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  • Recommended ST225/75R15 Trailer Tires for 31-Ft 5th Wheel to Avoid Tire Blowouts
  • A trailer tire's worst enemy is heat. Excessive heat will weaken a tire and lead to its premature failure. The most common causes for a trailer tire to overheat are overloading it beyond its rated weight capacity and incorrect inflation pressure. If you replace Load Range E tires with F- or G-rated tires their higher weight capacity will tend to mean reduced operating temperatures, all other things being equal. And of course, all trailer tires should always be inflated to the maximum...
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  • What is the Difference Between Taskmaster Provider and Contender Trailer Tires
  • There is a quality difference between the Taskmaster Provider tire # TTWTRTM2358016E and the Taskmaster Contender, # C23516E. The biggest difference is in the tread. The Provider just has better tread. The Contender was meant as a less expensive radial alternative to a bias ply tire. If it were me I would go with the Provider # TTWTRTM2358016E because of the higher quality and tread difference. I have also included a link to a video review of the Provider as well as a link to our help...
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  • What is the Height and Width of a 205/75-15 Tire on a 15 Inch Trailer Wheel
  • The 205/75-15 Tire and Wheel Combo, # AS15B475WS, is 8.077 inches wide and 27.1155 inches tall. An F78-14 tire and wheel will be about the same width but it will be 1 inch shorter. I have included a link to a tire size FAQ article that should help.
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  • Upgrading Trailer Tires to a Higher Load Rating Radial Type for Extra Safety Margin
  • A tire of size 215/75-14 can be mounted to a 14-inch wheel with width of 5-1/2, 6, 6-1/2 or 7-inches. A narrower 205/75-14 tire can mount to many of these same wheel widths: 5-1/2, 6 or 6-1/2-inches. Moving to a higher load-range rating will give you extra safety margin and it will also allow that heavier tire to run a little bit cooler under the same load than a lower-rated tire would. The Taskmaster radial tire/wheel you referenced, part # TTWA21514RTM45WS, is a great radial tire...
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  • Best Trailer Tire Recommendation to Replace ST205/75R14 Load Range C
  • The best option we have for your trailer would be the Taskmaster part # TTWTRTM2057514C which is a ST205/75R14 like what you have in a Load Range C. Going with a higher capacity tire when not needed really won't gain you anything, but this tire has a higher speed rating at 81 mph which is nice. Most trailer tires are only rated for 65 mph so a higher speed rating gives you more flexibility. Also this a radial like what you have which is a superior tire construction than a bias ply.
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  • What Does the 5 and the J Indicate on a 15x5J Trailer Wheel and ST205/75D15
  • The 5 means that the wheel is 5 inches wide from bead to bead (not overall width). The J indicates the design of the bead but it is nothing you need to be concerned with. To measure the bolt pattern accurately I have included a link to an FAQ article that will explain the process. There is a good chance that you have a 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern but you will need to measure to be sure. You will also want to make sure that you match the existing tire construction of the other tires on the...
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  • What 16-Inch Special Trailer Tire Carries the Highest Load rating
  • The highest-rated 16-inch trailer tire we offer is the Load Range G Provider ST235/85R16 Radial Trailer Tire # TTWPRG235R16. This tire's maximum load capacity is a whopping 4080-lbs at 110-psi cold tire pressure when used in a single-tire application. Capacity drops to 3640-lbs if used in a dual-tire configuration. This radial carries an L speed rating of 75-mph maximum. It fits 16-inch rims with widths of 6, 6-1/2, 7 and 7-1/2-inches, such as HWT Hi-Spec Series 16 x 7 wheel # TTWAL0316865HD. Trailer...
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  • Can a 205/75R14 Trailer Tire get Replaced with a 215/75R14
  • The Taskmaster ST215/75R14 Radial Trailer Tire # TTWTRTM2157514D that you referenced will fit the 14 inch rim you have currently that has/had a 205/75R14 tire on it. It will be just slightly wider (.4 of an inch), and slightly taller (10 mm), than your current setup. I attached a review video for this tire plus a help article on trailer tires for you to check out as well.
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  • Comparing Modular and Spoke Wheels, Radial and Bias Tires, and Different Load Ranges
  • The difference between modular and spoke wheels is the appearance. In different parts of the country one will be more popular than the other. That is really the only difference. For highway use I recommend radial tires. Radial tires run cooler and track better than bias ply tires. Bias ply tires are better for non-paved roads. Going from a D to an E load range means that the ply rating will be higher on the E thus it will be a little stronger. It will not increase the weight capacity...
