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Old 05-21-2018, 02:10 PM   #1
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Uneven tire wear

I have a 2007 27í Safari and have consistent tire wear on just one of the 4 tires (right rear)? Any suggestions?
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Old 05-21-2018, 02:26 PM   #2
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Bent axle?
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Old 05-21-2018, 05:15 PM   #3
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Uneven tire wear

What type of wear? One side of the tire or the other? In patches? It could be quite a few things and we need a bit more data to help... :-)
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Old 05-21-2018, 05:33 PM   #4
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I have a 2007 27’ Safari and have consistent tire wear on just one of the 4 tires (right rear)? Any suggestions?
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Need to know if you have rotated tires, and only the tire on that right rear still wears differently.
If it is consistently a tire in that one position, even after rotating, it is an alignment or loading problem.

If one tire wears differently as it is rotated to different locations, then it is a tire, or a wheel, or out of balance, or improper inflation, or a combination of the these.
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Could be the brake on that wheel is doing more work. Is the tire wearing evenly? Do you have auto adjusting brakes?
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If it is a flat spot... your brakes are locking up that wheel and will eventually wear through the tread. Tow in some gravel about 5 mph. Use the manual brake and apply a little at a time. If one or more are locking up... you will find it.
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Wow, thanks for all the responses. In response to UncleBad - The outside treads on this tire and the one before it. The other three tires seems to wear normally. In response to A W Worn - No I havenít rotated the tires, but this is the second tire in this position to wear b4 the others. In response to Ray Eklund - No itís not a flat spot. Itís a continuous wear of the outside several treads. Anyone have any experience with the individual tires springs. Could the tension on this one position be too tight?
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Definitely sounds like an alignment issue to me. There are facilities that can check and fix these problems but it requires special equipment. Airstream should be able to provide you with a list of service locations.
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We had awful uneven tire wear on our 1999 Excella Classic 30'. We had the tires re-mounted and balanced, no joy. We took it to Jackson Center and had the alignment corrected. Perfect tire wear after that. It's almost always alignment if it's only one tire, IMHO.
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:40 AM   #10
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I to have same issue on 2011 Classic 30í. Front curb side tire most outside teed section wears smooth within 7000 miles. All other tires show normal to no wear. I have:
Replaced both axles;
Then replaced front axel again under warranty from Dexter;
Have had axles alignment by two different companies and both came back within tolerance.
Have had each wheel weighed and all 4 are within 100 lbs.
Have had wheel balanced and checked to see if bent-was not.
Have had bearings checked for wear-all ok.
I pull with a Hensley hitch-is set up correctly.
This has been going on for apps. 50k miles and have gone thru a number of tires on this wheel.
Any ideas?
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Post a pic showing the tire wear that might offer a clue.

Have you checked tire temps during a trip?
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Old 05-22-2018, 04:54 PM   #12
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Wow, thanks for all the responses. In response to UncleBad - The outside treads on this tire and the one before it. The other three tires seems to wear normally. In response to A W Worn - No I haven’t rotated the tires, but this is the second tire in this position to wear b4 the others. In response to Ray Eklund - No it’s not a flat spot. It’s a continuous wear of the outside several treads. Anyone have any experience with the individual tires springs. Could the tension on this one position be too tight?
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This wear is not related to a spring. Actually there are no springs on your trailer. The axle has internal rubber rods that act as a damper, using the twisting motion of the torsion arm that the wheel is mounted onto to compress the rubber.
(Google "Torflex", there is a good u-tube video)

My guess; it is a bent spindle (alignment issue). You will have to take it to a specialty shop to repair this, not a regular alignment shop, because it involves re-bending the spindle. (those wheels/tires on the curb side take a beating, hopping up onto curbs when turning corners short, then dropping off of curbs)

You can quick check by placing an exactly straight edge (not a 2x4), or pull a taught string across the center of the wheels, touching the surface of the tires, parallel to the ground. The straight edge should touch four of the surfaces of the of two tires. If there one tire surface that does not touch the straight edge, that is proof of misalignment. That gap may be as small as 1/16". (some people use an 8' fluorescent bulb for a straight edge)
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I to have same issue on 2011 Classic 30í. Front curb side tire most outside teed section wears smooth within 7000 miles. All other tires show normal to no wear. I have:
Replaced both axles;
Then replaced front axel again under warranty from Dexter;
Have had axles alignment by two different companies and both came back within tolerance.
Have had each wheel weighed and all 4 are within 100 lbs.
Have had wheel balanced and checked to see if bent-was not.
Have had bearings checked for wear-all ok.
I pull with a Hensley hitch-is set up correctly.
This has been going on for apps. 50k miles and have gone thru a number of tires on this wheel.
Any ideas?
2 thoughts:

1) Alignment tolerances can be pretty wide, leading folks to think that everything is OK. My experience says that the toe has to be within 1/32nd of an inch (0.06 degrees). Most specs are greater than that.

2) Could you have a brake dragging?

3) (OK, I thought of one more!) Do you make a turn more to one side than the other? Like when backing into a parking spot? That might be causing that tire to be dragged.
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Thanks for thoughts CapriRacer. To answer your points:

1). Was told by both shops (one that specializes in RV alignments and the other an RV repair shop that works on Airstreams only) that alignment was less than 1/8Ē out.
2.)Breaks (electric) were checked and no abnormal wear on any wheel.
3). This is my 2nd AS trailer (first a 28í Int. and put 140k miles on it) and never had this problem. Canít say that I pull/turn this one any different.
Thanks for your reply.
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