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Old April 2nd, 2011, 12:10 PM   #1
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Trailer Tires?

I'm in a quandry about trailer tires.

The tires on my enclosed ATV trailer are getting a little dried out looking. It's a 14' x 7.5' v-nose with tandem 3500 lb axles about five years old. 205/75-15s.

I've heard horror stories about all manner of low-quality Chinese trailer tires failing left and right. Our rowing trailer (46' go-fast trailer with triple axles) has had numerous Carlisles fail over the last few years). I check pressures regularly.

Do I go with (properly rated) trailer tires or truck tires?

I've heard Goodyear Marathons are crap (now Chinese made) and I've heard they're great if you check pressures and not overload.

Any issues replacing two (one axle) this year and the second axle next year?
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 12:27 PM   #2
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I have had Carlisle load E on my trailer for a few years now....originally they were on my 26x8.5 enclosed and now on my 20ft open....they have made numerous trips across the country(easily have 50k on them) with no problems....the spare is still new

Go with a heavier load tire....truck tires do not have as stiff of a sidewall so you may get some sway with them with that size you may only find a c rated tire in truck tires.... sun is the worst enemy for trailer tires,cover them or park where its always in shade.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 01:20 PM   #3
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I had carlisles on my boat trailer, not sure on load range, never had a single issue until the tire was so warn out the belts were showing, then i got a blow out.

My tire guy recommended goodyear marathon radials, no problems yet.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 02:44 PM   #4
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make sure you replace your valve stems, too! We had a blowout on I75 a year ago, turned out the valve stem had cracks in it, and was slowly leaking. We'd checked that morning and were good. Had no spare either, that was a fun day. Tire completlely exploded, delaminated tread, nothing but a few shreads of rubber left on the wheel. LOL, right in the middle of the bridgeport overpass with no shoulder.

When we got home, I found the valve stem cracks. Checked and found cracks in all the stems, and two others starting to lose pressure. Tires/rims/stems were only 4 yrs old.

I now keep double spares on the trailer, as I found no one stocks 5 on 5 trailer wheels loaded with tires. At least on a sunday afternoon they don't

Those were carlisles, and I some ameri-something or other. Only tire failure i've had in 10 years on a trailer.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 04:27 PM   #5
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I'm in the same boat now. I need new trialer tires. The guy I bought it from four years ago had used car tires on it. It's made several trips up north at 70+ mph loaded in the summer with no blowouts. I also heard that the marathons are crap now that they are made overseas. From what I have heard and seen that the carlise radials had problems a few years back, but seem to have gotten that straightened out now. My next decision will be to buy load c or load d tires. The C's are rated at 1820 lbs/ & the D's are rated at 2150 lbs. My trailer has 2 3500 lb axles/ 7000 lb rating minus the 1200-1500 weight of the trailer. Right now I only pull my CJ or my TJ. When my K5 is done it will ride on there also. Any body know approx weight of a K5 with alum head small block,th400/205,60/14 on 40's.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 05:08 PM   #6
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The last Carlisle failure shredded and bent up the fender, but worse slapped a $30K rowing shell around causing damage to that. While I like the Carlisles on my ATVs, their trailer tires are on my shit list.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 06:37 PM   #7
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Yeah, mine took a crowbar and 10 harrowing minutes to pry the exploded tire out of the wheelwell/axles/other tire/brakes. I did most from the other side of the guardrail poking out when traffic cleared. 12 inches from traffic, on top of a bridge, trying to keep my 5yr old safe, waiting for my wife to make the 90min trip with another tire...
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Old April 4th, 2011, 07:19 AM   #8
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Haggar was that a carlisle or what. How long ago were these tires put on.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 07:39 AM   #9
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Mine was a carlisle. That trailer was built in 2006, tires were new then. I don't blame the tire really, I believe the valve stem leaked out enough air that got warm and blew. Maybe can tell from this pic? I can't...
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Old April 4th, 2011, 07:44 AM   #10
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Thanks, Im pretty shure on getting the carlisle radials. probally get load D for the extra $10 per tire to be safe. Any pros/cons over the 205's or 225's.
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Old April 9th, 2011, 06:23 AM   #11
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Anyone have info on SECURA tires? Are they made by bridgestone?

THANKS
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Old April 9th, 2011, 06:28 AM   #12
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I had Carlisle on my trailer for 18 plus years and many many miles on them. never had a problem that was not caused by a piece of shit from a scrap metal monkey in the road. I bought two new ones at the tire shop in Mason reasonably priced also.
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Old April 10th, 2011, 03:09 PM   #13
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i have never had a problem with the goodyear marathon tires.
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Duffman, did you decide?
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