The Best Tires for Towingby Ana CassisUpdated November 07, 2017
All tires designed for towing with a 4 x 4, must have a Light Truck-metric or "LT" rating. In order to avoid flats and blow outs when towing, it is important to remember that the air as well as the tire load written on the side of the tire determine the weight the vehicle can carry. Additionally, the size of a tire also makes a difference in the vehicle's towing capacity. There are some towing tires that are specially designed for wet conditions and are ideal for towing boats. Other tires are designed for very hot climates and there are those designed for the snow. Knowing the weather conditions as well as the load of what is being towed is the first step into deciding which tire is right for the job.
Michelin LTX M/S
Michelin's LTX M/S towing tires have a contact patch shape that distributes acceleration and braking forces, making them wear evenly and last longer. The tires also have straight sipes, giving them optimal grip for driving in the snow and most any kind of weather condition. The LTX M/S loads D and E have an extra steel belt that provides strength and durability for loads of up to 13,500 pounds. When purchased new, the warranty on the tires covers workmanship and materials defects for six years or the life of the original tread, whichever occurs first.
Firestone Transforce A/T
The Firestone Transforce A/T tires are designed for any multipurpose 4 x 4 vehicle wanting to combine good traction on the freeway and strength for towing on different terrains and weather conditions. The tires provide hydroplaning resistance with their wide circumferential grooves and snow traction with their sipes and lateral grooves designed to bite the edges of the road. The ride quality of the Transforce A/T is enhanced by a polyester cord within the tire, and the structure is kept optimal by a set of twin steel belts that are reinforced with spiral-wrapped nylon. The tires also feature a long link carbon tread compound that is used to blend poor weather traction with dry-road handling.
Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo
Ideal for towing boats, the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo all season tires come with a tread life warranty of 50,000 miles. The tires have an "S" standard load rating, which give them a speed index of up to 112 mph. The tire's continuous nylon spiral wrap helps maintain it's uniformity and shape. The Dueler A/T Revo with UNI-T AQ II is equipped with an aggressive tread that offers a powerful grip, without compromising a smooth ride on the highway. The tires have an anti-hardening resin and link stabilizing agent that help counteract the effects of heat, maintaining the tires flexible as they wear.
Ana Cassis began writing professionally in 1995. She has been published in the magazines "Cancunissimo," "Mesa Visions" and in online heath publications. Cassis is a nutrition counselor and herbalist with experience in fitness, nutrition and yoga. She holds an Associate of Arts in architecture from San Diego Mesa College.