Join Date: May 2018
Location: we live in a high mountain valley in the hi country of northern arizona
TRAILER TIRE FAILURE questions, cont:
I did not go into details as to what happened in my own case. Tandem axle trailer with 235/80/R16.
Tandem axle - so four of them. Trailer weights about 3,800 lbs., my '38 Packard V-12 weighs about 5,700 lbs. One dosnt have to be a math major to see why I THOUGHT changing out the "D" rated 15" tire/wheel comb. that my new trailer came with, for the 16's.(purchased thru Amazon, clearly labled Chinese). Have somewhere around 8,000 mi. on them.
Yes - of course - I or a neighbor who borrowed it COULD have whacked a side-wall against a curb....! More than once ?
It was around 105 that afternoon - headed to Los Angeles on I-40 for a car show exactly mid-way (meaning 80 miles either direction for help) (half way between Needles & Barstow...!) that I heard two bangs, at first what I thought were gun-shots, in rapid succession. At the same time so folks passing me were waving and yelling at me.
Obviously, an explosive failure of one of the two tires took the other one with it. Tractor Supply in Barstow only had a pair of 15's, "D" rated, so I grabbed them, drove the hour and a half back out to where, thankfully, my trailer had not been molested, changed the wheels and continued on my way (both wheels were ruined - both tires had blown completely off the wheels).
I am putting the spare on, together with the additional 235/80/R16 I just bought - will keep the two 15's as spares.
Yes, I am religious about tire pressure, and no, I don't cruise over 65 mph. As a side note, on the trip back up here to northern Arizona the 15's ran noticeably hotter than the 16's. ( ? ? ? ? ).
From the comments in here, many of you guys feel the whole ST idea is a crock - are having good luck using radial LT's. Wish I could find some reference from some known consumer protection/testing entity to confirm the comparative failure rates. And waiting for those of you who are using BIAS trailer tires to discuss your experiences.
Last edited by 6686L; 06-17-2019 at 01:21 PM.