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    Quote Originally Posted by guybb3 View Post
    The 4.80 x 12 tires wear out too quickly and get flat too easily. .

    Yeah, sorry. 5.30x12. The ones I've seen are same height as the 4.80.???

    The tires shouldn't wear out quickly . Typically see them weather crack before wearing out.
    Is your axle / bearings in good shape ? Not bent or angled in any way.Bent axle will wear tires REAL fast. Could use a tape measure to make sure front and rear of tire are perfectly even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Get flat too easily?

    How much towing distance are you doing and at what speeds?

    What size and weight is the PWC you are carrying on that Yacht Club single trailer?
    How old is the trailer?
    I'm talking the amount of flats I've had over the 22 years of towing, I think, is excessive. I have an RXTX300 so it is a lot heavier than my daughter's TRIXX. The bunks are angled, like yours so a little rise is not a big deal. The furthest we tow is about 130 miles and we try to stay around 70 on the highway.

    Quote Originally Posted by casey67 View Post
    Yeah, sorry. 5.30x12. The ones I've seen are same height as the 4.80.???

    The tires shouldn't wear out quickly . Typically see them weather crack before wearing out.
    Is your axle / bearings in good shape ? Not bent or angled in any way. Bent axle will wear tires REAL fast. Could use a tape measure to make sure front and rear of tire are perfectly even.
    No, new trailer. I just figure I shouldn't have had to get new tires last year already for a 2019. Getting nicer tires for a little more money and having less aggravation is worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guybb3 View Post
    I'm talking the amount of flats I've had over the 22 years of towing, I think, is excessive.

    …RXTX300 …

    The furthest we tow is about 130 miles and we try to stay around 70 on the highway.

    … new [Yacht Club] trailer.

    I just figure I shouldn't have had to get new tires last year already for a 2019.
    Getting nicer tires for a little more money and having less aggravation is worth it.
    Larger diameter tires (and perhaps wheels) is an upgrade.

    I think some of us are surprised you have managed to wear out a set of trailer tires in three years of towing. How much total distance did the original tires go?

    130 miles per trip at 70mph, the original tires may have been operating at nearly maximum tolerance for combined speed and trailer weight. Tire load range and speed rating, not (yet) posted.

    Basic ST trailer tires are rated for 60mph (or 65mph) when inflated to the maximum air pressure listed on the tire sidewall. Operating at higher cruise speeds the trailer tire air pressure can be further increased or the tire load rating derated.

    Upgrading to better tires not only provides a larger overall tire but also the option of selecting a tire with higher ratings for maximum weight and/or maximum rated highway speed.

    Despite your trailer being fairly new, it is possible the axle is not quite square to the trailer frame. Or the axle/trailer has been bent/damaged somehow and the tires are not tracking correctly. Sometimes this is evident in the manner of the tread wear pattern on each tire, sometimes it can be hard to tell just from the (reduced) tread wear.

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    Almost any 12 inch trailer tire will be adequate for a single ski on a single trailer. If you want a better tire upgrade to a 12 inch radial tire. They roll better and ride smoother and wear better. I have several hundred thousand miles of towing a trailer and have never had a flat leave me on the side of the road. Maintain your trailer properly and issues will be rare if not completely non existent. Bigger is not necessarily better. Just use what’s rated for the load you are carrying and don’t exceed speed ratings for the tires

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Larger diameter tires (and perhaps wheels) is an upgrade.

    I think some of us are surprised you have managed to wear out a set of trailer tires in three years of towing. How much total distance did the original tires go?

    130 miles per trip at 70mph, the original tires may have been operating at nearly maximum tolerance for combined speed and trailer weight. Tire load range and speed rating, not (yet) posted.

    Basic ST trailer tires are rated for 60mph (or 65mph) when inflated to the maximum air pressure listed on the tire sidewall. Operating at higher cruise speeds the trailer tire air pressure can be further increased or the tire load rating derated.

    Upgrading to better tires not only provides a larger overall tire but also the option of selecting a tire with higher ratings for maximum weight and/or maximum rated highway speed.

    Despite your trailer being fairly new, it is possible the axle is not quite square to the trailer frame. Or the axle/trailer has been bent/damaged somehow and the tires are not tracking correctly. Sometimes this is evident in the manner of the tread wear pattern on each tire, sometimes it can be hard to tell just from the (reduced) tread wear.
    I will check the axle being perpendicular and the original tires were B rated. I replaced them with C rated. The wear pattern looked normal. I am looking @ the 5.3 x 12 D rated right now. Total distance on the 1st set? I don't have a clue. It just seems the tires on my old double trailer lasted longer!!


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    We did put some tires from a pontoon boat on an old trailer once but they were significantly wider. I'll get the size for those today. The ones we put on the old trailer were 205/65-10 but obviously we didn't have the stock fenders on it as these are very wide tires.
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    What do you guys think of this one? I think it fulfills a lot of the needs I have been wondering about.

    https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Tir.../TT53012C.html

    or this one?

    https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Tir...a/AM10140.html
    Last edited by guybb3; 06-05-2022 at 07:51 AM.

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    I have a single Magic Tilt, and a double Triton. They both came with 175/80 R13 wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conroe View Post
    I have a single Magic Tilt, and a double Triton. They both came with 175/80 R13 wheels.
    Those are a lot bigger in diameter than mine. I think I would definitely have fender issues. I'm thinking my best bet is going to be this one?

    https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Tir...a/AM10140.html

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