Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2011 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Monroeville, PA
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

I tow 3tons daily. So lets get to it. From standing start on a hill w/trailer, no slip where other tires have. Secure in rain at 60mph in a turn w/trailer. With 700lb tongue weight never had problem in snow. And when I need to brake; SAFE! Mileage has been bested with about 17K (one manufacturer only lasted 6k) and higher mpgs on Generals. I've tried many tires over 150000 trailering miles, Generals gives the best bag for my working dollar.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 Nissan Murano FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Kenner, LA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
May 22, 2014

One of the best tires that I have owned. They have lasted over 50,000 miles and still have tread remaining. I have driven in all conditions from coast to coast and everywhere in between. They handle well in rain, snow, and clear weather. They have been good on the highway, in the city, and towing a light trailer. I am not a brand loyalist to any maker but I will buy this tire again when these finally wear out.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.07
 
 

2003 Dodge Ram 2500 QuadCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2014

Great tire for a great price . Traction is not an issue even at 20k miles these tires are on a farm truck that gets used everywhere, on and off the road highway and heavy towing. I pull a fully loaded trailer weighing 18k less the truck in and out of fields seasonally and traction is never an issue . Will probably get another 10 -15k out of them before needing new one's

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45
 
 

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 20,294
Location: Avon, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,294 Miles on Tires
July 02, 2014

I drove three Winter seasons on my Blizzak DM-V1s. I kept them at the factory recommended 33 PSI cold inflation pressure. I'm not much of a speeder, but I tend to take what my nephews call "high-G" turns. I tow a boat and trailer that weigh slightly less than 3,000 pounds all Winter; if it's above freezing and I can get on the water somewhere, I go. I've used Blizzaks on several different vehicles and am always impressed by how well they work in snow and on ice. As expected, they feel softer than Summer tires and even slightly "greasy" on warm roads. The shoulder blocks wore fairly quickly on the tires. I began to see the hard base layer underneath the softer tread layer at the beginning of the third season. However, they performed fine, even when backing the boat trailer down a roughly paved boat launch ramp covered by six inches of damp snow and ice. My only complaint is that they make quite a bit of tread noise. But, hey, the aggressive tread is what makes them work so well in deep snow. I'll probably buy another set, since they're the only tires available for my OEM wheels, but I'm not disappointed by that.

Trailer Tires Offered at Tire Rack

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Now is the time of year to get our campers, RVs and utility trailers out of storage and ready for summer trips. Before hitting the road, you need to look at the tires' wear and age. You'll also need to see if there are any bubbles, tread separations or cracks.

Our experience has been that when properly stored and cared for, most street tires have a useful life in service of between six to ten years. Unfortunately, no one is absolutely sure of how long tires will last because of many variables. Heavily loaded tires equipped on vehicles stored outdoors in sunny, hot climates and only driven occasionally face some of the most severe service conditions and potentially have the shortest calendar lifespan. In contrast, lightly loaded tires on vehicles parked in garages and driven daily in moderate climates experience some of the least severe service conditions and potentially have the longest lifespan.

If you need to replace tires on your camper, RV or utility trailer, take a look at the Power King Towmax STR, Goodyear Marathon Radial and Kumho Radial 857.

 Power King Towmax STR
Power King Towmax STR
 Goodyear Marathon Radial
Goodyear Marathon Radial
 Kuhmo Radial 857
Kumho Radial 857


Towmax STR tires feature a symmetric tread design with a solid center rib to provide constant rubber-to-road contact to enhance highway stability, traction and wear. The tire’s internal structure features twin steel belts (15” and 16” sizes are reinforced with a nylon cap ply that further stabilizes the tread to increase durability). The Towmax STR’s rounded profile and polyester cord body are designed to help smooth out the trailer's ride.

Marathon Radial tires feature a rounded profile to enhance ride quality and a symmetric tread design with a solid center rib to provide constant rubber-to-road contact that delivers dependable highway stability, traction and long-lasting wear. Internally, the Marathon Radial features twin steel belts (with select sizes reinforced with nylon cap plies) that stabilize the tread to increase traction and durability.

The Radial 857 features a 4-rib design to provide dependable highway stability, traction and durability. It also has twin steel belts that stabilize the tread to increase traction, while a 2-ply, polyester cord body helps even out the trailer's ride.

