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Indeed tube versus tubeless is an interesting question. I have owned well over 25 different boat trailers in my life and ran both tubes and tubeless and have to say I have never ever had a problem with a tube myself. We all know how poor the paint finish is on trailer wheels and that the inevitable rust does often lead to poor seating (and therefore sealing) of a tubeless tyre. A tube does solve this kind of leak and if the tyre and rim are sound (despite any rust) then there is no reason why the tube would have anything other than a positive effect. I must have run over thirty different trailer wheels fitted with tubes (and on many cars) without any problem. I have, however, heard of others having problems with tubes. It seems that on nearly every occasion the tube had got damaged by the tyre levers when refitting the tyre leading to premature failure. The small 8″ wheel is particularly difficult to fit with a tube without damaging the tube when re-fitting the tyre, great care is needed. Indeed they are too small for tyre fitting machines and most tyre shops will simply give the offending wheel to an apprentice along with a pair of long screwdrivers and say “stick a tube in that will you”. As the tyre slowly deflates in use it runs under-inflated and therefore gets too hot and blows out or deflates suddenly. On a car the driver would notice the loss in pressure first but not on a trailer, especially behind a large vehicle like a van or motorhome.
My first Wayfarer (Moores) was supplied with a purpose built Moores trailer whose suspensions and 8″ wheels with 4 ply tyres was at absolutely maximum capacity with nothing in the boat whatsoever! Properly plated up and everything so you at least knew you couldn’t carry so much as a burgee in the boat. First thing I did was replace suspensions with greater capacity along with 10″ rims and tyres and bigger mudguards of course (having checked that the chassis could handle to theoretical increase in maximum weight). Cost about £250 so around half the cost of a new combi base and good for many years to come.