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Old 08-17-2018, 11:48 AM   #1
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Towing and tire wear

Does towing affect tire wear to the point where I should change tire rotation intervals? I try to rotate every 5k, no matter whether that mileage is amassed towing or not. Thoughts?
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:31 PM   #2
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:48 PM   #3
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On Old Lucy (2005 25FB), I towed her 65,000 miles on one set of Michelin 16" LT's. I did not ever rotate them. When I traded her, there was no appreciable tread wear, and all the tires were wearing evenly.

New Lucy (2015 25FB) now has 46,000 miles on her. She also has a set of Michelin 16" LT's. I have never rotated these either. They show almost no tread wear and all four are wearing evenly.

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Old 08-17-2018, 12:55 PM   #4
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It has on my TV. My rears wear a bit faster but not drastically where I need to rotate more than every 8K miles or so.

Maybe I need a bit more weight distribution to better even out F/R??
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:05 PM   #5
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Check to see that your AS is sitting dead level when hitched and loaded like you usually travel. Dual axles like to be evenly loaded, and you get that by being level.

Level in this case means both AS and TV sitting on a flat surface, and the AS ground clearance is the same front and back, as measured to the bottom of the aluminum body panel, or some other 'straight line' reference that's parallel to the floor or frame rails.
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:26 AM   #6
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We have Michelin XPS RIB, LT225 /75 R16 115Q E1 BSW on our 30 ft. Classic. On Jun. 5 2018, we replaced all four tires that we installed in Sep. 2, 2012. After 45,000+ miles, there was plenty of tread left. Wear was even. We did not rotate or balance during the 6 years. We replaced the tires this year due to 6 year old age. You are likely better off rotating and balancing at regular intervals, which is what we plan to do on this set.

We rotate and balance our TV tires every 5-7k miles at Discount Tire.
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:32 AM   #7
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A triaxle Airstream is a whole different animal... The third axle is constantly scrubbing and wearing. On a hot summer day, you leave ribbons of black changing lanes! We 34' people need to rotate!
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Old 08-18-2018, 10:52 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by DRBusse View Post
Does towing affect tire wear to the point where I should change tire rotation intervals? -- snip --
As the folks say, really not a big deal. Usually if you have wear that shows, there is an axle or load problem. But you may need to consider the type of driving you do. Down the road, mile after mile, is different from around and around the parking lot with very few miles between stays. Also, straight down the interstate will be less of an issue that doing the Million dollar highway time and time again. And constant brake testing can have an impact for sure.

However, we see minimal wear and expect to replace the tires from age long before wear is an issue.

Also, brakes need to be checked for wear. That requires pulling the tires and drums for inspection. So the tires can be rotated at the same time if you have concerns.

Now ....... if you are a spare user as part of the on-the-ground rotation, then you need to set a schedule and do it. Since trailer tires usually age out before they wear out, then be prepared for the same life as if you did not use the spare. There is an advantage of having equal wear tires so in the event of a non-repairable puncture, you may chose to replace two so you have a matched set on the axle. Holding back the spare for a period lets you add one tire to match. However after about two years, you probably need to get two as a set. All this is a strategy that you can develop over a cold/chilled adult beverage and change your mind through multiple cycles as you make smiles with your coach.

Note - the 23 is light on her feet with respect to tire ratings. The 25,27,28,30s all are much heavier on their tires. It makes a difference. The conflict is that the 23 is much more fun to do Million Dollar Highway miles and rubs the tire patch a bit more. So maybe all same in the end. Go, go, go! Pat
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Old 08-18-2018, 10:59 AM   #9
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Rotate the TV tires

I recently asked our RAM dealer to rotate our tires. They told me that my front tires had 13/16th of tread, while the rears had 5/16. They recommended against rotating these, but told me that if I do a lot of towing, the next set of tires should be rotated at 5k.

I will be happy to get rid of the Toyo A/Ts-a set of Michelins is in our near future.
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Old 08-18-2018, 12:01 PM   #10
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I rotate about every 8k and looks like Iím gonna keep buying a new set of tires every 35k.
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Old 08-18-2018, 01:48 PM   #11
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Tire Rotation!

Yea I would keep rotating at or before 5k if you do a lot of towing. Especially out west where thereís a lot of hills. The amount of torque that engines have these days is ever increasing and will wear the rear/drive tires faster. I recently purchased four tires that been on a truck with a Ford 7.3 Powerstroke, had less than 10k, did a lot of towing and never been rotated. Didnít take a measurement but the rears were down close to half of the tread of the front ones!!!

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