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Bought this trailer in 1994, has been a real good trailer for me except for the tires.
The tires after I owned the trailer about a year would loose air while on the road Always carried a air pump you plug in a cigarette lighter socket to air them uop along side the road.

Took them to several tire shops to see if they couldn't do some thing about that, none could.

I finally decided to see if I could do some thing with them my self.
Broke then down and removed from the rims. Found paint under the area where the bead seats was flakeing off.

I sand blasted the rims then gave them a good coat of epoxy primer allowed it to dry good then gave them a light sanding and painted them with restuloem paint.

Remounted the tires after the paint had dried a week or so. Aired them up to seat the beads them unaired them. Filled the tires with Mcmasters tire seal and never had a bit of trouble for 15 years.
On a recent trip I noticed a tire on a sunday evening was low looking so pulled in to a level parking lot and got my air pump out and hooked it up. brought the tire to pressure and headed down the road About 40 miles down the road the tire just went flat and wound up in the axle and the rim was ruined getting off the road at a motell timm Monday morning.

About 4 years and again I have a bad tire. I really would like to change from the
18,5x 8.5 tires to some thing in load range C or better yet D that were not so wide and problmatic .


But what size do I need?


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I have 10" 5 lug on my 3 place
And even the 10 ply? 10" on the 4 lug trailer too!
But depending on the load you carry you might get away with the narrow ?580-8? don't remember
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I don't want to get away with.
I want good stuff that fits, carries the load for years to come.

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Again what are you carrying?
4 sleds is just over 2000 pounds
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Were your tires 15 years or were they 4 years old. If they are 15, that is the problem. The rubber breaks down over time with exposure to the sun. I have a 95 Triton two place with the same size tires and have never had any problems with them. I replace them at 7 years max or when they are worn down to the wear bars. I am running load range C. Also, what speed are you running at? I use Carlisle Trail USA tires and per the web site, they are rated at 62 mph. I run at 70 mph without any problems but not any faster. I keep them aired up at 50 psi when I have two sleds on or my Gold Wing. I only run Carlisle's on my small trailers. I have not had good luck with all the made in China tires that are out there for trailers like this.

If you do decide to go with a narrow tire, you will have to stay in the 8" range. If you go taller, you loose the clearance between the tire and the trailer deck. You would have to put a spacer between the axle and the trailer frame.

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They were 4 years old. this is the first spring in some time I didn't pull the tires off the trailer and clean up and paint the rims.

Road tire.



The spare.


The orginal tires were 15 years old when they were replaced.
Depends on what and where we are going .
A pair of Polaris 500 classics 2000 & 2001

A 1974 Mercury Snow twister 400D and a 1971 340 Mercury Rocket

Possiably a 1981 TXL Indy 340 & a 1985 Indy trail.

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So you have a two place open trailer?
Those tires would be the 18.5/850-8" they also make the 215/60-8" 6 ply with a load of 915#
There is also a 10" rim 20.5/8-10" 8ply with a load of 1320#

Personally I would just buy a set of the newer 215/60-8"
We have gotten them new at swap meets for under $100 a pair!
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I just purchased a 14' Rock Solid V nose trailer. I questioned the dealer about tires. He as much as told the tires (although were brand new) that they sucked! I just purchased 4 aluminum Jaguar trailer wheels 15". I the heard that the Good Year Endurance tires were good. I purchased (4) 205/75/15's from Discount tire at $96.56 a piece and free shipping. They are 8 ply tires. If you buy 225/75/15 they are 10 ply tires. Hope this helps you.
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I bought a 215x60 8 for $46.00 then minus a 10% veterens discount.

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Hope everything works out for you.
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I'll start hitting trailer dealers and see what every thing is being ran.

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The tritons with that size tire are running the Kenda's now from what I have seen. I still like the Carlisle and have always had good luck with them. By the look of the photos, I think you picked something in the tire that was letting the air out slowly. You filled it up and it continued to leak until the sidewall blew out.

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Yeah everyone is going to the Kenda's and tbh I think we are going to as well. Our Carlisle trailer tires have 19 years on them, granted the trailer has only maybe 1500 miles on it but the age is what concerns me a lot. Can get a set of the Kenda's with galvanized wheels for around 110-120 which to me is worth it.
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I paid 46 - 10% veterans discount for a Kenda 215x60 8 with out the wheel and 63 _ 10% discount for same tire on the rim.

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We replace tires every 5 years or so, and have found the new radial type tire runs alot cooler!

Been seeing $100 deals on pairs at the swap meets
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