What Are The Best Trailer Tires?

I have two quick answers for the best trailer tires. If you have a large trailer and carry heavy loads, go with the Trailer King ST Radial Tire. For small utility trailers, I suggest Million Parts Trailer Tires with Rims.

Tire buying can be a confusing thing for nearly everyone. In my younger days, one of my first jobs was selling tires at a store right next to a large shopping mall.

I learned all about tires from some of the best people in the business. Most of them had worked at that same store for more than two decades.

I discovered that the majority of people will choose a tire based on price. The right way is to choose based on the need or appropriate application.

I remember a young man insisting that I sell him a tire designed for a Volkswagen Beetle. He liked it and he KNEW it would fit on his Ford Taurus.

Um…..No. That’s not the way this works.

Tires for trailers are even more confusing. There are both radial and bias-ply options, and who the heck knows what that is anyway?!

Well, I know the difference and in a short period of time, so will you.

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Should I buy Radial or Bias Tires?

Radial tires have what are called belts, or a ply, inside. These belts run at a 90-degree angle (measuring from the center of the tire). Radial tires last far longer than bias ply. They also don’t develop those annoying flat spots when the trailer isn’t moved for several months.

Bias-ply tires also use belts, but these run at a 30 to 45-degree angle. They are stiffer but they don’t last as long as radial tires.

But they can reduce the amount of sway you feel when pulling the trailer. They also increase the overall stability of your trailer when it is fully loaded.

This is a sort of give and take situation. The choice is entirely yours.

It all depending on the type of trailer you have and how much it weighs.

Maximum Load

Whether you’ve got a 5th wheel or an 8×10 utility trailer, look for the tag on the trailer with the VIN and the GVWR. This is the gross vehicle weight rating.

This value tells you how much weight your tires should be able to handle. It should also list the recommended tire size.

Every tire must list the maximum load that it can handle.

ALWAYS purchase a trailer tire that at least meets (and hopefully exceeds) your trailer‘s GVWR.

Now that you should be able to choose the right size and type tire, let’s look at some of the best trailer tires on the market today.

Carlisle Radial Trail HD Trailer Tire

This is a radial, heavy duty trailer tire.

Heavy Duty means this tire is designed to work on trailers up to one ton in weight per tire. It’s safe to say that these can handle almost anything you have. Most sizes have an 8/32 tread depth, but some larger sizes have 11/32 tread depth.

Carlisle might not be a big name you know. But they’ve been around for decades and are known for making quality tires at affordable prices.

The price will depend on the size of the tire you need but compare brands and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Most people who have used these tires say that they love how long they last. They appear to be some of the best quality tires they’ve had.

These are made in China which concerns some people.

Regardless of where they are made, they must be made using the standards that Carlisle provides.

Pros

  • They have super deep tread (as much as 11/32) means long-lasting wear.
  • They’re reasonably priced.
  • They have good heat and weight ratings.

Cons

  • There are a few complaints about the tires developing sidewall bubbles after only a few miles.
  • The tires have a 2-year warranty, but the warranty has quite a few limitations and restrictions.
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Million Parts Trailer Tires with Rims

Here is something you don’t see very often, a pair of new trailer tires including rims! When I saw that I could actually use these on my small 8×10 utility trailer, I had to try them.

I’ve never heard of the brand Million Parts, but this was a very economical deal that I couldn’t pass up. My tires had severe dry rot and the rims were anything but beautiful.

These tires are rated to hold 1,820 pounds each. But they are not suitable for cars or larger trailers.

The rubber looks to be good quality and they are bias-ply, which works well for me. These trailer tires have 6-ply construction and a speed rating of 75mph, so that’s another big plus.

I haven’t had much time to use them, but I did take two short trips and they felt very sturdy. Other’s note that even after a dozen trips in 100 plus degree weather, the tires had no issues.

Pros

  • Very reasonably priced
  • Good value
  • Good load rating and speed rating for a small tire

Cons

  • They don’t fit all trailers. Check your bolt pattern first.
  • Some complain of sidewall blowouts within a few miles or uses. But their load capacity was close to the maximum limit.
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White Spoke Trailer Wheel with Bias Tire

This is a larger size tire and rim than the Million Parts brand above.

