RV, Trailer, & Camper Tires & Wheels
RV tires, trailer tires, and camper tires see a lot of rough roads and long car trips in their lives. In order to keep your trailer tires and trailer wheels in the best shape so that you and your family can continue using your load-bearing vehicles, you need to maintain the health and quality of those trailer tires and trailer wheels. The guidelines below may help you figure out what trailer tire and trailer wheel will work best for your RV, camper, or trailer to get the most out of your vehicle.Which trailer tires and trailer wheels are there to order?
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all wheel or tire for a trailer. Knowing what type of RV, camper, trailer tires, or trailer wheels you need is crucial in choosing the right trailer tire. Some general guidelines for the three different types of tires are described below:
- ST tire for trailer: ST stands for Special Trailer tires, which is an option for any form of load-bearing trailer. An ST trailer wheel has strengthened side walls to keep it stable during sharp turns, and some ST trailer wheels have steel cores for additional strength and security. ST trailer wheels and trailer tires are designed to last and withstand heavy loads that trailers are made to tow.
- LT tire for trailer: LT stands for Light Truck, and these wheels are the standard fare for trucks, SUVs, or vans. In other words, it may not be in your best interest to equip a high-load-bearing vehicle with such a wheel. In general, an LT wheel is made from alloy, which is an aluminum mix. And while aluminum is not as strong as steel, it suffices for the purposes of the LT.
- P Tires: This type of trailer tire or wheel is the P or Passenger type. As you may have guessed, a Passenger wheel is meant for your standard car and is generally considered to be less durable tires and wheels than ST or LT.
Choosing a steel tire or aluminum tire depends on the type of trailer or motorhome you have and your needs, but in order to give you a better understanding of the difference between a steel enforced wheel and an aluminum-based wheel, some of the distinctions of tires are explained below:
- Steel: Steel is generally considered to be more durable and better for heavy-hauls while it is heavier.
- Aluminum: Aluminum tires are considered to be lightweight and thereby provide better fuel economy while also having less weight-bearing capabilities
Unlike passenger car tires and wheels, trailer tires and trailer wheels tend to age rather than wear down. In order to help your trailer tires and trailer wheels last longer, here's how you can store your trailer:
- Store trailer tires and wheels indoors (like a garage)
- Keep trailer tires and trailer wheels out of the elements
- Put the trailer up on blocks and remove tires and wheels for long-term use
- Rotate trailer tires and wheels every 3-6 months