2010 Tacoma & FlipPac Camper Tire Q&A

Recently I received an email from Cliff with a few tire questions for the RoadTraveler (RT) blog. Below are his questions and my answers and comments, it’s a long one…Tires, they’re what’s on the menu today šŸ˜‰ Background provided by Cliff:Ā I have a few questions I hope you wouldnā€™t mind answering.Ā  First some background; I daily drive a 2010 Tacoma … Read More

MPG, Fuel Economy, Tire Width, and Treads No. 1

For a newer, more detailed article, click my Tread Matters link below: Tread Matters: Tread Design & MPG Nov. 2017   Will The Most Efficient Tires Please Drive Forward Itā€™s often stated that narrower, lighter, less aggressive tires are more efficient and will yield better fuel economy, but how much better? To properly compare apples and pears one must take … Read More

Traction Tire Preview Prelude

For several years I’ve been a fan of what are often called aggressive all-terrainĀ tires.Ā Labels and classifications can be difficult, sometimes neither descriptive nor adequate as there is much crossover, gray-area, and blurred lines with tread designs. These tires are not as open as a mud tire, but offer much more void than the typical all-terrain or all-season tire. Current examples … Read More

LT255/85R16 Tire Delivery Part 3

Long before my route was paved there were much hardier travelers who passed this way. I stopped for a brief photo and took a moment to reflect. Lately I’ve been reflecting on how thoroughly spoiled we are with easy, efficient, convenient long distance travel. Several decades ago vehicles were not as low-maintenance and relatively trouble-free as they are now. Before … Read More

LT255/85R16 Tire Delivery Part 2

With a bed and trailer full of tires & wheels I was off to see my tire guys for dismounting, mounting, and balancing so I could get my 4WDs off jack stands and rolling again. A few days later I loaded the bed of the Tundra with the Bighorns and Cooper S/T treads, as well as one old Multi-Mile Wild … Read More

LT255/85R16 Tire Delivery Part 1

Stranger Danger Online The world may be full of dangerous people, and jokes about meeting people “on the internet” can ring true when you hear a horror story or two. However, there are lots of very honest, honorable, and friendly people in the world, and many of them are onlineā€”just like the rest of us. Is Mr. 255/85 Selling His … Read More

17-Inch Tundra Wheels & BFG A/T Tires

Part of being The Tire Meister means that I need to have wheels on which to mount the treads I’m evaluating. Unless I want to constantly remove my proven, primary tires, extra wheels are desirable. Extra wheels make for better, more consistent tire testing, and back-to-back swaps of mounted tires is an easy process.Ā Mounting & balancing tires and wheels is … Read More