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Old 07-13-2012, 09:15 AM   #29
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I currently have BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour Tire P265/70R17 113T which has a load capacity of 2535 I believe.. Are these the tires better for towing or not? In the description it says light truck which I though was the upgraded tires for towing??
I'm sure no tire pro, but P tires are lower pressure - well, they're passenger car tires. You have a light truck and will carry heavier loads and should have LTs. I'm just guessing here, but your tires are probably replacements and were cheaper than the OEMs that came with the truck.

Right now my wife's Expy is running Cooper all-terrain LTs, size 265x70R17s. They weren't the cheapest, but far from the most expensive. I did pop for Michelins for my dually, but with 2 rebates totalling a hundred bucks for a set of four, they weren't too bad.

As an aside, I'd prefer a highway tread, but we live five miles of bad dirt road off the highway and deal with mountain weather.

But the rest of the tires I've bought for the vehicles we've owned for way more years than I like to think about have been low to medium priced. I have never had a bad set of tires yet, although the Generals that came with our then new '87 full size Bronco made more noise than our daughter's triplets.

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Old 07-13-2012, 09:51 AM   #30
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Your most important lesson here is never to be forgotten. If the salesman's lips are moving, he's lying. Most of us learned that the hard way, so don't feel bad about that.
True that!

ME: Can I pull THIS ONE safely with my truck?
SALESMAN: Sure! No problem! Easily!
ME: Will you put that in writing?
SALESMAN: Uh.....no.
ME: OK... you're lieing... so... How about this one over here?
SALESMAN: Sure! No problem! Easily!
ME: Will you put that in writing?
SALESMAN: Uh.....no.
etc... etc...

A GOOD salesman should sit down with you and figure out the safety numbers before he shows you any trailers. I wonder if there are any of those out there?

ME: I want to buy a camper.
SALEMAN: OK, what are you going to tow it with?
ME: A 1974 lime green Ford Pinto.
SALESMAN: Well, the Pinto's towing capacity is 'X', and so that narrows the field quite a bit. First, let me show you our selection of fire extinguishers, then we'll go look at some tents.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:47 PM   #31
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A GOOD salesman should sit down with you and figure out the safety numbers before he shows you any trailers. I wonder if there are any of those out there?
I can't let that one pass. My father, 94 and spending my inheritance, was that type of a saleman, back in the day when the good ones made money. He didn't sell retail, but sold televisions, primarily, from Day One of TV. Some of his early dealers were gas stations and feed stores. Got the idea? He started with Philco but quickly moved to RCA, the pioneer of color.

He helped make many small dealers into wealthy men. He never over sold or loaded a dealer, as many competitors would. And he abandoned ones that wouldn't work to sell the product or were shady. He's been comfortably retired now for over 40 years. As he puts it, "First, I sold everybody a black and white set. Then I went back and sold them a color set. Then I retired!"
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:02 PM   #32
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So I would just like to update for everyone who helped me.. picked up my TT on Saturday with much anxiety about towing it home. After a 30 minute ride home I must say I am very happy with everything! The truck pulled with no problems what so ever and it drove great. I may play with the brake control a little more though and I may need a little more practice backing it up! So all in all went better then expected. Although a lot of " oh I need this and this" is starting to add up but I know you all have felt this pain! Thanks again everyone!
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