Trailer tires

Discussion in 'Tools, Equipment and Supplies' started by Don Monfils, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. Don Monfils

    Don Monfils PRO CARPET Charter Member

    A2DDC84C-ACC1-4A73-ACB4-7DC793BFCB69.jpeg Man I go through tires on my trailer.
    I replaced 2 this summer and now have to get 2 for the other side tomorrow.
    The insides get rounded over to the point that the steel belts start to stick out.
    I have to drive on the Thruway for a job on Wednesday. Don’t want to have a blowout going 75mph.
     
  2. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Either the camber of your axle is out of whack or you are severely overloaded. You should not be wearing the inside like that, take it to an alignment shop.
     
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  3. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Mine do not wear like that, I do favor a certain turning method, I think it’s left, so front left,right rear due to the way the dual axles pivot. Your trailer is an 18 ft? I now conscientiously make wider turns to reduce wear, even when I disconnect and drive truck.

    So I have a utility trailer I was looking at the tires on it. I will get new tire to replace oldest tire on rim, D rated tires from tire kingdom is @ 120$ balanced. Chinese made but they only need to last me two years before their worn to my comfort level, usually about 1/32” on one side. Couldn’t bring myself to dump at a construction debris landfill the other day, I don’t like plugs in my tires.

    Elmer, I asked a few times about an alignment on my trailer, they seem to disregard. I’ve told a landscaper at a stoplight his trailer was riding sideways. I’m sure they have a tire issue.
     
  4. Don Monfils

    Don Monfils PRO CARPET Charter Member

    I’ve had 5 trailers since 1997.
    The current one is 8’6x20’ torsion suspension, dual 500# axels.
    Each one has done this after approximately 1 year or about 20,000 miles
     
  5. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Mines torsion also, park one axle on an incline and the other axle is off the ground for easy tire changing. I figured leafs were better but it’s my first cargo dual axle. 20k seems like a good run, you really need 20ft trailer? When I was doing carpet I was going to get a 14 ft with longer angled V for 15 ft rolls but never materialized.
     
  6. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    And there is the issue, dual 500# axles. The trailer weighs 500 and ya probably got 1000# of tools. Then add a bunch of rug and you are way overweight.That will bow or bend a light duty axle, so after 20K it will wear the tires. I suggest a heavy duty trailer with at least a 5K rating.
     
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  7. epoxyman

    epoxyman Pro Member

    On the 5th camper I run
    ST Radial M8008 | Maxxis Tires USA
    They cost about 200.00 a pc but well worth it the trailer after I load the dirt bikes all the camping gear and fuel and water comes in at 13,700 lbs
     
  8. Don Monfils

    Don Monfils PRO CARPET Charter Member

    They are dual 5000 lb. ( not 500 my bad) most trailers run 3500 lb. axels.
     
  9. Dan Schultz

    Dan Schultz Certified Wood Floor Inspector Charter Member

    Pulling gooseneck flatbeds for delivering flooring we had tire and wheel bearing issues until we went to a dual wheel, 14,000#, single axle trailer. The wheel bearings ran in oil, similar to semi trailers.
     
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  10. Don Monfils

    Don Monfils PRO CARPET Charter Member

    0784498D-E083-4AF9-A12D-75088E59F30D.jpeg Back in business
     
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  11. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Looks like same exact tread pattern as my Power Kings from TK. I don’t let mine run down that low, but maybe I’ll go a little lower now I saw yours. I like to replace prior to rainy season.
     

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  12. Don Monfils

    Don Monfils PRO CARPET Charter Member

    Yeah, I like to run them right down until they are racing slicks.
    That way I feel like i got my money’s worth. ;)
     
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  13. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Got some Goodyear’s from Tire Rack, Freshhly Made in USA, 11th week of 2018, Load Range D. They’re rounded slightly which makes some engineering sense. Just ordered Rims from Ebay, the white spokes are too generic and the spit grease from the axles looks terrible.
     

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  14. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    Nice. I’ve been looking at trailers lately. The wife doesn’t understand why I want the trailer to match my van as opposed to just buying whatever is available on the lot.
     
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  15. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    You can customize a trailer however you’d like, height, box beam spacing. Doors, v nose door, roll up, axles, deck, insulated,venting, frame 4,6”, on and on. You’re in a decent area for manufacturers, Georgia as well.

    My next one might be 8 lug rims, I have a tilt bed I need new axle so I’ll check my heavy weight options. The sidewall strength is how trailer tires are rated, I was told a truck tire with load range E will work(10 ply)
     
  16. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    You’re right, this is trailer manufacturing country. Couple hour drive and I can buy direct from the manufacturer(s). I’m thinking 7x14 cargo trailer. I saw your post on your rain shield and wondered what I was going to do with my trailer. It’s the rainy season here. You can get soaked and sunburnt in the same day.
     
  17. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I’m rigging the barn doors directly back, then my FRP is going to droop over the roof and partly over barn doors, secured somehow, I can’t close the door when it rains, I need access. Other day it was rain on and off, so went out mostly when it stopped.

    The tire issue I still have my open utility trailer, it gets the hand me downs. My county allows 5 tires disposal at the landfill per year. Dropped two off today for a leased vehicle I couldn’t sell and left em outside.
     
  18. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Not so EZ-Jack* bought this not sure if it would work, 50$ at habitat, saw some trailers passing by it would work on. I pulled forward slowly looking in sideview mirror. Made my own dam ramp with stuff I carry onboard anyway.( pictures didn’t load in order I would have chosen)
     

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  19. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Just plugging along. Set aside the screw in tire for awhile, has some good tread so I may wear it out before buying new.

    Really hard to jam the coated thread into tire, just broke my second insert tool. I know, lube is key!(water so as plug doesn’t work itself out) So, used my nail driver and worked fine.

    Then cut plug flush with tread.
     

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