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    I need new trailer tires, so I started poking around on the internet. For twenty years I have had BF Goodrich Radial T/A's (195/70/14) on my trailer (tandem axle with a 20' Bahner daycruiser). BF goodrich doesn't make that tire in that exact size any more, so I started shopping. While reading online I learned that there are distinct trailer tires. It seems I should be using trailer specific tires. I also found a lot of horror stories related to these trailer specific tires. I've never had any blowouts. Can I keep using car tires, or am I making a big mistake? What's the deal? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlrstme View Post
    I need new trailer tires, so I started poking around on the internet. For twenty years I have had BF Goodrich Radial T/A's (195/70/14) on my trailer (tandem axle with a 20' Bahner daycruiser). BF goodrich doesn't make that tire in that exact size any more, so I started shopping. While reading online I learned that there are distinct trailer tires. It seems I should be using trailer specific tires. I also found a lot of horror stories related to these trailer specific tires. I've never had any blowouts. Can I keep using car tires, or am I making a big mistake? What's the deal? Thanks.

    I think the lighter boats can get away with the TA's and what not, but i have a heavy 21' boat and had bad luck with car tires. I run a 205 75 14 Maxxiss 8008 radial on my boat and fifth wheel theyv'e been awesome tires, and look good too. I used to run the size you had but they don't make them that small. the 205's fit in there just fine, and i have very minimal clearance.

    I ran goodyear marathons for a while had a lot of trouble with them, but others haven't. I really haven't heard much negative about the Maxxiss though, and they're reasonably priced.
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    I run car tires on my boat trailer. The trailer was made in 1988 and had car tires on it its entire life. Depending on the weight of the boat you might be able to get away without using trailer specific tires.
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    If you buy car tires make sure they have a load rating for your boat and trailer combo.

    2 things I see a lot, load rating or speed rating wrong for there set up or driving style


    A friend of mine runs General Altimax RT, Extra Load 1653lbs ea. 205-70-R14
    car tire and loves them. Plus cheaper then most trailer tires.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSoaker View Post
    If you buy car tires make sure they have a load rating for your boat and trailer combo.

    2 things I see a lot, load rating or speed rating wrong for there set up or driving style


    A friend of mine runs General Altimax RT, Extra Load 1653lbs ea. 205-70-R14
    car tire and loves them. Plus cheaper then most trailer tires.


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