trailer tires worn after 2000 miles.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by justgeorge, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Very very rare to find round trailer tires with all this china stuff. Almost all have a slight hop to them. Even car tires these days. Quite sad actually.

    I'm just saying a balanced tire won't change the fact of cheap trailer tires aren't perfectly round. A balance is just evening the tire out. Sure it may help somewhat with harmonics
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  2. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Have a look at Maxxis trailer tires. They're made in Thailand. Of all the scouring of the interwebs I've done, they have the best reputation of any other offerings. I'm running the 225/75-15 10-ply and they look like new, after a year of use so far. The tire shop has been very impressed with their stuff.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    What was cost and where did you get them? How many mowers do you have on trailer.....4 wheel?
  4. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My independent, auto repair shop sells tires. He gets them through a distributor (Keystone Automotive) who is only ~30mi away. They deliver everyday, or I can go get them, so it's a nice convenience should I ever have a blowout. I gave $113.50+tax, each (just pulled the receipt), mounted and balanced.

    I normally run my 30" and 60", which scaled 3720lbs, on the trailer axle. However, it's, also, setup to put my 42" ZTR in with them. I've not scaled it, like that. I've had the whole floor covered in landscape edgers, but, don't remember the exact weight of the pallet and a half of those. It seems like the guy said 3300lbs. Anyway, I have it loaded really heavy, pulling down the highway, and haven't had any tire issues. The ability of 80psi tire pressure has a lot to do with that.

    Doubled up with a 21" up the side.
  5. burnthefurniture

    burnthefurniture LawnSite Member
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    I can attest to the lack of quality control standards pretty much across the board with tires. I can also say I have seen some big wheel weights on trailer tires!

    Considering I always get tires mounted at a tire shop even for my trailers, balancing isn't a huge additional expense and I can't see it doing anything but helping. IMO, the seat of my pants feel is that the trailer is considerably smoother when towing unloaded than before. Nothing scientific about that though...
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    I've been happier with Maxxis than other trailer tires for sure. But I bring this thread back up because Discount Tire Direct on Ebay has Maxxis trailer tires. And right now they have $100 off when you spend $400 on tires. Again, this is only on DTD on Ebay, not their site.
  7. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That would be a killer dealer, except I paid less, taxed/mounted/balanced, than what they're advertising ($113.50 retail and $131.45 OTD). After you buy their tires, you'll have to pay mounting and balance. I'm not sure you're actually saving much, if anything. Plus, their eBay store is actually $4 higher per tire than their site.

    Also, I don't like buying tires like that and, then, taking them into someone's shop and wanting them to do the labor. To me, it's a slap in the face of the local business owner.
  8. Trailer Parts Superstore

    Trailer Parts Superstore Inactive
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    Our recommendations
    1) select trailer tires with max capacity 10-20% higher than your trailer GTW
    2) Always run at maximum inflation; our suppliers suggest that balancing is not necessary
    3) radial tires have a longer tread life and run smoother and cooler
    4) select tires with good reputations: we recommend Goodyear Marathons or Loadstar
    5) with 1 or 2 exceptions, trailer tires are manufactured overseas

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