Yup! I actually went to NH after destroying the diff I had no issues driving it back. Well now I’m really leaning towards the 5.13 since I’ll be towing a lot more.What I'd like to know.. did you drive it back to TX from WV like that?? I'd recommend 5.13 gears. Just do it, do the 5.13's. Don't fear the gear and you'll always wonder what 5.13's would feel like. The difference in 4.88's and 5.13's is really negligible... and if you're unhappy with the rpm range/s of 5.13's you will want to go back to like 4.10/4.56 anyway. For towing, you want 5.13's. It will make your trans and diffs happy under load.
Those tires also aren't the best for nor'east wheeling. Some mud tires (or boggers even) would have gone a long way in getting you out. Eastern wheeling w/o lockers on AT tires is recipe for what happened.
To be honest the tires have performed really good! They’ve also lasted about 45k mile and still have about 10-15k miles left on them. Now I’m looking at picking up some Nitto tires after these are done!