Originally Posted by jlgail4309
So would everyone agree with LT tires for the trailer over the ST. I have a single axle trailer.
ST tires are without a doubt the way to go for your trailer in my opinion. There are many threads here that talk about WHY ST tires are made for trailers and why some manufacturers put LT tires on the big rigs (load rating).
ST tires have the internal lubricant level needed for a tire that sits for months in freezing temperatures without ever being warmed up; then run at top speed right out of the chute and folks expect them not to explode.
LT tires are designed primarily for light trucks and are designed to run frequently and long enough to warm up; cycling the internal lubricants to the surface of the rubber.
ST tires have low rolling friction tread designs for better gas mileage and life. LT tires have aggressive tread designs for traction and as such have higher coefficients of friction. Putting them on a trailer will decrease fuel economy.
ST sidewalls are made to withstand extreme sidewall stress when pivoting the trailer; LT tires are not expected to twist into a pretzel backing into a tight spot.
For these and many other reasons I recommend ST tires when a size and load rating for your camper is available.
Things to know about trailer tires
Another guy looking to switch to LT tires
I suggest giving Walter a call. He is expert when talking trailer tire safety.
Walter C. Cannon
RV Safety & Education Foundation
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