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post #1 of 4 Old 07-29-2014, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Trailer Tires

Ok, it's time for new tires on my trailer (probably past time). I've read countless debates about ST vs. LT and I'm just as perplexed now as I was before I started. Pretty much, everyone agrees that ST tires are terrible but LT's don't last on a trailer. The trailer came with 235/80 16's but I'm pretty sure I can fit a 235/85 (several LT's available). I'm not looking to get 50,000 miles out of any of them, just want to get 3-4 years of worry-free hauling -- what's everyone's opinion?

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-29-2014, 07:13 AM
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Despite bad reviews, I've had good experiences with GoodYear/Marathons and Carlisle/can't recall the model. I've never considered any others as I never had a failure while towing a lot of long distances, north/south/east/west, with cargo more precious than the tow vehicle and trailer, both light loads and maxed+.

The key to longevity/reliability is to NOT inflate them to their max cold psi. Set 'em about 5psi lower, max.

If you tow light loads, there's no need to inflate 'em to max. The trailer ride will be stiff, beating the shit out of it and its contents. Use the PSI inflation formula.

If a tandem, the axles must be parallel...max allowed "out" is 1/8". If not, the tires are scrubbing, increasing heat and sidewall stress - not to mention trying to drag your tow vehicle sideways...more tires being stressed.

The peeps(a few) I'm aware of that had issues with GoodYear and Carlisle swear by Maxxis.
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If your trailer sits like my TT most of the year I replace one side every year... Overkill but peace of mind

Sitting kills more tires than heat, over pressure or over loading IMO

THat said I get my TT tires from sam's club, 2 yr warranty

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When the trailer isn't being used jack it up with tires off the ground and use tire covers....then you might have a chance.

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