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Tire Recommendation for a Trailer Used on Paved and Dirt Roads Size 175/80-13


I need new trailer tires P175/80 R13 I see you have several choices. While I tow my travel trailer on highways I frequently spend 60 miles or more at a stretch on dirt roads, with washboards and/or sharp rocks. Which product would you recommend? Thanks in advance.


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The best tire for your trailer will really depend on how much time you spend on paved roads versus dirt or gravel roads. At the 175/80-13 tire size, you can choose between a radial tire and a bias ply tire. Radial tires, like part # AM10210, have more flex, better ground contact, traction, tread wear and runs cooler than a bias ply tire.

A bias ply tire, like part # AM1ST77 has a thicker sidewall and is ideal for off-road use, but if you spend more time traveling on paved roads, a radial tire would probably be the way to go.

The next factor that you will want to consider is the load rating of the tire. You will want to choose a set of tires that matches or exceeds the weight capacity of the axle. Part # AM10210 and # AM1ST77 that I mentioned above are load range D tires with a weight rating of 1,610 lbs at 65 psi. Load range C tires are also available, # AM10199 for radial and # AM1ST76 for bias. They are rated at 1,360 lbs at 50 psi.

I have attached a help article on trailer tires that will give you more information as well.

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Reply from Chris R.

I definitely recommend going with radial ply tires. Can you tell me what size is currently mounted?

Reply from Rick

@ChrisR 13" 80

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Reply from Chris R.

@Rick Thanks for the info. I believe you have 175/80-13 tires. For this size I recommend the Kenda Karrier # AM10199 , which features a radial 6 ply construction perfect for your highway driving and still plenty strong enough for the short distance on gravel roads. It also has an excellent speed rating of 81 mph.

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