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Old 12-09-2007, 02:40 PM   #1
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TV Front Tire Pressures

The tire pressures recommended on the door sticker for my '04 Ford 3/4 ton truck are 80 rear and 55 front. My question is does anybody increase the FRONT tire pressures when towing? I, like many drivers, decrease the rears to 70 when not towing for any period of time.
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Old 12-09-2007, 03:10 PM   #2
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I keep my front tires at 60 psi, whether towing or not.
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Old 12-09-2007, 05:04 PM   #3
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I go by what the door post has on it - at all times.
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Old 12-09-2007, 05:47 PM   #4
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I run the front at 60 when towing and the back at 80, solo 55/55.
Best ride and better tire wear
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:50 PM   #5
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Based on the weights of my truck and the pressure weight charts I run 50f & 45r empty and 80 in the rear when towing. I don't increase the front when towing as the weight there stays pretty much the same.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:09 AM   #6
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The tire pressures recommended on the door sticker for my 05 Ford F250 is 75 lbs for all four tires. It does not drive good with any tire that is down to 70 lbs or less, had problem with nails while building house and could tell anytime one was low. I have over 60K miles on the tires, half warn and wore flat across.

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Old 12-10-2007, 02:16 AM   #7
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What do Lonnie and Glenn recommend? You'll hear all kinds of opinions but I believe the tire experts are the ones we should listen to.

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Old 12-10-2007, 02:28 AM   #8
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The Sticker on my Dodge 3500 Dually said 60 Front and 65 for the rears when loaded, vice 40 and 35 unloaded. Took me a long time to air them up from unloaded to loaded with my 2 Gallon (great for car tires) compressor. Similarly, when I picked up my used Montana, most of its tires were in the upper 50s, and one was in the low thirties, versus the 80 lbs PSI recommended and that took a long time...
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:43 AM   #9
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These thing ride like ..well...a truck..no matter what pressure the tires are at. We do not air them down when not towing. We keep them 60 front...70 rear all the time. This is a 9k + big truck with heavy duty suspension....it rides rough. However do what works best for you. We do keep the 3400 at 80psi..our previous Missions seemed to wear well at that PSI. So the long winded answer is 60 front at all times.
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:58 AM   #10
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I always run what the sidewall of the Tires call for. Our Cambridge called for 110 lbs and I ran them at 110 lbs at all times. When we sold the Cambridge those Goodyear tires looked as if they had no wear at all. I also kept them out of the Sun as much as possible. Tires disapate heat much better if the air pressure is correct. If you aren't running a Pressure Pro system watch the tire pressure very closely. GBY...
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:45 PM   #11
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We have a GMC dually and run each tire at 65 psi. Tire wear after 15,000 miles is 1/32nd wear - we also rotate tires at Wally World every 5,000 miles for a mere $1.50 per wheel (they usually just charge me for 4 wheels because their math skills are poor).
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Old 12-13-2007, 03:44 AM   #12
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quote:Originally posted by ols1932

What do Lonnie and Glenn recommend? You'll hear all kinds of opinions but I believe the tire experts are the ones we should listen to.

Orv
Lonnie had already stated his pressures and I fully agree with the 60PSI on the front towing or not.
For the rear tires I carry 80# towing and only lower to 65# when I will not be towing for a few weeks or more. I also ONLY lower the air bags to 5# when not towing for a few weeks or more.
I have found that by lowering the rear tires and the air bags when not towing I get a much more comfortable ride without sacrificing tire wear.
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:20 PM   #13
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I do not increase tire pressure on the front tires. I run the same towing and solo. There is very little, if any, additional weight on the front axle when towing. Maybe just a little but not enough to justify changing the tire pressure. On our prior truck, there was 20 pounds less on the front axle when towing. I have weighed this current truck solo and the Montana solo but have not yet weighed both together. With prior trucks I had those weights but haven't done it yet with this one.
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