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Old 11-09-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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I need to get a grip!

Hello! How are you? I hope all is well.

I have a Chevrolet 1500 pickup and a Jayco Jay Flight25BHS.

I am looking for new all-season tires. I live in central New York and the snow is coming (ugh!). The tires I have now did a fine job on the road and with towing. However, I am looking for a better tire that has good grip when towing and positioning on wet grass, dirt, and occasional mud. I hated the occasional tire slip when backing up on grass into a slight incline.

What do you recommend?

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Old 11-09-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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My solution was 4 wheel drive. M&S tires might give some help, but 4x4 is the best. Before my first 4x4, I never considered needing the feature. Not sure how, but now all 3 of my vehicles are 4 wheel drive. Don't need 95% of the time, but when you do, its a twist of the knob away.

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Old 11-09-2013, 08:20 AM   #3
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I really like 4-low for slowly positioning the trailer in soft stuff or gravel.
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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With two wheel drive there isn't much you can do. Any brand aggressive mud and snow tread will help but not much.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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Being that we tend to get a TON of snow here in CNY, I would recommend looking on craigslist for a spare set of wheels with true winter tires. If your all-seasons are worn to the point you need new ones anyway, you can't go wrong with a set of all terrains like Cooper Discoverer AT3's, BF Goodrich all-terrain T/A's Goodyear wrangler dura-tracs etc. I personally prefer the Cooper line of tires.

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Old 11-09-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
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4WD is most definitely the best solution, and I would recommend Firestone Transforce tires to go with it. Have those on my F350, and they are without doubt the best all around tires I have had, and great traction as well. I recently had one front wheel fall into a hole at night while backing up my 11,000# 5er into a CG site. The hole was deep enough to have the stabilizer bar resting on the ground surface, with the wheel off the ground in the hole. Jacked up the truck far enough to get some wooden blocks under the wheel and lift the stabilizer bar off the ground. Those Firestones pulled me out with no problem at all. Never lost traction on any of them that were on the ground.
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:54 PM   #7
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4x4 is best, that said I would consider studded snow tires or snow tires if you aren't allowed studded snow tires. I would also look into a limited or locking rear differential. That way at least you have both rear tires pulling for you!
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:09 PM   #8
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My next set of tires for my Silverado will likely be BFG all terrains. We have a set of Mastercraft tires on the Jeep that have held up very well, I may give them a look, those are a P tire though. Does your truck have the G80 locking diff in the rear? My truck is 4wd, but when the locker locks up it often negates the need for 4wd in grass or dirt areas. Though it isn't much help in snow, just causes the whole rear end to slide. That also makes it fun to mess with wife in slick conditions though.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:49 AM   #9
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Do you have the G80 locker rear end?
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:50 AM   #10
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Have a look at the tirerack.com website. For each tire make/model, you can view details which include ratings for wet traction, snow traction etc. Compare the ratings for your current tire to those you're considering. You can also view survey results, but take them for what they are.

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