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    Trailer Tire Recomendations

    The tires on my 10k Big Tex utility trailer are 11 years old, and as usual there is plenty of tread left but they are starting to crack a bit and making me nervous since I have a long trip planned soon.

    They are Carlisle Bias Ply ST225/75/D15 mounted on the typical white 5-spoke steel wheels.

    Is the upgrade to Radials worth it?
    What brands are good nowadays? Everything seems to made in China and the RV forums are littered with horror stories.

    My plan is to mount them myself, and I'll add DynaBeads to balance them even though most trailer tires are never balanced.
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    I say that the upgrade to radials is definitely worth it. Bias are fine as long as they never get low on air. I have bad luck with tires. With all of the thorns I get my tires will run low and the bias will blow when they get a bit hot. Most all people who buy trailers around here go straight to the tire shop and replace with radials when they purchase a new trailer.


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    Kenny,

    I replaced the Multi-Mile tires on my Featherlite enclosed trailer last year. They were 6 years old and had plenty of meat on them but some sidewall cracks were developing. Went with Goodyear Marathon Radials, 225/75-R15 load range D, 8 Ply rated.

    Best price I found was Walmart and they had them in stock. Saved about $15 / tire over a local wholesaler who always gives me dealer price. Walmart must sell a lot of trailer tires!

    Goodyear Marathon Trailer Tire ST225/75R15 8 Ply - Walmart.com
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    My trailer is a little smaller than yours (7K) I have never heard of this brand but the place I got the trailer from recommends them. Also, a tire shop said they sell them and have good luck with them.
    I also have had good luck with them.
    https://www.etrailer.com/Tires-and-W...FQuPaQodLfUDyw

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    Just two cents Kenny, I have radials on all my trailers and wouldn't go back to bias. My 5th wheel has the Chinese tires and yes I monitor them like a hawk, but I have over 10k trouble free miles.
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    Carlisle or Goodyear Marathon radials, only light trailer tires I would consider. Just replaced the original Carlisles on my 2008 7 ton float today with like new take off Marathons. Still had some tread left but sidewalls were really starting to crack and one tire had a belt shift, it is often loaded to the max with a compact track loader as well.
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    kennyD-my mid Atlantic 7,000 trailer had the bias tires on too, ran them for 14yrs, before i changed over to radials, the bias tires was down to Atlanta, Ga., and back hauled a 2n ford tractor back for a friend, lost a wheel bearing somewhere between Winchester, Va., and home here. no-i wasn't pulling it, a friend was, only time i loaned my trailer, cause i was gonna go along with him, but at the last minute, his wife had to go along, and he asked if i would stay home-boy was i peowed but my dad knew his dad all there lives, so i couldn't back out then.

    anyways-what i found with radials is--trailer will definitely roll along easier-I think. con's- I think it likes to roll back and forth loaded. but i got used to that after a season of hauling my tractors around. 2 yrs ago i paid roughly $100 per tire at the tire shop i deal with.

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    Go with the radials. You will not regret it. The heavier the load the greater the advantage of the radials. Yes, they are a little more but they are worth it. At least you do not have 8 tires on your trailer to replace like my trailer does.

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    Any advice in searching for new-take off tires?

    Does anyone know of commercial-grade re-treads being made in smaller sizes?
    (I know on other forums I've been on, this is a controversial subject. But I have close to, if not more than a million miles of experience driving on re-treads without a single blow-out which wouldn't have also taken out a normal tire. Like any tire, the key is to not neglect basic maintenance or overload them.)

    My little 4x8 utility trailer has 18 year old tires on it. And even though I haven't had to put air in them for many years, I'm starting to worry about their sidewalls.
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    Need new tires too eh

    Im also looking to replace my tires on my trailer too. I built the trailer in 2002 hasn't seen many miles but tires are cracking bad and weathered eh Looking at maybe buying these Towmax or Towstar ST205/75R15 LRD 8 Ply Trailer Tire anyone try these?
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