The Cooper Pro Series LHT (long haul trailer) tire is the finishing touch to Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Pro Series lineup. It premieres in size 295/75R22.5, with more sizes coming later in summer 2019.
With the addition of the LHT tire, Cooper says the Pro Series offers a fitment for each tractor and trailer wheel position. “High performance with low cost of ownership is what our Cooper Pro Series is all about,” says Gary Schroeder, executive director of Cooper’s global truck and bus tire business. “Our signature Pro Series is complete with the arrival of our long haul trailer tire, so fleets can now find the immediate benefit of running Cooper tires in all positions. That translates to long miles to removal coupled with optimum fuel efficiency.”
Schroeder says the Cooper Pro Series provides fleets with outstanding value for long haul operations.
“Our benchmarking tests show the Pro Series’ low cost of ownership, what we call LCO, is equal to or lower than competitive Tier 1 tires. Additionally, Cooper’s LCO performance is backed by a seven-year, two-retread warranty with full replacement value for the first 50% of tread life. This reflects the type of value Cooper’s Commercial Series tires deliver to fleets and showcases the confidence we have in our tires.”
The trailer tire features Cooper’s Energy Conservation Optimization (ECO) technology. This combines tire design, compounding and construction to provide an ultra-low rolling resistance tire that both exceeds SmartWay standard requirements by 15% and meets the EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requirements set for 2021.
The tire features 12/32nds of tread depth, and was designed with a V-shaped tread pattern, with ribs evenly spaced for better load distribution. The design helps ward off irregular wear, and its four-belt steel casing construction helps ensure a long-lasting trailer tire that will provide multiple retreads.
The Pro Series LHT also features Cooper’s Wear Square indicator on the tire’s shoulder ribs. The square shows tread depth through five different evolving patterns. A “square” shows full tread depth, while an “L” shape shows that half of the tread remains. The Wear Square will also show when the tire should be pulled for retreading. Since Wear Squares are placed on both sides of the tire, they can also indicate when irregular wear is taking place. If the wear patterns don’t match, it’s an early warning sign of a likely axle or camber issue. This allows the fleet to make the appropriate corrective actions, ultimately extending tire life and overall mileage.
For more information, visit www.coopertire.com.