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Old 01-13-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
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Question More Tire Wear - Front or Rear?

On a tandem (2) axle trailer, assuming proper loading and axle alignment, will the rear or front tires wear fastest?

My guess is that the rear will wear slightly faster, because they are slightly further from the hitch ball about which the trailer rotates in a turn. Therefore they will be subject to slightly more side to side scuffing.

This idea was arrived at using 70 year old fuzzy logic.

Anyone else have an idea or perhaps even know for a fact?

P.S. (just 'cause you say it is, doesn't make it a fact)


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Old 01-13-2014, 04:30 PM   #2
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I am sure someone with all the technical answers will chime in but sometimes real world knowledge is more accurate than all the engineer data that is said. My experience from 25 years of pulling loaded equipment trailers and campers is that the wear difference is very little if your trailer is aligned properly and you rotate tires on your trailer just like your TV. Rotate every 5000 miles and you will replace all 4 tires at the same time.

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Old 01-13-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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When I changed tires recently on our dual axle, I noticed that there was quite a bit more on the curb side wheels that the road side - didn't see much difference between front and rear axles.

I wondered if what i saw might be normal due to typical crowning of the roads throwing slightly more load to the curb side?

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Old 01-13-2014, 05:21 PM   #4
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Try owning a trial axle...
On a warm day you can see your #3 axle rubber left behind in 2 even ribbons that last only about 10000 miles!
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