Truck Tire Load Ratings

Friday, July 23, 2010 by Larry Shead
When considering what tires to purchase for your truck, think about the load carrying capability of the tire you select. Half-ton pickups can use standard load-rated tires, but 3/4- and 1-ton vehicles require load range D or E tires to meet the Gross Vehicle Axle Weight.  

For example, a common truck tire size of 245/7R16 is made in standard load, load range C, D and E but can support distinctly different loads and accept considerably different inflation pressures.

Maximum Load: 2,271 lbs.
Max. Inflation Pressure: 44 psi
Load Range: SL  

Maximum Load: 2,205 lbs.
Max. Inflation Pressure: 50 psi
Load Range: C    

Maximum Load: 2,623 lbs.
Max. Inflation Pressure: 65 psi
Load Range: D  

Maximum Load: 3,042 lbs.
Max. Inflation Pressure: 80 psi
Load Range: E          

As you can see, the load carrying capability of the tires varies greatly and is designed to meet the needs of the heavier 3/4- and 1-ton axle weights when you get into load ranges D and E.

Meeting the load requirements of the vehicle you are putting tires on will offer you the safety and performance the vehicle was engineered to provide.

Comments on Truck Tire Load Ratings

Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Jeff:
Is it possible to replace the dually tires on a Sprinter 3500, 11000 GVWR, with a single, wider tire and rim? Anything out there?
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by tim:
with other trucks (f350s and the like) it is common to order a drw (dual rear wheel) truck to get the higher rated axle in the back and put on single tires and remove the flares. Remember though your gvwr changes, 4 load range e tires = 4x3000 pounds or 12000 but 2 load range e tires only support 6000, so you cant haul as much.
Monday, September 17, 2012 by GEORGE:
We have a sprinter 3500 refrig. box truck. The front tires need to be replaced. What tires should i consider? Thanks in advance.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 by larry:
The best tire for this application would be the Continental Vanco 4 season load range D. The tire comes in a highway rib tread pattern as well as the all season tread pattern.
Friday, August 2, 2013 by STEVE SIMS:
I HAVE A 2004 DODGE RAM 3500 4X4 SRW. CAN I SAVE MONEY USING A D RATED TIRE IN PLACE OF AN E RATED TIRE? I DO NOT USE THE VEHICLE FOR TOWING.
THANX

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