Is Your Trailer Ready?

Is Your Trailer Ready?
on March 9, 2017 in Blog

Your trailer tires are not like your car tires. Nope. Not at all.

Whether you are trailing a boat or own a landscape company, you should check the tires on your trailer asap.

Trailer tires don’t steer, transmit power or swerve to avoid obstacles. Many people think of their trailer tires as they do their daily driver, but they are very different. Free spinning trailer tires sit underneath stiff suspensions and smaller trailers don’t use brakes. Using automobile tires on your trailer is not a good idea. Not at all.

Trailer tires are designed with specific requirements, especially the stiff sidewalls that help prevent any swaying. Their heavy-duty load capacity is very important; trailer tires have much more load capacity than light truck and passenger tires.

We have some tips for you to ensure that your trailer tires are safe.

  • Maintain pressure at the max PSI recommended on the tire’s sidewall for cool running, load-carrying ability and lowest rolling resistance.
  • Keep a cap on the valve stem to prevent contamination of its internal rubber valve.
  • Always carry a spare and check its pressure along with your trailer’s other tires.
  • Don’t overload trailer tires. Maximum load is listed on the sidewall.
  • Visually inspect your tires before each trip. Check the pressure before you use your trailer. 
  • For long-term storage, cover your tires for UV protection or keep them in a cool, dry place.
  • Replace every 3 to 5 years, regardless of tread wear.

Our Wonderland Tire locations have plenty of options for your trailer. Before the spring and summer seasons get going, stop in and replace your tires. 

Byron Center
Calumet City
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