Essential Guide to Trailer Tires: Understanding Their Unique Features and Maintenance

 Trailer tires, known as Special Trailer (ST) tires, are designed specifically for trailers such as Utility and Cargo Trailers. These tires are distinct from car or light truck tires in several aspects, including their construction, maintenance requirements, and operational guidelines.

Maintenance Essentials

Proper maintenance of trailer tires is crucial to avoid dangerous situations like blowouts or hidden internal damage, which can lead to tire failure. Key maintenance practices include:

  • Regularly checking and maintaining the correct inflation pressure.
  • Understanding the impact of ambient temperatures and sunlight on tire pressure.
  • Ensuring all tires are of the same size to avoid uneven loading.

Handling Tire Failure

In multi-axle trailers, all tires share the load-carrying responsibility. If one tire fails, the adjacent tires may be overloaded, potentially causing further failures. When a tire on one side of a tandem-axle trailer fails, it’s advisable to replace the adjacent tire as well.

Speed Ratings and Adjustments

ST tires are generally speed rated to 65 mph under normal conditions. However, some models, like Goodyear Marathon and Power King Towmax STR, can be used at speeds up to 75 mph by increasing their cold inflation pressure. It’s crucial not to exceed the wheel’s maximum rated pressure.

Key Differences and Safety Tips for Trailer Tires

Trailer tires differ from car tires in their higher load capacity, stiffer sidewalls, higher operating pressures, and lower maximum speed rating. Oxidation is a critical factor in the maintenance of trailer tires, necessitating regular replacement every 3-5 years. Safety tips include checking tire pressure before each trip, using valve stem caps, and storing tires appropriately to protect them from environmental factors.

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Here are some tips to help you choose the right trailer for your needs:

  1. Determine your need(s) and consider the following questions:
    • What will you be hauling?
    • How much weight will you be carrying?
    • What is the maximum length of the items you will be carrying?
    • Will you need sides or a top?
    • Will you need ramps or a tailgate?
  2. This will help you determine how you will tow the trailer and the type of hitch and coupler that you may need.
    • What vehicle will you be using to tow the trailer?
    • What is the towing capacity of your vehicle?
    • What type of hitch do you need?
    • Do you need an electric brake controller?
  3. Next is to choose a trailer that will meet your needs and expectations.
    • What is your budget?
    • Do you want an open or enclosed trailer?
    • What type of suspension do you need?
    • What type of flooring do you need?
  4. ALWAYS make sure that your trailer is safe to use!!
    • Does your trailer have proper lighting and reflectors?
    • Does your trailer have safety chains?
    • Does your trailer have brakes?

By answering these questions, you can create a list of requirements and know that you are choosing a trailer that meets all of your needs!

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Why is Trailer Maintenance Important?

Regular Maintenance of trailers is important because it can:

  • Improve safety on hazardous roads
  • Improve fuel efficiency
  • Prevent breakdowns
  • Extend the lifespan of the trailer
  • Maintain the resale value of the trailer
  • Ensure optimal performance
  • Minimize the risk of accidents
  • Save money on repairs and replacements

Utilize our service department for all your maintenance/service needs!

We offer limited services for boat trailer repairs, parts subject to availability. Please call ahead before bringing in boat trailer for service!

We do not take appointments, first come first serve!



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