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Old 10-29-2013, 02:11 AM   #1
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Trailer snow tires

I'm due to replace the tires on my 2008 17B next summer. It will have been six years, although the tires look like they could last several more years.
Which raises a couple questions. Is it less likely that tires need to be replaced as often in the Pacific Most Wet vs. the sunny south?

And, given that there is plenty of tread left, and, given that winter tires wear out more quickly than harder summer rubber, would it not make sense to put winter tires on and run them year round? They aren't likely to run out of tread before they need to be replaced for age.

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Old 10-29-2013, 02:27 AM   #2
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I understand that tread wear is not a consideration for replacing trailer tires. They should be replaced according to years and miles regardless of the tread looking fine. That said, how often to replace them is up for debate but six years certainly seems long enough. Of course, there are those with the same tires for 20 years.
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:05 AM   #3
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I thought that winter tires because of their "different type--being softer rubber" shouldn't be used in the summer?

We just got escape to put on new tires for us as ours were originals and the previous owners did go across Canada with them--Reace could see some spots where the tread was "lifting"..Better safe than sorry...
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:39 AM   #4
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Straight winters might wear too quickly in the summer, and the tread might be too "squirmy". I have considered the Nokian WR for trailer use: it is essentially a winter design made suitable for summer, rather than the typical "all-season" approach of making summers work a bit better in winter. They also come in the Extra Load (XL) load range, matching them better to trailer loading expectations.

I ran a set of WRs on my Focus down to the wear bars a couple of years ago - that winter-ready rubber has great summer traction and they handled really well with the extra tread depth gone. I have a set of WRs in a larger size suitable for a 3500 pound axle capacity - and not completely worn out - that I am still considering for trailer use.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:13 AM   #5
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Hi: gbaglo...Can you even get ST winter tires? I think aggressive tread patterns tend to wiggle to much and you'd only find out after they're on the trailer, and you're on the highway... Alf
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:08 AM   #6
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Not to mention that snow tires will impact your MPG numbers. I remember as a young'uns we used to have snow tires mounted on rims and carried them around in the trunk. Good for a spare and in the event of nasty weather. Jack up the car and put them on, reverse the same in the spring.
Radials were not around then…whitewalls were white rubber rings mounted when you mounted the tire, cleaned with steel wool..
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There is really no need for the winter tire tread. Trailer tires are designed for being pulled straight, whereas vehicle tires are designed for traction. I have not heard of winter trailer tires before, is there such a beast?
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Do people normally camp in BC during the winter? I always assumed that the campgrounds were closed and most folks put away their RV's due to freezing, wet weather unless they travel south or just love survival.
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Do people normally camp in BC during the winter? I always assumed that the campgrounds were closed and most folks put away their RV's due to freezing, wet weather unless they travel south or just love survival.
Depends where in BC you are. The province is bigger then Texas and has regions with warmer winter months then the colder sections of Texas. Lots of all season camping on the coast and in southern sections of interior valleys at lower elevations. I'm starting the 2014 season in Golden BC beginning March 5 for a month.
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My recollection is that some states require winter tires on the trailer when needed.
The situation I'm thinking of is dragging Toad down to southern California in February. There are a couple of passes that can get heavy snowfall and may require them.
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