Load Range E 10 Ply Tires for Heavy Duty Use

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


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
Saturday, April 25, 2015 by Terry

I have a 2009 gmc 2500 4wd crew cab short bed, I haul camper trailers I was curious what would you suggest for the best tire I could get for highway but good traction also. My tire size is 265 x 70 r17 load range e.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 by David

I have a 2013 Ford F-150, regular cab, long-bed, 5.0 L V8, 2-wheel drive – GVWR 7050 lb., and a payload capacity of appx. 2090 lb. (Axel weight ratings: 3850 rear, 3300 front). I’m putting a light-weight pop-top camper on this summer, a shell model built by Four Wheel Campers with some added options, that will be around 1000 lb. total dry weight, and with relatively low center of gravity. My planned usage with the camper is for a wide range of dirt and gravel Forest Service roads, but no serious off-road bush-whacking (without 4W drive).

I will be installing Hellwig Pro Series Helper Springs (2500 lb. capacity), and heavy-duty Bilstein shocks, but am concerned about the new tires I got last year -- Firestone Destination A/T (P255/65/R17), with a load rating of 2205 lb. per tire. That’s the rating recommended for this vehicle, but they are not LT tires and nowhere near the 3100+ lb. rating for E tires, or the 2600+ lb. rating for D tires. So I’m wondering if I’ll still be OK, considering the lighter-weight camper, or (God forbid) if I’ll need to replace the tires with LT’s; or maybe install a rear sway bar to compensate for the performance characteristics of my non-LT Firestones?

Any help on this would be much appreciated.
Monday, April 27, 2015 by Gary


I'm sorry, we do not have any experience with this type of setup, but I would err on the side of getting tires with higher load capacity if there is any doubt of the standard tires not being capable of the task. Make sure that all four tires match.
Monday, April 27, 2015 by Gary


The Michelin LTX M/S 2 would be an outstanding choice for the use that you're describing.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by David

Thanks for the input. Yes, the Michelin LTX M/S 2 is one of the two options I'm considering, if I do need to change tires for this application. The other is the newly added BF Goodrich T/A K02 (on/off road all terrain). Both tires are E rated and are available in LT245/75/R17, which is the closest match to the OEM dimensions (235/74/R17) of my truck. Any comments on the BFG's vs the Michelins?
Thanks again!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Gary


The BFG All Terrain T/A KO2 would offer better now traction and off-road durability compared to the LTX M/S2, but will have a stiffer ride and make more road noise.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Larry Denton

if a tire says 750lbs. max limit at 70 lbs. p.s.i., shouldn't weight limit double with two such tires on a small trailer??
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Gary


The listed tire sidewall maximum is for each tire, not per axle. A two tire setup would have half the load capacity as a four tire setup of the same type.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Al Casals

I plan to pull approx. 9900 lb trailer with my 2011 ram 1500. Should I switch my tires from stock to E rated tires to acccomodate the extra weight?
Friday, June 19, 2015 by Gary


Standard load tires can handle the load capacity of anything your 2011 Ram 1500 can safely tow.
Sunday, June 21, 2015 by mark w

I own a nissan titan 2011 and pull a trailer ,its a 1/2 ton truck will ltxms2 tires work.
Monday, June 22, 2015 by Gary


What tire sizing are you using?
Monday, June 22, 2015 by David

I plan on replacing the P-metric All-Terrain tires on my 2013 Ford F-150 (reg. cab, 5L V8)) with E-rated All-Terrain LT tires, but NOT because of their higher load capacity (I know that’s pointless for increasing payload capacity, and all that), but because E-rated LT tires are supposed to be more resistant to puncture and other kinds of damage under off-road conditions. While I do mostly highway driving, I also go off-road with my light-weight pop-top camper and am willing to sacrifice the rougher ride of E-rated tires for the peace of mind they might give me while out in the boondocks. Question is: how much tougher (damage resistant) ARE most E-rated All-Terrain LT tires than, say, the P-metric Firestone Destination AT’s I have on now, which have 5 tread plies (2 poly, 2 steel, 1 nylon), and 2 sidewall plies (poly)? Enough to make the switch?
Sunday, July 5, 2015 by Austin Jones

I have a 2015 F-350 King Ranch Dually. I tow a goose neck horse trailer and I am looking for durable tires that do well on gravel and other terrain as well as highway. I'm not concerned with comfort I just need the toughest E rated tires that will be dependable.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by Gary


