So, I will be due for a new set of tires in the upcoming months and I am starting my research now. I am coming off a set of BFG AT Ko's that lasted 40,000 miles. I know, not the greatest. I am not complaining about the that, I am a slack-ass when my truck needs aligned. Plus, at least 20,000 of those miles were either carrying close to FULL beds of firewood, my 1500 pound teardrop (plus gear) or a M101 military trailer full of firewood (guessing 3000-4000 lb's). To be honest I am very pleased with the durability of the tires since when I am loaded down with any of the previously mentioned, I am also driving on some FAIRLY rough 4x4 roads (or my buddies farm), either gathering firewood or back country camping. I am however a little disappointed in the BFG AT Ko's deep snow and slick mud traction. One thing when researching tires is, I am usually driving 40-60 miles loaded down on the highway. So it seems like I am looking for an aggressive AT. Though I am not against a MT. These are what caught my eye so far,,,
-Duratracs, I keep reading GREAT things about them EXCEPT it seems they have weak sidewalls. This worries me, being loaded down or pulling a trailer over rocky/rough roads.
-Cooper ST Maxx, have read some good things. Though I would have to look into what retailer carries them locally?
- BFG AT's. they have very strong Pro's (durable), and very big Cons (not the best traction)
-BFG MT. Is there a huge difference between KM and KM2's? I have read some great things about KM2's, except they lack in the longevity department. Has anyone on here towed with there KM2's for a considerable amount of time? How do they hold up?
I did just skim through about 20 of 30 pages a Duratracs vs BFG AT's. ugh. Nobody even mentions towing.
I guess I am looking for a 265/70/17 (Load range E) tire that has good traction in snow, slick mud, able to withstand 500+ pounds of bed weight, or up to 300 pounds of tongue weight while on rough/rocky roads and hopefully last another 40,000 miles. Not to horribly concerned with road noise, even though this is my daily driver.
Would love to hear any input. Thanks