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Old 09-30-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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unusual tire wear 1963 Bambi

My current tires are Sport Trail 175 80 13. In the past I used a larger tire than I am using now.However the wheel well on the Bambi is to narrow for the larger tire and the flats required letting air out and struggleing to get it on. The smaller tires wear on the inside edge as if they were toed in. Some sugested the axil was bent, however changing axil turned out to be cost prohibitive and new axils had the wrong fittings.Even getting bearings to fit was not available . So Bearings looked OK and greased and replaced them. I have no reason to believe the axil gave out. The air pressure was correct. I pull Bambi from Florida to Schenectady Ny.I drove at 70 - 75 a lot of the time. 1. Is it the tire and the fact it is unbiased? 2.Was it the speed. I will go to Florida in Dec. and drive 55 and watch tires carefully.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:23 AM   #2
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If the tires are wearing on the inside, then you have an alignment problem. That means a bent (or bending) axle. No way around that.

The fact that you are using a smaller tire - and a different tire - may be aggravating the situation. It's possible the smaller tire - which would have less load carrying capacity - is more sensitive to the bent axle. - And it's also possible the different brand is also more sensitive to the bent axle.
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There are axle shops which can align the axle by putting the trailer on a special "frame rack", for lack of a better term, and re bend the axle to spec. They aren't all that common, so some searching will be required. You might check the bushings in your spring shackles as well. If they are sloppy, it may aggravate the situation.
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1. Is it the tire and the fact it is unbiased? 2.Was it the speed. I will go to Florida in Dec. and drive 55 and watch tires carefully.
Unbiased???? You either have radial tires, or you have biased ply tires. And biased ply tires do tend to wear more on the edges, both inside and outside edges than radials because the tread area flexes more when the tire is rolling.

If they are wearing only on the inside edges, I agree with the others that you probably have an alignment problem.
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