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M3500 03-23-2021 12:31 PM

Bias VS Radial on a trailer.
Bias Vs radial.
Old thought is never put radials on a trailer, two mush,y and make the trailer sway too much.
BUT nowadays I see them on a LOT of trailers. They last MUCH longer than Bias and not as rough riding.
I have seen some info but not in my mind a definitive answer.
Any thoughts?

mrbb 03-23-2021 02:11 PM

a few hundred thousand mile towing things, I personally use radial tires mostly,(due to better ride and they tend to have less vibrations and balance better)
but I ONLY use tires rated for loads higher than I need and I ALWAYS make sure I check speed ratings and get highest I can also in same load rated tire!
smaller tires turn a LOT more often than larger tow vehicle tires, so speed ratings should be higher if your a driver that tends to inch past speed limits a alittle!!

as load ratings again,
if a C will do, I go D or higher!
Rather a tougher tire than a lesser one when on trailers
and I also replace them based on TIME that passes and NOT how they look or how much tread is left (this is also why every tire made has a date on them)
for me, its every 5-6 yrs and I go new if NOT sooner, pending use and miles and well, where I will be towing to!

I have had a few blow outs over the yrs and if I can prevent another one, I will, much cheaper to replace tires sooner, than an accident and down time and risks of changing them road side IMO! niot to mention the stress you will save yourself from a blow out!

GOOD OLE BOY 04-14-2021 07:26 PM

Depending on the size trailer and load you will carry.I would only use trailer specifc designed trailer tires.My 14 foot 10,000 GVW Cattle trailer had trailer specific tires as did my 10,000 GVW flatbed 18 foot trailer.I can,t remember if they were radials or not but they were designed specifically for trailers.

GOOD OLE BOY 04-14-2021 07:29 PM

Talk to any reputable tire dealer and they will set you straight.My tires had trailer type tire embossed right on the sidewall.

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