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    Trailer tires?

    Time for some new tires on my trailer. Not very pleased with the stock tires that are on there now, seems like they should last a little longer than they have. Since I don't know anything about tires in general, I'm looking for input about brands and types of tires. Is there any advantage with radials vs. bias ply? (stock tires are 175/80 13 bias ply)

    I travel an even mix of local highway and inter state speeds, usually less than 2000 miles per year. The weight is around 1600 lbs.

    I would appreciate any experiances, and suggestions you all could share.

    Thanks,
    Mike

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    RE: Trailer tires?

    I need a set of tires in the same size for my boat trailer. They're actually a little difficult to find. Neither WalMart or Sears carry that size. Surprisingly, I was in Menards a couple days ago, and they sell them, mounted on white trailer wheels, for $79.99 each. These were bias, not radial. My original tires were bias, my second set were radial, and to tell you the truth I couldn't tell any difference. What I'd like to know is if there's any way to adjust/align a boat trailer. My tires are wearing on the inside edge.

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    RE: Trailer tires?

    If they make Goodyear Marathons that small-get them.

    Inside wear may mean the trailer has too much weight on it. If inside wear is only on one tire, it is probably a bent trailer at spindle mount. Can be straightened by heating, but risky as that weakens the trailer frame.

    Greg Ide
    (Marathons can be flipped on the rim and run in the opposite direction when one edge is worn.)

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    RE: Trailer tires?

    Radials roll easier & might get a smother ride (may get better gas mileage). Bias has stiffer sidewalls and will handle the load better. So the choice is yours. If you are carrying heavy loads, it might be smarter to run bias ply.

    If you are going to buy a wheel and tire combo, and have the extra clearance (and that's a big IF, so make sure), go up in size. That will allow the hub to spin slower and when you go to a bigger tire, the loads you can handle will also increase.


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    RE: Trailer tires?

    I'm very pleased with my Marathons, which I obtained in Eagle River after blowing out several sets of Carlysle treads. Any auto frame alignment shop should be able to check your alignment on the trailer, sometimes it's a simple axle adjustment. You might ask your tire shop about how or if to rotate the trailer tires, too, or flip them on the rims after so much wear. m

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    RE: Trailer tires?

    I also run the Goodyear Marathons - one other thing i have found over the years is if you have the tires balanced they will last considerably longer - just like your tow vehicle tires - less bounce and less uneven wear has been my experience

    rnovak

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    RE: Trailer tires?

    marathon's for sure. balanced really helps as was mentioned in last post. FH50

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    RE: Trailer tires?

    marathon's for sure. balanced really helps as was mentioned in last post. FH50

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    RE: Trailer tires?

    Hi Goody!

    I can't really comment on the Marathons...

    But I always balance my trailer tires and I do it when mounting trailer tires for customers, too. I go radial.

    Hoping you're spending plenty of time on the water. :)
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    RE: Trailer tires?

    Hi Goody!

    I can't really comment on the Marathons...

    But I always balance my trailer tires and I do it when mounting trailer tires for customers, too. I go radial.

    Hoping you're spending plenty of time on the water. :)
    Vacation rental at Lake of the Falls/Turtle-Flambeau Flowage...
    www.havenbythefalls.com

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