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Posted: 12/01/20 05:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Reality Check, can’t wait to hear what you think about the M655s.

Are they going on the front as well? Are you putting 225s on? I know 225s are recommended for stock rims, but I keep reading that some put on 245s with no issues. No idea if they carry any weight on the F450s that run 245s..


I am going to run them on all corners. I have another 550 that runs A/T's on all 4 corners, and it's okay driving, but significantly lighter on the rear end (boom truck). Others, I run steers on the front.

And yes on 225's, simply because we throw iron on the tires often during the year..and if I make the gap any tighter, it becomes miserable linking them up.


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Good morning Reality Check,

Did you ever get the M655s installed? How are they handeling?

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Good morning Reality Check,

Did you ever get the M655s installed? How are they handeling?

Thanks, Charlie


They are on. Had to drive it a bit before making a comment.

I'm actually more pleased than I had hoped. The tracking is good with no wandering.

I'll grab a couple of pic's; they're good looking tires.

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Posted: 12/17/20 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good info. Very curious if you log much snow/ice driving on them. Could be a good option for a steer tire at the very least.

I just put my Nokian Hakka LTs back on for the 3rd season. Still not showing any signs of wear. Still like velcro. They've thrown a few studs though. Only problem is they're only rated for 3600-ish lbs. To my knowledge there isn't a 19.5" Nokian 3pmsf tire, but if anyone else knows otherwise, let me know!

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You can get studdable 19.5s and have them siped.
They would make good snow/ice tires then, although not as good as the Hakkas as they’ll be nowhere as soft.
Old saying cheap fast or good, pick 2 applies here. Except it’s traction, load rating or ride, pick 2.


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I went with the Toyo, M920- 245/70R-19.5” tires Load range G rated at 4540 lb’s. I have had them on now for a year and half. I bought the tires from a local tire shop that does a lot of semi truck & heavy equipment tire business. The guy that did the tire install has been doing big truck and heavy equipment tires for over 25 years. He showed me when he was balancing them that they were real uniform as far as being round. He said some tires it really shows how out of around they are when they are spinning on the balancer. I hope that made since what I was trying to explain. They took 3oz to balance.
My F350 SWR has the 7.3 liter diesel with a 4” exhaust and straight through muffler. I don’t hear the tire noise much once I am at highway driving speed. When I let off the throttle like going on to an exit or descending downhill they do sing quit loud. I have been on several trips carrying the camper since putting the tires on. So far I am happy with my decision, the tires stiff side walls and the way they handle is a big improvement when loaded with the camper. Last January I had the camper on during a pheasant hunt and we got 8 to10 inches of snow on our last day. I drove in some pretty deep snow on dirt roads and the last third of the day the roads were quit muddy and I didn’t have any problem. And then on the night driving home I got caught in a snow storm on the highway. At times I had to adjust my speed because of visibility and icy road conditions. I never felt like I had to slow down because of the tires, just because of the driving conditions. The tires handled fine with the big 11,1/2 foot Lance camper on. Not sure but I think they probably handle better in those kind of conditions with the weight of the camper on than they would if the pickup is empty.
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Grit dog wrote:

You can get studdable 19.5s and have them siped.
They would make good snow/ice tires then, although not as good as the Hakkas as they’ll be nowhere as soft.
Old saying cheap fast or good, pick 2 applies here. Except it’s traction, load rating or ride, pick 2.


2 out of 3 is the best anyone can ever do. And with 19.5's, ride differences are negligible, and traction in snow and mud, compared to standard LT tires is a diminished quality right out of the box. I was trying to get close...

Liking these things so far. And to answer one of the questions, snow is the reason we bought these. In the mountains 2, 3 times a week all winter.

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Sliding-into-home wrote:

Good info. Very curious if you log much snow/ice driving on them. Could be a good option for a steer tire at the very least.

I just put my Nokian Hakka LTs back on for the 3rd season. Still not showing any signs of wear. Still like velcro. They've thrown a few studs though. Only problem is they're only rated for 3600-ish lbs. To my knowledge there isn't a 19.5" Nokian 3pmsf tire, but if anyone else knows otherwise, let me know!


If you’re worried about the traction, the bigger question is why after 2 years of hauling the camper around on E tires, is it an issue? Are you creating a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist?

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Grit dog wrote:

Sliding-into-home wrote:

Good info. Very curious if you log much snow/ice driving on them. Could be a good option for a steer tire at the very least.

I just put my Nokian Hakka LTs back on for the 3rd season. Still not showing any signs of wear. Still like velcro. They've thrown a few studs though. Only problem is they're only rated for 3600-ish lbs. To my knowledge there isn't a 19.5" Nokian 3pmsf tire, but if anyone else knows otherwise, let me know!


If you’re worried about the traction, the bigger question is why after 2 years of hauling the camper around on E tires, is it an issue? Are you creating a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist?


Sorry I guess I missed this reply. I'm not worried about traction with my current set-up. Not at all.

But I have a NL 9-6 right now with a family of 3, and my boy is closing in on 6ft tall. So it's time to upgrade to something with slides and more room.

We're not the typical campers who can spend a decent amount of time outside the camper or who can avoid driving up snowy/icy mountains every week. We go regardless of the weather. Once we're in for the night (around 4pm), all 3 of us are in until the next morning. So we need space. And the tires need to get the job done with as little compromise as possible. The Load E tires have done that admirably with the Northern Lite, and now I'm looking for the Load H tires that do 80% as well (I don't imagine I'll be able to keep pace with the subarus and Audis anymore).

As JimH says, a DRW is the best answer (it almost always is on this site, right?). That is also an option if I can find the right one at the right price.

Anyway, homing in on Vision 81b (confirmed that's the model, finally, due to the deep hubs) with 245/70/19.5s in a TBD make/model. I guess Nokian does make those after all. On the short list they go along with the Toyos and Michelins.

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^Makes sense if you’re upgrading to a heavier rig.
More weight also = better traction. I’d be looking for basically any traction tread and have them siped. And ideally studded as you drive the coastal mountains.

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