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Need new tires and want to get a bit more clearance (taller tires): questions

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Hi. It's soon time to replace my 95 Astro tires. Presently I have the standard issue/recommended tire size of 215 /75 R15 on them. However, I've been desiring a bit more clearance on the van and've heard that taller tires is one way to accomplish this. Even an inch higher would be an appreciated improvement. But I'm wondering if any taller tires will lower the mpg (very important to me), or mess up the odometer accuracy (important too, tho' a bit less so). I also want to get tires that are decent and durable on the many rocky roads on which I take my camper-van to, like, maybe something in the better traction/high performance spectrum? I don't encounter much snow or rain in the landscapes I roam, but yeah, it's often in/out on dirt roads where many rocks abound. Oh, and also, I don't wanna spend a lot of money - my budget is around $100 a tire. Any tips and/or recommendations of size or brand are welcome. Thank you.
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"If you use passenger car tires, the ride quality will suffer due to them being a softer ride."
Well that is certainly debatable. When I first got the 96, it had nice expensive highway tires, non LT. It was awesome, rode better, better on bumps, better on turns. Even took trip to upper Saskatchewan, 4 others n luggage, was great ride for everyone. Also, got great mileage. BUT, living up here, on a jeep trail in the mountains, did not last 2 summers, too many punctures. So went with heavier all seasons, so could use more of the year, in snow and mud. But I still think back fondly on those tires.
""So LT tires will give a softer ride ""
NO exactly the opposite! However, LT tires will be stiffer, which many prefer, many like the more responsive steering, as less tire flex.
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