Posted by J. Hawkins on 14th Jul 2017
Yes, you read that right. There are tire lessons we can learn from our TP habits. It might seem like a stretch but let’s just break this down.
Cost: What toilet paper do you buy, the cheap single ply stuff or the more expensive two ply? Research has shown (yes there are people out there that actually research this) that most people use twice as much single ply TP so they don’t get their hands dirty. So if you break that down, 200 sheets of 2 ply = 400 sheets compared to 300 sheets of 1 ply= 300 sheets. If they are both the same price, then the 2 ply is the best deal.
Convenience: Using too much cheap toilet paper can clog some toilets. A clogged toilet is not convenient. My uncle the plumber said that a good portion of his calls were to unplug toilets clogged with toilet paper, especially in homes with teenage boys and husbands. If you have this problem, I recommend asking your husband to be more careful, especially if you are the one having to clean up the mess. Sometimes the problem isn’t that you have a bad toilet but the wrong toilet paper and a wadding husband/teen, so cheap toilet paper can get to be very expensive.
Usage: Most families who “wad” their TP use 50% to 75% more toilet paper than those who fold. Once again, using just the right amount will save money. Teach all members of the family to fold their toilet paper instead of wadding it.
Now how can we use this to relate to our wheel/tire purchase decision?
Cost: Is the majority of your tire purchasing decision price based? Does the $180 10-ply tire always look like a better deal than the $300 10-ply tire? Just like the TP, which one is going to last longer and be of better service? If the $180 tire needs to be replaced every 10,000 miles but the $300 tire lasts more than 30,000 miles, which is the better deal? It takes 3 of the $180 tires to get the same miles as the $300 tire. So the cost of ownership of the “cheaper” tire is actually $540 to get the same number of miles as the $300 tire.
Convenience: Just as no one likes to have a toilet down and clogged, no likes to have a tire fail and leave them changing it alongside a busy road or stranded. Under performing 16” tires are failure prone and often cost more in down time, inconvenience, and trailer damage to ever justify their use on heavy hauling trailers.
Usage: Most people who use 16” trailer tires use 300%-1,000% more tires than those using 19.5” tires. That’s right, a 19.5” tire will typically last 3-10 times as long as the 16” counterpart. Most are considered an 80,000-mile (or more) tire.
A steel Evron 67 wheel and 14-ply 225/70R19.5 tire starts at $379.95. In comparison, a Goodyear G614 14-ply rated tire alone runs about $325 or more. A G614 has 12/32” tread depth, a 225/70R19.5 has 16/32”+ tread depth. The low-profile design of the 19.5” setup provides a more stable ride, the least amount of sidewall flex and distortion, the lowest cost of ownership, and greatest peace of mind.
And just think, it was toilet paper that helped us with this. Toilet paper and tires, they just go together for some reason. You can’t go without either (or at least we hope not, eww!) and we always will need more. But you can reduce the cost of this necessary expense and increase safety at the same time with Boar Wheel.