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Old 09-29-2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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Hot Air, More or Less.

I would be curious to know the amount of air folks inflate their rear tires to pulling various AS trailers. What brings this up is that the door tag on my pickup says rear tire inflation is to be 80 pounds. That sounds fine for pulling one of the heaviest ASs but it would seem appropriate to lower the inflation for smaller trailers. In fact I inflate the tires to 75 for the 27 footer and only 60 for the 19er. I keep the front tires at 60 pounds, per the tag. It would seem there is less weight on the rear tires. even with the 19er hitched, than on the front.

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Old 09-30-2006, 01:19 PM   #2
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hi pedalar

there are many threads on tire inflation pressures so search and read some...

lots of opinions and a few facts. so many variables.

door sticker, tire sidewall info, loads, gradual air loss, ride preference and so on...

people break out into groups...

ranging from those that never check pressures or axle loads...
2 those that check everything at every stop.

the tire makers do have tables that allow inflation pressures to match loads...but this does require weighing both axles on the tv, trailer and so on...

have you done this yet?

it is always safest to follow 'max psi' on the sidewalls...and just leave'em.

with so many people are driving on underinflated tires.....

anyway, read a bit what we've all already posted...

and report back on your experiences with the hotair...


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Old 10-01-2006, 03:37 PM   #3
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I inflate my trailer tires to max always.
My tow vehicle gets max too on all 4 corners when towing. Since I have radials. (And radials leak faster than bias ply) I just let the air pressure on the TV go for several months when I use it for non-towing.

My cars get the presure recommended by the manufacturer.

Tires on TV ~ Dunlops from Discount Tire
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Max load 1820# @ 50psi

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