What? Is conversate even a word? It is now! Now, can we get beyond that and talk about your trailer tires today. We got this note from fellow a Woody Boater Craig, regarding a bit of a scare regarding his trailer tires. Ya see, he was at a show and good guy/ fellow Hagerty hall of famer, Charles Mistele mentioned to him at the Hartwell boat show that I need to get new tires even though mine looked brand new.
Craigs tires were from 2006 and really didn’t have any ware, and didn’t know that the standard trailer tires were “D” rated and were designed for pulling around 55 MPH. Leaving the Chatuge boat show in GA last weekend Scott Turner from Aristocraft Boats noticed one tire was low and we swapped it out (my second flat this year). When we got home I took the trailer to the local tire store and ordered “E” rated tires, recommended by Charles and are rated to speeds up to 81 MPH.
I asked the tire tech to save the best two for a junk trailer and he showed me these tires and recommended I throw them away. If you look at the pictures closely you will see chunks of tire missing or torn… there was no way to tell from the outside and appreciate the advice from Charles. Five new tires at $99 each installed, is cheap insurance.
YIKES! Comment all you want today, I am headed out to the barn to look at my tires!