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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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  • 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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  • How to Determine Bolt Pattern of 5 Lug Trailer Wheel
  • The 5 on 4-1/2 inch bolt pattern is the most popular 5 bolt lug pattern found on trailer wheels. There's an easy way to measure and be sure though. You need to measure from the center of one lug to the center of the lug nearest to it. If the distance is: 2-5/8" - the bolt pattern is 5 on 4-1/2 2-3/4" - the bolt pattern is 5 on 4-3/4 3" - the bolt pattern is 5 on 5 3-1/4" - the bolt pattern is 5 on 5-1/2 The part # AC14R45SM you referenced has a 5 on 4-1/2 inch bolt pattern.
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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 Most Common Trailer Wheel 6 Lug Bolt Pattern
  • If you have a trailer wheel that has a 6 lug setup you are going to have a bolt pattern of 6 on 5-1/2 inches. This is the standard 6 lug wheel bolt pattern that trailer rims have. If you are unsure you can check out the help article I attached that details how to determine bolt pattern. If you do have the 6 on 5-1/2 inch bolt pattern the rim and tire part # A15R6SMD that you referenced would fit and work well for you.
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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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  • Is there a 12 Inch Trailer Tire that is Rated for 80 Miles Per Hour
  • The 12 inch tires that we carry are rated for 65 miles per hour. Any faster than that for extended periods and the excessive heat build up will cause tire failure. To get a tire with a higher speed rating you would have to go up in size. That also means you will need different wheels. If your hubs use a 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern then tire and wheel combo # TTWA13RWS is one option. This tire has an M speed rating which means it is rated for 81 miles per hour. The size is a 175/80-13. It...
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  • High Speed Rating Trailer Tire Recommendation ST175/80R13
  • I have a great solution for you. The Taskmaster ST175/80R13 Radial Trailer Tire, part # TTWTRTM1758013C is rated for up to 87 mph as it has an N speed rating. Most trailer tires are only rated for 65 mph so this is a great option for you. Be sure to keep the tire inflated to it's 50 psi max so that you don't cause heat to build up which is a common cause for tire failure.
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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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  • What Should the Tire Pressure be for ST205/75-15 5th Wheel Trailer Tires
  • On trailer tires you will always need to have them inflated to the maximum psi as indicated on the tire sidewall. For ST205/75-15 tire # AS15B475WS, it is rated for 1,820 pounds at 50 psi. Different sizes and load ranges of the same size will have different psi ratings so always check the tire. Trailer tires are built with a thicker sidewall to handle more vertical load compared to passenger vehicle tires. When a trailer tire is under inflated the thicker sidewall is more compressed...
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  • Operation Instructions for ST Tire Speed Ratings
  • I can help you understand the reason there is different information on our website. Special trailer tires have a maximum speed rating, just like passenger car and truck tires. Older tires have no special marking to designate a limit. Their maximum speed is 65 mph. Newer tires, those manufactured in 2015 and later, should have one of the following codes on the sidewall to show their rating: M - 81 mph L - 75 mph J - 62 mph If a trailer tire has any other marking to designate maximum...
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  • Upgrading Tire Size on a Harbor Freight Trailer
  • I do have a solution for you, but we do not recommend using vehicle tires on a trailer. Trailer tires are built with stronger sidewalls to help resist the load that is put on them, while vehicle tires are made for a more smooth ride. Also, we do not carry spacers that are intended to make your tire and wheel stick out so that it can clear your trailer frame. To find out if you can upgrade your tires and wheels with your current setup, you can take the outer diameter and section width...
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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 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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  • Best Trailer Tire in Size ST235/80R16
  • The best tire we have in the size ST235/80R16 that you referenced would be the # TTWTRTM2358016E. This radial tire is a Load Range E with a 3,520 lbs at 80 psi capacity and a speed rating of 81 miles per hour. Normally trailer tires are only rated for 65 MPH, but since this one is rated higher it would be the best option that we have since most people really want to at least do 70 MPH. I attached a review video for this tire for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Trailer Tires to Replace 235/75R15 Tires
  • It looks like the previous owner of the trailer had vehicle tires installed since there are no trailer tires that are a 235/75R15 size. Even though it might work for a while, trailer tires are always better to use for trailer applications. Trailer tires have a stronger sidewall and can be identified by the letters ST before the tire size. For example, the Taskmaster Provider # A225R645SM has a tire size of ST225/75R15. Since people are not meant to ride in the back of a trailer while...
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  • Do Trailer Tires Need to be Fully Dynamically Balanced for Proper Performance
  • You ask a very good question. Trailer tires do not have to be dynamically balanced like passenger car tires do since a trailer tire's primary duty is supporting a vertical load. Steering and cornering concerns apply less to trailer tires. Passenger car tires on the other hand benefit from being fully balanced since passengers might otherwise feel the irregularities at higher speeds. Our trailer wheel/tire combination products are joined by the manufacturer so that the tire's low spot...
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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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  • Recommended Trailer Tire to Replace LT 7.50-16
  • The Taskmaster Radial Trailer Tire - Load Range G, item # TTWPRG235R16, is the closest tire to the 7.50-16LT tire that we have. Your tire has an overall height of 31.8 inches and a section width of 8.4 inches. The # TTWPRG235R16, tire has and overall height of 31.61 inches and a section width of 9.37 inches. The Taskmaster tire is great too because it has a higher speed rating than most trailer tires at 81 mph instead of 65. You will be alright on height but you will need to check...
