The Dos And Don’ts Of Tires And Trailers

Most of us pay pretty close to our vehicles, and rightly so. But you need to pay the same amount of attention to whatever you attach to your vehicle, be it a cargo trailer, boat trailer, camper, etc. With some quick questions and answers, we will help you decide which tires might be best for your use.

What If My Trailer Tires Are Showing Uneven Wear?

This is possibly the most telltale sign of a problem that we will explore here today. For example: have you noticed tire wear on your trailer that seems uneven? That could be because your trailer is bouncing around, rather than maintaining constant contact with the roadway.

Truth be told, uneven wear on the tires of a trailer can point to a multitude of problems. Here are just a handful:

  • Uneven weight distribution and load management
  • Uneven towing level
  • Bent wheels or trailer misalignment
  • The load capacity on the trailer tires has been exceeded
  • Improper tire pressure

Why Is My Trailer Bouncing?

Bouncing can point to several issues that could require your attention:

  • An uneven towing level
  • A possibly damaged trailer axle
  • Damaged suspension or an overloaded trailer
  • Weight distribution is improper and should be shifted
  • Improper shocks or worn shocks
  • Improperly inflated tires

Do I Need Special Tires on My Travel Trailer or Can I Use Non-Trailer Tires?

Special trailer tires, or ST tires, are the best choice. People are meant to be transported on non-trailer tires. The heavy-duty travel conditions demanded of trailers and heavy loads are what ST tires were specifically designed for. Structurally, they have solid, straight ribs making them better suited for heavy load bearing. Compared to the tires on a light truck, they have approximately 10% more load capacity. Compared to that of a passenger tire, about 40% more.

Swaying is reduced because of the improved stability of ST tires and their stiffer sidewalls. And to fit standard trailer wheels, these tires are also normally narrower. Fuel economy is improved thanks to their shallower grooves which also help them run cooler. After all, a lot of tire heat can be generated by hauling loads.

For better traction, the tread on non-trailer tires evacuate water quickly because of the deeper grooves and voids. Additionally, the ribs are often separated by grooves and are jagged.

When Hitched to My Trailer, The Rear of My Truck Sags. Is That Okay?

Ideally, under the weight of your trailer, your vehicle should not sag. Your handling will be compromised because your vehicle’s front tires are not receiving enough of the weight distribution. And because the tires will not be wearing evenly, you won’t get the life out of them that you should be getting. Some adjustments should be made if the tongue of the trailer isn’t within a couple inches of being level with the ground. But what can be done?

  • Spring bar equipped weight distribution hitches
  • Equip your tow vehicle with helper springs
  • The addition of tow vehicle suspension airbags
  • Rearrange the load
  • To get the proper drop or rise, adjust your trailer mount down or up

Mickey Genuine Parts publishes articles like this because we want our consumers to be safe. Mickey sells various types of trailers, both new and used. If you ever have any questions about the trailer you purchase from Mickey, simply give us a call and we will do our best to assist you. Check out our inventory today to see if we have the kind of trailer you’re looking for.

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