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Post Posted: 08:07pm - Sep 13,20 
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The first thing the customer asks me


OK whats the deal on trailer tires ?

Don't ever seem to be worn out
They seem to either dry rot or just one day come apart on the high way

The #1 cause tire pressure and not when your using the trailer . It more likely in the winter when temps drop low tires shrink when they are under inflated . Don't worry cant get any bigger when they are over inflated just have to adjust pressure before you hit the road.
So this means the tire shrinks over the winter then spring comes tire expands and cracks deep in the tread where its hard to see . You might not notice the cracks down in the treads. This can be avoided by keeping the tire full to max air pressure all winter long .
in many cases double the life of the trailer tires .

The #2 cause of trailer tires going bad uneven tread wear
This most often caused by tires not being properly balanced or overloaded always pay attention to the load rating on tires just because they are the rite size does not mean they are the rite load rating
go with the heaviest load rating in the size you need usually this will be load range "E"
Poorly or not balanced at all tires can cause a host of other problems some as minor as light bulbs keep burning out on trailer. To things more serious as fender coming loose and cracking license plate brackets breaking off . To things as serious as wheel bearing failing tires coming loose .
On your car it hard not to notice a out of balance tire . unless you riding in the boat on the trailer you likely will not notice the vibration no matter how out of balance they are .The last thing you want to see is a tire come off on the highway . if your lucky it just going to rattle things apart inside the boat .

Want your trailer tires to last longer ?

#1>>>keep your tires inflated yes even in the winter months when you not using the boat
#2>>> make sure you have the rite load rated tire and that the installer uses a dynamic wheel balance machine . NOT A BUBBLE BA LANCER or worse yet no balance at all
so in case your wondering if your trailer tires are balanced ?? I have never seen any tire that was balanced that did not have tire weights attached to the rim. If they are not there likely tire is not balanced .

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Post Posted: 03:41am - Sep 14,20 
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Besides air pressure , and proper balancing , i recommend if the trailer and boat are not going to be moved for an extended time, of a few months or more, jack the tires off the ground ,and put jackstands under the trailer . Other option is to move trailer a foot or more a couple of times during extended storage periods, to take stress off the weight bearing sidewall cords ,
and tire tread touching ground ! Same goes for vehicles that are stored for long periods of time ! That constant weight pressing down on the same section of tire cords for an extended time , will weaken the cords over time !

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Post Posted: 08:57am - Sep 14,20 
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When I put my boat up for the season and winterize it, I put the trailer up on jack stands. This eliminates the possibility of the belts creating flat spots in the tire. One you get this, you will have a blow out while trailering your boat down the road.

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Post Posted: 09:14am - Sep 14,20 
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Great write up.

2 things to add. Sun is a big killer when tires are not used cover them up. When not used the oils in the rubber dont come up to protect the surface.

Check your lug nuts especially on heavier triple axle trailers. The twisting back and forth when backing them up in tight areas can loosen them up. I lost a tire due to this.

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Post Posted: 12:46pm - Sep 14,20 
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Great posts and reminders.

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Post Posted: 06:50pm - Sep 14,20 
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Great info TX !
Unable to store my Flatbed under roof but i follow all these ideas with good results.
I also take the time to put boards under the tires if it is parked on grass.
I wrap large trash bags over the tires to keep the sun and dirt off.You can buy Tire covers ,RV owners do this-

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Post Posted: 07:58pm - Sep 14,20 
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Does those shinny tire treatments make a difference or something like amorall?

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