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KB

07-25-2003 19:05:59




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Does anyone know what the difference is between mobile home tires and regular 14.5 trailer tires. The only differences I have noticed (besides them being stamped as such) is the size is 8 X 14.5 vs 7 X 14.5 on my trailer. Just wondering if I can use these on the trailer or not.




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Tom

07-26-2003 21:12:33




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 Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to KB , 07-25-2003 19:05:59  
AS below, if you use a tire not rated for highway use, and an accident occurs; then the lawyers can get your farm and ruin your family's life for generations to come. Want to chance that for the price of good tires?? I think not.



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Pete J., Vermont

07-26-2003 20:45:38




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 Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to KB , 07-25-2003 19:05:59  
Perhaps somebody can move 350 bales of hay a couple of miles once a week for years and I don't question that. I have LOTS of experience trailering 6,000 lbs on an 18-ft flatbed for distances between 200 and 550 miles. Although I was careful to check tire pressure all the time, I found out mobile home tires lasted for about 2,000 miles at best. But worse than that, they were subject to flats and not just "blowouts" but what I would call an "explosion." And, on a two-axle trailer, I've had the second tire fail before I was able to stop because the first one went. I had a rack built to carry TWO spare tires. After 2 years of buying 4 "almost new" mobile home tires each year for $15 a piece, I gave up and went to regular, top $$$ highway tires. Even if you don't have a blowout or separation, these tires will ONLY last 2,000 miles AT THE MOST at Interstate speeds under load. Remember, they already most likely did 1,000 to 2,000 miles getting to wherever you bought them. If you have (or cause) an accident because you used an illegal tire. it will cost more in $$$ and frustration--and in some states a ticket--than a good set of tires in the first place. And it could even cost you life or limb--or somebody else's life/limb which could end up costing you your house, car, truck, trailer, tractors, etc. Think about it a bit. (I was once following my trailer in another truck when one of these tires "blew up" and the second one went before the driver could stop. It wasn't a pretty sight and delayed us more than 4-hours.

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Tim

07-26-2003 21:16:45




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 Re: Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to Pete J., Vermont, 07-26-2003 20:45:38  
We haul 350 bales every day during hay season localy and up to 200 miles one way during the fall and winter. The secret to mobile home tires is air pressure, they say 70 psi but up that to 100 and they cause no problems. There is no difference in using them on a trailer on the highway and moving a house trailer 500 miles with them. But to each there own. As far as being illegal in some states, I have never found any. The only places I could think of them being outlawed would be the east or west coast states and to me they don't really belong in this country.

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john

07-28-2003 11:22:49




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 Re: Re: Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to Tim, 07-26-2003 21:16:45  
Virginia happens to be on the coast, don't know where you are at, but it sure was here before most any of the others. Hope you were joking



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Gary in IL

07-28-2003 10:22:32




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 Re: Re: Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to Tim, 07-26-2003 21:16:45  
they are illegal in Illinois



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Ga. Farmer

07-27-2003 16:08:12




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 Re: Re: Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to Tim, 07-26-2003 21:16:45  
Hey hey now, Georgia was a part of this country a long time before the other 37 states. And I quit using mobile home tires years ago. Got tired of changing flats.



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jokers

07-26-2003 08:47:52




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 Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to KB , 07-25-2003 19:05:59  
I don`t know anything about specific construction differences between these tires but according to Federal DOT laws you can`t use tires which are labeled "Mobile Home" for anything but mobile homes. Depending on your application this can cause you alot of grief. You might as well buy good lowboy tires upfront.

Russ



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Jimmy King

07-26-2003 04:14:05




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 Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to KB , 07-25-2003 19:05:59  
My Dad and I built a 18ft. flat bed back in the 70's used moble home axle and tires. We had flats, tires came apart so we put on good trailer tires about 80 bucks apiece they are still on it very few flats. Mobile home tires will not last very long even aired up to 90 psi they just won't take the heat.



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Glenn-WV

07-25-2003 19:56:30




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 Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to KB , 07-25-2003 19:05:59  
It's my understanding that mobile-home tires are not sufficient for sustained high-speed trailering, whereas trailer tires are rated for highway use because they can handle the heat build-up. I'd go with the trailer tires.



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bob

07-25-2003 22:09:39




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 Re: Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to Glenn-WV, 07-25-2003 19:56:30  
You mean they don't drive the speed limit when transporting mobile homes from the factory?



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Tom-Pa

07-26-2003 00:56:22




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 Re: Re: Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to bob, 07-25-2003 22:09:39  
You have to remember, Mobile home tires are usually a one way tire. they are built to get to the dealers then the final resting site. They are not designed for constant use on a trailer. In fact, many states forbid their use on a regular trailer. Get the tires designed to hold up to a regular trailer use. (Think safety)
Good luck



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Glenn-WV

07-26-2003 21:26:44




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to Tom-Pa, 07-26-2003 00:56:22  
Thanks, Tom; that's what I was getting at. :-)



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Tim

07-26-2003 04:07:51




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Mobile home tires vs trailer tires in reply to Tom-Pa, 07-26-2003 00:56:22  
There is no difference in trailer tires and mobile home tires. Most mobile homes now are sold without the tires and the transporter who set the home up keeps the tires. The difference in the 7 X 14.5 and the 8 X 14.5 is only in the size. Most mobile homes are moved long distance on the 8's and local movers use the 7's. The major problem with "mobile home tires" is the age of the tire. You can buy new 14 ply 8 X 14.5 tires for around $66 dollars around here. We use them on every trailer we have and also use them on the mobile homes we move. We use the same tires on our 36 ft gooseneck hay trailer hauling 350 bales of hay as we do on the 16 X 80 homes.

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