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Passenger tires on trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by thefed, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. thefed

    thefed LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 350

    How does this work out? I just bought an abused trailer from someone on this site. It needs 4 tires.

    Its a 16ft with (4) 15" rims. I'm looking at $320 installed for trailer tires vs. $200 for passenger tires.

    The trailer will at most have 3 mowers on it at once, roughly 2500 lbs??? No mulch, no dirt.

    Would the passenger tires suffice in this case? I imagine so, but am curious about your experiences!!

    Im also curious about packing bearings....is this something a somewhat mechanically inclined person can do himself? Anywhere to find a tutorial???


  2. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
    Messages: 0

    Im not sure if weight would be an issue in your case, but wear from turning. I believe trailer tires have a harder rubber to slide in turns.
  3. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    Trailer tires generally have more side wall belts on them than passenger tires which is important esp in tight turns. Go to any auto parts store and ask for a set of "buddy bearings". You simple take out the exsisting grease cover caps and knock these in with a hammer and a block of wood. They have an external grease zerk, so you don't need to pack the bearings anymore.
  4. thefed

    thefed LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 350

    i hear the bearing buddies do NOT replace a proper packing every once in a while, but prolongs the time frame between doing so?
  5. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Messages: 473

    Yes passanger tires will work fine ive had those on my trailers for the past 5 yrs.
  6. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    yes, this is true...

    now if this was an OPEN trailer, and only 1 mower (or total 1000lbs or less) then i would say the pass would be ok, but if youre 1500+ dont do it..
  7. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    i just re-read what you said, dont try to save $120 this way...
  8. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    The main thing is to start out with a properly packed bearing and then maintain it. If over greased, the seals in the back may blow. That is worse than not repacking them every so often. I made a 1200 mile trip with a utility trailer this spring. New bearings, seals, and tires. 60 to 70 MPH running. Checked the bearings every 4 hours for overheating. Greased once a day with the buddy bearings. No troubles the entire run.
  9. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    My trailer has a 7000 lbs gross and I've exceeded that, many times. Estimated miles on trailer 30,000. I grease the buddy bearings every other month. No probelms.
  10. juststartin

    juststartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I get used passenger tires for my 16' trailer. $20 installed. Its all I run and I haven't had a problem since making the switch. If a tire blows and you have a spare you only lose 1/2 hour. Don't waist your money, buy used tires for your trailer.
    BTW I carry two 60" ztrs and a 36' walkbehind on my trailer.

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