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Postby jschneib » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:19 pm

Newby here with questions about tires.

I recently bought a small, homemade teardrop wood trailer that came with 5.7-8 tires on 5 lug wheels. I believe the wheels are 5-115 bolt pattern. Considering installing some larger diameter wheels and tires to gain some ground clearance. The trailer is very light and won't be loaded very heavy.

I would Like to hear your thoughts on using a passenger car tire vs a trailer rated tire and going to the larger setup.

Thanks.

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Re: Trailer tires

Postby tony.latham » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:16 pm

jschneib wrote:Newby here with questions about tires.

I recently bought a small, homemade teardrop wood trailer that came with 5.7-8 tires on 5 lug wheels. I believe the wheels are 5-115 bolt pattern. Considering installing some larger diameter wheels and tires to gain some ground clearance. The trailer is very light and won't be loaded very heavy.

I would Like to hear your thoughts on using a passenger car tire vs a trailer rated tire and going to the larger setup.

Thanks.

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Radial passenger or light truck tires are great to run on single axle trailers. :thumbsup:

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Trailer tires have stiffer sidewalls to take the abuse from twin axle trailers that put additional pressure on the side of the tire during a tight turn.

And the taller the tire, the smoother the ride on rough roads.

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Re: Trailer tires

Postby swoody126 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:39 am

a feature that has been plaguing folks running "ST" (trailer) specified tires is their 5 YEAR(from manufacture date) LIFE SPAN vs. auto tires which have a reasonable life span of 10 years +

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Re: Trailer tires

Postby Padilen » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:02 am

Are your hubs studs or holes? I ask because I used my 5 on 5 wheels to push my CTC in my pole barn. They are mounted on hubs with bolt holes. My CTC is 5 on 5 studs. They do not line up correctly. So you may need an adapter.

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Re: Trailer tires

Postby Shadow Catcher » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:00 pm

Goodyear is now making Endurance ST tires here in the US.
I used Micheline Harmony passenger tires, each of which has a load rating equal to the weight of the entire trailer after a number of folks here had catastrophic failures on grossly under loaded Chinese made tires.
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Re: Trailer tires

Postby halfdome, Danny » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:13 pm

Shadow Catcher wrote:Goodyear is now making Endurance ST tires here is the US.

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I put a pair of those Goodyear Endurances tires on my teardrop a few months ago. :thumbsup:
Their nice looking and perform as expected.
I also like the sidewall scuff guard feature.
They replace this Made in China Carlisle tire/tires :thumbdown: .
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Re: Trailer tires

Postby MtnDon » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:09 pm

halfdome, Danny wrote:I put a pair of those Goodyear Endurances tires on my teardrop a few months ago. :thumbsup:
Their nice looking and perform as expected.
I also like the sidewall scuff guard feature.
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I liked the sidewall "guard" too. One reason I bought a pair as well.
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Re: Trailer tires

Postby gudmund » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:24 pm

be warned out there when looking for Goodyear trailer tires -- I am still seeing a lot of the Chinese made 'trailer' Goodyear ones sitting on the tire racks in stock at the local W-M's and Camping worlds -- which tells me, there are probably still "a lot" of them out there in stock on other tire racks. Make sure you take a "real 'eye's on look" at what ever tire you are buying - look along the bead of all tires, it is written there where the tire was made. (in resent years, it has been shocking seeing the different country's I have seen where they are being made now - NAFTA - "Brand" names really mean nothing any longer being tire company's are owned by 'whomever' nowadays. Example: Bridgestone(Japan) owns Firestone - General is owned by Continental(Germany) - Cooper is owned by a company in India - etc., etc., etc..... Tire company's are like oil company's anymore - just names being put on items to make it look like there are more brands of something to sell - example Pennzoil/Quaker State Oil both being owned by Shell Oil/SOPUS - ARCO/Castrol Oil both are owned by BP-British Petroleum (an even better example of this would probably be car battery's - there are a total of 3 company's making battery's here in the states but umpteen different brands being sold out there - look at the W-M brand labeled batteries which are presently made by Exide who also makes NAPA's batteries - on and on................... also when looking at that bead on any tire you look at, look at the date it was made - it will be a 4 number oval shaped impression - first 2 ##'s are the week # of the year it was made - second 2 ##'s are the year made - example #0417, made 4th week of the year of 2017 and YES there can be a lot of 'OLD' tires sitting on tire racks out there being sold these days since the age of tires has become such a hot topic these last few years since the government has been talking about settings "age" limits on tires being sold. (the 5/10 years ordeal spoken about in the earlier e-mails here in this subject)
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