Off Road Trailer Tires And Wheels – For an off road trailer, does it make sense to have mud terrain tires considering they are not connected to the drive shaft in any way.
Does it make more sense to have a 10 ply truck tire with street tread and off road tread (for less drag / better gas mileage)?
Off Road Trailer Tires And Wheels
Spares are nice to have if the wheels are the same size and fit on your off road/tow rig
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Onehoser wrote: Nice to have spares if the wheels are the same size and fit on your off road/tow rig.
That’s what I was thinking but I have all terrain tires (Nitto Terra Grapplers and I love them).
I don’t believe there is an advantage to aggressive tread on a trailer. I don’t travel on steep slopes with trailers when it’s slick.
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Actuation can be combined with braking only, assuming the trailer has brakes. It’s not clear if it’s any better than any other tire with trailer brakes.
They’ve got air brakes and big honkin’ pads to grab that disc or shoes into it
The tires have enough friction to make the breaks work. Think about it,
The worst case scenario where a vehicle has to stop in a hurry is a bob-tailin semi (no trailer). zero
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The weight adds a small amount of moisture to stress those tires on the pavement
I hated the drivin’ bob-tail. 1 I didn’t get paid (no load), and 2 how dangerous it was. therefore,
Tony.latham wrote: I run 6-ply LT tires and haven’t had a flat with them since 2013. I don’t believe there is an advantage to aggressive tread on a trailer. I don’t travel on steep slopes with trailers when it’s slick. Tony
I think ply rating is necessary. But I think you’re right, there’s no advantage to aggressive tread that I can think of other than swapping with your tow vehicle if needed.
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Hankaye wrote: Howdy all; Not really functional but it has that “nice” factor. My opinion of “look good” is like adding all kinds of chrome to a Harley. “May look good” but, … chrome won’t come home to you. Rather have functionality, ymmv. Hank
Scotty wrote the only function related to braking is assuming the trailer has brakes. It’s not clear if it’s any better than any other tire with trailer brakes.
All-terrain tires have reinforced sidewalls that are designed to withstand sharp or jagged rocks off-road. Where I went in Wyoming the rocks were quite sharp and could catch the sidewall causing irreparable damage to the tire. Once switching to off roading tires I had no problems. Moreover, it is mostly a matter of appearance.
I have aggressive tires on two trailers and military “zig-zag” tread on one as well as the other. (Think, “60s snow tires.”)
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Aggressive tread patterns offer some advantages. Notably, they help prevent the trailer from falling into tracks, sliding off rocks or sliding on off-camber roads/slopes.
But unless you’re taking the trailer off-road or on rough roads, sidewall flex and puncture resistance are the only real benefits (on most designs, but not all).
Whether one wants to consider it related or unrelated, another observation I made is that ‘average’ car/LT tire widths are fine for highway use, but sub-par off road. When off-road, pizza cutters or super-wides offer excellent traction – particularly resistance to sliding on obstacles or slopes. Typical widths in between are less consistent.
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