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Old 03-27-2019, 11:31 AM   #1
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E-Rated (Towing) tires tread Pattern 1/2 Ton

Ok, so I have decided to get new tires for my Tow Vehicle. You can see much of my set up in my signature. I also have sumo springs on the rear suspension.

My question isn't so much about whether or not to get them, cause I am... I am curious peoples' opinions on the tread patterns; ie. Highway, All-Season, All-Terrain, etc. I will not be going "cheap" on the tires nor do I want to spend $1,500 on a set of four.

Where I am stuck is that in the summer for towing a highway tire would be great, even an "all season". However, I live in Maine and live on a long dirt road that gets plowed when the local farmer uses a tractor to clear the road- which he does every storm (father-in-law). So I have use for aggressive tires...

Do any of you run E rated tires? What pattern? How's road noise? Tread life?
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Tire tread is your choice, but know that the less tread on the surface the more potential to sway.
As for load range, I have run E for years on a half-ton with no issues. Maybe slightly more road feel, but not a lot. I’ll take the trade-off.
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Aggressive tread....if you don't mind the road noise....not all are equal in the noise. My sons are pretty quiet, you can hear them, but not terrible on the highway. I like my highway E tires, but this winter, I wished I had a little more aggressive tread pattern. Have property in MO that we made some trips to this winter, some gravel to get to the far end of the prop. and I really wished for aggressive tread then.
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Currently considering nitto grappler tires 16” LRE. Currently have Commercial ta’s, LRE. Been a good tire, 4 yrs old, 40k miles-but no traction on slick dirt roads. Nitto’s are supposedly a quiet compromise for a terrain type tire.
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I just don't understand why people want an E rated tire on a 1/2 ton, but....I have the stock E range firestones on my 2500. I adjust the tire pressure to how the truck is loaded and using previous scale weights. I have great tire wear and rotate once per year regardless of mileage. Toyo AT II's are what I'm switching to when the stock ones are finally done which won't be long. They are popular around here and supposed to be a great all around tire and not too noisy. Good in soft/hard packed snow and ice (as they are now winter rated), gravel etc., good tread wear and not noisy.
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I just don't understand why people want an E rated tire on a 1/2 ton.
Because many 1/2 ton trucks now, have payloads and towing capacities in 3/4 ton ranges.
Especially the newer F150 EcoBoost with HD Payload packages and Max Tow packages.
Certain models can have payloads in the 3000lbs range.
So E rated tires are a sensible choice.
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BFG KO2

One of the best tires that I've ever had. They have great traction in all weather, and they are pretty bulletproof.

A little on the noisy side, but definitely not the noisiest.
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I just don't understand why people want an E rated tire on a 1/2 ton
Well... The E range tire has stiffer sidewalls which reduces roll in the tire and makes for a more stable towing experience. So, to answer your question- I think people, myself included, are looking to improve their experience and improve safety.
-Yes you can quickly say, "Then get a 3/4!" But if I am safe in my half-ton and just want to improve my experience; $800 tires or $50,000 (used) truck? I don't know about your budget, but mine makes the decision easy.

That said, Thank you for your input on the tires you are running! The comments are helping!!
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Well... The E range tire has stiffer sidewalls which reduces roll in the tire and makes for a more stable towing experience. So, to answer your question- I think people, myself included, are looking to improve their experience and improve safety.
-Yes you can quickly say, "Then get a 3/4!" But if I am safe in my half-ton and just want to improve my experience; $800 tires or $50,000 (used) truck? I don't know about your budget, but mine makes the decision easy.

That said, Thank you for your input on the tires you are running! The comments are helping!!
Just to clarify, the stock firestones are terrible tires.
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I have a Chevrolet 2500 Crew Cab, long bed, 4 x 4 with the diesel engine. I just replaced those sorry ass Firestone tires at 34009 miles showing on the clock. I installed Goodyear All Terrain Adventure with Kevlar in the side walls, they come with a limited tread warranty of 60,000 miles. My cost at Sam's club was just under one thousand dollars for the tires, mounting, and rotation every 5000 miles. The tires load range are the E classification. I run 70 psi in rear and 60 psi in the front.
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I just don't understand why people want an E rated tire on a 1/2 ton, but....I have the stock E range firestones on my 2500. I adjust the tire pressure to how the truck is loaded and using previous scale weights. I have great tire wear and rotate once per year regardless of mileage. Toyo AT II's are what I'm switching to when the stock ones are finally done which won't be long. They are popular around here and supposed to be a great all around tire and not too noisy. Good in soft/hard packed snow and ice (as they are now winter rated), gravel etc., good tread wear and not noisy.
im running the AT IIs all weather. they have been great. good traction, little noise, and run at 80 psi on all 4 corners when towing.

