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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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  • 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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  • 17.5 Wheel and Tire Combination Recommendation with 8 on 6-1/2 inch Bolt Pattern
  • The closest thing we offer that would work for you would be the Taskmaster Provider ST215/75R17.5 Trailer Tire w 17-1/2" Solid Silver Wheel # TTWA215H-8H19. This is a wheel and tire combo that comes with radial tires and a silver steel wheel with a 8 on 6-1/2 inch bolt pattern that has a 4,805 lb capacity when inflated to 123 psi. The only issue is that it's not aluminum, nor is an aluminum wheel available in this size. To ensure that you have an 8 on 6-1/2 inch bolt pattern check...
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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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  • 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 Speed rating of Provider 215/75R17.5 Radial Tire with Solid Center Wheel TTWA215H-8H19
  • I went to our warehouse and checked one of the Provider tire/wheel # TTWA215H-8H19. This tire is labeled with an M speed rating, up to 81-mph maximum. We will make the correction to the video. Thank you for catching that oversight.
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  • Recommended 17-1/2 Radial Tire And Gray Colored Wheel With 8 On 6-1/2 Bolt Pattern And .19 Offset
  • We have the tire and the gray painted wheel in the sizes that match the # TTWA215H-8H19 combo available as separate items. You can have the tire mounted on the wheel at any local garage or tire shop. The tire I recommend is the Provider 215/75R17.5 Radial Trailer Tire, part # TTWP15175. This is a 16-ply radial tire with an H Load Range. The wheel is the Dexstar Hub-Piloted Steel Wheel, part # AM20739. This is a 17-1/2 x 6-3/4 wheel that has a positive offset of .19 inches and an...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Measure the Width of a Trailer Wheel
  • The width of a trailer wheel is measured from the inner edge of a bead to the inner edge of the other bead. If you take this measurement it should be 5 inches on your wheel. Take a look at the video I have linked that shows how to measure. You can use a 205/75-15 sized tire as wheels can accept a range of tire widths. A 5-1/2 inch wide tire, like the Karrier ST205/75R15 Radial Trailer Tire, # AM10244, will still fit on a 5 inch wide rim. I have also included links to two FAQ articles...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Comparing Benefits of Bias Ply vs. Radial Type Trailer Tires
  • Each type of trailer tire, bias ply or radial construction, offers certain advantages and in some circumstances one will be a better choice than the other. A bias ply tire has a stiffer sidewall than a radial, a feature that might be useful for off road applications like farm use and for very heavy loads. On the other hand, a radial tire flexes more than a bias tire, which gives it better ground contact, better traction, stability, and tread wear. For highway use radials are often preferred....
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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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  • 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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  • Radial vs Bias Ply Type Special Trailer Tires for Long-Distance Cross-Country Travel
  • For long-distance highway driving where interstate speed limits can get pretty high you will be better off with radial special trailer tires. Radial tires have more sidewall flex which lets them corner better and they can sometimes have higher speed ratings than bias ply tires. You will want to make sure the tires have the required load capacity for the loaded trailer weight. Special trailer tires come in various Load Ranges so choose the load range tire that gives you some safety margin....
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  • Should Load Range D Tires be Used in Place of Load Range C Tires on a Single Axle Trailer
  • The load range of the tires you are using will depend on the trailer's capacity. You can use tires with a higher capacity than what the trailer is rated for (though it does not increase the trailer's capacity) but you would not want to go lower. If the trailer uses ST205/75R14 tires such as # TTWTRTM2057514C then for the same size in a load range D use # AM10235 which is rated for 2,040 pounds at 65 psi. If you have a different size tire let me know what it is and I can make a recommendation. Trailer...
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  • What Width Rim Will 205/75-15 Tires Fit
  • The 205/75-16 tires we carry for trailers will work with 5, 5-1/2, 6, and 6-1/2 inch rims. This is for either radial or bias-ply tires we offer. You will want to make sure you choose a wheel for your tires with the correct wheel bolt pattern. I have attached a helpful article that explains how to determine which wheel bolt pattern you need. We carry a 15-inch trailer wheel. If you need a 5 on 5-1/2 bolt pattern and has a rim width of 5-inches I recommend part # TTW550555WS1.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Determine the PSI Rating for a Trailer Wheel on a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • On a steel wheel like in # AS15B475WS, the psi rating for the wheel may be on a sticker on the back of the wheel. On alloy wheels, it is usually stamped into the metal on the back of the wheel somewhere. The tire on the wheel is going to be at or below the psi rating for the wheel. You should always inflate trailer tires to the maximum psi as indicated on the tire for longest life and best performance. If you can tell me the wheel size you are going to and if it is an alloy wheel...
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  • Recommended Trailer Tire to Replace ST235/80R16
  • In your tire size of 235/80R16 I would highly recommend the Taskmaster part # TTWTRTM2358016E. This tire is the right size, has a capacity of 3,520 lbs at 80 psi which would be more than what your trailer would need, has great reviews from our customers, but mainly because unlike most trailer tires these are rated for up to 81 mph. Most are only rated for 65 which exceeding this rating can cause failure as well. We recommend ST tires over LT tires for trailers for the reasons you listed....
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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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  • Are Taskmaster Trailer Wheel/Tire Combos Balanced
  • The wheel/tire combos we offer do not come balanced from the manufacturers. When the tires are mounted on the wheels, the high (heavy) spot on the wheel is matched to the low (light) spot on the tire, which leaves the wheel and tire balanced to a degree. You may take the wheel/tire combo to a shop and have them professionally balanced. I have attached a link to a helpful article about tires and wheels you can check out.
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