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Old 05-24-2022, 02:06 PM   #1
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Best tires?

Hi- My daughter and her boyfriend just purchased a 24' short bus conversion on a 2009 Chevy chassis. The tires are a variety of old LT225-75-R16. They need to be replaced ASAP.

They weighed the bus and the steer axel is 3280 and drive axel is 7480 (unloaded so far....empty water tank). Currently 10,760 gross. 2 tires steer axel and 4 on drive axel.

Looking for suggestions of the best tires for this type of short bus. For example, are light truck (LT) tires really appropriate for this?

Any all weather versions you can recommend?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Old 05-24-2022, 05:00 PM   #2
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Firestone Transforce. There are street and more aggressive versions.
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Old 05-24-2022, 06:28 PM   #3
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The most important thing with Bus tires is the load rating. You will need something with at least a 2500 lb load rating. And my opinion of Firestone tires is that they are not what you need. Make sure and check the axle gross rating to make sure you are not overloading the rear axle. GVWR also applies to brakes too, so more spring is not the solution.
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Old 06-04-2022, 08:25 AM   #4
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I got a good deal on these from Amazon and have been happy with them on my 2011 E350 shuttle (single rear wheel).
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Old 06-04-2022, 11:47 AM   #5
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just for discussion on tires...........

imo, maybe the cheapest tire is the best one?

rv tires tend to dry rot out before they wear out.

i got 2 new steers 2 years ago, and they have only seen about 2000 miles of pavement. 1 trip 2 summers ago summer to the black hills and last summer to montana. ~ 2000 miles.

parking and sun damage wears tires out too. in 10-15 years they'll probably need replaced regardless of miles.
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Old 06-04-2022, 06:26 PM   #6
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parking and sun damage wears tires out too. in 10-15 years they'll probably need replaced regardless of miles.

Aren't commercial tires supposed to be aged-out at 6 or 7 years max?
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