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Old 11-11-2015, 12:08 PM   #15
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Take it to the Airstream Dealer. My guess is the axle is knocked out of alignment. It always happens to the curbside front axle. You probably kissed a curb or missed a driveway when turning right. I had the same problem with my 2007. Warranty probably will not cover it.
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:57 PM   #16
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We found more wear on the curb rear on our 25FB as have several friends. I put the trailer on individual wheel scales and that tire was carrying 200 pounds more weight than the other three.
Switz makes a very good point. My '67 Overlander had the curb side front tire wearing exactly like yours. I thought it had gotten out of line having had a near crash in a poorly marked construction zone near St. Louis. A careful alignment check was ok. As I looked and rotated the tires I realized they were 13 yrs old so I changed them out. I then noticed the weight on the right front was greater than the others. That is the location of the original Dometic fridge which is the heaviest piece of equipment on the rig. By the way, the statement someone else made that GYM's don't last past 3 yrs is odd since the 13 year olds were GYM ST's made in Canada. They were replaced with GYM's made in China which in their first year are performing very well. Of course, I don't exceed 60 mph pulling a trailer and don't intend to, ever.
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Old 11-11-2015, 03:03 PM   #17
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That tire looks toasted. I would replace it and mount the spare on the other end of the axle. Then I would use the front axle take off as a spare until changing to 16s. I think they can inspect for belt separation when the worn tire is dismounted for replacement. If nothing found, that would point to a possible alignment issue which would make the alignment shop your next stop. I'm hoping the straight edge is a good quick check for alignment variations. Would hope that I didn't keep those old 8ft light tubes around for 20yrs with no good reason. Interested to hear what you find. Pat
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Old 11-11-2015, 03:16 PM   #18
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I had the same issue and solved the problem with an axle realignment at Jackson Center. After the realignment, I replaced the four year-old Marathons with a new set of Marathons, and I don't see any tread wear on the new tires after 10,000 miles. Not an inexpensive fix but effective.
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Old 11-11-2015, 04:23 PM   #19
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We found more wear on the curb rear on our 25FB as have several friends. I put the trailer on individual wheel scales and that tire was carrying 200 pounds more weight than the other three.

I haven't been able to find scales for individual wheels but my curbside front on my 27FB runs about 2-4 degrees warmer than the other 3 according to my TPMS. Must be something about the configuration of the bathroom which is over those wheels....

The tires aren't wearing funny though...
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Old 11-11-2015, 04:35 PM   #20
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Ok, this morning, I used a straight edge and compare both sides and they were identical. So, I called the dealer and described the situation. He said that it is the tire. He said if it was an alignment issue, the opposite tire would be wearing as well. Don't know if I believe that, but I feel certain it is not an alignment issue.

I have never bumped a curb! :-/

These are Marathons, this is a 2014 trailer in use since 7/14.
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Old 11-11-2015, 06:26 PM   #21
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It is said that you should not change sides when rotating radial tires.

That said, I don't always do what "they" say.

Brevi tempore!
That was old advice, which has changed.

However, if you've run radials more than 10,000 miles or so in one direction, I think you are asking for trouble if you switch sides. I had significant balancing issues with a set of tires after doing this.

FWIW, I no longer switch sides when rotating.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:23 PM   #22
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I had same issue (one side was worn) on my curb front on a 23D. All other tires were fine. I was headed out on a trip and replaced all the tires. Two years and 10K on them.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:02 AM   #23
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If a "rod" Inside the axle tube is weak/failing under "use" then the tire could wear like that.

Determining if that is the "issue" is a "shop" check unless you are comfortable trying a few things like applying stress to the axle in certain directions...
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:43 AM   #24
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In the for what it is worth department. Our 2014 Classic started production on 20 December 2013 and was finished 21 January 2014. It was at the dealership 27 January 2014.

One of the four stock GYM ST225/75R15D tires had a manufacture date of October 2013. In fact only two of the GYM tires had the same production date. So a new trailer could have much older tires than one would think.

When I replaced the GYM tires on all three trailers with Michelins, I told the tire dealer the new Michelin tires has to be less than three months old. The deterioration of a tire starts when it comes out of the mold.
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I replaced and rotated the tires. We head out again in February. If the tire in the same position exhibits the same wear, I will take the trailer in for repair.
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Switz makes a very good point. My '67 Overlander had the curb side front tire wearing exactly like yours. I thought it had gotten out of line having had a near crash in a poorly marked construction zone near St. Louis. A careful alignment check was ok. As I looked and rotated the tires I realized they were 13 yrs old so I changed them out. I then noticed the weight on the right front was greater than the others. That is the location of the original Dometic fridge which is the heaviest piece of equipment on the rig. By the way, the statement someone else made that GYM's don't last past 3 yrs is odd since the 13 year olds were GYM ST's made in Canada. They were replaced with GYM's made in China which in their first year are performing very well. Of course, I don't exceed 60 mph pulling a trailer and don't intend to, ever.

Good comment on why you need to confirm the individual tire loads. Some TT have very little margin and the uneven loading axle to axle and side to side could result in an overloaded tire even if you inflate tot he sidewall pressure.
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Un-even wear

General comment on un-even wear.
Alignment is always suspect and I have never heard of alignment being warrantied once you pull out of the dealer's lot.

If you have wear as seen in post#1 and you have confirmed alignment is good then it is possible there is an issue with the tire. In that case you may have an issue to settle with the tire dealer for your brand of tire. Sometimes the belts end up off center.

If the problem is the tire be sure to file a complaint with NHTSA.
If we don't file complaints there will never be an improvement in tire quality.
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Document, document!!!
Also, KEEP THE TIRE!!!!!!! At least for a while... "Postmortem" of a tire can reveal a LOT about the external failure...
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