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 M/S2
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