Factors to Consider for Gooseneck Trailer Wheels
Trailer Tire Weight
Gooseneck trailer wheels and tires are required by law to be adequate for the loads they carry and the speeds at which they are to be towed. So, regardless if you are carrying camping gear, a boat or horses, you will need to know your trailer’s ATM and tare. Overload can lead to overheating, which causes accelerated wear or a blowout.
If your Gooseneck trailer is less than 10 years old, it will have a compliance plate. This indicates the maximum size rim and tire size it can handle.
Gooseneck Trail Wheels and Tires: Important Numbers
Gooseneck trailer tires have different tread patterns, compounds, widths, sidewall sizes and speed ratings. The sidewall displays the brand, make and model, together with a series of numbers and letters, such as 165/60 R15 91H.
- 165: The section width of the tire across its tread in millimeters.
- 60: The width of the sidewall. Typically, an off-road tire will have a higher profile number, while a performance tire will have a smaller profile.
- R15: This is the construction and rim diameter. The R stands for it’s radial and the 15 is the diameter of the rim in inches.
- 91H: This number indicates the load index and speed rating of the trailer tire. The load rating (this example, the number 91), shows the maximum load, in kilograms, the tire can carry at the speed indicated by its speed symbol (here, the letter H).
The Size of Your Trailer Tires
If you plan on swapping out for some new, bigger or custom Gooseneck trailer wheels, there are few important factors to keep in mind, including:
- You will need to ensure they match the trailer hub.
- A larger rim and tire size may actually put more stress on the axles and springs.
- If you replace the existing wheels with larger ones, the trailer may not sit level with your towing vehicle, putting stress on the towball.
Check the Regulations
Towing a Gooseneck trailer that is non-compliant or not roadworthy has serious ramifications in an accident, so if you are planning something outside of the ordinary, make sure to check the rules and regulations out for your specific state.
Any modifications, such as fitting non-standard wheels or tires, might also affect your insurance, so examine your police before you hit the road.
Buying new tires for your Gooseneck trailer can be a complex issue. Unless you are replacing the old tires with something similar, it is worth discussing the available options.