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Before you head off for a weekend of boating or RVing, you should take a look at your trailer’s tires. Not all tires are made for your trailer and the performance sacrifice can be substantial. We’ve put together a guide to get you ready to head out for a safe, comfortable weekend.

Not all tires are made for your trailer and the performance sacrifice can be substantial. We’ve put together a guide to get you ready to head out for a safe, comfortable weekend.

Whether you’re pulling a travel trailer to your favorite campground or you’re hauling a boat to the nearest fishing hole, you’ll need to ensure your trailer has the correct tires installed. Your trailer’s tires differ from typical car tires and there are special guidelines to follow when choosing the right ones. This guide will help you understand the ins and outs of picking the right tires for your trailer (for more information contact us).

Not Car Tires

Most people see tires and think that they’re generally all the same. The differences are just about quality, right? Wrong! When you’re pulling a trailer, you might be tempted to put regular car or truck tires on the trailer’s wheels. Maybe you have a stack of old tires kicking around in the garage that you think will do the trick. Resist this thought and instead invest in tires that are actually made just for your trailer.

Special Trailer (ST) Tires

Luckily, there are tires available that are specifically for your trailer. They have a stiff sidewall that will keep the trailer from terrifyingly swaying around on the road. They also have a heavier load capacity, so they can handle the weight of the trailer and everything you put on it. They’re made to give you better fuel economy and to just generally ride better on the road. You will wonder why you didn’t get the right tires put on the trailer ages ago.

Maintaining Trailer Tires

Just like your car or truck tires, your trailer tires need to be maintained. Always keep an eye on the air pressure and give it a quick check before heading out on the road. Make sure to choose tires that are the right size for your trailer and its intended purpose to avoid problems in the future. If the tires look a little saggy or like they’re starting to wear, always take the time to get them fixed up or replaced. When they’re not on the road, keep them in a weather proof space to prevent cracking or other kinds of deterioration. When you’re just not sure if your tires are road ready, always consult a professional! If you need a professional to help you make sure you’ve got the right tires for the job, reach out to Big Tire America for the best service!

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