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[*] posted on 5-16-2017 at 08:49 AM
Boat trailer tires


Any recommendations on a good boat trailer tire that does well off road and with potholes? A good place to buy in San Diego. Single axle trailer towing an 18ft. aluminum.

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[*] posted on 5-16-2017 at 08:57 AM


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[*] posted on 5-16-2017 at 09:06 AM


I always used a name-brand Load Range C off-road tire with all-terrain tread, not aggressive tread, with my tin-boat trailers, and don't put a bunch of stuff in the boat. (beats the boat to death). I did not carry the motor or gas tanks in the boat---put them in the pick-up, well padded. In some 50 years never had a problem and we did a lot of dirt roads. I did air the tires down to about 20 when in the dirt, and reinflated them when reaching pavement. We ALWAYS carried a good spare for the trailer, also.
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[*] posted on 5-16-2017 at 09:33 AM


14" wheels
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[*] posted on 5-16-2017 at 09:51 AM


discount tire...im pretty sure in calif you HAVE to buy trailer tires

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[*] posted on 5-16-2017 at 10:19 AM


Take 2 spares.
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[*] posted on 5-16-2017 at 10:43 AM


yes too all of the above, but I prefer 8-ply esp. for Baja
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[*] posted on 5-16-2017 at 11:31 AM


I have a pair here wheels and tires. I bought them for my 14' tin boat but turned out they are a little tall for easy beach launch. good price.



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[*] posted on 5-16-2017 at 09:21 PM


Goodyear Marathon.
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[*] posted on 5-17-2017 at 07:16 AM


i have been told that an under-inflated trailer tire will build up heat due to sidewall flex leading to failure. please don't ask how i know.
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[*] posted on 5-17-2017 at 07:44 AM


Quote: Originally posted by pacificobob  
i have been told that an under-inflated trailer tire will build up heat due to sidewall flex leading to failure. please don't ask how i know.


Bob----that is certainly true at higher speeds, like on the hyway, but for poking down rocky dirt roads to get to great camping spots on the SOC tire-heat is not the problem, rocks penetrating or breaking your tires is. The lower inflation pressures enables the tires to absorb those rocks better is the general feeling of many, including my experience. Tin-boats without motors and gear in them are not that heavy, so squishy tires work better in the dirt, I believe.
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[*] posted on 5-17-2017 at 08:26 AM


I agree with Barry. Run the largest tire you can put on your traile and still launch your boat. The correct pressure is determined by the load you are carrying, not what is on the sidewall!

I pull a small utility trailer behind my Kia, and use wheel adapters to run the same rim and all terrain tires in all positions (including spares). The tires are 225/75 R15, and with a light load, I run 10 psi on the highway. It is not just for off road, there are plenty of potholes, topes, and other hazards that large soft tires take the pain out of.

Another point, small diameter tires have more revolutions per mile, which put more strain on tires, and wheel bearings.




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[*] posted on 5-17-2017 at 08:59 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Doug/Vamonos  
Goodyear Marathon.

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[*] posted on 5-17-2017 at 10:09 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Barry A.  
Quote: Originally posted by pacificobob  
i have been told that an under-inflated trailer tire will build up heat due to sidewall flex leading to failure. please don't ask how i know.


Bob----that is certainly true at higher speeds, like on the hyway, but for poking down rocky dirt roads to get to great camping spots on the SOC tire-heat is not the problem, rocks penetrating or breaking your tires is. The lower inflation pressures enables the tires to absorb those rocks better is the general feeling of many, including my experience. Tin-boats without motors and gear in them are not that heavy, so squishy tires work better in the dirt, I believe.

i agree barry. as long as the side walls are not overly pooched out , as to make themselves available to sidewall damage.
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[*] posted on 5-18-2017 at 07:04 AM
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Goodyear now has a load range "D"trailer tire thats made in the USA called the
Endurance. Most of the other brands are from China. Discount has them at a fair price.
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[*] posted on 5-18-2017 at 08:51 AM


Quote: Originally posted by chatolj  
Goodyear now has a load range "D"trailer tire thats made in the USA called the
Endurance. Most of the other brands are from China. Discount has them at a fair price.


This is good to know. Many thanks, chatoli. I always end up buying from "Discount Tire" which I believe is the same outfit as "America's Tire"?!?!?
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