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What Would Cause Continued Tire Failure on a Horse Trailer

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I have had 4 blow outs on my horse trailer on one trip! I had this trailer custom made for my warm blood large horses. This has happened before and have had them check it out and yet it keeps happening! They havent been able to fix the problem. Help!!

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Typically trailer tires fail for the following 3 reasons.

1) Keep your tires fully inflated to the maximum pressure listed on the tire sidewall. Unlike a passenger car tire, trailer tires feature a stronger sidewall designed to provide greater stability when under load. Failure to fully inflate the tires can cause heat build-up, leading to premature tire failure. Also, a tire only will only realize its specified load rating when inflated to its maximum psi shown on the tire.

2) Do not overload your tires. Your towing system will only be as strong as the capacity of its lowest-rated component. Running your tires when loaded above their stated capacity will increase the heat build-up, shortening your tire life.

3) Most trailer tires are only rated up to 65 mph. Consistently traveling at higher speeds will increase the heat in the tires, which again will shorten their life. If you tell me what tire size you have I can find you a higher rated speed rating most likely.

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