I am looking for opinions about replacement tires for my trailer. Specificly trailer tires vs. regular vehicle tires. I keep getting told to NOT use car tires due to sidewall strength. My trailer is a 13 footer and will weight in, loaded, far less than a vehicle. I would get very good quality tires either way, but can I use regular tires? I see a lot of car tires used and never hear of any problems. Suggestions?

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Elizabeth
On such a small trailer it probably would not matter,but why not use a light trailer tire.You must remember a trailer does sway back and forth more than a car which is why you are hearing about the sidewall.
Also when you get ready to sell some people may not like a car tire on a trailer.

Henry
Thank you Henry, for the input. I never had thought about the sway issue. Guess I will have to put out the money for trailer tires. They were just so much more expensive at the couple of places that I looked. I wanted to get some with the wider white side walls to kind of go with the 1958 trailer era mine is in. Got funny looks from dealers when requesting white side walls! Guess they just didn't get it!!!!
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the difference between trailer tires vs. car tires is the thickness of the sidewalls. Trailer tires are built to hold the greater weight of a trailer. I would not recommend using auto tires for a trailer. Hope that helps. Paige
Paige,
thank you for the information. I appreciate all the help I have recieved and hope this helps me to avoid any problems.
Elizabeth
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A option to trailer tires could also be a pick-up truck tire with four ply sidewall rating. They would offer you a larger variety to choose from.
Thanks for the information. The size of tire that I need is a 13 inch , 4 bolt rim. What about the tires that are sold in Wal-Mart? They say they are trailer tires and are mounted on the white rims. I wondered if they really are of good enough quality to mess with. I see a lot of them used and wondered if they were OK. They just seem so much cheaper in cost (around $35-55 each) for a rim and tire. Do you get what you pay for in this case? My trailer has a weight of about 1200 lbs empty. Don't even get into trying to ask me the GVW, tongue weight, etc. and all those terms!!! I don't understand that whole deal!!! It would seem to me that the tire/rim combo at Wal-Mart is meant for more of the utility trailer use, am I right?

i know u probbably already bought tires, but Coker tire has vintage car tires,,not sure if they  sell trailer tires they are internet or mail only

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