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Old 07-30-2012, 02:32 PM   #1
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Trailer tires vs. PV tires

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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Since it's single axle and light weight, I would go see Jose.
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ST tires are constructed differently because most trailers suspension's are undamped. Not the end of the world to use a car tire, but the trailer might be a bit more flighty over bumps.
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i run car tires on my utility trailer....usually keep loads less than 2k (sometimes more) on the single axle and haven't had a problem yet.
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thanks guys...I figure the trailer weighs around 700lbs at the most (could be alot less) and each bike at 500lbs x 3= 1500 + 700= 2200lbs max is the trailers total weight at any given time.

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I have 6 trailers ranging from a single axle utility, livestock, and my big gooseneck. I run car tires on the light trailers and lightduty truck tires on everything else. Watch your air pressure and run it a the highest reccomended range and you will be fine. My tires usually get replaced on about a five year cycle. I do have some 15" truck tires on my car hauler that are eight years old and have about 10,000 miles on them but they are getting dry cracks, so they will be replaced as soon as they pop!
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What I've been told, and it could be wrong inlight of the above posts, is that trailer tires are made to stand up to something cars tires are not.
Sidewall flexing due to swaying. Trailers tend to sway and wiggle more than cars so the sidewalls are built to stand that and not overheat. All that flexing builds heat and can cause car tires to fail.

I realize that the folks above say it's not a problem and I'm not questioning them, but this is what I've been told and it makes sense...
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Distance may be a factor. If you're just driving around town, car tires might be OK. If you are driving to Deluth, Minnesota it could be different.
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Distance may be a factor. If you're just driving around town, car tires might be OK. If you are driving to Deluth, Minnesota it could be different.
Distance and/or weight.....My trailer and bikes arent that heavy so I wouldnt think that the tire is under extreme conditions....thanks everyone for the inputs. I still havent had time to go buy a replacement yet
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Just pointing something out but, did you notice how the tire in your pic failed?
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car tires are fine for that, now if it was a big 5th wheel thats a no go .


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What I've been told, and it could be wrong inlight of the above posts, is that trailer tires are made to stand up to something cars tires are not.
Sidewall flexing due to swaying. Trailers tend to sway and wiggle more than cars so the sidewalls are built to stand that and not overheat. All that flexing builds heat and can cause car tires to fail.

I realize that the folks above say it's not a problem and I'm not questioning them, but this is what I've been told and it makes sense...
Yes they do, which is part of the reason I run the air as hgh as I do. The light truck tires are not so bad, however, this is marginal swaying at best. I would bet most folks could not tell the difference B/W car tires and trailer specific tires unless you load the out of the trailer. I do notice the trailer specific tires tend to follow the grooves of the road more than car tires.

Bottom line, it works if you are not overloading the tires. If you run the weight to the limit, then I would reccomend trailer tires, and get you some covers to keep the sun off of them when you are not using the trailer. UV light is murder on tires.
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