 29, 2014 by Al:
LTX MS/2 they ware down very fast, good in winter conditions, LTX A/T2 is haeder but better on lasting milleage
Sunday, August 31, 2014 by Ari:
I have a '13 F150 2wd with 26k mi and the original tires are about at their wear mark. My daily payload is around 1100 lbs. Should I move up to a load range E tire? Also I'd like to get something a little taller for ground clearance with a slightly better off road performance. Your thoughts?
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Gary:

Standard load tires have more than enough load capacity to exceed the load capability of the 2013 F150 so there would be no need to use a load range E tire on this truck.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Mike:
I have a 2005 Yukon Denali that needs tires. I am looking at a load range E tire due to the fact that I tow a 6500 pound camper. I am not sure if I need that heavy of a tire and am not sure what it will do to the tire pressure monitoring system. The TPMS does display actual pressures but I don't know what will happen when I go from 30 psi to 80 psi. Any Advice?
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Bob:
I have a 2007 Toyota Tundra 5.7 L towing an 8000 lb boat trailer and feel some softness in handling with the normal p-rated tire. I am considering an E-rated in the Michelin LTX MS2. Is this going to be overkill and cause an extremely harsh ride?
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Gary:

Even standard load tires exceed the load capacity of the 2007 Tundra, so load range E tires would be unnecessary and would make the ride noticeably more harsh.
Friday, November 14, 2014 by Brannen:
I would love some tech help. I drive a 2012 f-250 4wd 4 doir diesel it has 78k miles on it and is ready for it's fourth set of tires . First set gone at 27 or so thousand replaced with mich lt made ut to 52k went with mich ltx at2 both mich from tire rack I need a tire that will give me 50k ... Mostly 2 lane some gravel rotated at 8 thousand when oil changes ... Suggestions?? Toyo? Yokohama? Need best 10 ply or e ..
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Bruce:
Looking for a recommendation for my 2007 suburban 1500. I tow a travel trailer with a GVW of 7000 lbs. Currently using wrangler HP P265/70R17. I'm looking at the Michelin LTX M/S2 as a replacement but I'm not sure if I should be looking at a P or an LT tire. Trailering is usually only less than a dozen times a year, but still looking for the safest ride when I do.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Gary:

The P version of the tire in this size exceeds the gross axle weight rating of the vehicle enough that you would not see an advantage with the LT version in regards to towing.
Sunday, November 23, 2014 by Roger:
I have a 2012 Toyota Tundra double cab wearing original Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A M&S P275/65 R18's. I only carry about 1000# and when towing it's under 3,000, so I don't NEED higher capacity tires for those reasons. However, I do vacation often in ME and MT where, because of the sharp rocks on the back roads, all the locals use Load Range E. I also travel where the Mountain Snowflake Symbol would be required. I've found some tires in Load C and Load E that meet the snow requirement and have the off-road capability (mud) I require. But, I'm not clear whether I can use these C & E tires on my truck (they weigh about 10# more each) and what they will do to the highway ride and if the sensors will still work properly. Bottom line, what will work in snow and resist rocks that can be used year-around?
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by Kman:
2014 Chevy 2500 4 X 4,
Need new winter tires. The ones I got last year will not make it through this winter.
Need good traction, hope to use them for at least two years, but that's not looking too good. 17 inch rim on the winters. Had Toyo's hteir gone, I like GT Maximiller Winters, but not available for 17 inch. Any suggestions? Kman
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by Gary:

What tire size do you have on your 2014 Chevy Silverado 2500 4x4?
Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Len:
I have a 2006Yukon denaliXL I will be pulling a travel trailer that is 7.5=8K when loaded. The truck has 17 inch tires that need replacing. would I need an E rating on the new ones. I run the denali in the winter without the trailer but would like to use the same tires.
Friday, December 5, 2014 by Gary:

Is your Denali XL a 2500 model?
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Mark:
I have a 2007 Suburban 1500 265-70 R17, the current tires are great but give the truck a loose feeling. I'd like to stiffen it up. Are heavy duty E rated tires the way to go tighten it up? If so will the factory wheels handle the higher air pressure ratings?
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Gary:

No, we would not recommend load range E tires in this case as it will not help tighten up handling. Instead look for tires in standard load that have better handling and quicker steering response, like the Michelin Latitude Tour HP.
Saturday, January 10, 2015 by Kent:
What tire would recommend for rear tires (4) on a recreational vehicle with a GVWRe of 14050 LB on a Ford E450 Chassis? I have been having blowout issues.
Monday, January 26, 2015 by George:
I have a 2014 Yukon slt 4 wheel drive and will be pulling a 5000lb travel trailer, will e rated tires help with controlling the swaying on the highway?
Monday, January 26, 2015 by Gary:

Yes, load range E tires when inflated to higher pressures will indeed be stiffer and I am told from those who two that they feel more stable at highway speeds.
Monday, January 26, 2015 by Gary:

Yes, load range E tires when inflated to higher pressures will indeed be stiffer and I am told from those who two that they feel more stable at highway speeds.
Monday, January 26, 2015 by Gary:

Yes, load range E tires when inflated to higher pressures will indeed be stiffer and I am told from those who two that they feel more stable at highway speeds.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Ron:
I have a 1991 Roadtrek RV (Dodge B250 chassis). Am looking for new tires. Have read that Class B motor homes should have E load rated tires that can run 8o psi in rear tires. I cannot find an E rated tire in a 15 inch size. My rear axle weight is about 4500 pounds loaded and front axle weight is around 3000 pounds. Please Help!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Tony:
Will E Rated Radials work on a 23 foot Class A RV? Size 7.5x16

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