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When you think of maintaining the trailer you use to tow a boat or any type of equipment, you may only consider the wiring, lights, frame, and axles. However, the tyres you use on that trailer are also very important, and shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to the trailer's maintenance. Note a few reasons why you always want high-quality tyres on your vehicle's trailer, and how to spot some common problems with those tyres over the years.
It's not unusual to have mismatched tyres on a trailer, as you may replace a flat tyre with whatever brand is cheapest or easily available. However, it's never good if the tread of one tyre is much deeper than the others, or if it runs in a different pattern. A deeper tread will offer more traction and grip, which isn't good for just one tyre; that added grip will mean drag and pulling on that side of the trailer.
If the tread of one tyre runs in a different pattern, it may not offer as much grip as the other tyres, or enough traction for the weight of the trailer, and your load may be more likely to skid and slide. Always replace all four tyres together, to avoid these risks.
Note that a tyre can fit the rim of a trailer but be larger or smaller than the other tyres on the trailer, and this can be dangerous. A larger tyre will have more grip on the road and cause pulling, as mentioned above. A smaller tyre won't cushion the trailer as much as it should, and the frame of the trailer may dip in that direction. Check the size of the other tyres when replacing any of them, and ensure they all match.
When tread is worn down on tyres for any vehicle, this can cause the vehicle to slide and skid, and especially on wet pavement or when travelling at high speeds. For a trailer, worn tyre tread can mean the added risk of tipping, as the grip of that tread is what keeps all four corners of the trailer on the road. A trailer that pulls and slides around because of worn tyre tread can also cause pulling on your vehicle, so that it becomes more difficult to control the steering or safely apply the brakes. Always check the tread of your trailer tyres regularly and replace any of them at the first sign of wear or balding.