Originally Posted by Lois L
I may be just a "typical woman, worrying about everything" but having a blow-out ripping through the fiberglass is not on my bucket list.
From another "typical woman" who has had a 5 year old tire fail from the inside out that still had lots of tread on it, I say there is nothing wrong with being a "typical woman" if your worries have some merit to them
While tire failures that are a complete blow-out and ripping the trailer apart are not all that common, what is common in my own experience is for the tire to fail at the least convenient location. I.E. on a busy freeway where safety while changing a tire is a concern or in a location where the nearest tire shop is 150 miles or more away and it only carries one brand of never heard of before tires. Giving you no opportunity to shop around for brand or best price. Been there done that!
If you google this site you will find lots of discussion on which brand is best. Everyone has their preferences and most often it comes down to past experiences. Whether it been a good or bad historical experience. I currently have a brand of tires on my trailer (not by choose but necessity) that I probable would never have chosen if I had a brand choose at the time. Funny enough they have actually out performed/lasted 2 sets of more expensive well known name brand tires I have had on the trailer.
I honestly think the reality is that the longevity of a tire is not as much to do about brand as it does in making sure the tires are of adequate load rating, balanced and running at correct inflation rate. As well as how long a trailer stays parked in one position during the course of the year and whether it is left sitting in a wet location or left out baking in the hot sun or if its parked in a nice dry garage.
If I have a big preference when it comes to ST tires it would be that I prefer radials to bias tire.
Yes some folks do put LT tires on their trailers - but I have noticed its often on much heavier trailers than our typical 13' or 16' fiberglass trailer. Here is a link to an explanation of the differences between ST Tires and LT Tires if you are considering going the LT route.
Trailer Towing ST Tires vs. LT Tires | RV 101