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Old 05-18-2015, 09:39 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Tires may not be to blame for tire failure

Learn from my mistake. I have been traveling for several years with my rare Argosy/airstream fifth wheel 1989. #136, close to if not the last Argosy model before painting them silver to make them a real airstream. Anyway, I have experienced tire failure a lot. I am getting very efficient at changing them in odd places. I went through this forum and got a lot of help. Weighed the rig, and found I was pushing max weight so sacrificed some tools and such. Went to 10 ply TT but did not solve problem. 3 weeks ago, I decided to go for it and bought new Aluminum (fancy) 16" wheels and Michilen LT tires, complete with spare. I am not sorry I did, but I overlooked one fundemental cause of tire failure....The axles. I had the trailer ready for the new tires and wheels, but remained perplexed at the number of failures I have had with tires. I decided to test the axles, and yes you guessed it, they were bad. I am working on replacement Dexters, but my unit is not standardized to Airstream measurements, so it is taking some time for custom mounting brackets, but I wish I had tested them first. I could have paid for them with the tires I might have saved.

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Old 05-18-2015, 10:18 PM   #2
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15-years seems a good limit to torsion axles. Leaf spring trailers are hardly immune to wear either, but take a great deal more disassembly to discover problems.

Good luck!

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Old 05-18-2015, 10:47 PM   #3
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Glad you survived the experiences!

Yes, working with bad axles can cause issues!

I am at 16 years on our axles. Tires failed last year. Replaced with better tires.. No more problems.

Other folks have had brand new tires fail on brand new axles ... And trailers...

Overloading.... Bad. Misaligned axles.. Bad. Improper inflation, misuse (pulling over curbs, road alligators, potholes, etc) can also contribute.

So it sounds like you are eliminating at least three ... Proper weight, new axles, better wheel/tire combo.. Good!

Now remember to ensure each tire is supporting equal weight...
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