How often do you see bits of ripped rubber blown all over the sides of the highway? It seems like you can’t go a mile without seeing the remains of a blown tire. Especially in West Michigan where the roads are so patched over, they might as well be dirt and the harsh weather is so unpredictable.
We get so caught up in what we are towing that sometimes we forget about the very things that keep our trailers moving! I’m here to remind you not to forget about your trailer’s tires. They are important.
In our store, we have a whole room devoted to trailer tires. Every 3 weeks or so, Dave makes a trip down to our trailer tire supplier in Indiana and brings back a load of tires. We carry a variety of Loadstar tires from Americana. We’ve got the best selection of trailer tires in Grand Rapids, so keep us in mind as you are winterizing your trailer.
Here are the Tires from Americana. We stock many from the Kenda Karrier ST Radial KR03 list, the Kenda Loadstar K550/ST BIAS list and the Kenda Loadstar K353 list. The ones that we carry are by far the most popular, but our stock is not limited to these. We are happy to order and pick up specific sizes for you. We can even deck out your trailer and order tires with custom aluminum rims!
We carry such a variety because every trailer is different, therefore requiring different tires. This is something that our staff would be happy to help you with if you have any questions.
But without further ado, here are Ten Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids.
1. Trailer Tires ≠ Vehicle Tires. The tires on your truck are designed to accelerate, steer, and have traction on the road. Trailer tires are designed to be pulled and just go along for the ride. You should never used a trailer tire on a car or vise versa.
2. Inflate? Indeed! The leading cause of trailer tires failing on the side of the highway is underinflation. Pump those babies up! You can check the sidewall of the tire to see the maximum inflation.
3. Size matters. Ensure that all your trailer’s tires are identical in size. You might run into some problems if you don’t.
4. Change is important. Tires need to be replaced on a regular basis, regardless of what they look like. We recommend every 3-5 years, depending on how much you use your trailer.
5. Go the distance. Adding to tip #4, you can also gauge when it’s time to change your tires by keeping track of how many miles you are putting on them. Depending on the tire, it’s time to change them anywhere between 5,000 and 12,000 miles.
6. Watch your weight. The joined weight capacity of your tires should still exceed the weight of your loaded trailer by 20 percent.
7. Weakening over time. The weight capacity of your tires will slowly decrease over the years of use.
8. It’s getting hot in here. The heat on your tires caused by operation will, sadly, weaken the structure and integrity of the tire. Time, heat and the elements will eventually break down your trailer tires and they will need to be replaced.
9. How to measure bolt patterns. Here is a handy little graphic to help clear this up. 10. Make them last. With so many things that can ruin, wear and tear your trailer tires. Here are few tips to keep them in great shape as long as possible. Keep a close eye on your tires and care for them frequently to make them last and get your money’s worth out of them.
- Check your tire inflation often, especially before going anywhere further than across town. Keep your tires at their maximum inflation rate. Deflation= friction= heat= worn out tires.
- Only wash your tires with water and mild soap. Tire cleaners made with alcohol or petroleum distillates will eat away at your tires.
- When you check your tire’s inflation, also check the actual treads for things like bulges, cuts and punctures.
Trailer tires are different than the tires on your car or truck. They need special care and they need to be replaced often. Our awesome staff would be happy to answer any questions you have. For the best selection of trailer tires in Grand Rapids, head in to Grandville Trailer.
This weekend, make sure you check your tire inflation and general well-being of your tires. We don’t want our friends to be stranded on the highway at all, let alone this winter. It might be a good idea to get your trailer tires replaced before the serious snow comes, or to at least purchase a spare.
At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!