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Trailer flats #13241357 08/09/19 01:41 AM
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Had a blowout yesterday at 4 pm and 101 degrees out. Last blowout a few years ago was in similar weather. Should I be starting with lower cold pressure in hot weather? Both incidents were after several hours of highway travel, and tires were relatively new and inflated to 50 psi.

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I'm being redundant here because I've posted this here before under similar circumstances. I am now running Goodyear Endurance tires because of blowouts on my trailer at the most inopportune time. Goodyear Endurance or the only trailer tires made in the USA. They have a load range E and carry 65 psi. Trailers only have leaf springs so the tires take all the beatings of road hazards while carrying 3500 lbs. and more. While under inflating is a major cause of tire failure speed, heat and design are other problems. Some trailer tires are only rated for 55 psi and 60 mph speed rating and a load rating of C. I'm guessing your blowouts were cause by a combination of the issues above. Check the rating on your tires, the load rating, pressure rating and speed rating. I keep my pressure at 65 psi and I drive 70-80 mph on the highway and zero problems. They are more expensive but I feel worth it to not have to worry about blowouts at 4:30 in the morning on a two lane road with no shoulder. Yep, that happened to me.


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What he said ^^^^^^^^
Never under inflate bc it's hot out.


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Re: Trailer flats [Re: GIG'EM AGGIES] #13241421 08/09/19 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by GIG'EM AGGIES
I'm being redundant here because I've posted this here before under similar circumstances. I am now running Goodyear Endurance tires because of blowouts on my trailer at the most inopportune time. Goodyear Endurance or the only trailer tires made in the USA. They have a load range E and carry 65 psi. Trailers only have leaf springs so the tires take all the beatings of road hazards while carrying 3500 lbs. and more. While under inflating is a major cause of tire failure speed, heat and design are other problems. Some trailer tires are only rated for 55 psi and 60 mph speed rating and a load rating of C. I'm guessing your blowouts were cause by a combination of the issues above. Check the rating on your tires, the load rating, pressure rating and speed rating. I keep my pressure at 65 psi and I drive 70-80 mph on the highway and zero problems. They are more expensive but I feel worth it to not have to worry about blowouts at 4:30 in the morning on a two lane road with no shoulder. Yep, that happened to me.


Appreciate the input. My tires are pretty generic (Continental I think) and max rated for 50 psi. Boat, motor and gear are in the 3500 range. More than happy to replace for the peace of mind. Towing long distances stresses me out way more than anything that happens on the lake.

Re: Trailer flats [Re: steve_twice] #13241567 08/09/19 10:39 AM
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Feel free to shop around but not many stores carry Goodyear Endurance tires. I bought mine at Discount Tire but since they have become a favorite there may be more stores carrying them. I also went one size larger, 225-14.


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Re: Trailer flats [Re: steve_twice] #13241721 08/09/19 01:27 PM
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Trailer tires should be aired to maximum recommended cold pressure, especially in hot weather. Tires degrade even in a temperature controlled storage facility with age. If you start seeing cracks in the sidewall, its time to replace or face changing one on the side of the road.

Re: Trailer flats [Re: steve_twice] #13242386 08/09/19 11:00 PM
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While on the topic, I have a lot of 18 volt tools. I purchased an 18 volt inflator and an 18 volt impact wrench; they are lifesavers when you have a flat on the road. They live in the toolbox on my truck, and have saved me a lot of time and effort already after a flat on the RV and another on the daughter's car. Much more convenient than jumping up and down on a 4 way lug wrench, and stringing out 30 feet of wire from the lighter plug in your truck to a puny 12 volt compressor. Check 'em out, if you haven't already done so.

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Originally Posted by Jim Ford
While on the topic, I have a lot of 18 volt tools. I purchased an 18 volt inflator and an 18 volt impact wrench; they are lifesavers when you have a flat on the road. They live in the toolbox on my truck, and have saved me a lot of time and effort already after a flat on the RV and another on the daughter's car. Much more convenient than jumping up and down on a 4 way lug wrench, and stringing out 30 feet of wire from the lighter plug in your truck to a puny 12 volt compressor. Check 'em out, if you haven't already done so.


Good advice. A few years ago I started carrying a floor jack on longer trips. Never thought about carrying an impact wrench, and can confirm I ended up karate-kicking a 4-way wrench to get the nuts loose. Live and learn.

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Instead of a heavy, space-stealing floor jack, look at those cam-shaped axle jacks. You break the lug nuts loose and place the jack under the axle, then back up or pull ahead (depending on how you position it) to raise the axle and wheel. For a heavy duty trailer, I weld on a pivoting strut with a welded on foot that is held up to the frame by a bolt. Release the bolt and let the strut drop (it's long enough to raise the wheel clear of the ground). Depending on the strut's orientation, back up or pull up to raise the axle. So much easier than storing, loading & unloading, and setting up a floor jack. If you want to buy the materials and bring your trailer here, I'll weld it up for a cold beer and some fishing lies.

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No need to carry a jack, the one for your truck will do. I do recommend thought that you carry a breaker bar and socket that fits the lug nuts cause chances are they are a different size then whats on the truck.

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Originally Posted by tmd11111
No need to carry a jack, the one for your truck will do. I do recommend thought that you carry a breaker bar and socket that fits the lug nuts cause chances are they are a different size then whats on the truck.


I don't know what kind of truck you have but on my 2018 Chevy its about a 1/2 hour operation to get the jack out from behind the rear seat and forget putting it back. A genius couldn't put it back in its proper position

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No need to carry a jack, the one for your truck will do. I do recommend thought that you carry a breaker bar and socket that fits the lug nuts cause chances are they are a different size then whats on the truck.


I don't know what kind of truck you have but on my 2018 Chevy its about a 1/2 hour operation to get the jack out from behind the rear seat and forget putting it back. A genius couldn't put it back in its proper position


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Re: Trailer flats [Re: steve_twice] #13242593 08/10/19 02:33 AM
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Something like this is a huge help with dual axle trailers

https://www.statelinetack.com/item/...erqH34wIV9JFbCh3JxAvEEAQYByABEgLwMPD_BwE

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Originally Posted by 44 Diesel
Something like this is a huge help with dual axle trailers

https://www.statelinetack.com/item/high-country-trailer-helper/BRE10ST/?

srccode=GPSLT&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiozerqH34wIV9JFbCh3JxAvEEAQYByABEgLwMPD_BwE


Bought one of these about six months ago. Luckily I have not had to use it yet. Also bought an extendable breaker bar with assorted sockets, it extends to about 3 feet. That should do the trick on stubborn lug nuts.

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By no means am I spert...just a old fella thats pulled lots....I inflate to load / if got a16f alu boat with a 25hp and tires that say max load 65PSI ...I aint puttin 65psi in when its only 1200..It will look like a bouncing ball goin down road...I put about 30-35 psi ....Had a few flats due to nails etc..never blow outs...I do change tires every 7y or so or when they start cracking...
like Jim Ford said...I got 18v Ryobi inflator(it aint fast but (getser done)..and my Ryobi 18v Impact driver 1/4 in with adapter and socket will remove my lug nuts on trailer/truck...with 4ah lith battery...

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