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Old 02-14-2006, 10:18 AM   #1
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Question Rotate tires?

I'm embarassed to ask, but I would rather be embarassed than tear something up: Am I supposed to rotate the tires on my coach? If yes, how often? And is there a recomended pattern?

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Old 02-14-2006, 12:06 PM   #2
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When I repack my wheel bearing and adjust the brakes, I rotate the tires as well. I keep them on the same side and just move them from the front axle to the back axle.
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:51 PM   #3
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OK, I'll go you one (axle) better....!

Hi all -

Is there a recommended tire rotation pattern for the triple axles?? SilverToy only has about 1000mi on the new tires but it never hurts to be prepared....

Do I stay with the tires on one side but bump them backward/ forward one axle? Swap sides and locations...? I'm all ears!

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Old 02-16-2006, 07:37 PM   #4
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Actually I wonder if rotating tires is a good idea on an Airstream or not If you balance the entire running gear assembly...you would have to re-do it everytime you rotated tires Unless you were using something like Centramatics FWIW I don't bother to rotate my trailer tires, they usually rot out before the wear out. And I don't rotate the tires on my truck either...to much of a pain I usually get even wear on the rear end and it is no fun to rotate duals

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For a triple axle, it would be:
Front to back
Back to middle
Middle to front.
There is a pattern for cross-rotation, but I have had too much trouble with belt separation to reccomend it. Here it is anyway, if you are daring:
Front to back
Back to opposite side front.
Triple axle is similar, just add another pair of tires.
Front to middle
Middle to back
Back to opposite side front.
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:12 PM   #6
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If you're worried at all about tire balance, try a product called Ride-On. It is a water based tire sealant that balances the tires as you ride. Takes a few miles each morning to get the stuff evenly distributed around the contact patch, but is great after that. I use it in all of my rolling stock and have yet to get e flat.....anywhere in 5 years! www.ride-on.com
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There is also the sand-balance method, kind of the poor man's centramatic.A small sandbag is inserted in the tire, then the tire is inflated and installed on the vehicle. The sand moves to the light spot in the tire, smoothing the ride. I have used it in big-truck tires, as well as some 19.5" tires, similar to the ones on most Airstream motor homes. Results from this have been mixed.
If the front end is in good condition, it works pretty much as advertised. However, if you have any wear at all in the ball joints, tie rod ends, etc, it will make the problem much more noticeable.
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Aww crap

And to think I drank to much before I bought thish thing.... balance smalacnce for the love of gawd
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