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TRAILER TIRE CENTRAL

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TRAILER TIRES!

There are too many Internet sites with "experts" telling readers that a passenger car tire works fine on a RV or boat trailer. Despite the stories about "always using passenger tires with no problems at all," a single fact remains:

 

RV & Boat trailer tires (identified with ST on the sidewall) are designed to handle the load of carrying a boat around turns and corners at highway speeds. Passenger car tires aren't built to do that.

Trailer tires are designed for heavy-duty, free-rolling applications with emphasis on tread wear, rolling resistance, stability and ease of towing. They normally have a heavier construction than passenger tires in order to meet the additional load-carrying requirements of trailer applications. Passenger tires are designed for passenger car applications and may not meet all the service requirements of trailer tires.

Passenger car tires and RV trailer tires are designed differently because they are used for different purposes. It becomes a safety issue. We do not recommend the use of passenger tires on trailer applications.

TRAILER TIRE APPLICATIONS

Trailer tires are designed for use on trailer axle positions only. They are not built to handle the loads applied to, or the traction required by, drive or steering axles.

INFLATION TIPS
  • Always inflate trailer tires to the maximum inflation indicated on the sidewall.

  • Check inflation when the tires are cool and have not been exposed to the sun.

  • If the tires are hot to the touch from operation, add three psi to the max inflation.

  • Under inflation is the number one cause of trailer tire failure.

LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY
  • All tires must be identical in size for the tires to properly manage the weight of the trailer.

  • The combined capacity of the tires must equal or exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of the axle.

  • The combined capacity of all of the tires should exceed the loaded trailer weight by 20 percent.

  • If the actual weight is not available, use the trailer GVW. If a tire fails on a tandem axle trailer, you should replace both tires on that side. The remaining tire is likely to have been subjected to excessive loading.

  • If the tires are replaced with tires of larger diameter, the tongue height may need to be adjusted to maintain proper weight distribution.

WATCH YOUR SPEEDS!
  • All "ST" tires have a maximum speed rating of 65 mph.

  • As heat builds up, the tire's structure starts to disintegrate and weaken.

  • The load carrying capacity gradually decreases as the heat and stresses generated by higher speed increases.

TIME CAN BE A FACTOR
  • Time and the elements weaken a trailer tire.

  • In approximately three years, roughly one-third of the tire's strength is gone.

  • Three to five years is the projected life of a normal trailer tire.

  • It is suggested that trailer tires be replaced after three to four years of service regardless of tread depth or tire appearance.

MILEAGE COUNTS
  • Trailer tires are not designed to wear out.

  • The life of a trailer tire is limited by time and duty cycles.

  • The mileage expectation of a trailer tire is 5,000 to 12,000 miles.

WHY USE A "ST" TIRE?
  • "ST" tires feature materials and construction to meet the higher load requirements and demands of trailering.

  • The polyester cords are bigger than they would be for a comparable "P" or "LT" tire.

  • The steel cords have a larger diameter and greater tensile strength to meet the additional load requirements.

  • "ST" tire rubber compounds contain more chemicals to resist weather and ozone cracking.

HELPFUL STORAGE TIPS
  • The ideal storage for trailer tires is in a cool, dark garage at maximum inflation.

  • Use tire covers to protect the tires from direct sunlight.

  • Use thin plywood sections between the tire and the pavement.

  • For long term storage, put the trailer on blocks to take the weight off the tires. Then lower the air pressure and cover the tires to protect them from direct sunlight.

MAINTAINING YOUR TIRES
  • Clean the tires using mild soap and water.

  • Do not use tire-care products containing alcohol or petroleum distillates.

  • Inspect the tires for any cuts, snags, bulges or punctures.

  • Check the inflation before towing and again before the return trip.

KEYS TO AVOIDING TROUBLE
  • Make sure your rig is equipped with the proper tires.

  • Maintain the tires meticulously.

  • Replace trailer tires every three to five years, whether they look like they're worn out or not.