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Old 04-13-2016, 09:48 AM   #43
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I've read that passenger tires on a trailer is not recommended because passenger tire sidewalls are soft for a smoother ride. They don't provide the lateral support to prevent swaying/fishtailing. It may not be an issue on your motorcycle trailer but I wouldn't put them on my AS or boat trailer.
It isn't the color of the trailer or even what you are hauling. It is the combination of speed load and inflation that if controlled can result in no failures or many failures.
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:44 PM   #44
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I've read that passenger tires on a trailer is not recommended because passenger tire sidewalls are soft for a smoother ride. They don't provide the lateral support to prevent swaying/fishtailing. It may not be an issue on your motorcycle trailer but I wouldn't put them on my AS or boat trailer.
My 1973 23' avion came with G 78/15, latter years they were 225/75/15 and they did fine, owned her 28 years and no tire trouble.....
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:00 AM   #45
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Until late 2015 all ST type tires had a MAX speed rating of 65 mph. That is not an average. Think of it like the engine redline. You can run an engine bast that speed but not without suffering consequences.
I'm smarter now. That was before I joined this forum and learned about a 65 max speed on the ST tires. I keep 60-65 when pulling the AS. The Goodyear site says I can increase the max pressure 10 lbs. go 70 MPH, so that's what I've been doing and no problems. In the off season I put the boat trailer up on jack stands. The AS is parked on concrete but I still have wood slats under each tire. If I'm not using the AS I still don't let it sit more than 2 months before taking it on a round trip from the storage lot to my house and back, 23 miles each way. Warms up the tires and avoids flat spots.
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Go to Tirerack.com and look up the tire your interested in, and it will tell you the country of origin in the specs. Tirerack is the only online retailer I have found that lists this.

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Old 04-14-2016, 08:19 AM   #47
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Have been running car tires on trailers since the sixtys , we ran P235/75R15 inch Generals on our 66 Airstream , and ran Cooper P235/75R15s on the 2005 Airstream for years including an 11,000 mile trip to Alaska and back . Have replaced them with the same size p rated Michelins 2 years back .
There is defiantly no problem whatsoever in the handling of these trailers and the shocks that are absorbed instead of being transferred to the trailer makes for a much smoother ride.
I neglected to mention that the 11,000 mile trip to Alaska and back with the Cooper Trendsetter car tires on the 2005 Airstream was accomplished with no weight distributing hitch at all . Just the ball and a single sway control bar with light pressure applied .
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A few people have posted that they have run with passenger tires on their trailers for years and never had a problem. All I can say is that it's not recommended because of their construction. Sidewalls on a passenger tire are thinner for a better ride and the tread design is for traction. Trailer tires have thicker sidewalls for better control and a tread design for less resistance to rolling instead of traction.

My AS follows my TV very well, never had an instance of sway, with cross winds or trucks passing me, even one after the other. On our way home from Texas last month I had signaled to change to the right lane, started my move and a car that was behind me gunned it and began passing on the right. Just reacting to his maneuver I pulled hard to the left to stop the lane change and that's the first time I felt anything close to sway. It came back right away, no problem but I am glad to have the ST tires.

If you've been running passenger tires on an AS maybe you've been lucky and never encountered an emergency situation. There are lots of risk takers in the world, I'm not one of them. I don't see the point in using a tire that is not designed for a vehicle application, particularly if the tire industry says it's not safe.

My family is too precious to me and there is enough risk just being on the road. I'm playing it safe. Your mileage may vary.
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