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    Trailer tires vs AT tires

    I have a little utility trailer converted from a Datsun bed. For years I’ve ran it with some cheap passenger tires and have noticed they looked overloaded once or twice (oops), but overall it has done what I want it to do. Primarily camping, has to follow me down dirt roads with occasional light trail use.

    It’s time for new tires, and I know I should put “better” tires on it. I can get actual trailer rated tires for about $65 at Costco, about half the cost of an off brand D-E range AT tire. Will a designed trailer tire do okay with light off roading? Or would they get torn to shit on fire roads and such? Any input appreciated.
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    Personally I think youd be better off with an LT-E

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    Typical trailer tire has stronger sidewalls to better support the load and resist sidewall twisting when turning, particularly on two axle trailers. On a single axle trailer an LT tire will work just as well.
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    Save the money and go with a decent trailer tire so you can change them out every couple of years and have a new tire for the same money as LT ones.
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    I have a couple trailers that sit a lot. I bought bias ply tires on eBay that are Uber heavy duty. I got tired of radials cracking out sidewalls every couple years with maybe 2-300 miles on them.
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    These are likely the best you can get...

    http://gladiatortires.com/tires/trailer/

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    As Denis said they are built differently. A trailer tire is made to resist lateral movement. This movement can cause the infamous trailer whip, and is actually more important to have on a single axle trailer where you only have one tire resisting the lateral sway. Most trailer tires are a bias ply design but in recent years companies have started producing radial versions. For your application where you are looking for it to perform some off road too I would look at the bias versions due to their superior strength.
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    I appreciate the advice guys. Kind of what I suspected about trailer tires, so I think I’ll go that route for now. It’s reassuring that no one immediately thought they’re going to fall apart if I use them on dirt, makes me feel a little better about cheaping out now. I can upgrade later if I find the tires don’t do the job I need them to.
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    I've towed our camper into dog valley a few times up through the Verdi side and the trailer tires seem no worse for wear.

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