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    So I just put 4 new tires on the trailer. As I am standing outside discount while home boy was hitting all the lugs with a torque wrench, he says to me dont forget, these tires have a max speed limit. He tells me 65mph tops. At first I was cool because we normally boat local and never need more than 65, but when we got to larger lakes we have to hit the freeway and I would like to do 75 or 70 at least. What is your thoughts on these max speed limits for trailer tires? I mean I guess they have a limit for a reason right? I wont push 75 if it will risk a blowout.....
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    CA speed limit is 55 with a trailer. Dont be in a rush when pulling/hauling your toys.....
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    he might have told you that for liabilty reasons. i turned my little 13" trailer tires to a good 80mph today in AZ.
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    My boat weighs 2300 lbs on the tandum axles. It's been doing fine for years with 4 tires from a Cavalier. It's a drag boat and it gets towed 70 to 80 mph for 600+ miles to get to a race. The trick is to weigh the boat and trailer and put tires on it that can carry the weight. And an under inflated tire won't last long at all.

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    I run bfg radial t/a's or michelin xps rib...tow at 80 or so...zero issues with the xps....amazing tire. Most "trailer" tires are crap btw, goodyear marathons included (ive blown 7 over the years) Towed my race rig, 34' enclosed at 85+ to races with xps rib NEVER had any issue with them at all. bfg for light stuff.

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    I roll 70ish don't try it at home though! , best thing I ever did with my cruiser wwas to buy STG trailer tires and ditch the car radial low pro's tows "dream boat"

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    i've been running kumho trailer tires under mine for the last 3+ years. they have about 35k on 'em after the most recent 3500 mile r/t to kentucky. a lot of those miles were between 70-75, and the 3000 mile r/t to arkansas next month will be between 75-80 most of the way. i carry a spare, but don't really worry about the tires at all. i do pay very close attention to the wheel bearings, and carry everything i'd need in one box to completely rebuild 2 of 'em on the road if i have to.

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    is cali the only state with the 55 rule for towing. it seems alot of you guys have no consideration for the rules of the road. so does this mean you guys are the same ones that want to do 10-20 in the -no wake zone- because your in a hurry. if you always find yourself needing to spd to get somewhere, i dont know....try leaving earlier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skippers WFOT View Post
    is cali the only state with the 55 rule for towing. it seems alot of you guys have no consideration for the rules of the road. so does this mean you guys are the same ones that want to do 10-20 in the -no wake zone- because your in a hurry. if you always find yourself needing to spd to get somewhere, i dont know....try leaving earlier.
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    No speed limit for trailers here in MI. 75-80 with car tires never had a problem
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    Take the guys at discount with a grain of salt. I heard one selling someone on trailer specific tires which were twice as much as the same size car tires because "when you are going 50 in the car, the trailer tires are going 80." I use automotive tires on my boats and don't have any problems. The reason for bias ply tires is bacause they are less likely to flat spot from sitting for long periods of time and they supposedly track better behind a vehicle, not following the lines in the road.

    55 for towing is lame. There is no proof that owing at these speeds is safer for those towing or those around them. the speed limit should be the same as traffic like many other states. Having a vehicle traveling 20 mph slower than traffic is unsafe.

    For the record, those of us who travel over 55 on the freeway are usually wasted with open containers and children in the car who upon reaching our destinations, back down the ramps crooked, making multiple attempts and blow through no wake zones.
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    Car tires have better flotation (not the water type) versus stiff sidewall trailer tires. Make sure that the boat and trailer is less than the loadrange of the tires. Say boat and trailer weigh 3800#. For 4 tires, your load rating should be over 1000# per tire. (most exceed this) And balance them!

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    Yeah I guess you never know about the Discount guys. He was really pushing me on the trailer tires but I was arguing with him because the tires that they took off were low profile car tires. Not to mention, the tires they pulled off were the original tires from when the trailer was built. The trailer is a 95 and the tires were dated 94...i guess those lasted pretty long!

    As for the comment on the barrings, I couldnt agree more. I only carry one spare though.
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    Your one of those guys that passes me at 75 on rice road towing your boat so you can get there a half hour faster.
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