Dually Truck Tires

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Sundancer, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    I have a Duramax Dually and I'll need to buy some new tires for it before next towing season. I have Michelin's and I'm not exactly impressed with them. I think I have about 45,000 miles on a 70,000 mile tire and can probably squeeze another 5,000 miles out of them. I rotate once a year (about 7,000 miles) and may have missed one along the way. I know that duallie's eat tires and figured I check with other dually owners to see what the recommendation is and what really works. I use them year around, so they need to be mud and snow rated so I don't have to swap out six tires to go over the mountain passes. I know they aren't as good a true snow tire, but it's a 6x6 so that helps too. Around here Les Schwab is a preferred tire provider. They are pitching Cooper's and their own label. Costco would be another option since I have a membership for a Christmas card that I haven't activated. I figured batteries and tires from Costco might be worth cashing that card in and using since I'll need both and maybe 6 new trailer tires as well.

    The truck sees about 3,000 miles of towing, plus or minus every year. I know that's much harder on tires as well. Just thought I'd see what others have used and would steer away from or recommend.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    981
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    I’m not a daully guy but 7k per year and you’ve got 45k on them now.
    At a little over 6 years old, do you have any dry rot issues?
     
  3. wyrman

    wyrman Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    994
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    Les Schwab is the most expensive tire shop in town.
    We buy almost all of our tires from Perfection Tire in Pasco, Shane is the owner.
    Discount is good also, but recently can't beat Perfection Pasco's prices.
    I run Coopers, but as you know I don't have a dually.
     
  4. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    Les Schwab seems to depend on the time of month and manager. Sometimes they are less and sometimes more. I got my Michelin's at Discount tire but will check Perfection tire as well. I have time to research and find out what will work.

    Espos4, your math works like mine! No common core crap! I don't have any dry rot at this point. They are parked inside and I work from home for the most part. No sun beating on them day after day. Still after 5 years you are pushing your luck on trailer tires. I would expect tires to last longer but planned obsolescence is a wonderful thing if you manufacture goods! As far as tread, 2 are almost to the warning bump. Those have been rotated to the inside dually which should help. The other 4 have a smidge more.
     
  5. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I bought tires from Perfection for many years but have switched over to Discount Tire. The biggest reason was that Perfection seems to be a local outfit and Discount is all over the country. I've used the Discount Tire in AZ and have been as pleased with their service down there as I am up here.
     
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  6. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    I wiil tell you what I do t buy again and that is Hankook. I put a set on my 2012 F550 and the truck feels like I have rear wheel steering, it squirms and I don't tow with that truck. I should have spent the bucks and put Continental back on it but the 375 dollar per tire made me shop. I guess you do get what you pay for.
     
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  7. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    $375 PER tire? Ouch! That's a chunk of change! You'd have to get 100,000 miles out of them to make that pay!
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2018
  8. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    First set lasted only 58,000.
     
  9. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Bought a set of 4 tires for my son’s car from Costco last Spring. First time I ever bought tires from them. Their prices were very competitive. Might be worth giving them a shot.
     
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  10. Dave - M

    Dave - M Member

    67
    Aug 29, 2018
    1990 270 Sundancer
    7.4 Mercruiser
    I recently sold a chevy truck (3/4 ton) that had a set of Coopers (Discoverer ATs I think). These tires were previously on another truck of mine and were at least 10 years old. I didnt trailer with them but did carry some occasional 1 ton loads in the bed. They probably didnt have more than 50k miles on them, but considering their age still had a lot of tread left and no rot or crack issues at all. Im looking to get jeep tires one of these days and I wont consider anything except cooper
     
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  11. wyrman

    wyrman Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    994
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    I run Cooper Discoverer on my F350, however, it's not a dually.
     
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  12. GCHOG

    GCHOG Active Member

    116
    Mar 25, 2016
    Bass River, Viking Marina, South Jersey
    2006 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    6.2 Bravo III
    Been running Firestone TransForce HT's for last few sets. Got over 70 k out of them with frequent rotation and pressure check. Not on a dually , but F-250 4x4.. just my .02c worth .
     
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  13. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    398
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Toyo M55 with both single and dual set ups.
     
  14. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    I did bite the bullet in January. Costco was running a deal and so I bought six Michelin Defenders for just under $1,300. That was about $300 t0 $600 better than the competition. It also allowed me to powder coat my rims! They were crusty and rusty and gray so they didn't match anything. I went with a black and at least the rims match the nerf bars now. I should have done the Nerf bars since they were worse than the rims. I just didn't want the rims rusting away. Might be taking the nerf bars down very soon!

    Thanks for the replies and brands. I've had Hankook on a burb but didn't notice anything while towing with them. Cooper's keep coming up, so those might be the next set depending on the prices. The last pair that I replaced ended up at 67,000 miles, so my calculations and memory were WAY off!
     
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  15. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    TireRack had the best price for my last se of 4. Those were General's. Now that was for my 1500 and I will most likely get them for my 3500. Price was good and they did outlast the truck
     
  16. Exoset

    Exoset Member

    50
    Oct 3, 2018
    CANADA, QC
    2014 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer
    2017 RAM 3500 Dually Mega Cab Limited Cummins 6.7 Aisin
    5.7 350 Mag DTS w/Bravo III Axius Drives
    I have Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 35x12.5x20 on my RAM Dually, mostly because here in Canada you must have the snowflake to be legal and the Duratracs are the only ones to have it.

    I towed 3 times to Florida so far and I am quite impressed that they are not to soft, I was expecting to lose them on the road but they are pretty durable, a little noisy though.
     

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