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Old 01-26-2011, 10:13 PM
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I have spent the better part of three hours searching threads in an attempt to avoid just posting a thread that a little bit of research would have answered. I don't see my question being asked - maybe just my poor searching skills.

Since purchasing my '06 Lariat 250 PSD Crew S/B new, I got 30K miles out of the factory 265/70/17 BFG A/T's. Unhappy with the short mileage, I opted for some pricey Michelin's round two and I would say they are already 70% gone and I am at 53K miles. Again, unhappy.

I tow a 35ft Toyhauler 5th wheel, I am somewhat of an aggressive driver (according to the wifey) and I don't need big time off road ability, if any. With both sets of tires, pressures were maintained at or near max pressure, rotated EVERY 5K miles, alignment was good and they wore evenly, and quickly in my opinion. Towing percentage is about 30 - 40% of the trucks useage, mostly interstate.

I am not seeing posts on the topic of street tires - most or all seem geared toward "aggressive" tread patterns. I guess I don't know enough to make a good buying decision (given my last purchase of $245/tire) in my opinion and I certianly don't need an unsafe tire given I carry my entire world (family) in the truck with me.

My question - what is a good long lasting street tire that you would recommend given my application?

I really appreciate you guys taking a minute to read this and provide some advice.

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Old 01-26-2011, 10:22 PM
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Firestone Transforce HT's or AT's. we ran them on all our fleet trucks, and they last. Excellent tire.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:39 PM
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have you looked into some ultra hwy tires like this?

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Old 01-27-2011, 02:37 AM
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i have the firestone transforce A/T. they are a street tire and have alot of tread which make s them last a really long time. i dont remember when my tires were put on it was so long ago and the tires still have 50% tread at least. this truck was my dads before mine and he loves the tires cause of how long they last and he is towing non-stop. im gonna see if i can find any files on when we bought the tires
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once again, you gotta remember you are towing a lot, if you are an aggressive driver your tires are'nt going to last 50k, these trucks are heavy. We run bridgestone dueler A/T's on the company trucks at work, they seem to wear well but again it also depends on how hard guys drive.
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have you looked into some ultra hwy tires like this?

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Jarrod:

Just curious, why did you suggest these two tires specifically? Am I reading this correctly that both have tread wear warranties for E Load ratings?

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Old 01-31-2011, 07:20 PM
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I was looking for the tire with the highest millage rating.

I personally havent used those. Im more into AT or MT tires since I get stuck on hwy tires on the land.

Also as mentioned before, haulin a fifth wheel will do numbers on tires anyway. So I wouldnt expect much more than 30-40k on a set.
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:42 PM
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With the fact that these trucks are heavy, and you're consistently towing a heavy load 40% of the time by your own admission, you can't expect even close to an advertised mileage life of any given tire. That being said... With your driving style I would stick with a HT (highway terrain) vs any AT tire. Check out the Nitto dura grappler. Supposed to be extremely long life and is designed specifically for medium duty trucks, comes in E load range which is a must for your application.
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Kirk, have you been running D load rather than E loads?
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Kirk,
if you are still looking...i am getting ready to get rid of my old tires next week and they have been a great hwy tire...i haul a 95 hp john deere cab air tractor on a 35' gooseneck with a 15' batwing shredder quite often...the tires have 85,000 miles on them, they are the stock goodyear at/s, great tire, not the best off road but as far as highway goes they are wonderful
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