Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Gloucester, MA
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I would recommend shopping someplace other than WM. Whenever I need new trailer tires, I just go to the local tire shop. There are trailer specific tires but you can use any old car tire as well. Trailer tires are designed for tracking while car tires are designed for traction as well but you shouldn't be able to tell the difference on something that light. You also don't need the exact same size tires, you need something that fits the rims that you are using and will fit inside the fenders but that is it. I would recommend taking a wheel and tire to your local shop and having them replicate it. The most important thing is going to be the stud pattern for the wheel.
As mentioned above, the bearings should definitely be checked. If they are not any good and you try to drive, you should know when the wheel locks up as soon as the bearing gets warm. If this happens, don't fret, they usually free up again once they cool down so you can crawl to the next exit ramp.
Have you checked the lights? If they are not working, usually the easiest way to get them to the point where you can go on a roadtrip is to buy one of the lighting kits sold at Walmart and bolt it on. You can install a kit like this in 15 minutes and it is legal provided the trailer isn't big enough to need marker lights.
Also, it is worth checking leaf springs, the axle, and the coupler for rust. It is never fun to have any of those break on the road.