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Old 07-01-2019, 05:18 PM   #1
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Using OEM tires or switching to LT tires

I'll be picking up my new GMC Sierra in a few weeks and I'm curious to know if people pulling larger travel trailers are keeping the OEM "all terrain" tires or switching to LT tires like a lot of people who also switch out the original crap trailer tires with something a little stronger....
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Most of the original crap trailer tires problems are due to crap maintenance by the original owner.
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:48 PM   #3
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No self-respecting tow vehicle will come with all terrain tires


You must have added some needless package for yours to come with them.
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When searching for a tv we found the majority of trucks had the $2000 sport all terrain package. The proper smaller wheel tire combination is better for towing.
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I'll be picking up my new GMC Sierra in a few weeks and I'm curious to know if people pulling larger travel trailers are keeping the OEM "all terrain" tires or switching to LT tires like a lot of people who also switch out the original crap trailer tires with something a little stronger....

Are your OE "All terrain" tires Passenger type? Not much of a tow vehicle if it is.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:10 PM   #6
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I'll be picking up my new GMC Sierra in a few weeks and I'm curious to know if people pulling larger travel trailers are keeping the OEM "all terrain" tires or switching to LT tires like a lot of people who also switch out the original crap trailer tires with something a little stronger....
Being all terrain does not necessarily mean that they are not LT tires. Do your homework on the load capacity of the included tires compared to what you intend to haul. In general, the tires will be rated to at least the gvwr of the truck, so if you're not exceeding that you should be fine. Would I trust that to be true? Absolutely not, I would definitely verify. All that being said, if you're buying new you should spec it with what you want.
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What Valley said ... the premise of the question is flawed. A/T tires are not mutually exclusive with LT tires. Most A/T tires I have shopped for in the past are, in fact, LT tires.

Last 3 trucks I've purchased came with factory A/T LT tires.

I'd be surprised if a new GMC Sierra came with P rated tires, but maybe it does.
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OK!
Will definitely look into this, as this will be my first ever truck purchase, I've had a few SUVs, but never a pickup truck.
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Being all terrain does not necessarily mean that they are not LT tires. Do your homework on the load capacity of the included tires compared to what you intend to haul. In general, the tires will be rated to at least the gvwr of the truck, so if you're not exceeding that you should be fine. Would I trust that to be true? Absolutely not, I would definitely verify. All that being said, if you're buying new you should spec it with what you want.


X2 when I owned my last TT I used a F150 Eco to tow it. The stock tires did not appear to have load ratings. So after some research I moved to load range D tires more than enough for my truck and TT. I did choose the more aggressive tread though and more than likely when time to change tire on my new rig will do the same I like the look
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I agree with others that LT tires are the best option for towing, and you can get "all terrain" tires in both P (passenger) and LT (light truck) tires.

My 2016 F-250 came from the factory with Michelin LTX A/T2 tires. They're just OK IMO. When they're close to their end of life, I'll be installing Bridgestone Dueller A/T Revo 2 tires that have a much better tread design for snow and mud without being noisy on the highway. They come in both LT and P (passenger) types.
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I always switch to E rated LT tires
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Switch to E rated tires ONLY if they support the load.

My new 2017 GMC Dually came with LT A/T Tires.
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I'd be surprised if a new GMC Sierra came with P rated tires, but maybe it does.
My brother-in-laws Chevrolet Silverado with max tow package or whatever they call it came with P-rated tires on 20" rims. He has had no problems towing with them.

Edit: We visited their campsite this weekend. He has 67k on it now and replaced 2 tires so far with - new P-rated tires! Blasphemy on this site.
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What Valley said ... the premise of the question is flawed. A/T tires are not mutually exclusive with LT tires. Most A/T tires I have shopped for in the past are, in fact, LT tires.

Last 3 trucks I've purchased came with factory A/T LT tires.

I'd be surprised if a new GMC Sierra came with P rated tires, but maybe it does.
The 1500 Silverados & Sierras are all equipped with 18" P265/65R18 tires as standard equipment.
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My truck came with P metric tires and I didn't have any problems towing with them. I just replaced them with BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A KO2's. They're load range E LT tires. Overkill for a 1/2 ton truck but if I got load range D tires I would have had to pay $39 per tire more.
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All-terrain tires

I could deal with all-terrain and other tough-looking-tread tires for short distances around town, but the road noise on a long trip would really be annoying. Why would anyone put up with that?

Same complaint on those "manly" exhausts.

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Interesting that so many of the GM 1/2 tons come with P-rated tires. My 2005 F-150 came with LT tires. I switched to P-rated because I wasn't towing with it. They did ride pretty nice. I then switched to E-rated LT tires, which were much rougher. So, it could be an "appeal to the masses" type of move -- more 1/2 ton drivers probably value the smoother ride over a stiffer sidewall for towing.

Never had an experience like Larry describes. A/T tires are quite road worthy and I've never had a noise problem. Very quiet in my cab. Some M/T tires can hum a bit, but I've never had a bad experience with A/T tires. And, I don't like trucks with tires that look like they came off my grandpa's oldsmobuick. I'm thinking a tan 2WD truck with Michelin all seasons. Ugh.
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I would stick with the OEM tires to see how they perform before deciding to switch to something far more expensive. We have had nothing but success with Michelin LT tires in the proper size and capacity ratings for more than 40 years.
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I could deal with all-terrain and other tough-looking-tread tires for short distances around town, but the road noise on a long trip would really be annoying. Why would anyone put up with that?

Same complaint on those "manly" exhausts.

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The BF Goodrich A/T tires that I put on my truck are as quiet as the OEM P metric tires that I took off. Because they are a heavier duty tire the truck does ride a little harder but I like that it feels more like a truck. The more aggressive tread will be better in the snow than the OEM tires were. We get a lot of snow up here in the winter so it's a safety issue too.
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My thought is that the new tires on the new truck, are adequate for the load rating of the truck. Run them till they wear out, then do a little research, and balance that against how the old ones performed for you, and you should easily arrive at a tire that will work for you. While I'm sure the truck manufacturers use as cheap of a tire as they can new, I don't think the tire issue is the same as with the trailer manufacturers. Different liability, and warranty laws would be my thought.
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