There are different factors that will indicate whether your trailer tires are due for a change, so if you own a trailer, make sure to look out for the following:
The Age Of Your Tires
Generally, trailer tires should be replaced every three to six years to ensure safety. Using this time frame as a scheduling tool will ensure you do not forget to complete this very important task. A trailer tire should always be changed after six years and this is a must regardless of other factors that may cause you to think otherwise. Once a trailer tire passes this mark, it is no longer safe to use and continuing to drive with those same tires can lead to dangerous consequences. A blowout can occur at any moment, so it is absolutely necessary to change your tires.
In addition to time, you must also consider how much mileage the tire has endured. The more miles a tire has, the sooner it will have to be replaced. The mileage lifespan for standard trailer tires is roughly about 5,000 to 12,000 miles, although this range can vary. Other factors will have to be considered in this regard as well because a lightly used trailer tire that is a few years old may need to be replaced if it has been sitting on a driveway for a long period of time. This waiting period can cause tires to become more vulnerable to oxidation and UV rays, which can lead to deterioration a lot faster, so you must consider more than the mileage. The better care a tire receives, the more likely it is to reach the 12,000-mile mark, so owners need to consider how well they’ve cared for their tires.
The Type Of Mileage
This, too, is a factor that must be considered because it will affect a tires lifespan. Driving over bumpy and unpaved roads will affect tires more than well-paved highways and would put more pressure on them, resulting in faster breakdowns and more wear. If this is the case, you need to replace your tires sooner, ideally around the 5,000 mark.
Type Of Tire
Different tires have different lifespans and trailer tires are classified in two different ways; special trailer tires and light truck tires. Special trailer tires have thicker sidewalls and can handle more loads, whereas light truck tires have weaker sidewalls. A visual inspection will always help, so take a look to see if you notice anything irregular or obvious because cracks and weathering will be noticeable and you will know that it is time for a change.
Beothuck Trailers can help with all of your trailer repair needs. Whether you have an enclosed cargo trailer, a gooseneck trailer or a Beothuck trailer, we can help and have parts and axles for trailers of any kind. We specialize in repairs, so if you are in the Edmonton area, contact us today!