Roadworthy Trailer ???


Anyone have contact information for a trailer manufacturer for a Flying Scot trailer that does not ruin tires after a couple thousand miles? We've towed a new aluminum trailer and a new galvanized steel Long trailer - both purchase from Flying Scot Inc. Tires lasted on the aluminum trailer less than one sailing season, and on the Long trailer one and a half seasons. Tire problems are so common with Flying Scots which travel each weekend there is a picture of a ruined trailer tire on the Flying Scot blog. A bad case is the boat from the east coast that ruined three tires on the round trip to the 2009 NAC's.

On our new Long trailer clearance between top of tire and fender is 3/4". It was not much more than that on the aluminum trailer.

Besides being a costly problem for frequent travelers, this is a safety issue.

There must be something wrong with both of your set ups. I have trailered my Old TeeNee trailer with the Scot ( 12 inch wheels and tire) long distances over several years. FS 3512

Maybe you should trade me your new Trailex aluminum for my old Tee Nee from 1985. Mine does pretty well on tires.

Having had many tires blow up on past trailers, it seems tire pressure is key. If the tires sit at the club in the heat and are low, the sidewalls get stressed. Then when you air up for the big trip and drive 1000 miles, kaboom.

In general, you can also buy load range B or C in the size we need. Load range C is what I buy, even though it technically seems to be overkill for the weight of the boat and trailer.

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

There are rumors around that imported tires made the last couple of years have been sub-par as far as quality goes. Whether that is true I do not know. We lost tread last summer going to the NACs towing my fathers boat. He has newer tires and an aluminex trailer.

I have very old 12" tires on my boat and utility trailer. I have hauled my Scot all over the place on those babies and they do not quit! My boat trailer is far from normal but well maintained. I have also hauled concrete with my utility trailer with no problems.

Like sawerspadre said the sidewalls do get stressed so check them often for cracks.

Always Always keep them properly inflated because they will fall apart if they are low when they heat up on the highway.

Make sure that you get tires that are rated for the boat. Not all 12" tires are the same. Some can't handle heavier loads but look the same as the ones that can.

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I've thought many times about replacing my Load-Rite, but it's so simple and easy that I just can't justify the "upgrade". I don't have any problems with the tires.

Bob Vance