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Old 08-22-2015, 04:09 PM   #1
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Tires, standard load, XL or E rated

How many of you who are towing smaller campers....say around 4000#'s or less, are using standard load tires on your tow vehicle?
I will be buying tires soon and I have found that in my size (275/60/R20), there are next to zero E rated tires. I have been using standard load for quite a while with no issues, but was considering the E or D rated tires.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:35 PM   #2
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I always go E rated tires on tow vehicles and camper.
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Old 08-22-2015, 05:07 PM   #3
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What size camper you pulling?
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Old 08-22-2015, 05:20 PM   #4
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:09 PM   #5
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Thanks. I think you're a little heavier than my #4000 pound 23LB.
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:30 PM   #6
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Thanks. I think you're a little heavier than my #4000 pound 23LB.
My trailer is a little heavier, but I suspect yours is too, when loaded. Anyway, I am in a similar boat on the tire choice. My stock size is 275/55/20. I will move to a slightly taller tire and have the dealership reset my speedo. You didn't say if you need off road/winter/etc . . . but you can a new set of LT KO2s in several sizes. I think my choice will probably be the D rated 275/60/20 because I cannot see needing to handle over 3K per tire with what I am towing.

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Old 08-23-2015, 01:46 AM   #7
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I am wanting an AT tire. Although not a daily driver, most of my driving with this truck is highway, but I also use it during hunting season to get in & out of the mountains. Along with driving it when the snow flies.
I have looked at the KO2's. Very good & aggressive looking tire in a D rated. They are also one of the highest priced.
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:12 AM   #8
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Not that they are inexpensive because you do pay for that snowflake, but the prices listed in that chart are MSRP not actual prices. That D rated tire is $249 at TireRack.

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Old 08-23-2015, 08:54 AM   #9
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I was going by price quotes I have gotten at local tire shops. I have been researching this for a while now. The BFG's are being quoted at about $1150 out the door.
Nitto Terra Grappler and Cooper Zeon extra load tires are around $950.
Cooper Discoverer AT3 standard load $780. (which also has the snowflake for severe snow)
In the last 8 years I have pulled 3 different TT''s all around the 4000# dry weight range. All with P rated tires and not one issue. But I read about the LT tires and they are highly recommended when towing so it got me thinking about them. As I mentioned, considering the past 8 years have been trouble free, I'm just not sure the BFG's in a D rated tire is worth the extra cost. Of course I could also be on borrowed time with the P rated tires.
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:15 AM   #10
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when I upped to E rated LT tires from D rated I noticed a big change on the lean when I turn on a sharp curve, or when I accelerate from a 90 turn onto a highway. I like the way it feels... of course when I am towing, I am not usually going as fast as when I am not towing so the difference would be less noticeable. The E rated do give a bit more harsh of a ride also. I have Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor. After about 40,000 miles I can hardly notice any tread wear.
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