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ACZL

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So I need to replace the tires on a 4 place V-nose alum frame sled trailer w/ gross weight of 5k. 4 tires in total (5 if the spare is incl). Talked to tire shop today and they offered up:

Good Year Endurance for 150/ea (load range D)
Power King/Tow Max for 90/ea (load range C)

And the sled trailer mfr was Rainer for 65/ea. (load range C)

14" size

Trailer sits 95% of time in open year round and has 3 sleds in it.

Tire shop says they haven't had any issues w/ the TowMax ones, but many have come to know them as BlowMax tires. So what would you all say would be the best option? Price alone, I like the TM and Rainer's, but quality wise?????????? This being said tho, the orig tires (trailer was made in '14) have date codes of 2011 & 2012 and still like new, no problems outside of age.

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I’d go Load Range D for a 5000 pound trailer.


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I've towed an about 5000lbs enclosed garage trailer on 14" Marathon tires about 30,000 miles. I didn't think to get an alignment when the trailer was new so the first tires were replaced at about 10-12000 miles. After alignment wear is better. The trailer has been towed in all temperatures up to 90F. It's 12 years old. I don't tow it above 65mph.

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Everyone who has had ST tire failures, has their own personal experience about what brand ST trailer tires they trust. Been there and had that.

Here are my three, not in any particular order.

Carlisle Radial Trail HD. (and only this specific tire which was redesigned over the older ones) https://www.carlislebrandtires.com/our-products/product-detail/radial-trail-hd/

Maxxis M8008 radial trailer tires. https://www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-122-129-st-radial-m8008

And the Good Year Endurance you mentioned.

The Maxxis has a 65MPH speed limit. The other two are speed rated higher. Not that I endorse towing a trailer that fast or faster. just noting it. I only trailer tow at 60mph regardless on my travel trailers. Things can go real wrong way too fast when towing a trailer.

The Carlisle will most likely cost less then the other two.

5 years is about the limit on ST tire age. The rubber breaks down not even using the trailer. They may look good, but you heat them up, and the aged rubber issues rear their ugly head. Keep any of them covered with white covers to protect them from the sun that 95% of the time they are sitting outside doing nothing and keep them aired up to max cold side wall pressure when towing. The tandem axle setup needs the pressure to help ward off interply shear in the tire during turns. (the tread trying to tear off the main carcus scrubbing in a turn)


Hope this helps.

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My 7x23 all aluminum sled trailer came with GY Marathon 14" with load C. The GVWR is 6K with 3,800 payload. I've towed 70+ mph many times, on long trips, loaded with 3 MT sleds, lots of gear, tools, and extra fuel.

My trailer has the rubber torsion suspension, and rides, tows very well, even loaded heavy at speed. I don't think you need more than C-rated tires, that would ride smoother, less movement of things inside trailer. Maybe can't get the Endurance in a C?

I would look at the Provider STs, the Carlisle HD, and consider the Endurance. All are new style, cooler running, higher speed rated, 81-87 mph.

Here is a pic of my trailer.

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Posted: 01/09/21 09:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike...what size 14" are you looking at?

E-trailer has Endurance ST215/75R 14 D for $120, free shipping.
also has Provider in same size for about $110, free shipping.

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Snowmobile trailers are the worst! They get used in the worst possible environment, and then sit through the summer with the sun beating on them. I would just go with the middle of the road tires and expect to replace them every 4 years due to how it’s used. When I had my sleds I couldn’t believe how many trailers I seen on the side of the road with flat/blow outs. And that is not the weather you want to be changing tires in......-15 at 10:00 at night!


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Hey Dodge guy, you got that right! Towing a sled trailer, often means extreme conditions. I've towed on glare ice, deep snow, steep mts, in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, many times. Had 3 flat tires, one at 2AM New Years eve, on reservation, narrow state hiway! Oh ya, minus 10F high wind. Had to use jack handle to dig in the frozen ground, on shoulder, to fit jack under axle! The good thing, both other flats happened in my driveway, the next morning, as not flat when I parked that evening.

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Lwiddis wrote:

I’d go Load Range D for a 5000 pound trailer.


While 1000% unnecessary based on the load, as C tires would be only loaded to maybe 60-70% capacity, I agree, not based on weight but because the heavier load tire is almost the same price and offers greater load at lower psi. And max psi on a sled trailer is not good for traction in winter conditions. So I have Ds on a similar size and weight trailer and run them at about 40 psi in the winter.


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Kenda Karriers have been doing great on my trailers. Another recommendation and not too spendy on etrailer.

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