Truck Tire Load Ratings

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

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
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Al Brody

I have a 2015 RAM Promaster 136", low roof, diesel, cargo van> I want to replace the OEM Continental 225/75 R16 E 120 tires with Michelin LT 225/75R16/E 115/112R tires. Michelin's web site says it's a fit. Their on line tech chat is worthless. Dicsount tire will not install these tires on my vehicle because of the 115 vs 120 rating even though both tires are load range E. What's a Michelin tire fan to do? Thanks
Sunday, July 16, 2017 by Phyllis James

I have spent 2 hours trying to find a all season tire in 6 plyou for our 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500. Even an 8 ply would be okay. Please help me find a 235x85x16 in either a 6 or 8 ply. Don't need the 10 ply. Thanks
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Phyllis,

You are correct that nobody we carry makes anything less than the 10 ply E load tires in the 235/85R16. Generally speaking most tire makers do standard load for 1/2 and E load for the 3/4 - 1 ton anymore.

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