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:
IS THE MICHELIN LTXM/S2 OR A/T2 THE ONLY HD 10 PLY TIRE YOU RECOMMEND FOR MY SUBURBAN (LT265/70R17) TO TOW A TRAVEL TRAILER
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".

John
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:
Tom,

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:
Carol,

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:
Jim,

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

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Kumho&tireModel=Radial+857&affiliate=FH8
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:
Joanna,

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:
Edward,

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,
Valli
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Gary:
Valli,

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:
Kathleen,

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:
John,

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:
Meng,

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.

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