Trailer Tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle's overall protection. When traveling on the road, they protect the rear and sides from damage and injuries. This is why they need to be chosen carefully. When buying trailer tires, keep in mind the weight and size of the trailer as well as trailer safety rules and guidelines. Here are some things you should look for when choosing your next trailer.
The most important feature of trailer tires is that they must be properly inflated for safe traveling. An underinflated load will cause an over-correction of the wheel when the vehicle stops, creating uneven braking and a loss of traction. Over-including with the trailer will cause the front wheels to lock, causing a loss of control. A tire with " ST" markings on the sidewall will have "St" across it, indicating that the load has been over-inflated. Dry rot will develop if the load remains under-inflated.
When purchasing tires, look at the tread depth of each individual set to determine if you will need to purchase extra tread to deal with high winds or to counter the effect of ice and snow. If you are driving in an area where ice and snow can affect traction, consider purchasing a set with thicker rubber. In addition to determining the maximum load of each set of tires, you should also consider the environment your vehicle will be traveling in. Larger tires designed for use in desert conditions may not be the best choice for use in rocky terrain.
The amount of pressure you need to purchase on your trailer tires depends largely on the weight and size of the load. Most manufacturers recommend that the tires have maximum load capacity, which is the maximum weight that can be supported comfortably. Look at the manufacturer instructions for the proper pressure requirements for each type of load, as some load limits may vary depending on the environment.
Additional factors to consider when purchasing trailer tires include tread wear, which refers to the number of times the tread block can be used while driving, and vehicle suspension geometry. A wider tire with thicker sidewalls will perform better in wet conditions but will wear more quickly. A narrower tire with smaller sidewalls will perform better in dry weather. Be sure to choose truck trailer tires with the correct load-bearing capacities for your particular make and model.
How fast you traveling will also affect the pressure affecting the tires. For short trips, the speed will not be as important. However, if you will be driving up to 6 hours, you will want to check for wheel rotation speed differences. Typically, if you are driving slower, the extra speed provided by a larger tire will compensate for the lower traction.
The final consideration for choosing truck tires is whether or not you will be driving barebones, which means no air intake, air filter, etc., or if you will have an enclosed trailer. With barebones tires, you will want to get a larger tire and a more deep tread area. Pay close attention to the manufacturer's recommendations for proper inflation. You may need to increase the pressure a little to get adequate traction and prevent flat tires.
When comparing different types of truck trailers and choosing between them, make sure that you consider factors such as passenger vehicle height, tire width, manufacturer recommendations, the type of drive, etc. If you are not familiar with any of these factors, it may be in your best interest to purchase a universal trailer tire that is designed to fit most passenger vehicles. This will save you a great deal of time and money in the long run.