If your camper, RV or utility trailer is due for a tire upgrade, be sure to shop by size and compare the trailer tires available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.47
 
 

2005 Volvo XC90 2.5T FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Rockville, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2014

So this is my second set. I put 70000 on the first set and the right rear developed a slow leak. Went to the local Firestone dealer and he said these tires need to be replaced. I said they have plenty of tread. He said after 4 years the side walls have had too much sun and wear. You do not want a blow out at 80 mph. These tires have been driven close to 100 mph across Texas in the summer. They have handled Stevens Pass Washington in snow storms. They have been on soft sand in Hawaii, Washington and Maryland. I'm in the military and move a lot. Logging trails in Washington and Louisiana . Ice storms in Maryland and Washington. I carried chains in the winter in Washington, but never used them. I think the law thought I was 4x4. If I rode on sand often I'd get something else. I tow occasionally, light boats and utility trailers. They are not the quietest or smoothest tires. They do not have aggressive AT tread, but for a great all around SUV tire I think they are an awesome value. I change the oil every 5 k and rotate the tires every 10 k. Check the air about once a month. I hope to put over 250k on the Volvo. If I do I'll be on my third set of Destination ATs. I'm going to put them on my pickup as soon as the ome wear out. The ome on the Volvo didn't last 20 k. I do not own stock in Firestone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Transforce AT

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Transforce AT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Glendale, AZ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2014

I am a transporter and today I am at the Firestone store having another set of Transforce A/T's installed on my truck. In the past 6 months I put 70,000 miles on the tires and they never once let me down with excellent traction in all weather conditions. I pull a 20ft trailer usually loaded with 7,000 lbs on it and they work great - quiet and smooth ride, safe and secure feeling when driving in snow/ice conditions. It is a great relief to not have to worry about rain, snow, ice and sand when driving is my job across the lower 48 states.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.71
 
 

2006 GMC Yukon 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

Got these tires on my Yukon when I bought it. The tires were obviously not new. I remember about half the tread remained when I bought the car. Amazingly, It took twice as long as I thought it would to get to the wear bar on these! I put 40,000 HARD miles on these tires, with half their tread. I tow a trailer, I go off-roading, i commute, I work out of this truck, I go on long trips. No matter what, this tire on this vehicle took anything I threw at it and asked for more. I only got stuck twice with these tires off roading. Both times I was somewhere I had no business being. Once was in the sand dunes in the Outer Banks, the other was at an off road park in a 12" mud bog. Clearly i exceeded the limit of my tire and vehicle setup! But on pack sand at the beach, rocky trails, gravel mountain roads, in DC city traffic, or any other off-road situation, the tire performed beautifully. ON the highway, the tire was respectably quiet, smooth and wore EXCEPTIONALLY well. Some of my surprise is that I am used to performance cars that need tires about 3x as often, but this 60,000 mile tire was worth every penny and I bought a set of LE2's to replace these. Stand by for a review of those!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.87
 
 

2007 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Tehachapi, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

So I really researched the heck out of what tire was right for my 4x4 tacoma. We live at 6000 ft and can get up to a foot of snow at a time in winter. We needed a fairly aggressive tire tread for winter. But I also was weary of tire noise and the mileage hit you get with some AT tires. This tire hit the sweet spot. I had to back up a fairly steep incline on my property with a moderately loaded trailer in snowy mud. Although this probably speaks as much to the capability of a 4x4 tacoma with the locking diff I know I couldn't have made it with the dueler h/t that came on the truck. This tire has very little road noise and has just aggressive enough tread to get it done while offroad. I would highly recommend this tire to someone in my situation where you frequently drive unimproved roads as well as highway. Also, get the load range E light truck tire because the ride is no worse and for a nominal increase in cost you get a bit more tread depth and load rating which is well worth the money. Kudos to Michelin on a well balanced light truck tire!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6
 
 

2006 Ford F150 Lariat Super Crew 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Loxahatchee, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2014

Ok, so I'm a woman and not heavy into tire culture and definitely not an expert. I've bought probably about 10 sets of tires in my life and have always driven pickup trucks since I was a teenager. Live in Florida, so I have no snow knowledge. I do drive through a lot of pouring rain & standing water. I don't "off road" in the sense that I make a sport out of it, but I drive through the pastures to do farm chores. Dirt roads are a daily part of life AND I do a lot of 70mph+ highway driving besides. Taking all that into consideration, these are hands down the best tires I've ever owned. The smoothest and the quietest, I give them 10+ for dry traction and handling. I would give them 10 for wet traction, but can't say I've ever given them an excuse to hydroplane. But with normal driving in the heavy rain, yes, they've been great and I feel very safe even at highway speeds. I bought these tires in 2009 for my 4wd F150 and I just repurchased today for the same truck- not just because they are great tires overall, but because the treadlife is amazing. I've got approaching 50K on these and I've still got 1/4" tread all around. I've never had a set of tires wear so SMOOTHLY or EVENLY on all fours. Especially amazing considering it is a full size pickup. I haul heavy loads and tow horse trailers frequently. Hopefully, today's purchased replacements will perform just as well and not disappoint.