What tire size are you using?
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Jonathan

I have a 2008 RAM 2500 4x4 diesel that I use for towing. I bought the vehicle used several months ago and the tires that came on it are Westlake SL 309, E load rated (real cheap tires from what I hear). I am new to E load rated tires. They seem awfully harsh compared to the BFG T/A KO's (C rated) that I had on my F- 150. Is that the nature of the beast, or are some E load rated tires better than others as far as harshness of ride?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Gary


Yes, unfortunately it is fairly normal to experience a much stiffer ride on a load range E tire as compared to a load range C tire. Tires can vary in ride harshness, but not likely enough to make up for the difference in load range.
Monday, October 12, 2015 by Dave

I have a Chevy 2500 HD turbo diesel truck with Allison transmission. I have a 7,500 trailer. I want the best tired possible for control when towing the trailer. That's the highest priority. Harshness, durability, are all secondary.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Gary


I can check on this for you. What year of Chevy and what size tires are you using?
Friday, October 30, 2015 by Pat

I have a 2001 Chev Tahoe LS 4x4. Currently driving it with a 6 ply Goodyear LT245/75r16. I pull a 7000 travel trailer on average about 3 times a year. The rest of the time the Tahoe is used for around town and freeway driving. Very little off-road driving. I want to replace the current tires with a set of Michelin LXT M/S2 tires. Would you recommend the P or E tires?
Friday, October 30, 2015 by Gary


Unless the Tahoe is a 2500 or 3500, I would use the P metric version of the Michelin LTX MS 2.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 by Gus DiMartino

I have a 1990Chev ext cab 2wd 2500 [vin # 2GCFC29K1L1103504], if that helps. I am on a fixed income. I do use it to haul wood and live on a 5oo foot dirt up hill driveway that is not the best.We also have snow. Driveway is also a .1990 245/75r16
Monday, November 9, 2015 by Gary


For value oriented E load range all-terrain tires in 245/75R16 would be the Kumho Road Venture AT51 and General Grabber AT2
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by Gus

Thank you,very much. Have a good day!!
Friday, November 27, 2015 by John

I just purchased a 2005 Yukon Denali w/worn out 275/60/20's I am going to tow a 8000 lb. travel trailer. I'm thinking of going back to the smaller 270/65/17's for a better ride. I will be towing it to Florida from Pa. and back soon but most of the time the Denali will be my daily driver. What do you suggest?
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by Gary


I know of no such size as 270/65R17, but for a 2005 Yukon Denali 1500 with 17" wheels, we suggest tire size 265/70R17, which would be more than capable of handling the load of the maximum towing capacity of the vehicle.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 by Gordy

I've got a 2006 Chev 2500HD Diesel. Stock tire is 245/75-16 but I upsized to 265/75-16 on recommendation of dealer. I drive mostly highway, 25,000 per year including pulling 10,000# 5th wheel 6-7,000/year. I'm on 3rd set of Michelin LTX M/S2's but have yet to get 50,000 on a 70,000 rated tire. I rotate at 7,000 and keep 75-80 # on all 4 and they all wear very evenly. On your blog 8/29/14 Al wrote "LTX MS/2 they ware down very fast, good in winter conditions, LTX A/T2 is haeder but better on lasting mileage". If that's true, why would Michelin put 70,000 warranty on M/S2 but only 60,000 on A/T2?
Bottom line: what can I do to get closer to 70,000? Michelin's warranty policy is very "nit-picky"
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by Gary


Our experience is that for highway driving the LTX M/S2 would wear longer than the LTX A/T2. As long as you are rotating tires, keeping your vehicle aligned, and using the tire pressure that is recommended on the tire placard of your truck, you are doing all that you can to maximize tread wear.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Dennis P Craig

I have a 2014 one ton Dodge 4X4 that I use on our cattle ranch in Wyoming. The stock tires have only made it 21,000 miles. What should I use for my second set. The roads are gravel, snow in winter and time to time we pull pretty heavy with a 32' stock trailer.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Gary


I can check on this for you. What tire size do you use?
Monday, June 13, 2016 by Cyndee Eblen