This trailer tire has a weight rating of 1820 pounds maximum. The rim is the popular size and bolt pattern that fits many boat trailers and cargo trailers.

This tire and rim are not sold as a set, so if all you need is a spare tire, this one will work for you.

The tire is a bias-ply and it uses 6 belts. The speed rating is M, which means maximum speed is 81mph.

Most people who have used this say that it has given them a smoother ride than previous tires they have owned. They also mention the price is very reasonable for a new 15-inch steel rim and tire.

A few users have complained that the tire itself came apart in chunks after a few uses. Those complaints are in the minority. It seems most have planned to keep this as an emergency spare tire.

Pros

  • It’s reasonably priced for the size
  • They come conveniently mounted on the rim.
  • It its many different trailers.

Cons

  • The tire is mounted but must be balanced.
  • It’s from an unknown tire manufacturer.
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Omni Trail Radial Trailer Tire

Here is a radial tire for a change and this is sold without the rim.

This tire is made for towing, since it has a load rating of 2,150 pounds per tire (single) or 1,870 pounds if you have a dually.

That’s more than a one-ton per tire rating! Very impressive!

This Omni trailer tire has 8 belts and a tread depth of 9.57/32nds, which should make it super long-lasting. It also has a speed rating of L, which is 75mph.

Those who own this Omni radial trailer tire say that it has made pulling their trailers much easier and smoother.

There are very few complaints, if any, which is always a good sign.

Pros

  • It has a super high weight rating.
  • It also has a very good speed rating.
  • They’re reasonably priced for the weight rating.

Cons

  • They’re made in Singapore (Some question the quality).
  • The warranty is very limited (12 months or first2/32 of tire life)
  • It’s not a well-known brand name
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Trailer King ST Radial Trailer Tire

Trailer King is a well-known brand of trailer tires. This model is a radial tire that has 8 belts and a nylon overlay to prevent the belts from moving. A deep tread depth of 10/32nds means that it should be a long-lasting tire.

The ST radial trailer tire also features a treadwear indicator. You don’t have to guess when the tires should be replaced.

The speed rating is L, which means 75mph maximum, and the max load rating is a big 2,150 pounds per tire. The center tread design prevents the trailer from moving along any grooves in the pavement. This helps to make your trailer more stable.

For a tire with this weight rating, the price is almost unbelievable.

These are also made in China, where most tires today are made, but don’t let this concern you.

The majority of people who have purchased and used these tires say that they are one of the longest lasting tires they have ever used. Many people get more than 20,000 miles from them fully loaded.

Of course, your mileage may vary. 

There are a few complaints that the tires aren’t accurately marked. The owner felt that the tires were most likely only a 6 ply, but there is no evidence that this is true.

Pros

  • It’s a very attractive price for an 8-ply radial tire.
  • They have a long-lasting tread design
  • Trailer King name has a reputation for quality.

Cons

  • There are a few complaints about early sidewall blowouts.
  • The road Hazard warranty only applies if purchased at an authorized dealer.
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The Bottom Line

Trailers vary so much in size and weight that it’s very difficult to choose which is the best tire. But from my studies and experience, follow these guidelines:

For a smaller trailer (such as my 8×10 utility trailer) you can’t go wrong with the Million Parts Trailer Tires with Rims. Even if you only need one tire, keep the other one as a spare. Or use this pretty new tire and rim set on your trailer and keep one of the old ones as a spare. I like how this set not only spruced up the way my trailer looked, but it rides so much smoother now.

For those with larger trailers, I would go with the Trailer King ST Radial Tire. I’m a sucker for radial tires. The load rating for the prices I saw seems almost too good to be true. Besides, Trailer King is a name that you can rely on.

That’s my take on the subject. But the truth is, if you pick the right load rating for your trailer, you are way ahead of the game. 

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Jason Caldwell

Jason Caldwell

Car Fanatic. Performance Geek. Flathead lover.

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