Proper tires for white "sugar" sand on river banks
Newby here to the forum. I have a 2004 Rancher AT 400 that I bought used two years ago. It came with TSL-ATV Super Swamper Vampire 25x9.5-12 FRONT TIRES, and Super Swamper Vampire 26x2.00-11 REAR TIRES installed. I live on the banks of the Ocklockonee River in Florida and I have a huge white "Powdered Sugar" sand bar along my river front. I purchased the Rancher for the specific purpose of being able to hitch up my John Boat Trailer and launch my boat right in front of my house when needed, instead of having to drive two miles to the nearest boat ramp. I also use the Rancher for yard work and other odd jobs around the property, as well as riding woods trails but not very often. The main purpose is use on the river bank. So far the Vampires have done a pretty good job dealing with the powdered river sand, but when the sand is really dry and deep (out away from the rivers edge) they tend to spin and dig in if I don't keep moving, especially when pulling the boat and trailer, which has those small trailer tires that act like plow disks. I've been tempted to put larger ATV type tires on my trailer just for that reason, but then it would not be safe for highway travel.
Anyway, my Vamps are starting to show signs of dryrot, and are loosing air pressure. I'm looking into getting new tires to fit the existing wheel rims, but may consider a different brand, mainly due to the cost of new Vamps, as well as other reviews I've been reading about other tires that do better in white powder sand, especially when pulling a heavy load such as a boat and trailer through the sand. Does anyone have suggestions as to the best tires up to my specific challenge? I'd be glad to hear anyone's experience in this type of situation with various tires. I've read that I shouldn't go over 27" with front or rear tires, but I'm afraid I'm stuck with what I have. Can't afford to buy new rims as well as tires. Thanks.
Last edited by KneverKnew; 12-12-2012 at 01:08 PM.