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Old 08-10-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Tire recommendations please

I have a 2003 GMC Silverado 2500HD Diesel and looking to get new tires. I will be towing a 24 foot fifth wheel.
Do any of you have recommendations for good tires? I currently am looking at the Goodrich TA KO all terrain but I am wondering if the all terrain treads drop the gas mileage.

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I have a 2003 GMC Silverado 2500HD Diesel and looking to get new tires. I will be towing a 24 foot fifth wheel.
Do any of you have recommendations for good tires?
The best tires in the world for your truck is Michelin XPS. Expensive, but you're worth it. The XPS will outlast any other tire in size LT245/75R16E, and the commercial haulers then recap the tire and drive another 40,000 or 50,000 miles.

The XPS is available in highway rib and aggressive traction treads. I ran both treads over the 12 years I owned by F-250 diesel. The ribs give better MPG and last longer, so I ran those the last couple of times I bought new tires. Here's the XPS Ribs:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

And here's the traction:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....tion&tab=Sizes

Note that the XPS Traction is no longer available in size LT245/75R16E. So if you want the traction tread, then use the size I used: LT235/85R16E.
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This is one of those loaded questions, just like which brand truck is best. Your responses will be whatever the person responding uses.
There are many really good tires out there that wil serve your needs.
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I agree with SmokeyWren on the Michelins tires; this is all I run on my tow vehicle and trailer.

The Ram tires are Michelin LXT MS/2 LT265/70R17/E and on the trailer they are XPS Ribs LT245/75R/16. I will run only Michelin tires on my vehicles; if they are available and meet the load requirements for the given component.

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More aggressive tread usually equals worse mileage. If you don't really need them, go with a hiway tread. My last BFGs were not good tires... My new truck came with Firestones... but will get traded for Michelins when the time comes... I have to agree with the others on this point.
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This is one of those loaded questions, just like which brand truck is best. Your responses will be whatever the person responding uses.
There are many really good tires out there that wil serve your needs.

Agreed. I have been using Goodyear SilentArmor all terrain tires in size 265R70/17 on my Silverado 1500. I am using load range C tires; they are also available in load range E for heavier trucks. I started with 16/32" tread depth and I still have 8/32" after 60,000 miles. These are not as good as the Michelin XPS tires, but they are available in more sizes and cost around $200 each vs. $300 each for the Michelin XPS.
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Thanks for the input. After reading posts and contacting several tire shops I am going to settle on the Michelin LTX M/S2
Good recommendations and reviews.
LT245/75R16/E 120 R
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