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> Best Tires For 1995 F350 & 1996 Squire 8000?

post Dec 20 2017, 03:51 AM
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I need to get new tires for my 1995 Diesel F350 to haul around a 1996 Lance Squire 8000.

Which tires are the best for me to get? The guy who sold me the truck recommended Cooper 16 ply, and someone I know who lives in his truck camper suggested Class F tires.

And should I get road tires or all-terrain tires? I understand you get more miles to the gallon with road tires, and I'm not sure how much off-roading I'll do since the camper is 10' 9", and the truck only has 2 wheel drive; although the guy who sold me the truck said that cable chains should act as a substitute for 4 wheel drive.

Please help.
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.

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post Dec 20 2017, 09:44 AM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 1997 Ford F350 4x4 LB SRW CC 7.3 diesel
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Truck and Camper Setup: 1997 Ford F350 4 door 4x4 Crew Cab 7.3 Diesel, Lance 915 loaded, 2015 Palomino SS1500 Loaded

I have a 1997 F350 diesel but it's a powerstroke and it's built and it's a 4x4. I presume you have 16" rims like I do. I run all season Firestone's, 285 x 75 x 16 on mine, load range D, inflated to 80 rear (maximum sidewall listed pressure) and 65 front.

Tires are a personal choice but you need to run D range tires at inflate the rears to maximum listed sidewall pressure. I would surmise that with the Lance Squire you are seriously overloaded. I'd be weighing the truck and camper and then removing the camper and weighing the truck.

I think you'll be amazed at how heavy the camper is. Your rear end (in the truck isn't built for that load. Neither are your brakes or transmission.

Chains are no substitute for 4 wheel drive. The may give you added traction and get you in a bigger mess because without a front drive, you are plowing the front end in loose terrain and that don't work at all.

Besides, chains are a PITA to put on and take off and cannot be run on dry pavement at any speed over about 15 mph.
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