Most threads on tires talk about going BIGGER. I want to go smaller for less cost (I hope) and lower rolling resistance for (hopefully) better gas mileage.
I've got a 2003 4WD Taco with stock tire size 265 70/16. I bought it used with 265 75/16's. I'm going to be carrying a "lightweight" camper (yes, I've read all the threads about carrying maximum or more weight) during the summer months so will be needing D-rated tires. I'll be traveling forest roads with the camper, then dealing with occasional deep snow in the winter here in Colorado.
When I purchased the truck used, I was ignorant about tire size and gearing. Though I still don't completely understand how tire size can alter engine power, I do understand from other threads that changing the tire "height" alters the gearing, which is a problem. So my hope of just putting on 225 75/15 tires/wheels that other stock Tacos came with were dashed once I learned about gearing.
But can I go thinner? It looks like in D-rated 70 or 75/16 tires, manufactures offer 225's. One reputable tire dealer suggested 245's were better for off-roading than 265's (not sure why) but I'm not seeing that size amongst the major brands.
I'd also like any feedback about specific tires. I don't care about looks (I know. Sacrilegious on this forum.) but I do want a long-lasting tire. Most of the year, I'll be on dry pavement. Snow is a given in winter, though it doesn't last long enough to warrant dedicated snow tires. Here in the Rockies, we have sharp rocks. I don't plan on driving on sand (I wish I DID live close to an ocean.) I WILL encounter wet clay on occasion.
My choices appear to be:
BF Goodrich All Terrain (though it's probably too expensive)
Kumho Road Venture
THANKS for your advice.