The wheels themselves have a weight limit rating.
Most are around 3000lbs IIRC. Some are a little higher.
Cheap steel 15” wheels are under 3000lbs. Rated load
Nobody breaks wheels though generally.
Axles yes and tires for sure.
The worst trailer tires I’ve had were D rated 15” Carlisle’s. A total wreck in 2-3 years.
Titan another brand I had that blew and they looked good. Not sure how old they were.
Used to have Michelin’s and they dry rot cracked just like they still do.
My motorhome had Michelin’s and they were cracking. They were 6 years old though.
Goodyear’s have worked well for me. Marathons and now the Endurance E rated tires.
SCDIV1 makes a great point about wheels. We pi$$ and moan about tires but, the wheels have to be up to the task, too.
If you have two 7K axles and four wheels rated at 3K each your 14K GVWR trailer is now a 12K GVWR trailer.
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Always check the weight ratings on the wheels.
Assume nothing. Most overload their **. Scale your
I agree. I became a tire rating expert after driving my motorhome from North Carolina to Michigan with severely underrated tires that someone threw on to sell it. I was shocked to find my front tires were underrated by 3500#s. Could have been bad. Another reason I recommend everyone spend $20 and weigh your rigs.
My last store bought trailer was an '03 Classic 32'. It came with Goodyears and I finally changed them after about 12 years just cause I felt bad. Only had one failure, but I must have hit something and put a hole in the sidewall.
I bought the tires from Tire Rack. Best price ,free delivery at my shop in two days. That works
You want to see some eye opening tire abuse....
I routinely move trailer mounted generators and just trailers in general, with a forklift and a ball mounted on one fork...
Watch those trailer tires when you back a trailer up !!
A forklift can turn a trailer sharper than a tow vehicle but you get a real good view of the twisting and distorting loads put on the trailer tires just backing up and turning.
The best you can do is keep the turns as gradual as possible and it's way less abusive on the trailers tires...
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