The Ultimate Trailer Tire?
Trailer tires are usually the most overlooked part of a vehicle fleet. In most cases, trailer tires spend a lot of time sitting parked in one place, exposed to direct sunlight and other harsh environmental conditions. Unlike the monster mud-terrain treads that provide excessive traction for your trail rig, mild-mannered trailer tires rarely get any of the attention they deserve—nor are they ever considered a part of the rotation schedule. Heck, most people don’t even bother balancing them. Yet we depend on them for so much.
Without a trusty set of treads under your trailer, that extra cash you saved up for that vacation wheeling trip can easily be wiped away by an inconvenient blow-out along a lonely stretch of interstate. And while the infrequent roadside tire shop owner may rejoice at the opportunity to part with a set of off-brand equivalents he’s been sitting on for three years, putting off that planned trailer tire purchase can be a costly ordeal indeed. We recommend shifting your trailer tire renewal strategy into high gear before you think you really need them. If you’re like us, you probably have a lot riding on your trailer tires—and we’re not talking about cargo weight, either.
Recently, we found a new trailer tire that offers excellent value and noteworthy protection from the high heat that can develop while towing a trailer. The Hankook F19 is manufactured in South Korea and features robust 14-ply construction. It is a load range G-rated tire capable of handling 3,330 pounds at 105 psi.
When it comes to G-rated trailer tires in the 16-inch wheel size, choices are limited. Most are priced well over the $250 mark. As such, the F19, at just over $200 per tire (at time of print) offers a great value. We tested this tread on our 2007 Stellar 40-foot toy hauler and found that they provided great stability and even wear. What we like most about a high-quality tire like the F19 is the peace of mind that comes from knowing your tires are up for the job, no matter what road conditions are like. fw
Tire: Hankook Maxi-Vantage F19 Size: 7.50R16LT
Type: Trailer Load range: G
Max load (lb @ psi): 3,330 @ 105
Sidewall: 2-ply nylon, 1-ply steel
Tread: 2-ply steel, 1-ply nylon
Approved rim width (in): 5.5-7.0
Tread depth (in): 14.5/32
Tread width (in): 5.9
Section width (in): 8.4
Overall diameter (in): 31.9
Static loaded radius (in): 15
Revolutions per mile: 651
Weight (lb): 54