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    Default Re: Lifespan of Trailer Tires

    It looks like this trailer is going to be confined to low speed stuff. It would be nice if it were there to retrieve a stranded car or haul the little BX to the dealer if/when needed but I can not justify buying new tires to have them rot. For now it can live with what it has. I can always get news ones if/when to take it on the road.

    Thanks guys.

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    Default Re: Lifespan of Trailer Tires

    I wonder how my spare is doing. It's under a tire cover.
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    Dry rot always gets my trailer tires. I've never came close to wearing the tread off of a tire. Once I start to see cracks forming they get replaced the next time I need the trailer. For around the house I'll use tubes. I wonder what would happen if you pulled the wheels and put them in a shed or garage until needed, maybe even at a reduced pressure for those of us that rarely use the trailer.
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    Default Re: Lifespan of Trailer Tires

    I'm going to go against the grain and it could just well be that I have been very fortunate in 35 years of towing or restoring cars to never have a tire fall apart...

    The tires I just replaced on my utility box trailer that is used every week were bought at Wards in 1980... over 30 years of weekly use and no issues other than it was time for new because the tread had worn out.

    My car hauler is the same... In 1983 I bought 12 ply tube tires and it gets used about every other month...

    I bought the tires on my Model A Roadster in 1974... they are nylon Garfields and have equally old Firestones on my 30 Pickup.

    My opinions are...

    Multi-ply tube type tires are near indestructible...

    Single Axle Trailers inherently stress tires less than multi-axle trailers... I've actually witnessed tires rolled right off the rim when a loaded two axle flat-bed trailer was making a U-turn...

    Nylon and similar tires that were once common wear like iron...

    I own one modern two axle hauler with ST tires that are now 5 years old and the tires are the only tires I have ever had that are starting to check and crack and set for replacement.

    I never drive over 55 when towing and the antiques it is more like 45 mph.

    The Semperit rear tires on one of my Grandfathers tractors are more than 50 years old... just had to throw that in.

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    Default Re: Lifespan of Trailer Tires

    I hate extra work, with 60+ tires on the ground, my solution is to invest in

    tire plugs
    valve stems
    Schroeder valves
    long handle 4way lug wrenches
    extra rims with mounted tires of each size needed
    extra free takeoff tires from friends
    standardize as much as possible on rim sizes
    multiple heavy duty hydraulic long throw jacks, bottle jacks with wood blocks, tractor jack
    12v air pump(last resort)
    air compressor, large capacity, with high torque impact wrench and sockets
    multiple tire gauges
    visually inspect tires every time I use a vehicle/trailer.
    HFT tire changer but most often take tires to be mounted to excellent local tire place
    patience is greatly facilitated by knowing all the above are available for resolving a low air problem.
    being retired helps with perspective on the problem.


    Quote Originally Posted by crazyal View Post
    Dry rot always gets my trailer tires. I've never came close to wearing the tread off of a tire. Once I start to see cracks forming they get replaced the next time I need the trailer. For around the house I'll use tubes. I wonder what would happen if you pulled the wheels and put them in a shed or garage until needed, maybe even at a reduced pressure for those of us that rarely use the trailer.
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    Default Re: Lifespan of Trailer Tires

    Get them off the ground like Chris mentioned. Also keep them covered from sunshine.
    hugs, Brandi

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    Quote Originally Posted by yelbike View Post
    I wonder how my spare is doing. It's under a tire cover.
    I have had two spares fail that never touched the ground. First one was mounted on my old 10,400# trailer. Happened on a Saturday morning. Sounded like a shot gun went off. It was a Carslile.

    The second was on my 7,000# trailer. It was in the pole barn. It blew up 15 minutes after my 4 year old daughter went in to get her bike. It actually did siding damage to the barn. It was a Goodyear Marathon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyal View Post
    Dry rot always gets my trailer tires. I've never came close to wearing the tread off of a tire. Once I start to see cracks forming they get replaced the next time I need the trailer. For around the house I'll use tubes. I wonder what would happen if you pulled the wheels and put them in a shed or garage until needed, maybe even at a reduced pressure for those of us that rarely use the trailer.
    Actually it would make no difference.

    Chris

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    Default Re: Lifespan of Trailer Tires

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyal View Post
    Dry rot always gets my trailer tires. I've never came close to wearing the tread off of a tire. Once I start to see cracks forming they get replaced the next time I need the trailer. For around the house I'll use tubes. I wonder what would happen if you pulled the wheels and put them in a shed or garage until needed, maybe even at a reduced pressure for those of us that rarely use the trailer.
    The rubber detoriates over time, no matter what you do. Covering them from sunlight helps a little. RVs have custom covers available. I just use plywood.
    hugs, Brandi

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    Default Re: Lifespan of Trailer Tires

    Of all the brands out there, at the bottom of my respect list are Goodyear and Carsile. Never, ever would buy one. Now for my road tires I use Michilen...Pricy, but weird wear, tread separations, unbalance conditions, have stopped since I started the using them. Those conditions are evident in my friends takeoffs...they also now avoid Goodyear and Carsile. Me, I use the takeoffs on ranch equipment till they go/blow(yes sometimes just sitting still), then just mount the next spare/rim and keep rolling...at low speeds, on ranch.
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