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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 M speed rating of 81-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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  • 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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  • Best Trailer Tire to Replace Boat Trailer Tire ST215/75R14 that Keeps Blowing
  • The tire I recommend for you that will work great is the Taskmaster # TTWTRTM2157514D. This is a Load Range D tire that has a capacity of 2,200 lbs at 65 psi, has a radial construction, and has a speed rating of up to 81 mph. This tire fits all your needs and would work well. Be sure to keep the tire pressure always at the max pressure of 65 psi. This will ensure the tires lives as long as possible. I attached a review video and a help article on trailer tires for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Replacement Tire For 16-Ft Tandem Utility Trailer
  • If you plan on going to a bigger tire as you mentioned you can take a quick measurement to make sure you have the room. To go from a 205 tire to a 225 will increase the height about 1.2 inches overall. If you have fenders it will be a little over 1/2 inch closer to the inside of the fender. The width of the tire will also increase by about 3/4 inch. For a 15 inch tire I recommend part # TTWTRTM2257515D. This is a radial load Range D tire with an 8-ply rating. It has a maximum load capacity...
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  • What Tire Load Rating Is Needed For Tandem Axle Trailer With 7000 lb Capacity?
  • For a tandem axle trailer rated for 7000 lbs, you can use either a Load Range C or D tire. Each axle will be rated for 3500 lbs so you need a tire that will carry 1/2 that capacity. That would make your minimum load range before limiting your system or 1750 lbs. The Contender ST205/75R15 Radial Trailer Tire w/ 15" White Spoke Wheel - 5 on 4-1/2 - Load Range C # AC15R45WS are rated for 1820 lbs at 50 psi and have a speed rating of up to 81 mph. This is a great tire, so the only reason...
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  • Recommended ST205/75R14 Trailer Tire with Higher Speed Rating
  • I recommend looking at the Taskmaster ST205/75R14 Radial Trailer Tire # TTWTRTM2057514C. This is a great radial tire with a maximum load of 1,760 pounds at 50 psi. It has an excellent maximum speed of 81 mph and a 6 ply rating. It also includes a 2-year limited warranty. Another option I recommend looking at is the Westlake Radial Trailer Tire # LHWL201. This has the same maximum load and ply rating as the above product and a slightly lower but still above average 75 mph maximum speed...
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  • Best Tire Options for Trailer Tire Size 205/75/15
  • We do have options for your new 205/75-15 tires. I will give you recommendations for the load range C and D for this size tire. The most economical tire for the C Load Range is the Loadstar Bias Trailer Tire # AM1ST92, The next option would be the Taskmaster Bias Trailer Tire # TTWSF20515C, and your best option would be the Provider Radial Trailer Tire # TTWTRTM2057515C. These tires in the Load Range C have an 1,820 lb maximum load capacity at 50 psi. The difference between bias tires...
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  • Difference of ST235/85-16 and 7.50-16LT Tire Sizes for Trailers
  • Tire sizes ST235/85 R16 and 7.50-16LT are very similar. One difference to consider is the rim they'll ride on. The 235/85 R16 tire will fit 16 inch rims that are 6, 6-1/2, 7, and 7-1/2 inches wide. While a 7.50-16LT will only fit a 16 inch rim that is 6 inches wide. If you want to know if you can use the 7.50-16LT, like the Kenda # AM10430, with your current rims you can measure them. Wheels are measured from bead seat to bead seat. Check out the video of the rim I've linked around...
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  • 15 inch Wheel and Tire Recommendation for Rpod 179 Trailer
  • In nearly all situations trailer rims have a zero offset to balance the load of the trailer equally on both sides of the wheel. I can't see your RPod requiring an offset that isn't zero. I would recommend the part # A15R645SMD for you though. This is a 15 inch wheel with a 5 on 4-1/2 inch bolt pattern like you need with a radial tire size of 205/75R15 on it. The speed rating of this tire is 81 mph which is much higher than most trailer tires which are only rated for 65.
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  • PSI Inflation Rating for Hi-Run ST205/75R15 Load Range C Trailer Tire
  • All of the 205/75-15 load range C trailer tires we carry are rated for 1,820 pounds at 50 psi. But that doesn't mean that someone doesn't make one that is rated higher. Customers have asked us about this tire before and all have mentioned the 65 psi rating. So the people where you bought the tire are correct. Trailer tires should always be inflated to the maximum psi indicated on the tire. This is because trailer tires are built with a thicker sidewall compared to passenger vehicle...
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  • Recommended Trailer Tires for 15 Inch Wheels on Two Horse Trailer
  • When replacing tires you will want to use a similar size tire to what you had on the trailer previously. You also want to account for the weight of the load the trailer will need to handle at its max capacity. The weight of the two horses will absolutely matter as well as the weight of the trailer itself. I recommend going with a load range e tire for your two horse trailer. I recommend the Taskmaster Provider ST225/75R15 Radial Trailer Tire - Load Range E # TR225LRE. This tire...
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