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Bias ply have two benefits. They’re more forgiving of curbs and potholes and, if one blows at highway speed, they simply fly apart. Radials roll easier, cooler and last many more miles as far as tread wear, but not years. When a radial blows at highway speed, they often beat the trailer with steel belts causing extensive damage. I have 14” Carlisle bias ply on my boat trailer with good results. I’m thinking of trying a set of 15” bias ply Carlisle’s on our TT this fall.


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Hannibal wrote:

Bias ply have two benefits. They’re more forgiving of curbs and potholes and, if one blows at highway speed, they simply fly apart. Radials roll easier, cooler and last many more miles as far as tread wear, but not years. When a radial blows at highway speed, they often beat the trailer with steel belts causing extensive damage. I have 14” Carlisle bias ply on my boat trailer with good results. I’m thinking of trying a set of 15” bias ply Carlisle’s on our TT this fall.


A worthwhile read if contemplating new bias ply tires.

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Interesting article. One line caught my attention though.

“He says trailer overloading, not tire quality, leads to ST tire failures.“

Either he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, or the masses here on RV.net don’t. I’d like to see some numbers though. The difference in damage done between bias ply and radial when they do blow is undeniable. Radial damage is often very extensive. Bias ply blowout damage is none. But if bias plies blow far more than radials, there may be something to it. I’ll be staying with bias ply on my boat trailer. I do not want steel belts whipping my boat in case of a blow out.

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