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  • What Tire Pressure Should the Provider ST235/85R16 Radial Trailer Tire TTWPRG235R16 Be Inflated to
  • For trailer tires you basically just need to inflate them to their max when they are cold so that you get the full capacity as well as the best wear and ride quality. Aside from that you really don't have worry about air pressures at various temperatures. Just inflate them to their max when cold and you will be good to go. If you go with less tire pressure the capacity will be reduced, but it would be to an unknown amount so I can't tell you exactly what the capacity of the # TTWPRG235R16...
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  • What Size Tires Fit on the 15 x 5 Trailer Wheel with 5 on 5-1/2 Bolt Pattern
  • A 225/75-15 tire will fit on a 6 to 7 inch wide wheel. There are no wheels with this width that also have the 5 on 5-1/2 inch bolt pattern. For wheel # TTW550555WS1 you would need to put on size 205/75-15 tires. I have included a link to the options for you.
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  • Will Going to Higher Capacity Trailer Tires Prevent Blowouts on a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • First, it is important to determine why you have had 3 blowouts on your 5th wheel trailer. The biggest enemy of a tire is heat so you need tires to run as cool as possible. Radial tires run cooler than bias ply tires but more importantly the trailer tires should also be inflated to the maximum psi indicated on the tire sidewall. Trailer tires should always be inflated to the maximum psi indicated on the tire sidewall. This is because trailer tires are built with a thicker sidewall than...
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  • 215/75-14 Trailer Tire Recommendation to Replace 205/75-14
  • The height and width differences between the 205/75-14 and the 215/75-14 tire size is small enough that you wouldn't have any clearance issues unless your setup barely had room for your current size. The tire would be .4 of an inch tall and 10 mm wider. The part # TTWTRTM2157514D would be your best choice as it fits the size you are looking for, is a Load Range D, and because it has a higher speed rating of 81 mph. Most trailer tires are only good for 65 mph.
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  • What Size Rim is Needed for 205/75R14 Trailer Tire
  • When it comes to a 205/75R14 trailer tire like the Kenda, # AM10234, this size of tire will fit a 5", 5-1/2", 6", or 6-1/2" rim. I spoke with our in-house tire expert and he said that when it comes to choosing a rim for a trailer tire, you will want to go with the smallest rim width available for your size of tire to keep the side walls as straight as possible. I have attached a link to the options that we have available for you. Since you plan to use this just as a spare for your...
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  • Closest 15 inch Trailer Tire Size to ST215/75R14
  • Your tire size of ST215/75R14 has an overall diameter of 26.7 inches. The closest 15 inch diameter wheel and tire in terms of diameter to that would be size 205/75-15 which has a 27.1 inch diameter. This would be your best option. If you have the very popular bolt pattern of 5 on 4-1/2 inch you would want the Taskmaster Wheel and Tire part # A15R645SMD. This has a weight capacity of 2,150-lb max load at 65 psi and a higher than usual speed rating of 81 mph.
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  • How to Determine the Correct Wheel and Tire Replacements for a 1979 Wilderness Travel Trailer
  • In order to determine the correct replacement wheels and tires for your 1979 Wilderness travel trailer, there are a couple of things you will need to take a look at on your existing tires. You will need to consider the load range the tires will need to have for your trailer. The load range indicates the horizontal and sidewall strength of a tire. It is represented by a letter within each tire size. Each load range letter correlates to a specific number of tire plies and a load pressure...
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  • What Is Speed Rating For 13 Inch Radial Tire/Wheel Combos For Trailers
  • The speed rating for the Taskmaster Radial Tire, part # TTWA13RWS is M, or 81 mph. This is a Load Range C tire and has a capacity of 1,360 lbs at 50 psi. The wheel is a 13 x 4-1/2 inch rim and it has a 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern. I called my contact at Kenda and asked about the radial tires they have on their tire/wheel combos, part # AM31985 and part # AM31994. They told me the speed rating for both of these tires is M and 81 mph. We do recommend staying within the speed limits in...
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  • Can an ST205/75-14 Trailer Tire Get Replaced by a ST215/75-14
  • Yes, you would be totally fine to go from a ST205-75-14 tire to a ST215-75-14. The size difference will be so small that you wouldn't hardly see any difference. As long as your current wheels have a 5 on 4-1/2 inch bolt pattern the part # TTWA21514RTM45WS that you referenced would fit and work very well. I attached a help article on determining bolt patterns for you to check out as well.
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  • How to Pick Out a Proper Weight Rating Tire and Wheel for a Boat Trailer
  • The weight capacity of each Load Rating changes based on the tire size so a better option for you would be to go by the weight capacity of the tire. First you need to determine what size tire or tire/wheel you would need, determine the weight of your trailer and your boat. Divide that figure by the amount of tires your trailer has and then get tires that have at least that amount of capacity. You should note that trailer tires should always be inflated to their max psi in order to get...
