Best 10 Ply Tires

Do you need 10 ply tires? What is Load Range E? If you're not familiar with these tire terms, don't worry, we can help. Most 3/4- and 1-ton trucks are going to require a Load Range E, also known as a 10 ply tire, for proper load carrying capacity. Many drivers of half-ton trucks also prefer them while towing due to their stiffer sidewall which helps prevent swaying.

One of our best sellers is the Firestone Transforce HT. This Highway All-Season tire has been around for awhile because of its all-season traction, long treadlife and dependability. The tire is available in many popular truck sizes and is offered with a 30 Day Buy & Try Guarantee.

Are you looking for a tire that's more suitable for off-road use. If so, one of my favorite options is the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac. This tire features a rugged tread compound that helps resist tread block chipping, chunking and tearing, especially during heavy loading and towing applications. Wrangler DuraTrac tires are also branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol to identify they meet industry severe snow service standards. They are also designed to accept optional #16 metal studs to enhance ice traction.

Another great value option is Kumho's Road Venture APT KL51. The tire offers excellent all-season traction with a relatively smooth and quiet ride. When we tested the tire, we liked that it provided great traction in the dry and wet.

Firestone Transforce HT
Firestone Transforce
Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
Goodyear Wrangler
Kumho Road Venture APT KL51
Kumho Road Venture APT

To gain a better understanding of load range, read "Load Range/Ply Range Identification."


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Rich

1992 Nissan P/U OEM 14" wheels. Minimal road use, farm use vehicle for hauling fresh cut wood, debris, etc. Upgrading to 16" wheels for better A/T tire selection. My property has hills, sharp rocks, and brush, stumps, etc. It was recommended to upgrade to a E rated /10ply tire. Is that rating necessary to get the stronger (puncture resistant) sidewall and tread? If so, what is the closest available E for 225/60-16, my recommended size for 16" wheels?
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by steve

Tires like the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar features Goodyear's Durawall Technology that resists puncture. The closest size that tire comes in is a 225-75-16, but that is likely 4 inches taller than what you are using now. Not so sure it would fit. Load Range E tires only come in very tall sizes.
Friday, April 10, 2015 by Terry

looking for a set of 10 ply for my F150. I live on counrty roads and pull a trailer once in a while. Most of my drive to work is highway. I have 4 ply now and get alot of flats.
Monday, April 13, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Terry, What size are you using on your F-150? --
Sunday, April 26, 2015 by paul

2001 Toyota tundra limited. I have a 1000 lb camper and want load range E tires
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Paul, E load Range tires can be found while searching by vehicle or by size. Simply select LT tires under the sort tab. --
Monday, July 6, 2015 by Reese

I drive a Land Rover LR3 SE, 2006. It is primarily used to pull a 6,000# boat. I have ran through some serious tires in two years on this thing pulling my boat. I am looking to get an E Rated or 10 PLY Tire. I am running the original size 255/60 R18. Can you recommend a tire? I am not interest in the ride quality just as long as it does not screw anything up mechanical wise.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Reese, Due to the size used on the LR3, we do not offer an E load range tires. Typically heavier ply rated tires are only available in sizes that are typically used by 3/4-ton and 1-ton trucks. --
Sunday, January 17, 2016 by Dave Henson

I have a 2014 1-ton, 4x4, longbed Ram truck. I also have a very heavy camper with a slide out that is on the truck for most of the year. The tire size says LT275/70R18 125/122S. Does Michelin offer a tire like this in the 10 ply rating? Thanks.
Monday, May 9, 2016 by Cook, Scott

I have a 2012 Ram 2500 4x4 diesel with original tires (firestone transforce ht 265/70/17) have 27,000 miles on them and they are almost bald, and yep, I watch tire pressure and rotate. I'm not going back to firestone, but does anyone have like truck with better tires?
No off road for me, just highway.
Monday, May 9, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Scott, Though they do tend to go through tires pretty quickly, there are some longer lasting options. Check out the Michelin Defender LTX M/S:
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Rob

At Scott Cook...

I have a 2014 RAM 2500HD and also came with Firestone TransForce HT. This is the worst tire I have ever experienced. While this article says it is a best seller, it ain't due to performance. Likely just the price. Still, I was on the fence as to whether to go with the BFG AT2 or the Yoko Geolander AT 2015.

The price gap is just too wide between the two so I am going with the Yoko's. Feel confident that this will be a great tire. It is really getting some attention and very solid consumer feedback.

Monday, February 20, 2017 by Carl

I have a 2010 toyota tacoma trd offroad double cab and will be towing a 4000# travel trailer. What tires would you recommend? I also hunt and fish and need to offroad too.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Carl, The most popular all-terrain tire is the BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO2. This will provide you with great off road traction with a good ride on the road as well. You can view the tire here:
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Jim Goodwin

Are E rated 10 ply tires really built w/ten plies, or just built w/1 or 2 plies rated 10 ply? Are the plies steel (would be a heavy tire 10 steel plies) or fabric?
Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Jim, 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.
Monday, May 1, 2017 by john

I have a 1996 dodge ram van/ 318 engine with a recently installed fiberine fiberglass high top and i want to get a tire that gives a more stable ride that corners better with all the top heavy weight of the new hightop. Should i go to a 10 ply tire? i will not need a off road tire but one that sees occasional snow. i had a stronger shock installed in the back and that helps a lot but want to stablize it even more with thicker sidewall tires ? what do you suggest? thanks
Monday, May 1, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

