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tj548

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I just got back from a trip and to my horror two of the tires on my triple axle were nearly worn through. The metal threads were showing. Had I noticed this during the trip I would have replaced the tires on route.

I inspected them visually before we left and the tires all looked fine. To see that much wear in only 450 miles was very surprising. Is it possible the axles are not aligned and the tires are wearing unnecessarily? Has anyone heard of a system to align the axles and wheels to confirm they are straight on?

This was my first trip with the trailer. It's an '07 Holiday Rambler Next Level. 38 feet triple axle. The tires were the Goodyear Marathons 255/??/15's


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What tpe of wear pattern do you have?
Center, outside, side(edge),


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Posted: 04/12/11 09:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can take diagonal measurements from equal points on each axle to equal points on the frame to determine if each axle is square to the frame. You can also take diagonal measurements from one axle to another to determine if the axles are square to each other. The measurements should be taken either with the weight removed from the axles, or after towing the trailer in a straight line without turning, as turning puts side forces on the axles that can change their position.


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Everyone should have there trailer axles aligned. All class 8 truck shops can do it. I recommend Mike Beckett and M.D. Alignment services MD Alignment Services, Inc.
Offers portable alignment system for trucks and trailers. Includes product details and testimonials.
www.mdalign.com

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JFG wrote:

What tpe of wear pattern do you have?
Center, outside, side(edge),


The center tire was worn severely on the inside of the tread exposing the metal threads. This was on the driver's side only. The front tire had the same increased wear on the inside, just not as much.

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What tire? Middle, front, rear?

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Load range tires?
PSI ?
Are you the first owner of trailer?
I have the same rig... going to 16" HD truck tires
I dont think we have any business having 15" tires on our rigs, especially trailer tires.
It only hurts when you write the check for 7 rims and tires lol.
Fully loaded there is over 14k on the axles


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tj548 wrote:

big buford wrote:

Load range tires?
PSI ?
Are you the first owner of trailer?
I have the same rig... going to 16" HD truck tires
I dont think we have any business having 15" tires on our rigs, especially trailer tires.
It only hurts when you write the check for 7 rims and tires lol.
Fully loaded there is over 14k on the axles


Load range D @ 65 psi. I am the second owner bought from a dealer so I don't have any way to know the history. I agree on the 15 inch rims, they have to go. I think I'm going to get the BFG commercials on some new rims. Shame though, these 15's are nice looking aluminum wheels.


I'm also going to take the advice above (thanks onearmy and SoCal) and make sure the axles are in good shape and aligned. If I'm out of spec now, it will pull easier and give better mileage when fixed.


I'm in the same boat, will craig's list the rims when time. Lot's of smaller rigs that would love to have them.

Made three seasons with Maxxis M8008 15's load E @ 80psi but they are done for and time to replace. They did very well, think I ran a little too fast last time out.

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big buford wrote:

Load range tires?
PSI ?
Are you the first owner of trailer?
I have the same rig... going to 16" HD truck tires
I dont think we have any business having 15" tires on our rigs, especially trailer tires.
It only hurts when you write the check for 7 rims and tires lol.
Fully loaded there is over 14k on the axles


Load range D @ 65 psi. I am the second owner bought from a dealer so I don't have any way to know the history. I agree on the 15 inch rims, they have to go. I think I'm going to get the BFG commercials on some new rims. Shame though, these 15's are nice looking aluminum wheels.

I'm also going to take the advice above (thanks onearmy and SoCal) and make sure the axles are in good shape and aligned. If I'm out of spec now, it will pull easier and give better mileage when fixed.

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Anyone know how much a triple axle alignment costs?


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