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Flowermom

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We have had our 5th wheel for 2yrs. it is a 2017 but we did not get it until 2019. So the tires are original. We just put another 1500mls on them this mo. One of the rear tires was wearing on the inside and lost air. We changed it with our spare. My question should we replace the tire on the other side, same axle? It seems from reading other posts there is a lot of differences on types of tires?
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The year you bought it is immaterial ,, the date it came out of the mold is the build date and the only one that counts. The tire was 4 years old and may have been run low on air,, this accelerates the wear and shortens the life quickly, you are probably lucky that it did not do more damage to your 5er than the tire was worth. Pay more attention to age, condition and proper air pressure than where its placed..>>>Dan
 

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It would be a good idea to replace the one on the other side as well so they match on the same axle but a lot might depend on the wear of that tire you are thinking about replacing. That way you could use the one you replace as a better spare than the one that is worn. Seeing how the tires are at least 4 years old might want to consider doing the rest within a couple of years. That is what I would suggest if you were one of my customers. Interested in what other people have to say.
 

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Are you keeping your tires covered when not in use for long periods?
Do you check the pressure regularly?
Do you run over curbs or "pinch the tires"
What is the speed rating of the tires (yes they have a maximum speed) and do you go at or below that speed except for short periods

Answer these questions in your mind and if you answer "NO" to three of the questions I would replace the tires.
A blowout at speed may be thousands of dollars to repair the trailer (do not ask how I know)
 

Mark_K5LXP

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From the initial post it seems the selection of tire is somewhat secondary to why they're having unusual wear.

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donn

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Guys, the OP said the tire was worn on one side. Does that give you any clues?
The possabilities are, bent axle, or overloaded.
First thing the OP needs to do is get his trailer weighed. Second thing is a thorough suspension inspection. Lastly he needs to get the axle alignment checked just after he replaces the old outdated tires with new qualiry tires.
 

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I have to agree with Donn 1million% i have just had my tri axle toy hauler axles aligned all 3 were out buy varying degrees .
Weight the trailer make sure your not overloaded
Next check tire pressures often
Todays tires are made with less than 5% rubber its all synthetic materials covering tires is frankly hogwash and an old wives tale.
SPEED keep it down. We all like to drive fast - me included l like my fast cars and bikes, but pulling a trailer no,keep it down and look at the tires speed rating.
Load range - look at it make sure your not overloading the tire.- mine are rated to 3800lbs each so 2 tires per axle it 7600lbs on 7000lb axles - not ideal but adequate till i replace them
 

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Todays tires are made with less than 5% rubber its all synthetic materials covering tires is frankly hogwash and an old wives tale.
I guess Michelin deals in old wives tales then. Because they recommend THEIR tires by covered when not in use for long periods.
They make some of the best tires in the world so what do you think a lesser tire needs?

 

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I guess Michelin deals in old wives tales then. Because they recommend THEIR tires by covered when not in use for long periods.
They make some of the best tires in the world so what do you think a lesser tire needs?

If you actually read the entire thing is says
A - if stored for long periods of time meaning years
B Store in cool dry place meaning i have to find an air conditioned storage unit for my rig
C Tires should be removed and hung up
Tell millions of rv owners they are all doing it wrong and they need to change thier ways immediately. Lmao

Tire covers will NOT do any harm but in 40 years of rving with a dozen different rvs and i have no idea how many sets of tires ive never heard or experienced a single person have tire failure due to not covering them up unless they are 20 years old and in that case they should have been replaced about 14 yrs ago and if you incurred "thousands of dollars in damage" it goes to prove that even covered up as per your intructions that doesnt work
"Are you keeping your tires covered..."
 

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If you actually read the entire thing is says
A - if stored for long periods of time meaning years
B Store in cool dry place meaning i have to find an air conditioned storage unit for my rig
C Tires should be removed and hung up
Tell millions of rv owners they are all doing it wrong and they need to change thier ways immediately. Lmao

Tire covers will NOT do any harm but in 40 years of rving with a dozen different rvs and i have no idea how many sets of tires ive never heard or experienced a single person have tire failure due to not covering them up unless they are 20 years old and in that case they should have been replaced about 14 yrs ago and if you incurred "thousands of dollars in damage" it goes to prove that even covered up as per your intructions that doesnt work
"Are you keeping your tires covered..."
What do we do with the lines that state "

Storing your tires:​


  • Store your tires indoors in a clean, cool and dark location away from direct sunlight, sources of heat and ozone such as hot pipes or electric generators.
  • If you are storing outdoors (recommended for a short time only), raise tires off the ground and use waterproof covering with holes to prevent moisture build-up.
 

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Boy has this thread gotten far afield. The OP ask about replacing his tires, now the discussion is all about storing/covering tires. If you want to discuss storing, start a new thread please.
 

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Boy has this thread gotten far afield. The OP ask about replacing his tires, now the discussion is all about storing/covering tires. If you want to discuss storing, start a new thread please.
Don if you read the thread you will see MY advice was that if the OP had not taken care of the tires correctly maybe they should all be changed, One of the criteria for proper care is covering the tires when not used for prolonged periods. If they have been subjected to improper storage and use then maybe they all should be changed for safety sake. Please reread my original post
 

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Actually, since the tires are going on 5 years old, it's better to replace them all. If they are original equipment tires, they are probably a low end Chinese brand. Suggested replacement period is 3-6 years.
 

Ernie n Tara

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Tires in storage are primarily subject to damage from; heat, ozone, and ultraviolet light. Thus the instruction to store in a cool dry place away from sources of uv (many forms of light) and ozone (electric motors etc.). There is no reason to get radical about just not in direct sunlight, etc.
One error I see pretty commonly is the use of tight, black covers to shade the tires. The shade against uv can be good, but not if if the tire is hotter due to heat being absorbed by the cover and lack of air circulation.

Ernie
 
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