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Old 09-18-2006, 07:29 AM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Tires

Olivia, our primary tow vehicle, is going to need a new set of tires in the near future. Olivia is a 2005 GMC Yukon XL 2500 4x4x4 (4 wheel drive and Quadrasteer). She is runnning on her OEM tires which are Bridgestone LT245/75x16 Load Range E (10 ply). I was looking at the Bridgestone Revo which comes in a load range E and is highly recommended on the Quadrasteer Club Website. Most of the Quadrasteer guys are not towing anything heavy (like an Airstream) though. I was thinking about going to 265's, but my GMC dealer recommends against it because of the 4 wheel steering. Our TV tows the Airstream more than it doesn't.

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Old 09-18-2006, 08:52 AM   #2
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look for a tire tread that has continous rubber at the outer edges instead of an open tread pattern. less tendancy to squirm and wander when you have a load on it.

i had firestone steeltex E's as my oem set that worked well and really was the first set of firestones i did not hate.

i replaced them with a set of goodyear wrangler ATD2's load range E. simlar design and good performance after 20K miles.

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We had the Firestone Steeltex tires (made in Canada) on our old Suburban, and they were very solid for years. Finally worried about the rubber and switched to Michelin LT tires, which were also good and solid, and seemed to have better wet traction...

Current Excursion has OEM Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A's in Load Range E, and they ride very hard at higher pressures, but are also doing the job... If they go, I'd probably replace with Michelins again, just because...

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Old 09-18-2006, 02:06 PM   #4
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I've got 40K on my OEM tires. When they go, they will be replaced with the same, if still available. Looks like the original set, (Bridgestone) is going to make 55, if not 60K.
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Recommend Revos

Switched from Goodrich (can't remember model, they were OEM) to Revos last year on a Ford Expedition. Great tire, smooth, round (easy to balance), great all weather traction and long wearing. The Expy drove much better after installing the Revos, the steering was especially light and maintained a straight track on the freeway. The Michelin Cross Terrain is also a great tire, although I don't know if there is an E rated version.

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QS Tow Vehicle Tires, what did you end up buying ?

What kind of tires did you buy?
I will need a new set soon, on my 2004 quadrasteer suburban
and although i would like to have slightly bigger tires, for cosmetic reasons, I am not sure if this will improve tow-behaviour.
I currently have Michelin XLT LT245/75R16/E that came with the truck.

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[QUOTE...... i would like to have slightly bigger tires, for cosmetic reasons, I am not sure if this will improve tow-behaviour.
I currently have Michelin XLT LT245/75R16/E that came with the truck.
thanks, Axel[/QUOTE]


Our 06 Burb was optioned at the dealer with LTX 265/75R16 M/S E.

They look a little better and have been trouble free.

POI...if you go oversize don't overlook having the PCM re-programmed for the taller tire.
DIC, (mpg readout and speedo etc.) will be more accurate.
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QS Tow Vehicle Tires, what did you end up buying ?

Robert ,

Thank you for your response,
i do have a Hypertech "Max energy" , that can modify the sub's computers for other tire sizes.

(I did get it for modifying engine management for higher octane fuel , 95 is the lowest they sell here )

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Axle,

You got the best programmer, been using HT products for years.
A lot of great options for towing!!

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I have pulled Airstreams with various tow vehicles since 1996. I really had good luck with the OEM tires that came on your Suburban. So much so, I replaced the same tires that came on my 2005 2500HD Chevy with them. I have also had great luck with Michelin Loadrange E MS, and Goodyear Wranglers.
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The latest Fourwheeler magazine has a bunch of articles on towing. One of their articles was on the Hankook MaxiVantage F19 trailer tire. It is a 14 ply G rated tire capable of 3,330 lbs at 105 psi, and I have seen these on some commercial trailers. I will seriously look at getting these tires when I replace them on my AS.

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The latest Fourwheeler magazine has a bunch of articles on towing. One of their articles was on the Hankook MaxiVantage F19 trailer tire. It is a 14 ply G rated tire capable of 3,330 lbs at 105 psi, and I have seen these on some commercial trailers. I will seriously look at getting these tires when I replace them on my AS.

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i was looking for Tow vehicle tires.. not trailer tires..

About your 14 ply trailer tires.. make sure the ride of the airstream won't get to harsh , you may loose some rivets.

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Please Do Not USe 14 Ply Tires on Your Airstream

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The latest Fourwheeler magazine has a bunch of articles on towing. One of their articles was on the Hankook MaxiVantage F19 trailer tire. It is a 14 ply G rated tire capable of 3,330 lbs at 105 psi, and I have seen these on some commercial trailers. I will seriously look at getting these tires when I replace them on my AS.

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The Airstream prefers a 6 ply ride
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:13 PM   #14
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Right on, sorry I didn't read the thread correctly. On my TV I personally like Michelin's E rated as they have given me the best service. As to the AS tires, I have read some more since I wrote about the 14 ply's and will stick to the recommended 6 plys. Hope this clears up my errors.

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:32 PM   #15
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I just installed Michelin LTX M/S2's on our 2008 Tundra CrewMax (275/65x18, load range E). We also had the previous model Michelin LTX M/S on our old Chevy crewcab pickup, and they were long-wearing, quiet tires with good traction, although we rarely drive on snow or ice.

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Brian must have gone through those tires he hadn't bought yet when he started this thread 5 years ago. How did they do?

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We got close to 80k miles on the 245 Firestone Transforce HT, and it looks like the 245 Michelin LTX/AT2's will need to be replaced after 40k miles.

LTX's were great for daily driving, but the HT's were better for towing.
Not sure what our next set is.

Brian, it's been a while... I'd be very interested to know what worked, or didn't.

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I done everything from Mich LTX A/T, Revos, BFG A/T KOs, and Mich LTX M/S2. All load E, but some in various sizes from 235/85 to 245/75 to 265/75.

Far and away the best tire for towing and on road is the Mich LTX MS2! I am running 235/85s which I like to reduce the RPM a bit and the speedo is balls on accurate with the "oversize".

If you plan on lots off road adventures, then the KOs are the hands down winner.

The Revos were a good all around tire, but not nearly as good offroad as I would have liked.

FWIW I have not taken the MS2s off road yet, but I do not expect them to do well off road.
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I have used various Michelin LTX versions off road and in nasty snow and they all have had great traction. I have found that even when pretty worn, traction is still very good. Part of the traction battle is also a good vehicle with 4WD.

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Just had to replace 2 Bridgestones to pass state inspection after 28k, does this seem right, dealer said sidewall was worn to second wear bar even though tires were rotated every 5k. Thoughts? DW not too happy about the early expense although getting teo takeoffs sy a better price than i could get online
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