John, You may see more stability with the additional air pressure that a higher ply tire can provide. If you are not already, inflate your current tires to their max psi and see if that helps, if it helps but you need them to be firmer then a E load tire would be a good option.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by N8inNC

I have a 2016 Ram Long bed 2500. I have Michelin HT 275-70-18 on my truck now. I have got 35,000 miles out of these and need to update. I pull a 13,000lb 5th Wheel during the summer, drive on the beach and get a little muddy in the fall. I need a good all around tire, as the HT has ZERO off road characteristics.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

N8inNC, The best tire for your needs is the BFG KO2. This will give you the off road capability you have been lacking without a harsh ride on the road. These also have high ratings for tread life:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by James

Need e rated tires for classic 1977 GMC Motorhome, what would you recommend for LT225_75R16 tires e rated that is not used in winter or off road but gives a quiet ride comfortable ride.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

James, Your best option is the Michelin Defender LTX MS in this size.
Friday, June 9, 2017 by SRinTN

2007 Toyota Tundra 5.7 w/ tow pkg. Pull a 6100 lb. travel trailer about 6-8 times a year and some of those are long distance. What is the best tire option for me. Have Michelin LTX M/S now, but looking to get new tires. What should I get?
Friday, June 9, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


We would need to confirm the options that are available in your particular size. Give us a call at 800-428-8355 and we can find the best tire for you.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Steve Cox

I am new to the RV world and could use your input. I have a 2013 Ford F-150 4x4 Platinum. Current Tire size: 275/55R20. It is time for new tires. I purchased a small 5th wheel last Fall and am interested on your thoughts of the best tire to put on my truck. The "dry" weight of my 5th wheel is 5950 pounds. Loaded, I would venture around 7000. My primary driving in this truck is to and from work (30 miles each way) and mostly highway. The 5-10 times I will take the 5th wheel out will not involve aggressive off-road activity, rather just the dirt road to get to the camp site. Suggestions??
Friday, June 16, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


For your needs I would go with the Michelin Defender LTX. This tire will give you the durability, long life, ride quality, and safety you need:
Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Blair Garrett

I have a 03 dodge 3500. Tire size is 265 70r17 10ply. which is the best tire for hauling/towing and day to day driving
Friday, August 11, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


A really nice riding tire with good traction and treadlife at a good price point would be the General Grabber HTS60:

The highest rated is the Michelin Defender LTX that is currently on backorder.
Monday, August 28, 2017 by TR

I drive 300 miles north on a highway, then drive recently graded hardscrabble roads. Last year I had three flats on the once. Is there such a thing as an e-load tire that would fit this siutuation well? Truck is a 2010 gmc sierra 1500.
Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you have the 245/70R17 on your truck, yes there are LT or E load rated tires available. They are a heavier tire meant for 3/4 or one ton trucks but they are the same size and would work. They ride a bit firmer and being heavier can reduce gas mileage a little but they would be a more resistant to punctures and abuse off road. A good option is the BFGoodrich AT TA KO2:
Saturday, October 28, 2017 by Nomad

I have a Chevy 1/2 ton that I use for daily driving but we are also fulltime RVer's with a 30' travel trailer. Weight loaded is about 9,000 lbs. I need a 10 ply or E rated tire that can handle whatever weather throws at us.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


What is the year, make and model of your vehicle?
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 by Jay

I have a 2014 Toyota Tundra SR5 and pull a 35ft TT, max weight is 7800 of the TT. What would be the best tire for the money?
Friday, March 23, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Jay, if you have 255/70R18, the best highway tread tire is the Michelin LTX MS2. The best at a mid-price point would be the General Grabber HTS60.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by ben hood

I had a 96 F250 7.3 with the general grabber HD tires. I really liked them. I just bout a 97 250 7.3 and am thinking about those, but someone recommended the transforce. what do you think? I've had very good experience with general tires the last few years.
Monday, April 30, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

ben hood, we do not have much feedback on the Firestone Transforce HT or Grabber HD as they are typically used as original equipment. The General Grabber HTS60 is their newest tire and would be highly rated and recommended. If you have the LT235/85R16 follow the link for current pricing.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by James Smith

I recently purchased a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab and and need a recommendation for 275/55-20 load rated E tires. My current tires 275/55-20 111S are too soft for towing my travel trailer. Thanks!
Friday, May 25, 2018 by Derek W

Suggestions for a 2015 GMC Sierra SLT, towing 8300lb travel trailer long distance. Currently have 275/55R20. I would like a tire good mileage reviews, with an aggressive appearance. Thanks!
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

James Smith, there are no E load rated tires in that size and only one D load tire. It is an all-terrain tires by BFGoodrich, the AT TA KO2 and anything bigger would likely need a lift to accommodate. Follow the link for current pricing.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Derek W, the Goodyear Wrangler AT Adventure with Kevlar has a 60K mile treadlife warranty and is one of the more aggressive looking all terrain tires that has a treadlife warranty. Follow the link for current pricing.
Friday, June 8, 2018 by Carlo Joe

Looking 10 ply tires for 2016 f 150. Size 275/65/R18. Towing Experience beginner. Tow capacity - 7000 Lbs
Friday, June 15, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Carlo Joe, if you are looking for the highest rated E load tire for the highway you should consider the Michelin Defender LTX MS. Follow the link for the current pricing in your size.

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