here is the tread pattern
https://www.toyotires.ca/tires/open-...in-all-weather
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Falken Wildpeak A/T3W are on my F-150. 10-ply, E-rated. Great tires and are wearing great. Good in all conditions. Some road noise. Really heavy. Lost 1.5 mpg when I moved from P-rated tires to these LTs. It also rides rougher.

The Falkens were highly rated and amazingly cheap. May not be the best tire out there, but they have to be the best value out there.

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My opinion is that trucks are for "gettin stuff done", and highway tires in the snow do not fit that bill. I will never have tires on my (always 4x4) truck that are not rated for "Severe Snow Use" as designated by the Mountain/Snowflake symbol on the tires sidewall. And I only drive in the snow a handful of days a year.



I like BFG All Terrains and their cheaper copycat competitors.
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I had a 350 van that I ran these on...

GY WRANGLER ALL-TERRAIN ADVENTURE WITH KEVLAR

They were pretty aggressive tread, but I got good mileage on them and were actually quiet on the highway...
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I run Cooper AT 3's on my Ram 3500 towing 14,000 pound fifth wheel. Last set lasted 60K miles. Excellent tire!
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I agree with kfergiez. BFGoodrich At KO2 LR E. I have them on my Sequoia. Actually the 3rd set. Bought the Sequoia new in 2003. The original Dunlaps were passenger tires and sway was a problem. At 12,000 I put on the BFGs. I was towing a Jayco 23’ Hybrid, along with a collection of boat, utility, and cargo trailers. Now I tow a Surveyor 264RKLE.
I air up to 75psi rear/ 60psi front when towing. Down to 42 f/r when not towing.

I got 80K from first set, 2nd set was on the way to similar mileage, but, we decided to replace early due to a long trip. The KO2s do not seem noisy, but I have had them on my Jeeps, company trucks, etc. I do have a Camry with passenger Michelins, and the KO2s still do not seem noisy.

The KO2 has the snowflake symbol.
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I'm running the yokohoma geolandar at g015. E rated on my 16' silverado 1500. Very happy with them so far. They seem to work well, in about everything situation i've thrown at them. I've never had them in pure muck, I believe any a/t based tire is going to struggle a bit in muck.

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I agree with kfergiez. BFGoodrich At KO2 LR E. I have them on my Sequoia. Actually the 3rd set. Bought the Sequoia new in 2003. The original Dunlaps were passenger tires and sway was a problem. At 12,000 I put on the BFGs. I was towing a Jayco 23’ Hybrid, along with a collection of boat, utility, and cargo trailers. Now I tow a Surveyor 264RKLE.
I air up to 75psi rear/ 60psi front when towing. Down to 42 f/r when not towing.

I got 80K from first set, 2nd set was on the way to similar mileage, but, we decided to replace early due to a long trip. The KO2s do not seem noisy, but I have had them on my Jeeps, company trucks, etc. I do have a Camry with passenger Michelins, and the KO2s still do not seem noisy.

The KO2 has the snowflake symbol.
Isn't the "Snowflake" a designation as a "Winter tire Only" ?
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I have been told, for what it is worth, E rated tires on a 1500 is overkill .... XL or D rated should handle all you should be putting on a 1500 ..... ?? XL depending on the tire goes up to 2833lbs .... D rated 2721lbs ... just what I have been told doing research ...
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I have been told, for what it is worth, E rated tires on a 1500 is overkill .... XL or D rated should handle all you should be putting on a 1500 ..... ?? XL depending on the tire goes up to 2833lbs .... D rated 2721lbs ... just what I have been told doing research ...
Overkill, probably. However there are many, many more options in E rated tires.

I'm also a fan of the Falken Wildpeak AT3. Great traction in the wet, snow and off road (this deer season I got to deal with all 3). And about $500 less for a set of 4 than the BFG KO2s. I was all set on buying the KO2s, and was talked out of it by my local tire store. I'm glad he did. Good wear, they don't seem to have issues with balancing which I've heard can be problematic with the BFGs for some reason, and did I mention they were $500 less?
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