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Old 01-01-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Tires

I have a Surveyor 30 ft TT (sv302) that I tow with a 2007 Toyota Tundra SR5 (double cab) 4x4 with factory tow package (has the smaller v8 4.7 L)

Many of you say that it's too small of a truck but it does a fine job for the way we use it. (Plus it's paid for!)

Anyway, it's time for new tires. Current size is 255/70r18

I'm looking at Nitto Dura grabber because I like their load rating. Also considering Nexan Roadian HT because of the better price. I'm shopping Walmart right now because I like their lifetime balance/road hazard plan.

Q1 - Any experience or recomendations as to these tires?
Q2 - Should I stick to the original size?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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A tire with higher load rating (D or E) will give a more 'solid' feel when towing. Do not increase the tire diameter has it effectively changes the rear end ratio and towing performance will suffer.

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A tire with higher load rating (D or E) will give a more 'solid' feel when towing. Do not increase the tire diameter has it effectively changes the rear end ratio and towing performance will suffer.

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I have ran nitto durra grapplers before.
-Decent tire for the price, they treads start to cup at an angle when they are getting lower on tread( at least on straight axle F250, but most tires seem to do that on solid ft axles from what I've seen).
-I curently have nitto trail grapplers 10ply, on my Duramax.
- nittos seem to have good load rating(my current trail grapplers are rated at 4080lb cold-single). They are heavy though- because of stiffer sidewalls for increased load.
-Nittos seem to be a good value to me, and have a good size range available.
I got mine at Discount Tire.

You can get a different numaricaly size and still be right about the same size as curently used. Like dave said I would not go any larger in diameter, if you drop a size or two, you will increase your torque a bit.
-fyi-a heavier tire may rob some power from you engine and also change braking performance a bit.
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I put on LT MX2 (michelin) E range on my Tundra earlier this year. So far happy with them when towing and not towing
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My situation my not be a critical as you guys who tow 5th wheels in that I have 1/2 ton PU & bumper pull 30 footer. ??

Also, we don't go all that far as we are in an area several with beautiful lakes close by!

Last year we spent 48 nights camping on not more than 6 trips so the stiffer tires might be a nusance for regular driving.

Any thoughts along that line?

The Michelin LTX A/S that were new on the truck when we got it (used) have only gone 20k miles and are about gone. They preformed ok for towing but seemed a bit 'squishy' at times. (40 lbs air)

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I know from personal experience I had to change my tires on my dually last spring and went from "D" to "E" load rating and it made a world of difference. Yes I am pulling a heavier unit but the same applies to your question. Considering that this is your only connection from your unit/truck to the road don't save money on your tires. Buy what you can afford but don't cheap out, you will wish you hadn't later. Flat repair and roadside warranties are all great but at the end of the day you still have cheap tires.

Your local tire shop should be able to show you what is good better and best for tires and give them all your information as to what your towing, weight etc...

Hope this helps and good luck..!
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The Michelin LTX A/S that were new on the truck when we got it (used) have only gone 20k miles and are about gone. They preformed ok for towing but seemed a bit 'squishy' at times. (40 lbs air)
The tires feel like that because they're P Metric passenger tires. Going to D or E rated and about 60 - 65 psi air pressure will solve that issue. Your OEM rims won't be rated high enough to air tires up to 80 psi most likely.

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I put on LT MX2 (michelin) E range on my Tundra earlier this year. So far happy with them when towing and not towing
Double check your wheels to make sure they are rated for E tires before you put them on a "1/2" ton. I had a dealer refuse to put E's on my last F150; they said it wasn't safe. And E's may have more capacity than your truck has payload. I guess you could always run them at 50 or 60 pounds instead of 80.

That being said, I have C rated tires on my new F150; and I think they do add stability when towing and also lessen any bouncing. IMO they also provide for better handling when empty. I notice that there is absolutely no wear on the outside edges of the front tires whereas I did have this with my P tires. Had to rotate religiously. Now is still rotate my tires but I don't see any shoulder wear.

The downside to C's or E's is, of course, ride. They do pound a little harder.
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My situation my not be a critical as you guys who tow 5th wheels in that I have 1/2 ton PU & bumper pull 30 footer. ??

Also, we don't go all that far as we are in an area several with beautiful lakes close by!

Last year we spent 48 nights camping on not more than 6 trips so the stiffer tires might be a nusance for regular driving.

Any thoughts along that line?

The Michelin LTX A/S that were new on the truck when we got it (used) have only gone 20k miles and are about gone. They preformed ok for towing but seemed a bit 'squishy' at times. (40 lbs air)

Thanks
I have a bumper pull myself and when not towing i use a lower air pressure and have not really noticed a difference. My original BF's wore out with 22-23k as well. The m/s2 are LT and rated for 70k
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