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Trailer Tires

Postby bstig60 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:02 am



I recently purchased a small trailer to pull behind my bike on an upcoming trip. I have been doing some work on the trailer and on the bike to get it ready to tow. This afternoon I took my first ever ride pulling a trailer behind a bike. The trailer towed well, but I noticed some harmonic vibration at specific speeds. The trailer has 480x8 6 ply tires on it. I have them aired up to 40 PSI. The trailer wasn't loaded. I suspect I was feeling tires out of balance. My question is "do those of you who tow trailers balance the trailer tires"?


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Re: Trailer Tires

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:50 am

Drop your tyre pressure - that is way too high

You should run them about 24psi - not much higher - it will give the trailer better stability - even when it is loaded.

the tyres are fine - cheap enough and easy to replace as well. don't expect great mileage from them - and from all the reading I have done - recommended to change them every two years. However I know my tyres on the trailer are at least 6 years old - and no problems at all with them - and probably not done a lot of mileage (about 2000 kms with me towing).

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Postby bstig60 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:01 am

I have an 8000+ trip coming up in about 3 weeks. I will drop the tire pressure and take another run. Here are a couple of pics of the rig.
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Re: Trailer Tires

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:05 am

A couple of years ago I decided to build my own HF cargo trailer to haul all my camping gear and get that weight off the bike

I run ~ 15 PSI in my tires (same size) when loaded (~325 - 350 lbs) and got just over 10,000 mi on the 1st set of tires. I started out at 28 psi and kept lowering it as I detected wear along the centre of the tread, which is a sign of too much tire pressure.
Your trailer will ride a lot smoother with the lower tire pressure.







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Re: Trailer Tires

Postby bstig60 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:27 am

Dusty: nice job on the trailer. I like the idea of mounting the spare tire under the trailer box. I will have to see if I can do that and make room for a small cooler. My fenders are steel, got them locally for about $9 each. It wasn't too much trouble to fabricate mounts for them. My trailer has independant torsion bar suspension which I like as it cuts down in weight and I didn't notice any pull on the bike when going across an uneven surface such as a road edge, sidewalk, etc. as some had suggested.
Interestingly, this trailer was pulled out to California from Nova Scotia last fall behind a Venture 1200. Getting it registered in CA was a pain as the PO didn't intend to sell it and didn't get the US Customs documents necessary. It was a PIA to get the paperwork, but we got it done.
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Re: Trailer Tires

Postby harvey01 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:05 am

Bstig60,

I agree that 40psi is too much. I used to tow a Neosho Starlight trailer and I think the recommended PSI was 15. I suspect you can check with them at: http://neoshotrailers.com/ or just call them for that info. You might also check with the manufacturer of your trailer for their recommendations. Don't forget to grease those wheel bearings.

I hope you have a great trip this year.
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Re: Trailer Tires

Postby bstig60 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:39 am

I just serviced the wheel bearings and replaced one seal that was leaking. I have bearing buddies on the hubs......
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Re: Trailer Tires

Postby ka4yqi » Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:46 pm

Take the air pressure down and add about 1 ounce of dyna beads or equivalent to them. You be happy with the results.

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Re: Trailer Tires

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:42 am

Tire pressure should really vary depending on load being carried. With nothing in the trailer, 40 psi is way too high, you'll be bouncing all over the road.

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Re: Trailer Tires

Postby bstig60 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:09 am

That makes good sense. I dropped the air pressure down to 25 psi and am going to put some weight in it and take it for a short run. I am still interested if any of you balance the 8 inch tires. Not going to use dyno beads due to the cost.


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