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Old 09-20-2021, 05:16 PM   #1
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New 1/2 ton truck tires for towing

I'm looking for help with a tire purchase from you all with knowledge. I have a 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 and I am in need of new tires. I tow a 22' Jayco Jay Flight. I was looking at the Michelin Defender LTX M/S tires at Costco. Has anyone used these tires for their light truck while towing their camper? If not these tires, what other tires would you recommend? Currently, Costco has a $150.00 instant savings for these Michelin tires in my size. Thank you for any input.
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Old 09-20-2021, 05:21 PM   #2
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When I had my F150 I swapped out the original P-rated tires with Cooper Discoverer AT3 LTs. Surprisingly smooth and quiet ride considering the aggressive look. I was very happy with them.
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Old 09-20-2021, 06:50 PM   #3
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I had Michilen LTX M/S tires on a Honda Ridgeline AWD as factory installed tires. These were maybe the best factory installed tires I ever had on a vehicle. I give these tires a big thumps up.
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Old 09-20-2021, 07:13 PM   #4
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I had the Michelinís on a Ford Explorer we used to own. I would buy them again without hesitation.
Tire Rack is a great source for reviews and comparisons. Their prices are usually pretty good as well.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/surve...y.jsp?type=HAS
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When I was looking for tires for my 2004 F150 HD I went with a Pirelli Scorpion tire. It is an LT tire. I've got about 10 or 15,000 miles on them and I'm very happy. Pretty aggressive tread and no road noise at all. They were also one of the least expensive tires I could find.
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Old 09-20-2021, 09:26 PM   #6
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I forgot to mention the Michilen LTX M/S tires also gave great snow traction.

I am not sure if there is any difference between the Defender LTX, the LTX M/S2 and the original LTX M/S. I had the original tires.
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I loved the Michelin AT2s-----at 60 k I would buy another set
*not that they were worn out/just anal about tires

I hated the Cooper Discoverer AT3s----at 26K I got rid of them
*lousy wear
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I currently have Firestone Destinations LE2 tires and they had a good ride with good traction in rain/snow and were quiet but they had bad wear and dry rotted at only 33,000 miles in 6 years. They have 5/32th of tread left but that's not going to work over a Colorado winter. I'm thinking for the instant savings of $150.00 is really helping my decision along with the positive feedback on the Michelins. I'll feel very comfortable with them for my wife and four legged kids as we get out camping. Thank you all so far.
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I'm on my 2nd set of LTX M/S2. First set (factory) had 72k on them when I replaced them (might have gotten another 5k, but we were leaving for the winter). The 2nd set is at 55K now. I do air down when not towing. Also, rotate every 7k or so.

Happy with the Michelins.


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$150 off
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Look at master craft, good tires made in USA.
Been running them for 3 plus years and happy with them.
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I replaces so Goodyear tires on my 2015 Canyon, at 70K miles, with Michelin Defender LTX m/S. Still had tread on the Goodyear, but they had lousy wet traction from day 1.

The Michelins performed great, but I was only towing a popup with that truck. At 30K, I picked up a nail in tire, Ran it over to Discount Tire where I purchased, and the service advisor said "it is so sad you picked up a nail in your new tires." I replied, "New, these guys have 30K miles on them." Still were performing great.

Not sure if I can credit the tires or the truck, but I have never had such good wear our of either the Goodyear or Michelin tires on that Canyon than on any other vehicle in my 40+ years of vehicle ownership.

Note: Hard to tell, no scientific data to prove one way or the other, but I believe the Michelins reduced my gas mileage a tad.
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Whichever tires you get, make sure you are getting the "LT" version. For me, that was the "E" (10 ply) rated for the stiff sidewall. That stiff sidewall makes a world of difference when towing. The original "P" rated tires squirmed way too much when under load, allowing the back end of the truck (and of course the trailer) to move around too much.
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Have 20Ē Michelin Defenders on a Ram 1500 towing a 23í trailer.

They are P rated, that I air up to the max 44 psi when towing, and back down to 38 when not. Have 25k miles on them, and have very little wear to this point. No squirming when towing, but that may be due to the larger wheels.

The truck has zero vibration with these, and rides very nice. The OEM tires could never balance out right. The passenger seat would have a slight shake with no one in it. Now, itís dead still.

Would definitely purchase again.
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