I have a 2008 TRD Sport DC 4x4 with the Toytec OME 886 coils and Alcan AAL in the rear. I have been running Goliath wheels with 295/70-17 Toyo Open Country M/T's. I have done some trimming and occasionally get rubbing when in reverse at full lock and get very light rubbing on the upper control arms at full lock but I've learned not to turn to full lock. Anyway, it's getting time for new tires and I've made a couple of decisions. First, I don't really need mud tire, although, they are nice for the minor amount of playing in the mud and snow I do and I have 70,000 miles on these tires right now and could probably meke them last for another 10-15K. Second, I absolutely do not want to pay $350 or so per tire for the same thing I have on there now. The prices have gone up hugely on these things in the last 5 years so that means I will need to go with a 285 or 265 tire.
I also pull a travel trailer that is about 5000-5400 pounds loaded. Not only do the tires need a decent load rating, my hitch is set up to tow my trailer level with the tires that are on there now. A 285 is only .55" shorter than the 295 so that means hitch height will only be .275" lower. A 265 is 1.65" shorter than the 295 so that means hitch height will be .82" lower than the 295. I don't think that's enough to have to re-set my hitch so that should be a non issue.
I really like the thought of going to a 265 to get back some of the power and fuel mileage I lost when going to the 295. My biggest concern is that it will look stupid (just to me maybe) to have such a smaller tire on my truck than is already on it. I absolutely love the look of the 295's. I'm at a loss here.
So that brings me to my dilemma. I need at A/T or hybrid tire that does pretty good in the snow and mud (for when I go hunting and fishing and go out playing), gets good mileage, has a D or E load rating, and is in the $200-$275 per tire range. Anybody have any insight?