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Old 07-05-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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New tires front or back axle

We got two new tires on our Airstream. We're going to put the new tires on the same axel. Does it make a difference if the new tires are on the front or back axel? Thanks
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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no difference. Properly set up, all wheels have the same load. Failure at any position results in the same types of problems.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:44 PM   #3
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Just curious, how do you happen to need just two new tires -- Tire failure or uneven wear?

Just guessing, but if they wore out, wouldn't you need four tires?
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New tires front or back axel

Greetings xbr443!

I have often considered what I would do if I were to buy only two tires and keep the best of the other tires for the second pair. I don't know whether my thought process is correct, but I determined that I would put both new tires on the streetside so that if I have a flat or blowout it will more likely be on the curbside, and that would also mean that one of the new tires would be on the rear wheel ahead of the dump valve assembly that is often badly damaged during a blowout or when a tires throws its tread. My line of reasoning is that the DuraTorque axle is essentially independent so each tire/wheel is going to independently seek its position on the pavement. I may be totally off-base, but that is what I have been considering!

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 07-05-2012, 01:04 PM   #5
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We had tire failure on our last outing our trailer is a 2004 and has original tires. We figure the two tires that failed were probably in the sun, we bought used from New Mexico. The tread looked good on all the tires but obviously there was another issue.

The guy at the tire place said the two on the other side look ok.

We couldn't even feel that there was a flat, we were very lucky.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:25 PM   #6
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Seems that the conventional wisdom is to replace tires that are 5+ years old regardless of appearance. I am curious how the guy at the garage you mentioned determined that you had two "good" tires, other than eyeballing them.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:34 PM   #7
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We have one old tire off and it looks brand new. We're hoping the two old tires last till next year and then we'll replace them. So many expenses when you buy your first RV.

Both new tires were put on the same side and the consensus was the new tires should be on the same axel. I just wanted to see what Airstream owners thought. Thanks
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Would appreciate if you could take a minute to add your tire failure info to the link below:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...oll-76867.html

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Old 07-05-2012, 04:24 PM   #9
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Those original tires are 8 or 9 years old. I think those who have had a tire failure will tell you that new tires are cheaper than trailer damage repairs AND new tires. You were lucky this time but if it were me, I'd invest in two more tires.
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