When I bought our Lil Snoozy
from Alan we discussed the pros and cons of a spare tire. The pro is obvious, you have it when you need it. The cons, though, carried the day in my mind. No need to store the huge heavy spare tire. I threw a can of fix-a-flat in the tongue box and hoped for the best. I figured if we did have a flat I could leave the trailer on the side of the road and take the tire to a tire shop to be repaired. I haven't had a flat tire on my car in... Geez I don't remember when. Trailer tires
should be just as reliable, no? Snoozy came with Trail America load range C (1760#) radial tires
We had a slow leak two years ago, pumped up the tire (with a manual bike pump!) and drove a couple of miles to a tire store. They pulled out a nail and applied a patch to the inside of the tire. This is the tire that blew yesterday.
Worked perfect until it didn't. We had a blowout driving 65 mph on I10 in Florida. No drama, little traffic, no sway, gentle braking and a wide grassy shoulder to pull off on. Tires
were about 3 years old and had maybe 20,000 miles.
Only place I could find a St205/75-14 replacement on Saturday afternoon was Walmart. $120 and two hour wait for a Goodyear Marathon mounted on my rim or $109 and no wait for a premounted galvanized wheel/St205/75-14 no name bias ply tire. We were on the middle of a 500 mile day so I took the quick option.
I'm careful about tire pressure and had checked them (50 psi) the day before. I don't believe I hit road trash as the car tires would have hit it first. I've weighed the trailer, 2850#, so a reasonable amount of headroom to the 3520# tire limit. I don't exceed 65 very often and had the cruise control on 65 when the tire blew.
I still don't want to carry a spare but I REALLY don't want to have a blow out on the highway again. We were fortunate to have it happen in benign circumstances, had we been in a construction zone with concrete barriers and no shoulders we would have been SOL.
So, what are your thoughts about 1) was I foolish to have the tire patched two years ago? 2) any issue with a radial on one side and bias ply on the other? It towed just fine for the rest of the day - 250 freeway miles.
Thoughts about more a robust tire to fit on 14"wheels?
My car has 30.6" dia 5 x 5 wheel/tire. The trailer has 5 x 4.5 hubs and 26.5" dia tires. It would be slick if I could use the car spare on the trailer. I could replace the fenders with larger ones and I'd like the extra ground clearance but haven't really looked for 5x5 hubs that would take the same bearings as my existing axle