Archived Trailer Guys Questions
Boat Trailering Guys:,
I have a 24' Four Winns on a tandum trailer. I had to replace two of the tires while out of town and could not find a trailer tire. NTW put two car tires on the trailer and the weight rating is within the weight of the boat. I was wanting to be sure that a car tire will work on a trailer, it pulled good on the way home. It just does not have the T on the tire. Any help would be appricated, before I start out this season. Mike Nall
Answered on: 3/2007
The difference between car tires and trailer tires (designated "ST") is the strength of the sidewall. Even with the tires properly weight rated for your load, you may still experience sway due to the weaker sidewalls. With trailering you will also encounter many other circumstances that can potentially damage the sidewalls of the tire. Take for example when you take those really sharp turns when lining up for the ramp and you drag the tires sideways, or when you rub up against the curb or boulder. These are frequent occurences for most of us and this is when you need to have the properly rated tires on the trailer. If you do not have spare tires, my suggestion would be to make these your spares and get the properly rated tires for everyday usage.
Boat Trailering Guys: Mike