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I bought a new Carson 18' car trailer last year. It is for my Speed SxS. We obviously, I don't have a SxS yet. I have leant the trailer out to a few friends, it has been from SD to Glamis 3 or 4 times and one time to Utah. I just noticed that 2 of the 4 tires are almost worn out. I know they put the cheapest tires possible on these trailers but to almost worn out with a few thousand miles is lame. I guess I should check that the axles are straight and parallel to each other. 

Who makes a decent trailer tire? I think they are 205-75R15 

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Just a thought, is the trailer level on the hitch?  What PSI are you running?  Which tires are worn and which are not?

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What type of wear pattern? Weird looking cupping or they actually wore out evenly?

If your rims can handle high pressure there are good options in the 110psi realm. 

My rims are the regular kind. Went with the cheapest towhauler option at Discount tire. Approach is to buy cheaper and replace more often. 

At the midrange price you will find lots of good reviews for Carlisle's. 

Some people are goodyear only. I think they're made in the USA but could be wrong. 

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This is a reason I have a really hard time lending my trailer out to anyone. My last trailer got tore up pretty bad after a couple people used it.

As Mac asked, is the trailer being towed relatively level? Have the alignment of the axles checked as well, sounds like one might be installed and tracking crooked. I've had good luck with Power King trailer tires over the years on my flatbeds. Hankook and Maxxis also makes good tires. Make sure they also get run at the correct pressures. Load C is usually 50psi and D is 65psi.

Unless you have special rims, valve stems and tires, 110psi is not a wise decision Wop.

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most of the wear is on the front one on 1 side and the rear one on the other side. Which is odd. I don't know how they have been towing/loading it. I don't have a damn Speed SxS to tow. LOL 

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15'' trailer tires are just junk, do you self a favor, spend it now or spend it double later,  i bit the bullet and just got 16'' trailer rims from E trailer and did a Commercial HD deliver van tire,  4 years no flats have had the trailer over 80mph most of the time, from state to state, 

I used the Autturo Van tire, CV400 - Atturo

this is the link 

CV400-I0066645 235/65R16C 10PR 121/119R 28 240 6.5. - 7.5 12 83 3195 3000

 this will be the best choice, it is 1'' taller will hold 3200 lbs per tire at 83psi, and rated for 110mph

or the size you have will be below

CV400-I0066647 215/65R16C 8PR 109/107R 27 221 6.0 - 7.0 12 69 2270 2150

 

only 2270 per tire but is closer to what you want per size 27'' 

Never had a blowout with a commercial van tire,  

Tire Link 

CV400 - Atturo

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@J Alper I respectfully disagree.  All my trailers have 15" wheels and I run the cheapest tires my local guy carries, around $90 each, installed.  I also run the same size on all of my trailers, 225 X 75 X 15.  Triple axle enclosed, triple axle WW 30' toy hauler, triple axle flatbed, dual axle flatbed.  We put a new set of tires on our flatbeds every year, usually before the Glamis season starts, so we are fresh and ready for all the transport jobs.  My son has put around 85k miles on his truck in the past 16 months.  Not all 85k miles was towing our 24' deckover but I'd say at least 50k miles of it was.  

Tire pressure has a lot to do with premature wear.  We run them at the manufacturers stamp on the sidewall, 65psi.  We do need to get better about checking tire pressures more often.

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I would pull the wheels and start doing some measuring. Check the wheel bearings as well.

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So I’m always scared to talk about tires. Reason is I’m afraid I will jinx myself! Well it happened for sure this year! I recommended Hercules tires on another thread a while back. I never had a flat since I bought that brand until this season! I put 6 new tires on a year ago. This year I’ve had 3 flats! No recommendations here anymore!

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Were the original tires radials or bias ply? some manufacturers use bias ply tires because they are cheap but wear horribly. a friend bought a new 24' enclosed, and after 3 Glamis trips, 2 tires were completely gone. they were bias ply tires. after switching to radials, 3 years and no abnormal wear.

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1 hour ago, Stinky said:

Stay away from Goodyear Marathon

Why?

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the Goodyear Marathon was their old tire.  the new one is the Endurance.  it was purported to be much better tire than the Marathon.  I bought 5 of them & have had to replace 3 of them so far due to "separation" (the word that the guy @ Discount said).  they look like they have small bubbles or dents (dent leads to bubble) on the side of the tire.  These were damn expensive (compared to other trailer tire options) & Im not impressed. 

Ive had this trailer for >20 years & have never had tire problems, so Ive never bought the "road hazard warranty" which means that Im paying for all of the new tires.  the manager @ Discount inspected the last 2 tires & said he did not see anything.  I told him one more tire & we would be talking with the regional manager.  He thought that was a good idea, but this is a Goodyear issue, not a Discount issue, so Im not sure how far that is going to get me. 

FWIW, the last set of tires I had on here were Carlisle tires.  they were on there for quite a long time.  I did have a blowout on one of them, but they were well beyond old (8-ish years), & I knew I was pushing my luck.  They wore good & towed well. 

 

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I have the Goodyear Endurance on two of my trailers and so far no issues (knock wood). They came on my Featherlite trailer from the factory but that trailer only has a few thousand miles on it. I also put them on a horse trailer that gets used often, including a cross country trip and they seem to be doing well. Hope I didn't just jinx myself!!

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ST tires normally fail by tread saparation/blowout, not really premature wear, for the most part. I would have a competent shop who does trailer alignment check it out before jumping straight to the tires, IMHO.

I know some have good luck, but I am in the camp of staying away from ST tires completely, regardless of brand, in favor of going to LTs. 15" wheels makes that very difficult, though.

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