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Old 04-07-2012, 02:01 PM   #11
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I agree with the P vs LT tire but I would think that the P's on the truck can handle what the truck is rated for. I have a 2011 Ram with 20" P tires from the factory & the factory tow package. My manual states that I can tow 10,450lbs and have a maximum tongue weight of 1200lbs. It does not state that I need to switch my tires to LT so even though I know the LT's will tow better it must still be safe to use the factory P's or they would have a huge liability on their hands.

I think all 3/4 ton & up trucks come with LT's, but most 1/2 tons which are mainly used as passenger vehicles for the most part come with P's with the option of having LT's. P's provide the nicer ride when not towing, which is most of your diving. Sometimes certain trim, suspension or option packages include a switch to a LT tire.

Generally your tongue weight should be approx. 10% of your trailer weight. If your swaying side to side, before investing in new tires, make sure your running the correct tongue weight for your trailer and setup.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:55 PM   #12
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You are right.

But, I would not tow with a 1/2 ton again anyway.

Been there, done that.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:06 PM   #13
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You are right.

But, I would not tow with a 1/2 ton again anyway.

Been there, done that.
I guess it depends on what you're towing. I only ever tow snowmobiles, a boat or TT and all are under 4000lbs. I don't see the need of a 3/4 ton or higher for those weights. However if you are always towing heavy loads, more truck may be justified.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:28 PM   #14
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I guess it depends on what you're towing. I only ever tow snowmobiles, a boat or TT and all are under 4000lbs. I don't see the need of a 3/4 ton or higher for those weights. However if you are always towing heavy loads, more truck may be justified.
I went from a 1999 Chevy 1500 to a 2002 Chevy 2500 to a 2012 GMC 3500.

I've never heard anyone complain they had too much truck or capacity.....

Plus, I'm in Texas, we all drive big a$$ trucks down here.:hihi:
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:07 PM   #15
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I think you might have trouble finding LT tires for a 20" rim...
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #16
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I think you might have trouble finding LT tires for a 20" rim...
My Duamax has LT tires and I have 20" wheels from the factory. There aren't tons of options for replacement though.

Btw I went from towing with a 1/2 ton equipped with p rated tires to a 3/4 ton and will never go back to a 1/2 ton again.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:11 PM   #17
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As I said...

...I just wanted to improve my tires from what was on the truck previously. Moving up to a giant beast like a 3500 or anything like that just wasn't in the cards for me, but switching out to a more rugged and heavy-duty tire certainly was...especially considering the fact that I really enjoy what the Avalanche has to offer when using it as a daily driver. It offers unique qualities that few other trucks can, at least in a half-ton. The new XL tires should definitely be a step up from what I had on the truck before.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:23 AM   #18
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I agree with keeping a truck and tire combo that you can live with on a daily basis. The 26Bh is not so heavy as to require LT tires. I tow mine with P rated tires and it handles it safely within reason. Now if I opted to get a bigger camper that was twice the weight, I'd want more truck and tire.

The biggest problem is the reduced load range with most 20" tires. You'll find that most manufacturers reduce their towing capacity simply because of the 20s. Dodge I know takes 1K right of the top simply for having 20s instead of 17s. I wore out a set of Yokohoma Geolander HTS due to age and replaced them last week with an identical set. Run 40-42 lbs in them and have had great luck.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:58 AM   #19
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My Sierra 1500 came with P-rated tires. Most half-tons do because, frankly, almost none ever tow anything or get heavily loaded. When the P's wore out, I went to LT tires, load range E. Can't believe the difference in towing.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:22 PM   #20
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Most people buy half ton trucks for light duty and a good ride. If you tow a lot and are maxing out the half ton tires then heavier duty Lt's are in order. You can get most in 6ply, 8ply, and 10ply. Buy what will fit your needs. Just my opinion.
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