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Posted: 04/19/14 04:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sorry for the long post. I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4x4. I just replaced tires-went from Michelin 285/75/16 to BFG all terrain 265/75/16. Hooked up the TT and headed off to the coast. When we got on the Interstate it felt like I was driving on ice, like the back end of the truck was going to come around. When small sedans would pass me I could feel the trailer and truck being sucked in like a tractor trailer was passing. Got off the highway and took back roads to the beach, it was a little better but still had to over-steer to go straight. When we got home I switched back to Michelins 265/75/16. I still notice the sway when pulling with these tires. I don't know if the difference is due to changing tire size. I currently use the Blue Ox Sway pro and have adjusted the ball height to account for the smaller tire size but this hasn't corrected the issue. Does anyone have any ideas. It's not to bad when traveling local, but I don't want any part of driving like this on a long trip. Thanks for any ideas or suggestions. I have had the TT for 1.5 years and this hasn't been a problem until now.

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Posted: 04/19/14 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What's the new load range?


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These tires are the same as the old ones other than tire size. They are load range E,12 ply.

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New rubber does flex with a trailer behind it. Soft AT tires are worse. A deep tread depth and low air pressure will add to the problem. I like to put as much miles on a worn tire as possible because I'm pulling.

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No telling if you aren't running the right tire size. The correct tire size for your vehicle is on the sticker on your door jamb


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E=10 ply

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Some tires are really bad. I bought a new Ford Focus Wagon years ago and the stock Goodyear Eagle tires on it were absolutely useless on wet or slushy/snowy roads. We were traveling through PA on the snow, and I felt like I was trying to drive a sled on ice. It was either sell the car or replace the tires. I decided to go with a set of snow tires....which turned that car into a really good winter car. Then, when spring arrived, I bought a better set of all season tires and performance on wet roads was very good.

Which means...get different tires.


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The tires will require a few hundred miles to break them in (heat cycle). this makes the tires less squirmy! look up new tire squirm or heat cycle and you`ll see this is common with many new tires.


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Are the tires inflated to the proper pressure while towing? Are you running OEM wheels or aftermarket?


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Have you tried re-adjusting the weight on your TT? Maybe a little more in front? Changing the tire size may have changed the hitch setup reactions more than you realize.

I also agree with making sure the tire air pressure is at max.


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