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did search 159 post about tires and none on trailers.. do i need trailer tires or are reguler tires ok for the trailer? a toy 4 runner is going on the trailer. just got the trailer and a freind said i need to get 10 ply trailer tires.
 

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I was told that a trailer tire is designed and built so it will not dry rot as soon due to a trailer sitting allot of the time and the tires not wearing out for years.

As for needing 10 ply tires, how heavy will the total load be?
What is the GVWR of the trailer?

I have three trailers, two for work and one for hauling the Jeep. The Jeep hauler and the inclosed for work have trailer tires because that is what came on them and the third is a "trash" tralier for work that is older than me so it has seen allot of tires and it has an old set of BFG ATs on it.

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I run GoodYear Marathon trailer tires....blew up too many LT tires to deal with it anymore. The sidewalls on a trailer tire are stiffer, partly for loading, partly since on turning, those sidewalls do some nasty shifting.

I've not had one flat since I switched.
 

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I couldn't find a radial trailer tire for mine, I needed 235/85R16s, & couldn't find anything that was technically a "Trailer" tire. I ended up buying a set of Goodyear G159s... they don't even list them as a light truck tire, they're listed under commercial. Kinda heavy, but tough as shit & they have a rib-tread. Been running them 2 years with no problems, & wearing like Iron. The tires the trailer came with were block patteren pathfinders, I ripped lugs off them, & tore them up bad before the tread was probably 25% wore off them. 1 seperated, & 1 broke a belt in this time.

Although I suppose true trailer tires are the best, I got stuck because of the 16" wheel thing. Whatever it is, I wouldn't be cheap on it. Think about how much what you're putting on that trailer is worth to you, then consider how much you're willing to spend.
 

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AZFord4x4 said:
. Whatever it is, I wouldn't be cheap on it. Think about how much what you're putting on that trailer is worth to you, then consider how much you're willing to spend.
the tires that are on it are trailer tires with good tred but one has 3 plugs and 1 has 2 and 1 is bold becouse of a axel that was bent [ i fixed that ] i have a friend that has some reguler truck tires he will give me but i think i will go get some trailer tires
 

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I would put trailer tires on it. A radial tire will sway alot more and the trailer tires ought to be tougher then a street tire.

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I would prefer to ditch the LT radials I have no - they sway more than I would like. But real trailer tires are NOT cheap, so since my radials are practically new, they are gonna stay on there :)
 

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Get some bias ply trailer tire. Go with an 8 or 10 ply load range E tire. Don't mess around with trailer tires. I've seen too many trailers on the side of the road with blown tires.
 

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i have switched to load range e radials. usally 215/85/16 or 235/85/16 and i keep them at max infation pressure, usally 80 psi. the best ones i have come up with is michilen take offs from newer dodge diesels, just catch some one fixing to get a new set. and get theirs for cheap. and watch your air pressure.
and i don't know what the hell has happened to tires in the last 10 years, i have blow out more tires in the past ten years, that i can't hardly belive it. hell i blew 6 out on one trip. but ever since i went to the michilens i have not had one blow out. and i do load my trailers on the heavy side. mike
 

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When I was looking for 15" trailer tires this time last year, I couldn't find any bias plys (commonly available, at least) that were rated high enough. My 10k trailer came with 6 ply 7.00-15 bias that were rated ~1760 lbs. I looked at some 225/75R15 8 ply radials that were rated to 2500 lbs, for $58. I instead opted to spend $38 each for new 16" 6 lug wheels, and run the 245/75R16 10 ply 3000 lb highway treads that came on my PU, and am happy with them; they tow noticably better than the old ones.

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After blowing 2 tires on a trip to So. Cal I upgraded to the Carlisle

st225/75r-15 load range D

$59 at americas tire company
 

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Yup, those are the ones I looked at, too, also at America's (Discount Tire out here).

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I run NanKang tires on my car trailer there cheap to buy and strong .. I think i paid like $75 for 225/75/15
 

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fj40charles said:
Get some bias ply trailer tire. Go with an 8 or 10 ply load range E tire. Don't mess around with trailer tires. I've seen too many trailers on the side of the road with blown tires.
Totally agree, Working at a semi tire center at one point, the only tires that ever came in blown out on trailers pulled by pickups were of the radial variety. The guys with bias ply's just came in for replacements because they were bald.

Bias ply are far more forgiving as far as over-loading, under inflation, and abuse.
 

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Blue 84 said:


Right, not to mention pull easier:D
How do you figger that? Pulling a big rig trailer with bias ply tires vs. one with radials. I can pull most big hills I gear higher and faster with radials than the same hill with a trailer with bias ply tires. This is after many trips with different trailers but loaded as close to 80K is I can get the rig each trip. The radials just roll better and take less power for the same speed or let you drive faster for the same load.
 
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