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Old 04-12-2016, 10:03 PM   #1
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Tire wear

I have a 2008 25' Safari. I've had it for a year and believe it doesn't have many road miles. It still had the original tires on it when took it on a 10,000 trip last summer.

We had a blow out on the right rear which was replaced. The tire shop put the new tire on the front and the front tire (an original) on the rear axle. After the trip I and a few couple hundred mile excursions I was surprised to see the original tire that was installed on the axle which had the blow out was terribly worn on the outside edge (photos). I've called Dexter Axle to see if bent axles were an issue and got the impression this was rare. With such an old tire I'm wondering if this is the way they wear out (the other two originals on the drivers side both have a lot of tread).

Has anyone else experienced tire wear like this? How about bent axle experience.

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Old 04-12-2016, 11:06 PM   #2
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Yes on our 2012 FC 20ft
Axel had to be aligned. If I bought a 2008 trailer and had the original tires on it I would have replaced them right away. That's just me though.

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Old 04-12-2016, 11:42 PM   #3
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Tires look under inflated. ST tires that are more than 3 years old should be monitored very closely for abnormal wear, an out of round condition, or lateral shoulder variation.

You can quickly validate axle alignment by placing a straight edge against the sides of the tires on each side at the center of the wheels. The front shoulder of both tires should not touch the straight edge, because the wheels should have slight toe-in for directional stability. An eight foot long floursent light tube can be used as a straight edge.

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Old 04-13-2016, 05:08 AM   #4
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You can see in the picture that the tire has a shifted belt which is not uncommon with ST tires. It could also be out of alignment, the most common position for alignment problems is the right front tire due to being scrubbed around a curb on a right turn but any tire can be knocked out of alignment just like a car.

I would suggest and alignment, Michelin P235/75R x 15" XL tires will solve your shifted belt problems.

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Old 04-13-2016, 06:43 AM   #5
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I think you should follow Andrew T's advice.

We did and I am well into the 2nd set of Michelin XL's on our 25' trailer and have never seen any wear at all. I replaced the first set at 5 years because it was time. I am going into the 4th year on the second set and they still look new. We run about 5000 to 10000 miles most years.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:07 AM   #6
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What is the measure load on each tire and what inflation do you set the tires to in the AM when they are not warmed up?
Tire size & Load Range info would help.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:41 AM   #7
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After 3 1/2 years you better keep an eye on them or just put new on ,,,check your axle weight and maybe put Michelin tires on and be rid or the St tires....

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