Trailer tires

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Trailer tires

Post by toanogreen »

I have a trailer with the original tires on them. I bought the trailer with no miles on it and never used. It is a 2010 trailer. I've put 300 - 400 miles on it to get use to it and I love it.
I hope to take a trip at some point and I 'm sure I should put new tires on it even though they look perfect. My questions are should I put bias or radial tires on it and 4 or 6 ply? Presently, it has Loadstar 4.80 x 12 bias (?) tires on it.

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Post by Andy Cote »

Do they make radials in that size? Not sure that I would worry either way.

Ply rating is usually associated with load rating. I'm thinking you won't need heavy. Also 6-ply will run a nit "harsher" but 6-ply may wear a little better or last longer. Again, IMHO, not a noticeable difference.

You can often find the tire and wheel combo for close to the same price as just the tire. Unless you have chrome wheels, it's a whole lot easier that way.
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Post by Viking »

I pretty much agree with Andy. I have, however had both bias and radial trailer tires on a small cargo trailer meant for motorcycle pulling, and the radials roll much nicer and ride much more smoothly. Carlisle made the radials that I have on it now. You are correct in thinking you should replace the tires, as they are ten years old, and the originals, which are pretty much always cheap tires, except for on Bushnell trailers. I got only about 3K miles off the originals that came on my trailer (4.80X12 bias) so I would not like to be using that sort of tire when it is 10 years old. This is especially true if you have aluminum wheels, as blowouts almost always end up with damaged rims.

And with all that said - brand new tires are not always a guarantee of no blowouts. The best advice I can give is "never cheap out on tires"
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Post by WingAdmin »

I agree about the combined wheel/tire deals. I bought a new set of wheels and tires from ... heels.aspx for less than some places were charging for just tires. I took one of my old wheel/tires that was being replaced and mounted it to the trailer to use as a spare.
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Post by AZgl1800 »

whatever tire you buy for it, made darn sure it is stamped 'ST'
ST means a trailer tire, the more plys the better.


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