Tires - XL or E rated

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I have a ‘19 1500 Bighorn that needs new shoes.
I’m up in the air between an XL rated AT tire and E rated tire (both Cooper Discovery AT3s).
I think I’m sticking with 275/55/20 OME size, although I would t mind a little bigger.. 285s?
I tow an appr 8000lb boat about 25 miles round trip 3 times a week during season and have one 400 mile trip a year. Honestly, the Nexen Rodian HTX tires it came with haven’t been terrible and they are rated standard load.
Do I need to go to a 10 ply E rated tire? From what I’m told, they are heavier and will adversely affect everyday ride… I figure I’m going up in rating with the XLs anyway?
Your thoughts on rating and if going with 285s on stock rims would adversely affect anything.
Thank you!!!
 

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If you can find a C rated tire would be lighter and softer than E rated and still heavy duty if you wanted to go that route. Any E rated tire will reduce mpg and ride comfort because of the weight and stiffness. An XL rated tire would be fine.
 

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If you don't do serious hauling, trailering and hardcore off-roading, E's are overkill and they will very much affect your MPG. But if you aren't that concerned with MPG, then go for it. I had E-rated BFG KO2's and liked their near "invincibility" lol. I know the rating is mainly due to their stiffer sidewalls, but I've picked up nails and screws and just pulled them from the thicker lugs with no issues.
 
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I have the E rated Ridge Grapplers in 37s and I love how beefy these tires are ... I am ok sacrificing a bit of ride comfort to have a strong tire like these ... I would go with the E rated ones if you can handle a little rougher ride ...
 

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My neighbor has 19 bighorn and he went with 275/60 nitto Terra grappler g2, looks much better and these tires come in xl rating.
 

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I have the E rated Nitto Terra Grapplers, they did reduce mileage and some comfort, but I also like the extra tough factor. This reminds me I'm due for a rotate and balance!
 

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I have the XL-Rated Nitto Ridge Grapplers. IMO they are a good compromise between too soft and too rough.

I have no need for an E-Rated tire so did not pony up the extra $$ for the 10-ply rating or the loss of MPG.

An XL-Rated tire is more than enough to tow your boat and an occasional 400 mile trip. The E-Rated is going to be a personal preference as nothing you described begs for that extra margin.

Just my .02
 
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Thanks for responses folks.
I ended up going with Cooper Discoverer AT3 LTX (E rated) in stock wheel size 275/55/20.
I figured the stiffer sidewalks weren’t going to hurt as my main concern with this truck is towing boat (9k).
After all I’ve read, I was expecting harsh ride and feel every bump… not so much. Im at 40 psi for now, but haven’t had the chance to do the chalk test yet.
All I can say, I’m really pleased… and they look pretty damn good too.
Thanks!
 

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Ugh, maybe I missed something but what are your towing conditions and not just needs.

Terrain
Climate
Road Conditions

This will make a 1000% difference in ride. But I see you made the bed. Hope it works out.
 
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Highway road conditions and relatively flat. Frequent towing.
Got the tires on yesterday and went to camp- 180 miles highway and then gravel/dirt road. I’m just not seeing the “1000% difference in ride”. Hell, I Was actually waiting for it, but never came… no doubt a little more firm, but nothing out of the ordinary or uncomfortable. I did see appr 1mpg drop off, but really too early to tell.
 
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