There are several types of trailers. Each of them having its own function, the specificities of their tires will not be the same.
In order to determine which type of tire is right for you, you must first identify which category of trailer yours is related to.
In general, ordinary trailers sold on the market have particularly strong tires capable of withstanding heavier loads while retaining a malleability allowing them to follow the irregularities of the road without breaking. However, certain types of trailers are subject to special conditions which require very specific tires.
This is the case, for example, with boat trailers. As these tires must offer good performance in the water, when unloading the boat, they must meet a few distinctive criteria. For example, their tread should provide good traction when submerged.
When choosing your tires, keep the trailer manufacturer's recommendations in mind. You will need to make sure you get the correct size tires. Next, know what kind of load the trailer will carry, and make sure the tires can support that weight.
Note that, as trailer tires are specific, your mechanic may not have them in stock and must order them directly from their supplier. In this case, expect a delay before delivery. Checking the condition of your tires often will prevent you from being caught off guard a few hours before your trailer is to be used.
The lifespan of a tire varies from three to five years. Depending on how you use them, tires may wear out faster, or last longer. High speed towing and heat wear the tires more. That's why experts recommend storing the trailer in a cool, shaded area between uses.
Also, when storing your trailer for a long period or for an entire season, be sure to raise the trailer with blocks to prevent the tires from unnecessarily under the weight of the trailer during this time. This will increase their lifespan considerably.
Finally, remember to check the rolling of the wheels. Although the bearings are not directly in the tire, they do affect the performance. In fact, if the bearings are not sufficiently lubricated or are faulty, they can cause the air pressure in the tires to increase and, as a result, damage them. It is therefore important to regularly check the condition of this part of the wheel.