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Old 12-22-2013, 08:23 PM   #11
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that is the only exception. You can get away with that with 16in rims, but most trailers don't have the room for that much tire. My dad has them on his 5th wheel cattle trailer and last forever.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:17 PM   #12
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My local tire shop told me the reason why trailer tires say for trailer service only is because the are made to carry a rolling load and are not designed to have a twisting force put on them. So for example if they were put on the front of a front wheel drive car or on the rear of a rear wheel drive vehicle. That the twist from the torque coming off the drivetrain will damage trailer tires.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:34 PM   #13
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My local tire shop told me the reason why trailer tires say for trailer service only is because the are made to carry a rolling load and are not designed to have a twisting force put on them. So for example if they were put on the front of a front wheel drive car or on the rear of a rear wheel drive vehicle. That the twist from the torque coming off the drivetrain will damage trailer tires.
I think the heavy load and dragging sideways in turns is way more strain on a tire than most cars are capable of
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:57 PM   #14
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Car and truck tires are designed for traction, smooth ride (soft sidewalls), and regular use (so for high mileage have less internal lubricants in the rubber). Frequent use circulates the additives in the vulcanized rubber to keep the tires flexible yet give the best mileage.

Special Tires (ST) are designed with tread patterns for low rolling resistance for better MPG while towing, stiff sidewalls for high resistance to sway and twisting moments, ten times the lubricity additives to keep the rubber soft for long periods of non-use followed by short periods of operation at high speeds.

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Old 12-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #15
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that all sounds good, except for the 10 times the lubricity part when you can almost watch them dry rot....
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that all sounds good, except for the 10 times the lubricity part when you can almost watch them dry rot....
Treat your car tires the way most folks treat their trailer tires and you will see what I mean. Try parking your car for a year on the lawn; then one week in the summer start it up and take it out on the highway at 70 MPH.
Then park it back in the grass for another year. I doubt it will last through the second time you drive it.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:24 PM   #17
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I didn't say I doubted you, just makes the whole rapid dry rot thing make no sense
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What's the difference between taking off snow tires and letting them sit for 6 months then putting them back on your vehicle... then putting your summer tires back on after sitting 6 months?
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What's the difference between taking off snow tires and letting them sit for 6 months then putting them back on your vehicle... then putting your summer tires back on after sitting 6 months?
Not going to justify it. Just stating the facts as I understand them.
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Treat your car tires the way most folks treat their trailer tires and you will see what I mean. Try parking your car for a year on the lawn; then one week in the summer start it up and take it out on the highway at 70 MPH.
Then park it back in the grass for another year. I doubt it will last through the second time you drive it.
That's funny because I do just that. I have a 1994 Dodge that only gets used in the winter months. Sits all summer, spring, and fall. Tires are fine. I top them off with air if necessary and I'm on my way. The tires are about 4 years old now with no signs of failure. Would I trust doing the same with a trailer tire, of course not.
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