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Get More For Your Money In 2022: Simplify Trailer Tire Upkeep With TIRECRAFT

Whether you tow for business or pleasure, proper trailer tire maintenance is key for safety, performance, and cost-control. Fortunately, with 300+ TIRECRAFT locations around the country, proper upkeep has never been easier.

Read on to learn 5 best practices for trailer tire maintenance—all of which you can leave entirely up to your TIRECRAFT technician—or use our shop locator to book a free service consultation straight away.

Shop Smart: Start With The Right Trailer Tires For Your Vehicle And Needs

For optimal trailer tire performance, you’ll need to select the right tire for your unique vehicle, driving demands, and trailer load.

For starters, all tires must be identical to safely carry and distribute the weight of your trailer and its contents.  Also, the tires must have the combined load capacity to meet or exceed the placard load of the original trailer tires. This information can be found printed on the trailer tire sidewall, in the owner’s manual, or by speaking with your TIRECRAFT technician.

Beyond these basic criteria, trailer tire buyers are spoiled for choice, with numerous different brands and specialty designs available at all different price points. For beginner buyers, the sheer size of our trailer tire catalog can be daunting, but don’t worry, we support you every step of the way, providing personalized recommendations based on your initial needs assessment, explaining the pros and cons of each option, and steering you towards big tire savings where possible.

Keep Your Trailer Tire Pressure In Check

Improper trailer tire inflation can cause a whole host of problems, including:

  • Poor handling
  • Accelerated tread wear
  • Decreased fuel economy
  • Permanent structural damage to your trailer tires
  • Increase risk of trailer tire blowout

If there’s room in your budget, we recommend buying a tire pressure monitor and inflator. It only takes a few minutes to check and top-up your trailer tires before you hit the road, and it could save you hundreds of dollars over the long term.

Not only will you find quality tire pressure monitors and inflators at your local TIRECRAFT, but we include trailer tire pressure checks and top-ups as part of every service.

Balance Your Trailer Tires For Better Performance

Trailer tire balancing ensures that the weight of the tire and wheel assembly are distributed uniformly around the tire’s circumference, which prevents excess wear and “cupping” that can reduce performance and fuel economy.

We recommend booking a trailer tire balancing service after 20,000km or 12 months of driving, or any time you get a tire replaced.

Rotate Your Trailer Tires To Prevent Uneven Wear

Rotating trailer tires promotes even tread wear and is often required to keep your trailer tires covered under warranty.

Every RV and trailer is unique, so it’s a good idea to consult your owner’s manual for trailer tire recommendations. That said, it’s generally a good idea to rotate your tires every 6 months or 10,000km of driving.

Optimize Storage To Extend Trailer Tire Life

Improper storage can take years off the life of your trailer tires, forcing you to shell out for a replacement set much sooner than you would if you followed these simple instructions:

  • Keep your tires in a cool, dry storage area
  • Keep trailer tires out of direct sunlight and UV rays
  • Unload your vehicle so that your trailer tires aren’t carrying excess weight while in service
  • Thoroughly clean your trailer tires with soap and water before stowing, but avoid dressings
  • While in-service, try to place your vehicle on blocks to take the weight from your trailer tires
  • While in-service, make sure to move your vehicle at least once every 3 months to prevent cracking and flat-spotting—but avoid moving it during cold weather

To learn more about optimal vehicle storage, or to go pro with professional trailer tire storage solutions, get in touch with your local TIRECRAFT.

Simplify Your Trailer Tire Upkeep: Contact Your Local TIRECRAFT

To speak with a trailer tire specialist near you and get a free quote on your next service, use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool on our website.