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Old 06-14-2019, 07:21 PM   #1
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I have a small 7x14 trailer with 1 axle. and need new tires for it.

Why cant I put LT or car tires on it?

Yet my 1700lb diesel air compressor, has car tires on it??
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:27 PM   #2
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Trailer tires have stiffer sidewalls to combat sway.
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What I have encountered is by the time the tire is shot, the rim is also. I don't have the patience to sand and repaint them, so I buy a new tire and rim together. You can pick them up at Tractor supply for a reasonable price.
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What I have encountered is by the time the tire is shot, the rim is also. I don't have the patience to sand and repaint them, so I buy a new tire and rim together. You can pick them up at Tractor supply for a reasonable price.
my rims arnt rusty at all. They still look new... just the tires are bald lol
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You can put passenger car or light truck tires on a trailer - it's done all the time - but as Neal points out, trailer tires have stiffer side walls. Having bald tires is not typical. Most people look at their trailer tires and see good tread but the rubber has been cooked by the sun.
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One of my trailers utilizes a mobile home axle and wheels. I don't like mobile home tires since they are manufactured for a one time shot and not for repeated highway use. However, my tire guy suggested that I install "highway" rated tires on the rims, which I did and can tell the wear difference as well as a smoother ride.
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If I understand correctly, MH tires aren't legal for regular trailer use BUT I have a tandem axle trailer that's big enough to transport most cars or my tractor and it's never had anything but MH tires on it since I bought it used in 1991. Not sure what would happen if I ever got stopped but as the yrs go by I use it less. It probably only went down the road a dozen times in the last year - half of which was when my grandson borrowed it.
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Check Wal-Mart. Here they have the best price and one mounted on a new rim is only about $5.00 more than just the tire.


Do take note of which load rating A, B or C you have now and buy the same tire or better for the same load rating.


For curiosity I just looked at Amazon and they beat WM https://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Tires...%2C165&sr=8-10
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