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Old 05-17-2019, 09:00:07 AM
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I have a tandem axle trailer that needs just 2 new tires. Should they go on the front axle or rear axle and why that axle?
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:54:32 AM
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When turning a long tendam axle trailer the rear tires scrub off tread more than the front tires do... big sweeping turns is the best way to keep the tread in the best shape and rotate front to rear once in a while...
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:38:55 AM
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So if I’m reading this correctly, put the better tires on the rear axle correct?
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:27:51 PM
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Default Re: Trailer Tire Question?

Don,

I usually put new tires on the front. Once the rears wear from scrubbing, I rotate the fronts to the rear and put new tires on the front again.

I find I get the most out of the tires that way.

We do the same on tandem axle trucks at work.

Your results may vary

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Old 05-17-2019, 04:06:17 PM
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Thanks Mike, If anybody would know maintenance on Company vehicles that would be you. That makes the most sense what you suggested. That’s what I usually do but wanted input from other people with trailers. That is why I asked for a reason where to put the new set. Thanks again Mike.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:16:25 PM
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Default Re: Trailer Tire Question?

Just read a good article in this month's Green Magazine that goes over trailer tires. Big thing I got from it is that Trailer Tires labelled ST versus LT (light truck) tires have heavier sidewalls as the trailers make corners and trailers occasionally wobble side to side while trailering. Pretty good article if you can access it.
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Default Re: Trailer Tire Question?

When they are worn out replace them. Sitting outdoors and usually getting little miles most trailer tires rot out before they wear out. Unless you use the trailer every day and put a ton of miles on it it don't really mater.
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Default Re: Trailer Tire Question?

We have six trailers most tandem axles and when you purchase a new trailer they have "Will pops" on them just tho get off the lot. When we buy a new trailer we change the tires to at least 8 ply and have very few flats and good wear. Never the less trailer tires will not get the mileage you would expect and that seems strange when here in Texas due to rough roads the trailer is in the air half of the time. Tires are the most important first only to well lubed and adjusted and greased bearings. Always check air pressure when leaving as low air will make may pops.
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The quality of tires on new trailers vary greatly, depends on the builder. One trailer I bought new, the tires only lasted a year before they separated the tread. We only used it lightly for a few thousand miles. Was so disappointed with that trailer as it had many other issues as well. A few years later, decided we should get a much heavier tandem dually as the toys keep getting bigger. Brother suggest the same builder as they had reorganized. The elder boss has passed on and son had taken over and had called his dealers and promised a much better product. And he did! Better welded frame, better axles and brakes, and name brand heavy trailer tires as well! We had to replace the entire brake assemblies on the earlier trailer to get useable brakes and wiring on it, now it works just fine! On the Tandem trucks the rear axle tires wear much faster than the front axle. Besides the side scuffing from turning, the rears get a weight loss transfer to the front axle under braking, so they get more wheel slip and faster tread wear as a result.
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I have a 10,000 lb. dump trailer and I don't use it that often. When the original tires that came with it were about 10 yrs. old, the tread was still like new. But the sidewalls were all cracked badly. I bought 4 new tires and the best investment I ever made was to buy a set of tire covers to keep the sun off of them. Many folks who own campers use the same covers. They only take a minute to slip on. I faithfully keep those new tires covered and they are 3 yrs old now and still look like new.
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Default Re: Trailer Tire Question?

I just replaced some trailer tires and bought some of these.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4Pcs-Wheel-...72.m2749.l2649

Time will tell if they help or not.
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