Tires and Load Capacity

Tire Flotation and Load Capacity over Sand/Soil

Wagons with wider wheels are more useful on soft terrain. This handy chart will give you an idea of the carrying capacity of your wagon. It shows the suggested maximum load per each tire for adult hand-pulled wagons and trailers over a level surface. Multiply the weights shown by the number of wheels on your wagon: 

Suggested Loading Maximum Per Each Tire, lb. - Hand Pulled

Nominal Tire Size

Pavement

Hard Sand/Dirt

Wet Sand

Soft Dry Sand

9" x 2.8"

200

80

40

20

9"  x 4"

250

110

55

27

10" x 4"

250

120

60

30

13" x 4"

250

160

80

40

13" x 6.5"

250

250

140

70

The Maximum Safe Load Depends on Wagon, Terrain and Person.

 

Please note the following:

-The weight times the number of tires is not necessarily the total safe maximum weight for the combination of wagon, load, terrain and person pulling; the most comfortable, safe top weight will vary by the person pulling and variations in the terrain.

-Pulling up a slope of even 15 degrees will add more than 25% of the rolling weight to the drawbar force. Keep this in mind if your terrain is hilly.

-A tire pressure of less than half the rated maximum is not recommended especially for tubeless tires. Remember to keep your tires properly inflated!

-On this site, a wagon is only called a "beach wagon" if it has the largest tire size of 13" x 6.5".