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Old 06-11-2016   #1
 
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Trailer tires

I need to replace my trailer tires. They are 205x75x15 load range D. I have not had much luck with my last couple sets of tires. I tried the Goodyears and an off brand and they both seemed to wear quickly. I use the same tires on my utility/raft trailer and my 21' runabout.

What tires are people using that they are happy with?

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I've never had to replace trailer tires, and I bought my trailer used 9 years ago. We've taken it to NY and back, very loaded, to GC, Idaho, etc- it gets around.

I'm wondering if you have a bent axle or bad bearings, or something else causing wear?? What kind of wear patterns are you seeing? One worn more than the other, wearing on the insides, etc. . .
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Biggest thing I've found to effect tire longevity has been tire pressure. Under inflation causes heat and nasty wear.

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What kind of wear patterns are we talking about here?


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I used to get five years out of a set of trailer tires, now I get two to three. I have even tire wear. My two trailers use the same 5.5 on six bolt pattern. I have 3500 lb axles on my utility/raft trailer and 5000 lb axles on my power boat trailer. On long trips I throw both spares on the trailer I'm using.

I keep the tires at the max recommended pressure. They are rated for 2850 lbs. My utility trailer sees lots of gravel roads, hauls lumber, rafts, firewood, etc. My power boat trailer gets 2500 miles a year or less.

In the last three years I have had one blow out, a bulged sidewall and the tread is more than half gone. I have lost in confidence in the set I have.
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I run mine at the maximum pressure too, but with a light trailer, and it seems like they are wearing more heavily down the center. Does anyone intentionally run their tires below the recommendation to keep them from being over inflated? This makes me nervous, as I have heard of over heating issues being related to not having enough pressure.
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I'd say if you are wearing out the middle, lower the pressure.

Any chance the tires are not the right size for the rim width?


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I was surprised to see my 5.30 - 12 tires looking so thin after ten months. I would definitely appreciate recommendations. Maybe I can run them a while longer but thinking I would like to replace them before heading to Idaho considering how fast they are wearing. Granted, they have been to Deso, San Juan, Rio Chama, Yampa and back and forth locally but I would like to not replace them every year if there is something I am doing wrong or something I can upgrade to.


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My old USA made Goodyears wore evenly and lasted twice as long.

I guess I'm asking which import brands seem to be decent quality.
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I've tried a lot of different (chinese) brands- finally settled on Maxxis. Been very happy with them- much higher quality than anything with "trail" in the name.

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