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Old 05-21-2020, 10:04 AM
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Default Extremely fast trailer tire wear

Hey all, was prepping my little Hewes for a trip to Flamingo and noticed the tires were nearly bald. Iíd guess these tires have roughly 3000 miles on them. Itís a single axle, torsion trailer. Hard to believe itís overloaded with a 16 Redfisher.

I donít notice any abnormal vibration while towing. The wear seems pretty consistent all the way around. The only thing I can think of for this much wear is maybe the axle is not square to the frame?

itís like this on both sides, the starboard side is maybe a little worse.

Iíve never worn out a torsion axle; can only say it looks like a normal axle used in saltwater to me.




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In case tire size/brand matter:



Yes I know the painted rims are crap. Came on the trailer, they are on my list.

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Too much negative camber, possibly toed out.
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judging by all the grease on the inside of the rim, id check some bearings!
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Too much negative camber, possibly toed out.
maybe a stupid question, but is that adjustable on a light trailer axle?

It would take the toe issue to cause such fast wear, right?
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I'm in for ideas
I know the tire is pretty slick on that side, but the other side isn't that far behind it as far as wear goes. Can you see any visible camber or toe issues when you take a step back? Trailer tires are pure junk these days but you get more thank 3k on a set....

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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
judging by all the grease on the inside of the rim, id check some bearings!
they didnít overheat (I checked them several times), but youíre right, thatís a mess. Iíll be redoing that for sure.
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Originally Posted by Dillard88 View Post
I'm in for ideas
I know the tire is pretty slick on that side, but the other side isn't that far behind it as far as wear goes. Can you see any visible camber or tow issues when you take a step back? Trailer tires are pure junk these days but you get more thank 3k on a set....
No. They look square. I thought the same thing when I saw this inside wear.

Itís so far inside youíd think they would look ridiculously splayed out.
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Originally Posted by Texas 17 View Post
maybe a stupid question, but is that adjustable on a light trailer axle?

It would take the toe issue to cause such fast wear, right?
They are mechanically adjustable, but are usually caused by worn or damaged components. Looks like you've got several problem areas.
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I have the same problem on my boat, but with dual axles. My trailer shop looked at them and said the bushings are likely slowly wearing out on the torsion part. If it gets worse bring it in, but I have new axles that I'll replace after the summer if they make it.

My dad had the same problem on his single axle trailer w/ a Beavertail Skiff- light as hell. Same problem with bushings so he just decided to replace axle and beefed it up to a 3,000lb from a 2,000lb I believe. Tires wear even.

If you can install a new axle and increase the lb ratin do it. Or just wait till it gets worse- depends on your distance driving to the ramp.
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It's either a bent axle or bent spindles. Doesn't take much to wear out cheap tires, or any tire for that matter.
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I measured and it seemed to be squared to the front, so based on all the comments it looks like itís time for a new axle.
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Here, easier than typing it all out.

ETA Saw you checked to see if straight, could be the bearings loose too.

https://www.centrevilletrailer.com/h...ler-tire-wear/
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I had a similar problem and it turned out to be the axle wasn't lined up square with the frame. Idk what caused it but we unbolted, squared and retorqued the bolts and all was well.
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Check that all is square.... Center of ball EXACTLY equidistant to each hub. If it is off even slightly, trailer is trying to turn while towing
be sure inflated properly....I think those are rated to 50 psi.
those tires are 100 bucks each at WM. they do wear quickly but I put over 8k miles on same rubber and they were fine.

I always check that hubs are cool when I stop
Check to be sure fenders have zero vibration at highway speed
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I have a similar problem on my single axle torsion trailer. Two new sets of tires wear on the outside after about 3000 miles. I measured the squareness to the hitch and the port side is about 1/4" longer than the starboard side. I'm guessing that is the problem. Haven't gotten around to adjusting it yet.
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There are other issues to address but maybe itís just crappy tires? When I had my skiff it had those stupid 12in rim/tire combos. I would buy the Walmart stuff and get a couple thousand out of them. Once i started getting a good brand and the next load range up (from B to C) I got a crap load of miles. Went from changing tires 2 times a year to once every 4-5 years.
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You have the same tires I had on the boat trailer when I bought it. . Move up to e rated 215s. I got the guy to knock 300 off on the price because of the tires. cracked all up . Bought 4 new 215 e rated totally different feel back there. You can find them off e bay cheap.
Just make sure the tires are aired up to max all the time. If they call for 50 pounds have 52 or 53 in them. Tires will burn out quickly of you run the air low. My company added a aftermarket tire monitor for my big truck. We have 1800 trucks. X that by 18 tires on each truck. They said the 1000 dollar cost to add that device was worth it. Trailer places put the cheapest tire they can on a trailer from the factory. Check the bearings and measure from the inside of the rim front and rear to the trailer. If there is more than 1/4 inch difference might be time for a new trailer axle.
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If toe setting/axle misalignment is excessive, the tire wear will exhibit "sharp" edges on the tread when the hand is rubbed back and forth ACROSS the tread.
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I suggest you look on eBay for Goodyear Endurance tires on galvanized wheels. Most people think they are currently the best trailer tire on the market.

And replace the bearings and seals.

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