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  • Is Radial or Bias Ply Trailer Tire Best For Highway Use
  • We actually have an FAQ article on trailer tires, part of which covers bias ply tires versus radial tires. I have included a link to the whole FAQ article for you. Basically bias ply trailer tires are seen more often on agricultural and off-road applications but they still work well on pavement. Radial tires track better and run cooler than bias ply tires and are best suited for highway use. Because of the construction of a radial tire, the tire has more flex and will allow for more...
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  • Replacement Trailer Tire Recommendation for LT225/75R16
  • Whoever recommended you a 235/80R16 as a replacement for your LT225/75R16 tires on your trailer was correct. That would be the closest tire size to what you have. For a Load Range E trailer tire in that size you would want the part # TTWTRTM2358016E. This is a ST235/80R16 sized radial tire size with a capacity of 3,520 lbs at 80 psi. With ST tires you have to keep the tire inflated to the max psi to ensure you get the full capacity.
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  • Can I Use a Higher Capacity Tire or Wheel and Tire Combination on a 24 Ft Wells Cargo Trailer
  • First, we need to determine the axle capacities and gross trailer weight (GTW) capacity of your 24 foot Wells Fargo trailer. The reason axle and GTW capacity is important is if you upgrade the tires or tires and wheels to handle more capacity, you will be putting more stress on the trailer suspension, axles and bearings, making one or more of these parts the weakest link in the system. It is much easier on the trailer, you will get a better ride and it is safer, if the tires are properly...
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  • Is It Okay For My Hub To Have A Smaller Pilot Than The Pilot Hole On My Wheel
  • Yes, that will be okay. Trailers are designed to have the lug nuts carry the load as opposed to the hub bore.
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  • Trailer Wheel Torque Spec Chart
  • I apologize for any confusion on what the proper torque specs are for 1/2 inch lug nuts on trailer wheels. I attached a picture of a chart to the right that details what the proper torque specs are for a trailer wheels lugs based on lug size, wheel size, and wheel material.
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  • Recommended Replacement Tire For Car Tow Dolly With Automobile Tires Installed
  • The largest 14 inch trailer tire we offer is ST215/75R14 like part # TTWTRTM2157514D. The ST stands for (special trailer). This kind of tire has a stronger sidewall than an automobile or truck tire so it can handle higher air pressures and higher loads. These are Load Range D tires with an 8 ply rating and has a maximum load rating of 2,200 lbs at 65 psi.
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  • What is the Torque Rating for a 1/2 Inch Lug Nut on a Dually Trailer Wheel
  • For a 1/2 inch lug nut, you will want to torque each nut down to 75 to 85 foot pounds. It does matter if it is a single wheel or dually wheel. You will want to avoid using an impact wrench or any other tool that cannot provide measured force. Use a torque wrench for accurate results.
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  • Trailer Tire and Dual Wheel Recommendation for 10K Dexter Axle
  • The trailer tire and wheel combo to fit your 10K Dexter axle would be the Taskmaster Provider ST235/85R16 Trailer Tire with 16" Silver Dual Wheel, # TTWA16RG477. This wheel can be used as either the inner or outer wheel of a dual-wheel setup.
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  • Can a 205/75R15 Load Range C Be Upgraded to a 225/75-15 Bias Ply Load Range D
  • Most likely you would be fine from a clearance stand point to go from a 205/75-15 to a 225/75-15. The new tires will be 25 mm wider and 1.3 inches taller though so you will need to consider that. A Load Range D 225/75D15 like the # TTWA225B645SM that you referenced will have considerable more capacity at 2,530 lbs at 65 psi as compared to your previous tire that has a capacity of 1,820 lbs at 50 psi. The Taskmaster brand is a great brand, I believe this tire/wheel combo would work great...
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  • Tire and Tire/Wheel Combos for Enclosed Cargo Trailer with ST205/75-15 Tires
  • The main difference between a radial ply and a bias ply tire is how the tire is constructed. The cords inside a bias ply tire run at a 32 degree angle to the direction of travel, and the cords on a radial tire run at a 90 degree angle to the direction of travel, or across the tire from wheel lip to wheel lip. A radial tire flexes more than a bias tire, giving it better ground contact, traction, stability, and tread wear. A radial tire will normally run cooler than a bias ply tire, especially...
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  • Recommended Trailer Tire in Size 235/80R16
  • Your steel rims are going to handle the additional tire pressure, but the limiting factor is going to be the valve stem on the wheel. If you were to go to a higher rated tire you would just need to be sure that the place mounting the tire uses a valve stem rated high enough. For a tire in the size you want that would have plenty of capacity the part # TTWTRTM2358016E would be perfect as it has a capacity of 3,520 lbs at 80 psi and has a higher 81 mph speed rating when compared to most...
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