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SUBJECT: # 13573: Car Tires on boat trailer

Submitted by splais1 from ARIZONA on 11/6/2011 10:45:00 AM

Can anyone tell if it really makes any difference if you run trailer or regular car/truck tires on a boat trailer, and why. Especially if we are talking about a lighter trailer for an aluminum boat. thanks.

  1. 11/6/2011 7:33:00 PM Submitted by Alex from GA #10518 from GA says Imo.
    Go for it, I did and still do. If they'll carry the load + 50% they're fine.

  2. 11/9/2011 11:02:00 AM Submitted by Beartrap from GA says been doing it for years
    used kelly chargers both on my ranger and my duck boat(aluminum)and never had a problem.and done a ton of towing on long distance trips...Basscat boats have used them for years also... IMHO they are a much better tire than those cheap-azz over priced tires that they label as trailer tires... if any passenger tire had as many blow-outs,tread separations or uneven wear that trailer tires do...there would be lawsuits flying everywhere...


  3. 11/13/2011 8:40:00 PM Submitted by JohnM from KY says Been running them for thousands of miles
    My last two Cats going back to 2008 have had car tires. I also ran them back when I was broke and couldn't afford anything else but elcheapo car tires. I've been lucky and had one bad trailer tire in 30 years of boating. I take care of them and normally change them due to dry rot rather than wear.

  4. 11/19/2011 11:20:00 PM Submitted by Jeff Hahn from OH says Air Pressure?
    BT & JohnM: Just curious, what air pressure are you running in the car tires on your trailer? Do you still run 50 lbs. like in the Marathons?

    Jeff Hahn

  5. 11/20/2011 10:59:00 AM Submitted by Beartrap from GA says usually run 40lbs
    which is what my tire dealer recommends...he's a long time tourny fisherman also and very knowledgeable about tires and trailers...


  6. 11/29/2011 1:58:00 AM Submitted by Stratos20 #10695 from AL says Trailer Tires
    I did not get good wear from car tires on the trailer for my 17.5 ft fiberglass bass boat back in the 1980s. However, since that time on trailers for 17'9" and 20'2" fiberglass bass boats I've gotten great service from Goodyear Marathon Radial trailer tires! I keep them inflated between 45 & 50 cold air psi. Car tires on light-weight aluminum boats may work okay.

  7. 3/8/2012 4:58:00 PM Submitted by Kennyboy #10985 from TN says I wouldn't!
    Class "C" trailer tires have a thicker, reinforced wall (not surface but side wall) b/c your trailers don't have as good of a suspension as your car does. All that bouncing makes you more susceptible to a side blowout. Just my 2 cents.

  8. 9/3/2012 12:36:00 AM Submitted by CampHost11 from OTHER says That stiffer sidewall is important
    The likelihood of failure is not all that great, but do you want to risk it?

    You're more protected from major tire failure by using the trailer tires.

  9. 4/11/2013 6:17:00 AM Submitted by RJR from MO says .

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