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6/22/20 @ 7:50 PM
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Musky99
User since 8/8/11

I live in Waukesha county and need new trailer tires.

It’s  an 18 glass fish and ski type boat.

Do I go to a boat dealer or

Auto shop, or ?

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8/18/20 @ 1:00 PM
Shellfish
User since 7/19/03

I purchased a new to me 185 alumacraft fall of 2018.  Trailer had newer looking bias tires and the spare is a radial.  The tires are 215/75×14.  When trailering to lake Michigan, about a 90 mile trip at 65 mph I felt the tires would be just a little too warm.

I looked up specs on the bias tires and they were cheap bias.  Max speed rating was 65 mph.  C load level, 1760lbs.  My boat is not too heavy but with full fuel and all my junk would be around 3600 lbs.  I felt I was running right at the limit and speed for those bias tires. 

To be more safe I bought 2 Goodyear endurance radial trailer tires.  Same st215R75/14.  They are reviewed better than marathon.  New specs are D load level 2200lbs with speed rating of 87mph.

Second summer on these tires.  Even on 80 degree days on the interstate at 72 mph these tires will be lightly warm.  I have towed these tires about 1500 to 2000 miles per year.  They show almost no signs of wear, or any chaffing or cracking on the sides.  I do store boat inside a garage.

They were around $130 per tire.  I will spend a little more so i am not that guy on the side of the road with a flat on his boat trailer.

Have a great day fishing...Shellfish

8/17/20 @ 2:47 PM
jbird68
jbird68
User since 1/24/05

"Stringbean2

I would go over to a Discount Tire shop in your area. They have Maxxis trailer tires online at a very good price. Have them shipped to that shop and get them mounted and balanced. I switched over to them after having multiple blowouts with Carlisle tires. Haven't had a problem since. I can zip down the freeway at 70 without worrying when the next tire failure is coming."


I also went from original Goodyear Marathon tires to Maxxis tires. I did this last year after I discovered the inside wall of my Marathon tire had a huge tear in it. I originally got my tires from www.simpletire.com but when they arrived I noticed they were already 5 years old but still new. I sent them back and called the local discount tire store. They contacted their warehouse and had tires that were only 1.5 years old on the shelf. I had them send me the tires and had a different local tire shop install them. I actually bought 4 tires...2 for the boat trailer and 2 for the pop-up camper. Ask about the age of the tires as they do age while they are sitting in a warehouse.   

8/16/20 @ 5:46 PM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

always check hubs by hand whenever we stop on trips..thanks Dad for the hands on training and education... along with that is getting vehicle safety checked and doing boat, motor and trailer maintenance before the trip 

8/16/20 @ 4:58 PM
Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

A little warm isn’t bad, they typically feel similar to the outside air temp, maybe a little warmer, but not a ton. 

You can definitely tell when you have an issue though, one will be considerably warmer than the other.

I would say anything below 120 is normal, anything above that, you’re going to start having issues.

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8/16/20 @ 4:05 PM
hockeyguy39
User since 8/24/07

What do you consider to be warm? I checked mine with a digital thermometer and they were between 100 and 103. Didn't feel hot, but definitely warm.

8/16/20 @ 3:25 PM
Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

Good call on checking your tires and hubs when you stop!

When I’m pulling a trailer, every time I stop, I grab the hubs to make sure they’re not warm!

They typically don’t experience catastrophic failure out of the blue, they typically run hot for a bit first. 

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8/12/20 @ 3:40 AM
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Tires 155 size 13 rims

8/11/20 @ 2:41 PM
huntfish
User since 6/16/03

Coming home from up north and stopped at Culvers in Antigo to eat and noticed tire shredding. Stopped at tire place 2 blocks down the road and had them both replaced within an hour. So glad I noticed it as it was not like that when I went up north!

8/11/20 @ 8:43 AM
Stringbean2
User since 7/18/13

I would go over to a Discount Tire shop in your area. They have Maxxis trailer tires online at a very good price. Have them shipped to that shop and get them mounted and balanced. I switched over to them after having multiple blowouts with Carlisle tires. Haven't had a problem since. I can zip down the freeway at 70 without worrying when the next tire failure is coming.

8/10/20 @ 9:07 PM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

Mattw that's exactly what I'm thinking of doing.  The one side where I had the tire blowout and the fender got caught up in the flat tire actually has more clearance now than the other one that is still in good shape, lol, but I'd jack both of them up somehow if I can.  If you have any pictures of the material you bought to do it, I'd love to see it.  I have two bolts to take off on both sides to pull the fender off, then I just need some kind of piece of metal, I'm thinking, with two holes in it, to lift it up higher.  That's my idea, at least.

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