So, yeah, I highly recommend these tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion ATR Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2010 Toyota Sequoia
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Franklin, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2014

Interesting how mostly Ford F-150 drivers hate these tires. I happen to buy a brand new set real cheap from a guy who didn't drive his new F-150 off the lot with these tires because of the F-150 forums bashing them so much. So I put them on my 2010 Sequoia and could not be happier. I've been in the sand, grass, a little mud, TONS of snow and wet roads and I tow a 25' travel trailer. I love these tires, but I don't like the new cost, which is a little high. So while I have ZERO COMPLAINTS, I'm not sure I would buy these again unless the cost came down a little.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2002 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 70,000
Location: Mannford, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 70,000 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2014

Made 70000 with a little tread left. Ran across Denver on I70 unplowed pulling a trailer in 6 inches of snow and 20 miles west up in mountain in deeper snow to 9000 ft. elevation with no problem. Bought a second set without shopping. Beat the OEM Good Years in every category. Were rated 50k and got 70K with ease. Best tires I ever had, and I am 77 years old. LOVE EM!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2003 Buick Lesabre Custom
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Fanwood, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I purchased these tires for my mother’s car mostly with winter weather driving being my main concern, as I tend to use it for commuting to work in snowy bad weather. This car, with the right tires, is a TANK in the snow. It’ll go and stop in anything! After prior bad experience with Good Year tires, I knew I wanted a quality tire from Pirelli or Michelin, so after a lot of research on TR I settled on these tires and was delighted to get a rebate at the time. As for the tires, they’re great. I just had this car in some serious snow storms here in NJ this winter and I commute to Morristown through the Great Swamp, which has tight turns with no shoulder and steep hills and the tires performed great. The one snow day it took me 1.5 hrs to go less than 2 miles in the severely unprepared roads and saw at least 10 accidents, with SUVs hitting snow ploughs, cars in ditches, 5 cars daisy chain crashed together, mult wrecked cars on flat beds going past me, SUVs just sliding down hills with the wheels turned full lock, and tractor trailers just parked on main roads, yet this car with these tires just kept on going with no drama. When you experience driving like this, you take your tires very serious. I plan on getting rid of the worn out POS Good Year Integrity tires on my father’s other Buick with these very same tires. They’re that good, the price isn’t too bad, they ride nice, and the mileage life is high. When it comes to tires, it’s your life, your insurance rates, and the headache of a car accident. Don’t get cheap!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73
 
 

2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Reg Cab 4wd Dually
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Durham, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

So far i have 30k on these tires on my 2005 cummins 6 speed. The truck has around 425 hp and I have to try real hard to break these tires loose on pavement.

The fronts have about 3/8" of tread and rears have 1/4" Probably going to get at least another 10-15k

I tow my 20' trailer twice a month, Ive never gotten a nail or flat with these tires. (knock on wood)

In comparison my stock tires were replaced at 25,000 and my firestone all terrains lasted 40k which was great but i needed a mud tire.

I needed something at our muddy property towing trailers in the back. 95% of the time towing a trailer with 8,000 lbs of steel it can pull through 4-6" of mud in 2wd. After seeing that, I was sold on these tires.

I will be buying again!

 

Does Tire Rack Offer Road Hazard Protection?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

It's the time of year when the weather is as unpredictable as the roads you drive on -- with the constant freezing and thawing of the roadways, potholes are everywhere. If you purchased Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program it could make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major out-of-pocket expense.

Tire Rack supports the tire manufacturers' warranties for all the tire brands we sell. Those warranties apply to tires that become unusable for any reason within the tire manufacturer's control, typically covering materials and workmanship. However, these warranties do not apply to causes and conditions beyond the tire manufacturer's control, such as road hazards.

 Tire Rack's Road Hazard Program
Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program
 Tire Rack's Road Hazard Program
Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program


Road hazard damage is damage that occurs when a tire fails as a result of a puncture, bruise or break incurred during the course of normal driving on a maintained road. Nails, glass and potholes are the most common examples of road hazards. Because of this, many drivers desire the additional security and peace of mind that a Tire Road Hazard Service Program provides.

  • Tires are covered for 36 months from the date of purchase or until 2/32" or less of tread remains, whichever occurs first.
  • Repairs are reimbursed up to $25 per tire per occurrence.
  • During the first 12 months, you will be reimbursed for 100% of the original cost of the tire covered by the Tire Road Hazard Service Program, subject to the limitations set forth in the Program Certificate. Beyond the first 12 months, the reimbursable amount is calculated by a proration of elapsed time, not to exceed 36 months.
  • The following tires are not eligible for the Tire Road Hazard Service Program:
    • Competition tires
    • LT Metric sized tires
    • LT Flotation sized tires
    • Trailer tires
  • The following vehicles are not eligible for the Tire Road Hazard Service Program:
    • Any emergency service vehicle.
    • Any vehicle used for hire, commercial, towing, construction or postal service.
    • Any vehicle used for farm, ranch, agriculture or off-road use.
    • Program is only available to customers living in the 48 contiguous States. Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, APO/FPO, Canada and Mexico are excluded.
  • Additional exclusions and limitations are described in the Program Certificate.

Be sure to consider adding the Road Hazard Protection to your tire purchase to protect yourself from future road hazard damage expenses.