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Old 02-07-2017, 05:55 AM
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Ok I have a 2011 Denali 3500 single wheel and am looking at some tires. I know this has probably been beat to death but I bought the truck and tires already worn so not sure how they are new. Basically I do mostly highway driving but I do some "offroad" because I race motocross, and haul a 40' fifth wheel. I want something that's semi quiet on the highway, good off road but not my major concern I just don't want to get stuck with my camper, last awhile, great in the rain. I live in south Georgia so snow don't care about. Right now I have Duratracs but they are pretty work. I was looking at Duratrac, Nitto Ridge Grappler, and Toyo open country AT2. From what I have read so far I probably will go with the Nitto but want your guys opinions. The only experience I have is LMM with Michelin LTX AT2 they seem good but would like more aggressive, and my work out Duratracs now.
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Old 02-07-2017, 06:46 AM
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My friend like his ridge grapplers so far but he's not put a whole lot of miles on them. Duratracs wear good and go pretty decent. Never ran toyos.

I'm running cooper stt pros, and now I remember why I was running an all terrain, I can't hear myself think over the howling, but I let the tires get pretty cupped in the front.
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Old 02-07-2017, 09:28 AM
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Unless you just have to have cool looking "mall crawler" tires, the Toyo OC H-Ts will provide excellent all-around service. http://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Revie...+H-T+Tuff+Duty

Quiet, decent traction and great tread wear. Pulling a 5th wheel will grind up drive tires real fast, I just put over 13K miles pulling a heavy 5th wheel cross country and Toyos are only showing minimal wear after 3+ years. I also make a lot of 300 mile-2000 mile trips all summer. I have two sets of Toyos mounted on H2 wheels, one set of H-Ts for summer towing and one set of A/t IIs for winter and switch back and forth for summer and winter. You didn't say whether you have 4 wheel drive or not, that could make a difference in tire selection.
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Old 02-07-2017, 10:04 AM
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Nitto terra grappler G2
Absolutely amazing. Quite, smooth, great mileage, and have a very mild tread pattern for offroading.
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:18 AM
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I have 4wd.
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:19 AM
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I'm liking the exo grapplers


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Old 02-07-2017, 11:23 AM
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I have been very happy with the Nitto Terra Grapplers I have put on my truck. The first set went 48k miles, and I have about 35k on the current set which appears to be on track to get as many miles as the first set.
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:42 AM
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I really like the Cooper AT3's I put on a little while back. They don't look as good as my dura tracs did, but they work really well and are a lot quieter.
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I've also had good luck with Nitto Terra grapplers, but I'm also happy with the Hankook RF10 I decided to run this time.

My brother put Nitto Ridge grapplers on his 2015 Chevy and I like them too. Not overly loud, and he still has the stock exhaust. But FWIW those duratracs will serve you well.
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heres another vote for the nitto terra grapplers. very good riding. quiet and look nice too.
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Terra grappler G2, good on and off the road. Have 30K on mine and still 1/2 tread. Im good about the rotations.
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Ok thanks for the advice guys and I have been doing a lot of research. I think I'm going to go with the Ridge Grappler just trying to decide on the size. Either the LT295/70R18 because of the greater weight load rating or the LT275/70R18 due to the lighter weight. You think the 295 would make a huge difference in weight and mpg? I'm only considering the bigger tire cause of my fifth wheel camper. Most likely though I'm going to go with the 275 size.
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I'm just getting some 295/55/20 Ridge grapplers put on right now.. They said they was 12 ply tire so guess that's a good thing.. I hope I like them, seem to look pretty good..
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Old 02-15-2017, 03:20 PM
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Just put on my ridge grappler and they feel so smooth and so quiet. Had duratrac on there with 75,000 miles. They were pretty worn by 75k is Damn good
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Ok I have a 2011 Denali 3500 single wheel and am looking at some tires. I know this has probably been beat to death but I bought the truck and tires already worn so not sure how they are new. Basically I do mostly highway driving but I do some "offroad" because I race motocross, and haul a 40' fifth wheel. I want something that's semi quiet on the highway, good off road but not my major concern I just don't want to get stuck with my camper, last awhile, great in the rain. I live in south Georgia so snow don't care about. Right now I have Duratracs but they are pretty work. I was looking at Duratrac, Nitto Ridge Grappler, and Toyo open country AT2. From what I have read so far I probably will go with the Nitto but want your guys opinions. The only experience I have is LMM with Michelin LTX AT2 they seem good but would like more aggressive, and my work out Duratracs now.

I did a 5 year tire test with my big, heavy 2000 Dodge 4x4, that I pull a 22 1/2 foot, 4500 pound trailer with, and the best tires I found were the Cooper AT3's. Hands-down better life than the Firestone Destination or Michelin MTX, that never saw the 20,000 mile mark.
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