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Old 03-28-2008, 10:45 PM   #1
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Have a tire question. We have a chevy one ton, time for new tires (has originals right now) First dually for us so we need to do some homework.

Hubby would like a heavier tire, don't want to comprise load and all that jazz and I've read that you have to be really careful with the spacing.
Looking to put on good quality ones but want some options. Would like to improve the ride, it's a stiff ride, hit a small buckle or bump in the road and it's a thud, partially due to the fact that the sucker is 19' long.

Looking for some info before I go out and do the pricing.

Thanks in advance

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Old 03-29-2008, 12:15 AM   #2
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I don't have any tire recomendations, but I may be able to help a little with the ride. Mine was a SRW not DRW, but it should all be relative. When it comes to helping ride quality with tires, the only real effective way to help ride quality is to step down , for instance, from a load range D to a load range C. The problem with doing it this way, is that you are going to lower the amount of payload you will be able to carry before the tires pop. Not usually something you want in a 1 ton dually

The best way to better your ride in a 1 ton, is going to be adding weight to the bed, but than you are talking MPG drops.

What configuration is your truck, crew cab long bed?

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Old 03-29-2008, 07:05 AM   #3
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crew cab and long bed. No, can't sacrifice the load range. Pull skid loaders, tractors, horses etc. Love the fact that we can finally haul our heavy crab without cringing like we did in the old truck.

Unlike my new jeep, seems like they put the cheapest damn tires on the truck...go figure.

Thanks for the reply...the tires don't have much time but I need to take some and keep trying to figure it all out, which will give me time to figure out how to pay the dang bill. We need to do brakes to. Something tells me it's gonna hurt, rather it hurt alittle more up front than less often so I'll be researching best brakes etc too. I'd rather go to the dentist!
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:48 AM   #4
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I have had a lot of luck with Kelly Safari tires. They are just over $100 a piece, and seem to last a very long time. They are the M+S LT 235/85R16 with a load range E. To get a little more comfortable ride out of any E rated tire, do not run them at full air pressure. I run them at 60 psi, for daily driving. If I am going to haul something heavy, I can see how it looks, and adjust the air pressure on the duals, as needed. I usally just hook up, and go, with the 60 doing fine. Another way to get a smoother ride is to get good quality shocks, especially in the front. The only time you will need to worry about your tire spacing, is if you are trying to put wider tires on the back. Just keep it all the same, so you can rotate the tires. Good luck with the brakes and all, it cost me a little over $1,000 to do mine, but they were completely all replaced. Now I am not having any trouble stopping with heavy loads...........
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:52 AM   #5
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Toyo Open Country A/Ts.
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:00 PM   #6
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Toyo's seem to be the Tire of choice amoung RVers carring truck campers & towing 5th wheels. I have the Toyo Open Country's on my 05' Ram, they arnt cheap, but no one else comes close to there spec's.
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:28 PM   #7
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Toyo's seem to be the Tire of choice amoung RVers carring truck campers & towing 5th wheels. I have the Toyo Open Country's on my 05' Ram, they arnt cheap, but no one else comes close to there spec's.
I have hauled RV's from FL to AZ, CA line. I have pulled my 36' 5th wheel camper, with Jeep on a 16' trailer, behind that, to Ouray, CO and back. I have never had a tire failure on my dully. But if you guys are into spending more money for your tires, thats cool.............
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Thanks for the info!

So how do both brands wear? I noticed the fronts are worn much more than the rears, gave the lecture on rotating.

Bluvikng, wanna throw some me some opinions on shock brands? Ones that will stand up to our over salted winters?

It didn't even occur to me that perhaps the husband should be considering different shocks if he wants to improve his ride.

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