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  • Tire presssure for horse trailers
  • Air pressure in horse trailer tires

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    03-14-2013, 11:15 AM
Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
You need to buy a tire guage so you can check the pressure at home. It needs to be part of your basic tool kit for the truck and trailer. Any auto supply store will have them. Or WalMart, Target, etc.
Good point. I was just assuming the tires would be low since I haven't used the trailer in a few months.
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    03-14-2013, 11:28 AM
I got a compressor to do my tire on my truck and trailer I found that some gas stations air dose not go up high enough my trailer tires are 85 psi it also make it easier to do
    03-14-2013, 11:34 AM
^^^ : ) Yep...checking those tires is a good idea first trip out. These days most gas places have the air station off to the side someplace. Not bad for a car but a truck and trailer? What a pain.
    03-15-2013, 01:13 AM
Green Broke
Just make sure you take your tire pressure cold (not run down the road/not sitting in the hot sun in late afternoon, etc). Reason is, as the air in your tire heats up, air pressure increases quite a bit (just ask any race car driver!). Anyway, get to much air in there and the darn thing can go boom. That's why the suggestion of max minus 10%.

Oh yeah, I second buying a tire gauge then toss it in your glove box so it's always on hand.
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    03-15-2013, 06:47 AM
Green Broke
Hit an auto section and buy your own compressor that plugs into an auto cig lighter, They are slow to air up a tire but they do work. Gas stations nowadays rarely have air you can actually get to with a trailer.
    03-15-2013, 07:56 AM
Just an update.

I rummaged in my truck and did find a tire gauge that I had stashes in my truck box. I took the trailer tire pressure cold and sure enough they were low.

I'm now concerned about my tires. A few of you on here have mentioned that gas stations won't usually be able to inflate the tires to the proper pressure. My trailer tire pressure was well within car range (in the 50's). Could I have the wrong tires on the trailer? The trailer came with the tires and all I remember at the moment is that they are Goodyear steelbelt radials. There was a model but I don't recall.
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    03-15-2013, 08:35 AM
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Some Trailer Manufactures put Car Tires on Trailers, some use Truck Tires, some use Trailer Tires.

It is all about the design and load ratings the Trailer Manufacture used when deciding how to manufacture the Trailer.

If it was originally designed with car tires you are fine, when you need new tires, I would opt for a higher load rating generally associated with truck or trailer tires, they would last longer.

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    03-15-2013, 09:17 AM
Green Broke
All that info is written right on the side of the tire. Should say if it is trailer, Or will have a P (passenger car or LT (light truck) in front of the size.
    03-15-2013, 09:36 AM
I will check them again tonight when I'm back at the farm.
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    03-15-2013, 05:27 PM
I second buying a portable air compressor. I keep one in my truck at all times. I check my tire pressure on the truck every week and on the trailer once a month.

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