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Old 07-11-2014, 08:32 PM   #15
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While it could be alignment , I had this problem with some cheap chinese tires.
When I replaced the Milestars with another brand, Duro in this case the wear problem went away and the tread life tripled.
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:52 AM   #16
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Our tires on the back axle have to be replaced. One side is worn more but both have the inside wear. Axles have not been replaced. The PO did not full time we are. Twice we have had bearings repacked. This January one wheel had the grease cap come off and ruin the bearings and the tire. Axles and tires were good to go.

We have a Hensley Hitch which came with the trailer. Trailer does not appear to ride high. This is a 1999 and the hitch has been on a long time.

Since we do not know much about axles ..probably going to get advice from the alignment shop.

Will let you know!

thanks again for all the info..BadKat
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:46 AM   #17
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I mentioned this earlier bit it seams to have gone unnoticed. An auto alignment shop will not have the equipment or knowledge to work on these axles.

Yes if the trailer is running tongue high there will be additional load on the rear axle. If the wheels are close to there rated load they may be deflecting outward and cause this type of ware.

While on level pavement measure the frame front and rear and correct to within a 1/2 in.

Airstreams can not ride off level with torsion axles
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:33 AM   #18
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HowieE is right.

And it does sound like you REALLY should check trailer is running "level".

I use two spots. Right above axles on the belt line and on front ahead of the door.

If you have a "smart" phone, download a level application. There are fee ones. Use phone out of the case.

I also test the kitchen counter for "level and compare to outside measurements. Our 34 is too close to call... Looks level outside and in.

It should be noted to do this with tow vehicle and trade on same "level" surface. I found my. "Stock" rigging was "close" but changed with full or empty tanks and trailer loading.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:41 PM   #19
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May be the china trailer tires have a fault??
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:10 PM   #20
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If something isn't worn you will have to get the axle bent to correct the camber and toe-in.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:49 AM   #21
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Just an FYI.

Tires aren't the cause of wear like this. The wear is being CAUSED in a tire - that is, one sided wear (which is what this is called) is caused by forces acting unevenly on the tire, typically camber. There is nothing in the tire itself that will cause this. I know it is surprising, but even severely off center belts won't cause one sided wear.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:32 AM   #22
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We will hook up tomorrow to go get tires replaced. Then we can see how level we are. No problems like this last year. We stop and are parked from Sept to Dec. All other times we are rolling every week or more and have been for a year and a half. So alignment will or will not help?
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:18 AM   #23
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Why?
Because Jackson Center does not have the knowledge or equipment to align axles.

The Henschen axle has to be bent to align it. In bending an axle what ever you do to one side effects the other side. With that in mind you better have an individual that knows what he is doing before he starts.

The way a Henschen axle is mades does not lend itself to proper alingment from the factor. Most of these axles are used on vehicles that don't require accurate alignment, tanks, bobcats, bull dossers. Airstream just installs them and hopes for the best.

My 34 came from the factory with one axle out so much that tires lasted less than 5,000 miles. I had those axles aligned and when I replaced them years later I had the new axles aligned just after I installed them. That was in 1996 and the tires are dated 4906. The tire may have close to 100,000 miles on them and will be replaced because of age rather than ware.
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:22 PM   #24
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The OP was going to Colorado Springs. Intermountain Coach used to be an Airstream dealer and may know how to fix the problem.

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Old 07-14-2014, 12:40 PM   #25
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Since we have a Hensley hitch..can the truck stay attached to the trailer to change tires? Also we do have a tire ramp thingy..should they use that?

Now you know how rookie we are..LOL
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Yes the trailer can remain hitched while changing a tire.

What is a ramp thingy? If you mean an axle concentric that is placed under the axle just inside of the spring. NO that is designed for leaf spring application and you have torsion bar axles. The trailer has to be lifted at the frame to remove a tire.

If you are talking about a ramp that can be placed under one tire and driven on to a height enough to have the other axle clear the ground Yes. I doubt that such a ramp exists because of the incline it would have to have to lift the axle in that short of distance.
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To raise one tire I have scrap 2 x 10 that I've cut a beveled edge on. Three of these, each one shorter than the last, work well. I've done it, no problem.

I think I've seen something advertised that does the same thing. Costs more than scrap lumber, but badkat probably doesn't have 2 x 10 and a miter saw with him.

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The PO recommended this ramp to drive up on so not to jack frame or axle. Never been out of the box. It is called a trailer aid..traileraid.com.
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