175/80/13 tires instead of 20.5x8x10
My 16' flatbed trailer I use for hauling atv's has the crappy, short, fat 20.5x8x10 tires on it and I can't stand them. They're nylon and cheap.
Take them across the Denali Highway and you had better have spares!! I had 3 blowouts on my 12' snowmachine trailer between Cantwell and the Susitna bridge and back (last year) and I was only trailering a Polaris 6x6 and a Honda Big Red, less than 1,400 lbs. I don't believe I was overloaded.
My 16' trailer has clearance for 13" tires and rims; I tried the spare from my boat trailer which is a 175/80/13. It fit fine and looks good. Am I correct to assume that these may be a more suitable choice for trailering instead of the awful 20" tires? Anyone trailered atv's across the Denali with 13" tires/rims? Are the 175/80/13 trailer tires the same crummy material as the 20.5's?
I am running 14" trailer tires on our dual axle trailer and they are just fine. The issue with the 175/80/13 might be the weight rating and are they trailer tires? Check to ensure that you get 'ST' type tires and that the weight rating is correct.
You can get the 20 x 8 x 10 in 10 ply rating or load range E. World of difference. If you don't run the 10 ply's you will always have problems.