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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Does Trailer Wheel and Tire Combo # A15R645SMD Come Balanced
  • The tire and wheel combos we carry like the # A15R645SMD are not machined balanced. You can have the tire and wheel combos balanced at a local tire shop if you wanted to. What our tire manufacturers will do is line up the light spot on the tire with the heavy spot on the wheel. This is a type of balancing but not like how car tires are balanced (with weights on a balancing machine).
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 ST205/75R14 LRC Tire & 5-on-4-1/2 Trailer Wheel for Highway Use on Boat Trailer
  • For a wheel/tire in Load Range C with a 5-on-4-1/2 bolt pattern for your boat trailer that will easily handle higher speeds of 70-mph and above I suggest the Taskmaster Provider # A14R45SMPVD. This wheel/tire combination has a weight rating of 1,760 lbs at its 50-psi inflation pressure and it carries an M speed rating, which means it will handle highways speeds up to 81-mph without excessive heat build up that would potentially damage a lower-rated tire. We also offer the same tire on...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended Special Trailer Tire in Size ST205/75D14 for Highway Use
  • Trailer tires sold in the USA are usually at least 6 months old by the time they reach our shores. Most tires are made offshore, and so by the time they leave the factory, go to a staging warehouse, get packed into a shipping container and make the 2-month trip here they will be 6 months old or more. Trailer tires are considered usable up to a 6-year age provided that they have no damage (such as dry rot) or other issues. After 13 years you are due for new ones! We do offer radial tires...
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  • Can ST205/75/D15 Size Trailer Tires be Replaced with ST225/75/R15 Size
  • You can change your ST205/75/D15 trailer tires to a larger ST225/75/R15 size IF your 15-inch rims are either 6-inches or 6-1/2-inches wide AND IF you have sufficient clearance around the tires for the increased width and overall diameter of the ST225/75/R15. A 205/75-15 tire when mounted and inflated has an overall diameter of about 27-inches. A tire in size ST225/75/R15 has an overall diameter of 28.4-inches, about an inch-and-a-half larger. The larger tire will also be about 3/4-inch...
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  • Tire Brand Recommendation for 2011 Keystone Montana 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Goodyear makes really good tires. However we have been really impressed with this newer brand we've been carrying, called Taskmaster. I have attached a link to all of the Taskmaster tires we carry. If you can let me know what size tires are on your Montana, I will be glad to make a more specific tire recommendation 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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