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Towing with 35’s

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by canadianguy, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. Dec 12, 2017 at 9:02 AM
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    canadianguy

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    Debaiting on getting 35’s, 295/70-18, or 305/65-18 tires?!?, But the kicker is I have to tow a 30’ travel trailer at 6700 lbs loaded. I’m not one to complain about fuel mileage but just more curious of a better choice. Please share any info or experiences you have. Thanks.
     
  2. Dec 12, 2017 at 9:14 AM
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    I would think you'd be fine. 295/70's wouldn't be a problem, not sure about the other sizes. All depends on the total weight you're rolling (wheels and tires together)
     
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  3. Dec 12, 2017 at 10:15 AM
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    I wouldn’t recommend it for all the time. If you’re only towing a few times per year, get the tires you want.
     
  4. Dec 12, 2017 at 8:19 PM
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    I been towing with 35” tires for a while. Truck still kicks ass! Love being able to unhook air down and go wheeling! Not exactly sure on my trailer weight but I think it’s around 6400lbs dry plus 100 gallons of water plus my junk. No complaints and the bigger wider tires feel very strong under weight. Obviously the bigger tire weight is more load and stress on the motor but in the end how much weight difference is it anyway.
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  5. Dec 20, 2017 at 9:04 PM
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    I personally hate my larger tires for towing. I have a Lance 1685 which weights around 5k fully loaded and the difference between stock and 295/70/18 is night and day. The larger tires affect acceleration and braking so if those are importing to you, which they probably are if you're towing, then I would not recommend going up in size. I've seriously considered selling my 3k dollar setup and going back to stock because my truck is used primarily for towing my TT.

    The truck can handle towing with the larger tires but it will be quite a difference between OEM and aftermarket. I would recommend a good aftermarket tire designed for heavier loads that are close to OEM size.
     
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  6. Dec 20, 2017 at 9:41 PM
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    I'm with Bannock452. Get the tires you like and just makes sure that they're Load Range E.

    I have 35's on mine and I towed a 10k+ lbs trailer for 3k miles, including crossing the Cascades and Rockies with no real issue that I would blame on the tires more than the trailer weight. I found that the wider/taller tires seemed to provide more traction with the additional hitch weight and it helped me keep the trailer under control more easily when I hit an irregular patch of road in a Montana construction zone

    If you're worried about stopping make sure you have good trailer brakes and you can get cross-drilled rotors and high performance brake pads for the truck. It makes a huge difference on mountain road decents.
     
  7. Dec 21, 2017 at 5:00 AM
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    Towed trailer, car and about 800 lbs of stuff and pax from NM to Maine. Scales put me at just over 7k lbs. No issues whatsoever. Even had to get into it one time to quickly join interstate traffic...pulls like a champ.

    Yes. Running true 35s
     
  8. Dec 21, 2017 at 7:55 AM
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    so i cant speak from experience with the tundra yest but i have towed with larger tires on previous trucks. i can say that the tundras brake set up is much better than the current f150 set up. i have 34.5s on my f150 and towed 6.5k car and trailer and it did fine. the 5.7 in the tundra feels just as strong as the 6.2 in my f150. so i can only imagine that it will do fine getting up and going and even better that the f150 at stopping. clearly if you tow alot then the 35s are not ideal. i oly tow about 3-4 times a year and want my truck to be what i want it to be so i will be putting larger tires on and not looking back
     
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  9. Dec 21, 2017 at 8:40 AM
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    Thanks for the info guys. I was just worried that it would suck ass like my 2011 hemi did. Braking , acceleration, and tranny hated it. But ya, 5-10 times a year 50 km up to 2000km trips up into the mountains and across the flats, and actually hoping to come down into the southern states for a month within the next couple years for Christmas and to get away from some of the cold.
     
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    Here's an idea (maybe good, maybe not:notsure:) : Keep your stock wheels and tires. Then put them back on when you want to tow something a long distance.

    When you upgrade to larger wheels and tires you don't get very much for the OEM take-offs if you sell them on CL. If you have space to store them just keep them.

    It will look a little goofy with a lift and factory tires, but not too awful unless you add fender flares.

    I'd also try towing with the 35's and then if it goes well you can get rid of the factory wheels take-offs. :thumbsup:
     
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  11. Dec 21, 2017 at 4:31 PM
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    Unless your lift won’t fit the OEM wheels
     
  12. Dec 21, 2017 at 4:36 PM
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    Got a 3”x1-1/2” kit on it now with stock wheels and rubber. Just planning and trying to pick rims and rubber
     
  13. Dec 21, 2017 at 5:24 PM
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    I run 35's and mine tows just fine. Last fall towed my dad's Tahoe home full of tools and a full tank of gas. The Tahoe was on a 3,500 lb trailer and towed it great through the hill for 70 miles. I know this isn't a long distance but never once did anything heat up at all.
     

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