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Gotta buy tires for my open trailer. Bias ply's are a little cheaper, but why should I get radials?
 

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bias tires are only rated to 60 max. if you're running on the interstate you probably want radials. plus the majority of the new bias tires have a terrible reputation for separation and dry rot.
 

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Radials, and the highest load rating that will fit on your trailer. There are a ton of people running truck tires on their trailers, and have for a long time without issue, but I recommend you only run tires designed for trailer use. There is a difference in their construction and the sidewalls....Oh, and don't skimp....good tires cost more for a reason.....
 

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Radials, and the highest load rating that will fit on your trailer. There are a ton of people running truck tires on their trailers, and have for a long time without issue, but I recommend you only run tires designed for trailer use. There is a difference in their construction and the sidewalls....Oh, and don't skimp....good tires cost more for a reason.....
I actually stole the truck tires off it to put on a truck I'm going to sell, lol. Good info guys, I want to put a decent set on. I'll be sure to get radials then.
 

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my bias which seemed to pull nicer rotted away and split really bad. The radials which i believe pull worse because of the tread pattern seemed to be holding up much better. I vote radials tho!
 

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Just got a set of 10 ply trailer tires for my 18ft car hauler. More tire than I need but for under $400 can't go wrong
 

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bias has a stiffer side wall, radials have more flex = better ground contact better wear and run cooler.... better stability= less sway and last longer...most of the bias ply well sell are for off road trailers or cheap customers
 

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make sure you buy trailer tire radials. I have seen regular truck tires come apart to often. I myself prefer bias tires.
I run 8 ply 14.5 utility at 10,000 lbs with no problem
 

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I have always, for the last 20 years run Bias tires, no problems with good tires. No sway from them either.
 

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trailer tires when on a dual or triple axle setup will allways have sidewall stress a lot more than on a car or truck because they actually have to skid when in a turn..just go to a D or E rating and that is about all that you can do....there is no shortcut...!!!
 

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I heard that bias ply tires ride better on a trailer because they are constructed with the belts going perpindicular to the road rather than parallel with the road. I heard this from the owner of a tire company but could have the details wrong.
 

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I have always, for the last 20 years run Bias tires, no problems with good tires. No sway from them either.
Sway was the word I was looking for. Bias tires won't sway on a trailer like radials do.
 
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