Hi Andy & Di,
Just did a search on this post I put up four years ago.....
I'll put in my two bobs worth.
My van is a 19'6" ATV (10/07 delivery)
Have just recently fitted third set of tyres to it......originals where Wranglers wore them out in 40k or at least to a stage that required replacement before a trip across the Nullarbor, then fitted four BFG All Terrains......just about to start another lap of this great country so I thought I should get at least two new All Terrains to replace the original remaining Wranglers. Priced two new tyres ....gee have they gone up in price.
Did some homework & a bit of web surfing...... this what I came up with
Caravan tyres, they are trailing tyres NOT driving tyres, so you don't really need a super high performance aggressive pattern.
Construction, a bit of a no brainer really went for LT construction (Light Truck).
Load rating/index, I went for 120/123 which means each tyre is capable of carrying 1500kg x 4 = 6 tonne far in excess of the vans total weight BUT gives me a very good safety margin!
Speed rating 'Q' The speed category symbol, for example 'Q', indicates the maximum speed at which the tyre can carry a load corresponding to its load index. So in this case, 'Q' would refer to a maximum speed of 160km/hour. I know.... I wont be towing my van at any where near that speed.... so again, a good safety margin!
Ply rating 10 ply (tread area) & 3 (on the wall)
So what did I choose.....
Maxxis 751 LT265 75 R16 ( http://www.maxxistyres.com.au/tyredetails.php?cat=3&id=37 )
I wanted a tyre that has a national dealer network
I wanted a tyre that didn't have an aggressive tread pattern ....less likely to throw stones but at the same time an 'open pattern' to get rid of mud.
I wanted a tyre that was quieter than the Wrangler & BFG AT
I wanted a tyre that was sensibly priced (I was quoted $240 each but after trade in on the 4x50% worn BFG's 1x60% worn Wrangler & 1 new Wrangler they came down to $210 each.... happy camper).
Am I happy with my choice?....
Well they have been on for nearly two months now, I have already done 6,000k's on them mainly black top with only a few hundred k's of dirt ....so far....possibly a little bit to early for a definitive report BUT looking very good at this stage!
In closing three things I want to mention....
1. Wheel alignment....VERY IMPORTANT if you live in/near Brisbane or travelling through contact John Jamieson Trailer Service 0431109175 a very good operator & know 'his stuff' he is a good NO 'BS' sort of guy...... if you have geographic difficulties use your local truck or trailer wheel aligning service..... SERIOUSLY I am using 1 litre less per 100k's of fuel since having a wheel alignment.... it just tows so much easier! :-)
2. I have NO association with Maxxis or John Jamieson other than being a happy customer.
3. I'm running 60psi pressure in these tyres (on the black top)
CU down the road
As I write this I'm huddling inside the van @ Point Souter (Barkers Rocks) on the Yorke Peninsula....it's quite cool & windy outside!
I have travelled just on 25,000k's with these tyres now, with roughly half the k's being on black top & the other half being dirt/sand, in all it's different offerings from good quality to very poor gibber type roads, there has been a few slippery muddy sections also.
Overall I've been very happy with the performance of these tyres.
Tyre wear has been more than acceptable with NO chipping of the tread.
Am I happy with these tyres....YES
Again I have no affiliation with Maxxis :-)'
17/6/18 Additional comments
I still have this set of tyres on my van, I estimate that I would have about 10,000k left on them, would/will I buy them again, yes.
Pricing above is four years old so you would have to check.
I have just recently (March) changed out my 'Ritars' (same as factory/Kedron fitted) paid the extra for Full Rivers.....so far so good!
You'll be looking at about $400 each for the Full Rivers.
I just could not justify the cost of doing a Lithium conversion....definitely will have Lithium on my next van.