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Sorta OT: Trailer tires diff from passenger tires?

The Jeep hauler I picked up last week has passenger vehicle-type tires on it vice trailer tires. Based on the sidewall weathercracking, I'm thinking a couple ought to be replaced.

Replace w/ matching pass. tires, or same diameter trailer tires?

What's the difference between trailer tires and passenger vehicle-type tires? So long as subject tires have sufficient load capacity, does it matter?

If more a cost issue (trlr tires cheaper?), I think I can find acceptable used pass. tires for what the trailer tires are going to cost me. Especially, if I have to replace all four.

FYI: Has electric brakes on both axles/all wheels.

As always, any & all advice/suggestions/recommendations is much appreciated.
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Re: Sorta OT: Trailer tires diff from passenger tires?

I can't answer your question, but I know that trailer tires are cheaper. I have always run 235 75 r15 used passanger tires. Some Day I will buy a new set to go on it cause I am about tired of swapping tires.

I always buy the light truck tires. Remember if you are hauling shortwheelbase, the trailer and Jeep are probably gonna weigh together what a full size truck does. So light truck tires should be just right.
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Re: Sorta OT: Trailer tires diff from passenger tires?

I believe trailer tires are load rated more so than pass tires. They also have stiffer sidewalls.
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Re: Sorta OT: Trailer tires diff from passenger tires?

GET TRAILER TIRES!!!!..... they have more plys in them.. sidewall included.. so they will be stiffer.. meaning they will not buckle under when you turn... you will also get many more miles out of them with less scrub... i think the last time i got any.. i got 4 for around $300 installed... but that was a few years ago..
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Re: Sorta OT: Trailer tires diff from passenger tires?

I've always heard that when buying tires for trailers you want tires with a strong /stiff side wall, passenger tires have thinner side walls and thus flex more, which equals more heat in the tires and weakening them. They won't hold up to the load as well either, and I wouldn't think this would be an area to skimp on
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Re: Sorta OT: Trailer tires diff from passenger tires?

Jeepgod is correct! Trailer tires, discernable with a T instead of a P or LT, are designed for just that, trailers! They are designed, especially for a tandem application, to be dragged sideways (scrub) when turning. Passenger car or light truck tires wont last doing that. Trailer tires arent expensive, last longer, and most have a tread pattern designed to help track straighter and brake well.

Do yourself a favor--get the correct tires for your application.
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In addition to the above - I was told also that the compound in trailer tires holds up better than passenger type tire when left sitting for extended periods. P types "take a set" get weak from the weight being on one spot for a long time.

I do know that when I switched from passenger types to trailer types sway virtually stopped. Must have been the stiffer sidewalls.
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Re: Sorta OT: Trailer tires diff from passenger tires?

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Jeepgod is correct! Trailer tires, discernable with a T instead of a P or LT, are designed for just that, trailers! They are designed, especially for a tandem application, to be dragged sideways (scrub) when turning. Passenger car or light truck tires wont last doing that. Trailer tires arent expensive, last longer, and most have a tread pattern designed to help track straighter and brake well.

Do yourself a favor--get the correct tires for your application.

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Okay, I'm sold on trailer tires...

Next question: PO swapped the wheels/tires from a Ford Ranger onto the trailer... Can I get trailer tires that'll properly fit on these rims, or will I also need to replace the rims also? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] (If I do 'need' trailer rims, I sure hope the PO still has 'em... and will give let me have them - gratis.)

Thanks for all the informative posts guys, appreciate your sharing of the braintrust. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Re: Sorta OT: Trailer tires diff from passenger ti

You can generally find a *some* sizes, others simply are not made. Also, stay away from Carlisle trailer tires! Recent discussions with other wheelers, other forums, and some personal experience show they *WILL* die horribly...
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Re: Sorta OT: Trailer tires diff from passenger ti

i usually run LT truck tires, but i run 285/75/16's.
i run 10-12 ply E rated truck tires. seem to work good for me.
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