It's easy to identify a tire's load range.

Just to refresh, the load range of a tire identifies its strength and ability to contain air pressure. Most often this information is branded on the tire's sidewall. Every passenger tire has a very specific load range, but when it comes to light truck tires, load ranges are given in ascending alphabetical order. The closer to the back of the alphabet, the more air pressure the tire will need. And that, of course, means the more weight the tires can carry.

When you search Tire Rack, we'll call out Light Load, Reinforced and Extra Load on all passenger tires. If we don't give such a description, you can assume the tire features a Standard load range that's either P-metric or Euro-metric. On the other hand, if you're searching for light truck tires you will find a very distinct load range after every tire description. More specifically, immediately following the size's rim diameter.

Take a look at the following charts to get a better understanding of load ranges, then click here to read "Load Range/Ply Rating Identification" in our library of Tire Tech articles.


Sunday, September 19, 2010 by Don and Linda Larson

Is load range H a certified tire in a 1200/22.5 commercial truck for use on the front axle?
Monday, September 20, 2010 by Team

Dear Mr. Larson, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately Tire Rack has never offered tires for large commercial vehicles and we do not have the specialized information required to respond to your question.
Sunday, April 10, 2011 by Peter Ashbaugh

I need tires for my Dodge D250. present tires are LT 265-175 R16 I'm having problens find that size on your web site
Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Lally

We have 2004 1-ton Diesel Dodge Ram Truck and we are towing a 34rl Montana Fifth Wheel with 4 slides. Tires on our truck are showing stress cracks on the side walls. Can you tell us what tires we need with good tread and ones that can handle towing the weight.
Sunday, May 1, 2011 by Cedric Christian

I have a boat trailer with Goodyear Marathon ST225/75R15 D rated tires. Is there a LT or passenger car tire that can handle this load that give better service and longevity? Thanks!
Sunday, October 9, 2011 by Al

What is the maximum load of a trailer tire ST 175/80 D 13 tubeless, Load Range C , in pounds, please?
Monday, October 10, 2011 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

Al, The only tire that we carry in that size is a Goodyear Marathon and it is a load range C. The weight rating on a C load range tire is all that I can provide and that is 1360lbs per tire.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by Jeff Rash

My camper comes with 13 C tires. It will weigh 2500 LBS loaded. Will it reduce blow-out risk by up-grading to a 13" with a different load range like D?
Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Ben@tirerack

If you are on the pavement and the tires are not overloaded, a heavier rating probably will not make much difference. Heavier rated tires may be more durable off-road, and will allow for heavier loading without failure.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Ken

where can I find the weight rating of tires in pounds like load rate A = ? pounds etc? I know the weight that I have to carry but what load rating does the tire have to be to carry it?

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