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View Poll Results: What type of tires are on your trailer?
Radial 24 77.42%
Bias ply 5 16.13%
forget the tires and just put on bigger rims 2 6.45%
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:30 PM
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bias or radial for car trailer?

I have heard pros and cons for both types of tires on car haulers. I want to know what most people have on their trailers.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:35 PM
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I have a 12K GVWR tandem axle 24 ft car trailer that came with bias and just replaced them with radials and I like the radials a lot better... they seem to be wearing more even and lasting longer. I also don't think they lock up as easy when I set the trailer brakes real heavy.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:37 AM
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I always go radial... but a small blurb from Michelin ....


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Old 01-24-2010, 02:55 AM
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I have to say that radials seem to run cooler (especially on a heavily loaded trailer) and last longer then bias plys. Although load capacity per dollar I think goes to the bias plys, last time I checked anyhow.

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Old 01-24-2010, 05:55 AM
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I have not been able to get bias ply tires in a trailer tire for years . Maybe no demand at my tire dealer

Real trailers went to radials years ago for loading 25 tons plus ( don`t ask me how I know about the plus)

I do know that you don`t want to mix them a lesson learned long ago.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:33 AM
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I was a cheap ass for years. I tried running car and light duty truck tires on my 16 ft bumper hitch trailer and on my 22ft gooseneck. I got sick of changing tires on side of the road. I now a have 265/75/16 load range E on my gooseneck, Man what a difference,my trailer pulls easier,stands up better in the curves and no more changing tires on the side of the road. To sum it up just put trailer tires on it,radial or basis. Just let your check book be your guide.
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:06 PM
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I had always run bias on my trailers, all my redneck friends said trailers need bias tires.

Last time I put tires on my car trailer I went with radials. WOW!

what a differance the radials make. Now I can tow my truck on the trailer at 85mph........ :) jk


I wish for all these years I had been useing radials.
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:35 PM
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The radials will run smoother especially when cold (bias can flat spot when sitting). Now with that being said there is nothing wrong with a bias trailer tire. They are arguably stronger and ALOT cheaper. If you aren't running long distances all the time or have a wallet which wishes for things other than trailer tires then go bias. For lots of long haul driving running radials will be preferred.
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:37 PM
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forgot to mention make sure you have a good jack and a spare the same as what is on the trailer
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:45 PM
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buying radials will save more money in the long run and less trouble. That what I notice the most useing trailers.
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:17 PM
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When I purchased my 16" car trailer is had bias ply tires. I put about 3000 miles on them and with in a week 3 tires shreaded them selfs. Funny thing is I wasent even hauling heavy. 2 sets of 1 ton axles one trip, 3 quads on another trip and empty when I ended up purchasing a set of radials.
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When I purchased my 16" car trailer
Now that is a small trailer!
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:20 PM
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What is your opinion on it swaying at 60 MPH?
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:31 PM
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What is your opinion on it swaying at 60 MPH?
I know it's short but I make up for it with my 40' tripple axle hualmark :)

I have regularly towed my 16'er at 70-80Mph with out any problems or swaying. I do believe that having a 4 door long box tow rig does help quit abit. I've noticed a big diffrence when I put the same trailer on my buddys 4 door short box truck. I know it's only a couple of feet but it's noticable.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:13 PM
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You got to take into concideration that the Roads in Illinois may not be as good as in Utah... therefore bias may work better ... hehe


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You got to take into concideration that the Roads in Illinois may not be as good as in Utah... therefore bias may work better ... hehe


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I cant vouch for Illinois but I have had my trailer on roads that stretch from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Arizona.
They may have fixed it but a few years ago Hwy 90 through Missoula Montana use to have some of the worst rutty section of highway that I've been on. Still, didnt have any sway issues.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:45 PM
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LOL Smash, ... That comment was kinda a Dogdizzinhuma to our Illinois Bro Pertneer... hehe

But hey, If your ever over Washington way, drop a dime, would be kewl to hook up for a cheer of beer... I'm only 30 min's from Sumas boarder....


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LOL Smash, ... That comment was kinda a Dogdizzinhuma to our Illinois Bro Pertneer... hehe

But hey, If your ever over Washington way, drop a dime, would be kewl to hook up for a cheer of beer... I'm only 30 min's from Sumas boarder....


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I thought so, but I just love throwing in my 2cents when I get a chance.

I was just visiting that side of Washington this summer as a matter of fact, on our way over to Victoria. I enjoyed it, nice little place over there :)
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:36 PM
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I went ahead and got the radials. The guy told me at the tire shop that they were not even trailer tires that were on my trailer. They were just car tires. Some people will put anything on for tires. They also made a comments about the cracks in the sidewalls. That is why I needed new ones, duh.

Anyway, even empty it seams to pull easier. I can't wait to see how it works with the Jeep on it. That is planned for late march. I will let you know.
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I just put a set of Michelin XPS Ribs on my dual tandem gooseneck and they roll and ride so much better than the nylon/steel radials.
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