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Old 02-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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Best Tires for Tow Vehicle?

My fairly new 2011 Dodge Durango AWD V8 needs a new set of tires soon, was curious if there's any advice out there on best tires for towing. It could be just your standard all-purpose good quality tires (I'm a Consumer Reporters Best Buy kind of buyer), but thought I'd check.

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The P-metric passenger-car-style tires on many SUVs and some light trucks are usually panned for towing purposes, though if you have a very short sidewall it would be less of a problem as long as you have enough load capability.

LT or some XL tires seem to be what most people go with when they're thinking mostly in terms of towing ability. It may stiffen the ride a bit depending on what was originally installed.
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So it looks like the factory installed tires on this Dodge Durango were in fact the Michelin Latitude P265. Presumably the "P" means a passenger grade tire.

I did a little homework online and the Michelin LTX M/S2 might be a step up to an LT class tire. I noticed it's also at the top of the Consumer Reports tire list for an All Season Truck Tire. Lastly, there's a Costco $70 off coupon running right now on a set of four.

Have I found my tires?

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Not a bad option as the M/S2 is a very good tire. These tires are rated as a high mileage tire and I have run three sets of these getting close to 48-50K out of each set with proper rotation. They were hard miles. We ran the E-load due to the 2500 series Duramax and even when we owned a 1500 Suburban we'd run E-loads in which I wasn't worried about the weight as much as I was the temps when we were living in the SW part of the USA.

I think you might be on to something.

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Another vote for Michelin M/S-2's, you can't go wrong. Woth the extra $$ it may cost.

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So it looks like the factory installed tires on this Dodge Durango were in fact the Michelin Latitude P265. Presumably the "P" means a passenger grade tire.

I did a little homework online and the Michelin LTX M/S2 might be a step up to an LT class tire. I noticed it's also at the top of the Consumer Reports tire list for an All Season Truck Tire. Lastly, there's a Costco $70 off coupon running right now on a set of four.

Have I found my tires?

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It's always good to include wheel height/width plus tire size according to factory (plus any optional sizing). Also, "load rating".

In general, if it is a brand question, then a commercial tire from either BRIDGESTONE or MICHELIN is best, overall. Those may not be available in the needed size, etc.

Dig up the websites for those two brands and include the above information in a request to the manufacturer for their recommendation. That is a good place to start with premium tires.

Information on how you use your vehicle (and what it weighs when loaded, plus what conditions are encountered in those miles) is the last piece for best professional advice. Both brands have several choices in the size and load range my truck requires. So . . the weight they give the request one way or another is meaningful.

It may the exact tire already on the vehicle . . and it may not. It is the place to start, IMO.

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I run the Michelin 16" load range E LTX A/T tires on our F250; they offer more off-road traction at the cost of slightly more road noise.

I've been very happy with these tires; we tow our Airstream on some pretty steep dirt roads and these really help with peace of mind. If you don't do much off-road, you can't go wrong with the Michelin M/S-2 tires.

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I'm confused. My TV has LTX A/T P265/70 tires. Are these LT from the "LTX" or P from the P265?
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Look at the "maximum inflation pressure" on the sidewalls. 44 and 50 psi are passenger car tires. 65 and 80 psi are light truck tires. The "P" designation probably indicates that your tires are passenger car tires.

More tire spec info is available on Tire Rack - Your performance experts for tires and wheels or other tire Web sites.

Note: If using "P" tires for towing, inflate rear tires to maximum sidewall pressure.
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Wow. Something I never gave much thought, I just got my existing tires at Costco a few years ago, I thought they looked pretty tough. My P265/70R17 sidewall's say maxium pressure is 44psi. Looking at the Tire Rack website here's what they say about my tire.

"The LTX A/T2 is Michelin's On-/Off-Road All-Terrain light truck tire developed to meet the needs of today's recreational and commercial pickup, van and SUV drivers." I see there are two tire's my size.

1. P265/70R17 for $203 (2535 lbs/tire, max 44psi)
2. LT265/70R17 for $218 (3195lbs/tire, max 80 psi))

I guess I have the passenger tire. For the price there's it sure makes sense to look more closely next time!
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Lastly, there's a Costco $70 off coupon running right now on a set of four.

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I recently had a customer service, bad experience with Costco with regards to a tire (road hazard). They did everything possible to wiggle out of dealing with the issue.

Note I spent a few years in the tire industry and I couldn't believe the lame service by Costco. No more tires from Costco for me.
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Quick question....

My new Michelin LTX M/S2 tires are filled with nitrogen. I usually raise the pressure when I tow then return to normal pressure when driving around town. Can I still use my air compressor, or is it a bad idea to mix regular air and nitrogen?

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Quick question....

My new Michelin LTX M/S2 tires are filled with nitrogen. I usually raise the pressure when I tow then return to normal pressure when driving around town. Can I still use my air compressor, or is it a bad idea to mix regular air and nitrogen?

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Generic air is 78% nitrogen. Adjusting your super-duper nitrogen filled tires with a regular air compressor will be just fine.
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Generic air is 78% nitrogen. Adjusting your super-duper nitrogen filled tires with a regular air compressor will be just fine.
Thanks, that is what I thought but figured I would just check to confirm.
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