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Old 02-27-2016, 08:20 PM   #1
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who's installed non-trailer tires?

Hi All,

I've been researching tires for a while. The Ridgway Sports on mine have got to go before they blow. The bad tire wear has made the inner tread almost smooth.

I can't find any trailer tires that haven't blown out. Goodyear, Maxxis, Kumho, all of them have stories of blow-outs. I find even one blow out unacceptable. I worked at a car dealer for six years, and saw passenger car tires that were pretty well abused. I saw them inflated to just 1/3 of recommended pressure, inflated to more than three times the sidewall pressure, all kinds of stuff. But I can't recall ever seeing even one blow-out.

I'm considering upgrading my 14" wheels to 15" and finding a name brand tire with higher load capacity to mount on them. Standard passenger car tires won't suffice, but I did a quick look and found some with higher than 1760 lb load ratings.

I've seen a lot of talk on here about sidewall flex and that regular tires don't have the stiff sidewalls required for trailers. But hey, pretty sure the front tires on every car and truck I've owned have been subjected to much higher side forces than my 195BH tires will ever see. Maybe multi-axle trailers are different, because of tight turns around corners when the tires force each other into sideways movements?

Kind of venting but also asking if anyone has used non-trailer tires and if they regret it or are happy with the switch.



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Old 02-27-2016, 09:02 PM   #2
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Look at LT tires over P if going to 15". You will have a high payload. Plus check what is causing your tires to wear. Is your axle out of alignment or are you overloading the trailer?

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Old 02-27-2016, 09:40 PM   #3
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I just put these on mine. Higher load range than the majority of tires this size. You can definitively feel the heaver weight compared to load range c.

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Old 02-27-2016, 10:48 PM   #4
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I recommend the provider tire by taskmaster. Have yet to blow a tire and they are on my 20k dump trailer and my 25k flatbed trailer which are always loaded with plenty of city corners.
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:06 PM   #5
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Kumho and Hancook are your only choices for 14"; I have the Hankook RA08s for almost 2 years now and no problems, they are a true 8 ply load range d, 99 mph, and carry around 21oo# each
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:22 AM   #6
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I am on second set of Michelin LT tires

No problems in 10 years. Original OEM Cooper ST let go after 3 years
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:27 AM   #7
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Don't do it. I did a few years back and they almost wore out on a trip to cape cod & back from Delaware
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:31 AM   #8
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I've been running Cooper SRM LT's for 5 seasons or approx 20k miles with excellent results. (I hope I didn't just jinx myself). I'll not go back to ST's on my 14k fiver.
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:35 AM   #9
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...aaaaaand done! I ordered some Taskmaster 215/75R14 Load Range D's from Free shipping is nice, and this morning (Sunday) they said they have already shipped. Yeah, not the 15's I was talking about and not non-trailer tires, but oh well. I figured I'll stay with 14's for now so I don't have to get new rims.

Thanks for the replies everyone. I'll repost sometime way in the future if they hold up... or don't!

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Old 02-28-2016, 11:59 AM   #10
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Michelin LT tires same as on my truck and I added nitro. Don't keep the trailer rated junk.

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