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F350 Tire Size And Plowing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Allagash, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. Allagash

    Allagash Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    I know I'm beating a dead horse here by talking tire size and brand type but here goes. I'm thinking of putting BFG Radial All Terrain K/O's size 285/75/16 on my truck. It's a larger size than what came stock. Does anyone here plow with this size on their F350 Crew Cab? The tires I'm looking at have a "D" load rating. I've always heard that a narrower tire works better than a wide tire in the snow and I'm concerned that this tire being larger may not work as well.

    I know this is a plow site and not a tow site but, I also tow a 6,600lb gooseneck with this truck with 4800lbs on the trailer on a consistent basis. Do you guys think running this larger tire on my truck will cause premature wearing? Also, is a "D" load rating acceptable for this amount of weight?
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    The wider tires will "work" just not as well. They'll have more of a tendency to ride up on the snow rather than bite into it. As far as handling the weight of the goose neck - the weight of the trailer and its cargo is on the trailer tires. So you're fine with the "D" rated tires on the truck. Actually as far as wearing out, you'll be better off with the wider tires for pulling the trailer because the force applied to the tires will be spread over a bigger area. But again, if you're on snow there'll be more tendency to ride up on the snow resulting in poorer traction.

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    You should stick with the original. If you had 23585r16 you have to go with 26575r16 to keep height.