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Old 01-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Tires

It is time to put new tires on the Sienna.

Most of the tires have a load rating of 98 (1653 lbs), but one model (the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia) have a load index of 102 (1874 lbs). Since a lot of our miles are towing the 17b, I wonder if it would be worthwhile to go with the higher load rating tires. When we weighed our rig last summer, TV axle weights were about 2800-2900 lbs. The cost difference is pretty significant -- almost $100 per tire as compared to the Firestone Affinity Touring tires that are on sale at my local Firestone dealer. But if the tires would last longer and and be safer, I wouldn't mind spending the extra dollars.

Any thoughts about whether it worth getting tires with a higher load rating?

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Old 01-13-2013, 06:07 PM   #2
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I have always replaced vehicle tires with the exact same tires. Not sure if this is the best logic but I believe the manufacturers spend quite a bit of research as to what tires give the best results. I would guess their emphasis would be on handling and performance with longevity low on the list. That said, I can think there are times to switch brands and models but I have not found a compelling reason with my vehicles.

Unless you are full timing I would think towing would only make up 25% of your driving, at least that is my personal estimate. Your mileage may vary. My point is, it may not be that much of a gain when looking at total miles driven.
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I have to agree, having replaced the Firestone's on my Explorer ( under the recall ) with Yokohama Geolander LT tires, believing that I would get fewer flats driving to the Skagit River. Cost me extra, and the tire dealer had to fudge the paperwork since they were supposed to replace with passenger tires only.
After not that many miles I found myself with more road noise than I could endure. I replaced them again, somewhat prematurely, because I just couldn't take the noise.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:01 PM   #4
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What year is the Sienna as each generation of Sienna has different requirements? You may want to check out the Sienna section on this forum for other user's feedback: Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums

I have a Toyota Highlander. The newer Highlanders has a weird tire size (P245/55R19) which limits what's available. I just put on the Ecopias and am very pleased with the ride, noise and wet weather handling.
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It is time to put new tires on the Sienna.

Most of the tires have a load rating of 98 (1653 lbs), but one model (the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia) have a load index of 102 (1874 lbs). Since a lot of our miles are towing the 17b, I wonder if it would be worthwhile to go with the higher load rating tires. When we weighed our rig last summer, TV axle weights were about 2800-2900 lbs. The cost difference is pretty significant -- almost $100 per tire as compared to the Firestone Affinity Touring tires that are on sale at my local Firestone dealer. But if the tires would last longer and and be safer, I wouldn't mind spending the extra dollars.

Any thoughts about whether it worth getting tires with a higher load rating?

Thanks much
Hi: LeonW... I have had great success with Toyo tires as replacements. They are very highly rated and as good as Michelin for less. I don't know about weight rates or size avail. for your tug tho. Alf
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:32 PM   #6
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Just a little info about the tires that most vehicles come from the factory with. They are put out to tender as with most things in buisness and the lowest price wins. thats why you will see many different tire companys used by the same car company. Often the the tire from the factory is built to a price for the contract and can't even be matched exactly. Look at the michelin ltx at2 on a 2012 gmc 3/4 ton and then look at the ones in a tire shop , they are very different.
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I am sure they are bid out, that is the proper method to purchase. At the same time they do put some specifications on those requests. They do not want the least expensive tires, they want the least expensive that meet their specifications. Car manufacturers and tire companies want you to have the best experience possible, the tire they choose will be apart of their overall goal, make your purchase a pleasurable one and for you to return and purchase another vehicle.

Now that said, there are compromises. They cannot pick the best tire for the dessert and snow. You may live in a geographical area that warrants a different tire, or you may not be happy with their choice in rainy conditions. In those cases shop for another tire. If you are happy with what you got why not purchase the same?
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Certainly specs are issued to prospective bidders but that being said price is a large factor, I have changed alot of tires under warranty that were just poor quality tires and not the right choice regardless of geographical area.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:24 PM   #9
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Tires, like everything else, are a compromise. The compromise chosen by the vehicle manufacturer is often not what the owner would chose, so the best replacement tire for you is often not a duplicate of the original equipment... if you can even buy such a duplicate.

Another useful forum for Sienna owners is SiennaChat.com. There, tire discussions seem to indicate that most owners prefer tires other than the original equipment. As I mentioned in that forum, I chose to put the new Michelin Defender (in size 225/60R17) tires on mine this summer, and I use Nokian Hakkapellita R (216/65R16 XL) in winter.

The stock size and type of tire are adequate for the axle capacity of the Sienna. Don't expect to be able to carry more, just because the tires have more capacity.

All tires of the same type (e.g. "passenger vehicle" tires with size designation starting with "P") and the same size (e.g. 225/60R17 for all 2004-2010 Siennas above the base model) have the same capacity unless they are an "Extra Load" version; it's not really a matter of brand.

What year is this Sienna, and what size is being used?
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Most of the tires have a load rating of 98 (1653 lbs), but one model (the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia) have a load index of 102 (1874 lbs). Since a lot of our miles are towing the 17b, I wonder if it would be worthwhile to go with the higher load rating tires. When we weighed our rig last summer, TV axle weights were about 2800-2900 lbs.
Although that sounds like more than enough tire capacity, passenger car tires must be derated by a factor of 1.1 when used on vans (and trucks, and trailers...), so if those tires with a rated capacity of 1653 lb are "P" tires, the are actually only good for
1653 / 1.1 = 1503 pounds each, or 3006 pounds for the axle if evenly distributed left-to-right.

If it is a 2004-2010, 2800-2900 pounds is right at the axle capacity. What does the sticker on the edge or jamb of the driver's door say the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for the rear axle is?
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