I have a3 horse GN horse trailer and I pull it with a 2500Diesel.The tires in the horse trailer are size 16 Range E. The weight of the trailer is 4663 and axles 5200. I usually take two horses each about 1,200lb.What should be the correct psi for the trailer tires. Please ,I need help .Thank you,Cyndee
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by mike ellis

have a 4000 pound camper on a gmc 2500 HD truck. What is the largest capacity 20 inch tire i can put on the back? Single axle, not a dually
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Glenn

Will the stock 18" rims on my 2008 Ford F150 4x4 Super Cab handle the psi of the E rated Michelin LTX Defender ms?
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Glenn, Though we do not have the specs of your original equipment wheel, they should be able to handle the 80psi.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Hugh Redmon

I have a 1997 F350 XLT Supercab DRW 2WD that I use to haul a 3,800 lbs truck camper. My truck calls for 215/85/16 "D" rated tires with 66/65 PSI F/R. Unfortunately, few manufacturers make "D" rated tires anymore so I have moved up to "E". I currently have Goodyear Duratracs but they are getting too noisy at just 12/32" of tread remaining. I am considering the Michelin Defender LTX M/S tires because of the quiet ride but was wondering about any other options you might suggest? I do travel off road occasionally but nothing more than dirt or rocky roads (no serious hard core off road for my rig). I have explored the Michelin XPS Traction tires with the XPS ribs on the front but I am worried about the noise. The only "D" rated tire in my size seems to be the BF Goodrich Commercial T/A Traction tire but, again, I am worried about the noise because of the reviews. I would even consider leaving the Goodyear Duratracs on the back if I can find a quiet steer tire for my 2WD. The noise is coming from the wear on the fronts. I have rotated them side to side on the front but haven't swapped rims. I leave the rear duals alone (based on Ford's guidelines) because they are wearing perfectly and not contributing too much to the noise factor. All suggestions are welcome!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


I would recommend the Michelin Defender LTX you mentioned for the good traction and the quiet tread, nothing in this size that I would say works as well: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Defender+LTX+M%2FS&partnum=185R6DLTX&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Paula

Looking for good all season 265 70R 17, load Range E tires for my 2008 Chev Avalanche. Currently running the BF Goodrich.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The highest overall rated highway tread tire is the Michelin Defender LTX: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Defender%20LTX%20M/S&partnum=67R7DLTXOWL&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Chris

I have an old 2002 Chevy Express Box truck 3500 with a 12' box. I'm a tile an d marble installer so i carry a ton of weight literally plus my tools. What are your recommendations for cheap and effective tires as well as some better ones and of course the best you recommend?

Thank you in advance for your help
Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Chris, if you have the LT245/75R16 and require an E load tire, the highest overall rated tire would be the Michelin Defender LTX. Click the following link for current pricing:


The best on the budget would be the General Grabber HTS60. Click the following for current pricing:

Saturday, January 13, 2018 by Ray W

I have a 2003 GMC Sierra 4x4 2500 ex cabwith huge Duck Commander 295/75R17s mudders, which are a chore to steer, noisy, and don't handle the road well. I bought 2 Michelin LTX 245/65R17s and 2 Michelin LTX 245/70R17s. I don't load the truck heavy at all. Can I use the Michelins if I don't load heavy?
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Ray W: No, even if loaded light, the vehicle needs an E load tire to meet the minimum gross axle weight.
Friday, February 9, 2018 by Ray Sanford

I have a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 with a 6.7 Cummins diesel, and pull a 32' 5th wheel 5-10k each year, any recommendations on a good tire?
Friday, February 16, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Ray Sanford, if you have the LT245/70R17 tire size on your 2012 Dodge Ram, the Michelin Defender LTX is the highest overall rated highway tread tire. Click below for current pricing:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Linda Long

I was reading your recommendation you left for Ray. Would this be the same for my Ram 2500 Cummins diesel? I'm pulling a 43 foot 5th wheel 17000 pounds.
Monday, February 26, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Linda Long, the Michelin Defender LTX would be an excellent premium tire for any highway use, especially towing.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by Jeremy Hetrick

Hi I have a 2013 Chevy Express 3500 and am looking for a good towing tire. We pull a 35’ Wildwood trailer with this and want good tread and long lasting with no sway. Can you help me out?
Monday, April 30, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Jeremy Hetrick, If you have the size LT245/75R16, the highest overall rated highway tread tire is the Michelin Defender LTX. Great traction and 50K treadlife warranty. Follow the link for current pricing.


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