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best trailer tire to buy

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Truitt Lawn Maintenance, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Truitt Lawn Maintenance

    Truitt Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    Hey guys iv been buying load star 205 75 d15 tires and have found them to be total crap. They are about $120 on the rim brand new but I guess I am getting what im paying for. If any of yall have or are currently using a tire that has performed well let me know. I'm having to switch y tires out every year sometimes more than once a year. I don't drive a rediculous amount of miles in a year either. Thanks for any input given.
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  2. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    None of them last as long as I would like, but the Maxxis M8008 is better than most.
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I have Goodyear Marathon radial trailer tires on mine. They're in their third year on my trailer. I do a lot of really tight turns which is really hard on tires with a tandem axle.
  4. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I just put some Hankooks on my trailer but had some cheepos that lasted about 4 years. Either way go to http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/home.do

    and find what you want. They will be at your door by UPS in 2 days or so. I have a local guy that mounts them for me. I have used this company twice so far and they are awesome. I have saved over 300 bucks on tires from here. BTW I am not a paid spokesman for them either, just a happy customer who wants to share a place to save with everyone. Good Luck.
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    If your trailer sports double axles it is going to wear tires fast and it doesn't matter how much money you spend, it's that double axle trailers "drag" their tires in the turns, on a double axle trailer that is the main reason why they wear. The only other reason would be the use of bias plies but if you're spending far north of $100 a tire then it's because your trailer sports double axles and there is little that can be done about that, stick to radials made for trailers and stay away from automotive performance tires... The Milestar and the Turnpike come to mind, both 6-ply C rated run around $80 each but again if your trailer has double axles they're not going to last the 3-4 years they would last on a single axle trailer.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012
  6. heather lawn sp

    heather lawn sp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    The 'd' of d15 indicates that those are bias belted tires. 'R' is radial. Earlier this season I got 4 Carlisle trailer tires 205 75 R14's mounted on rims on sale for $642 and thought that was a good deal. I generally like Carlisle tires for trailers amd mowers.
  7. jetta

    jetta LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    ive tried carslile,load star and goodyear marathon and they all last about the same on my 16 ft tandem enclosed i go now with the best price
  8. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I stopped by a local tire shop that sells used tires and found a pair of 10 ply tires made for the MB Sprint vans. They are worn even and have 1/2 the tread left. I imagine they will last a few years instead of a season. They are one size larger then the oem tire too. A few weeks later after buying a new/used truck a year ago, the front tires were ate off. I got ripped on the truck. They had brand new tires on it, said it was good to go. Well, it pulled to the right and they said they aligned it. I finally gave up on the A holes at the place. I went back to the same tire place and found 4 tires 1 size bigger then oem and they are also 10 ply. Had them straighten the front end and now it rides like a caddie. Even with a hard rubber tire.

    Try to find the hardest rubber or thickest ply rating you can get. They will last WAY longer then any dedicated trailer tire in that size.
  9. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    I didn't know the D meant bias ply but definitely if you're running bias there's your problem, run radials.

    On trucks we look into LRR tires (Low Rolling Resistance, like tractor trailer tires, they are made of Hard rubber).
    The drawback is in the handling, you HAVE to drive them nice.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012
  10. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 993

    We just put duro radials on my dads work trailer. Hopelly they last a little while. The trailer is 8.5x14ft. But hopelly they do good.

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