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Posted: 08/02/12 10:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

New to the rv world and this blog. Bought a used 2012 Gulfstream 2 weeks ago and took it on a 250 round trip camp and all 4 tires wore the tread off the inside and outside. The tire pressure is good, just wondering if the axels might be off? The dealership is trying to tell me its a used trailer so I'm on my own. Any input will help. Thanks


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Posted: 08/02/12 10:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The type od wear that you describe is due to over loading or low pressure. Air the tires to the max.

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Posted: 08/02/12 10:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Near the bottom of this doc has some good advice on different tire wear. I think page 25.

Btw what size of tire and loadrange, as well as the psi you are running at?

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I had a trailer that one axle was put into place crooked by about 1/2 inch. But my tread wear took a lot to see that kind of wear. I just rotated tires and wear was evened out then. If you are "on your own" I would take it to an alignment place that is repected where you live. Spent some time on the phone and find a good one. I found a good one by asking at alignment shops that didn't have the overhead heigth to get my mh in where they would take it to. When 2 names poped up the same I went there and was happy with results (not the price) but results. You might have wrong springs or brackets or whatever put on by manufacture that are wrong. And could eb simple fix.
Never heard of that much wear in 250 miles something is wrong and I would trust a business that alignments are their only business more so than a RV dealer. JMO

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Posted: 08/02/12 11:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

campingnodak wrote:

= The tire pressure is good,

Have you weighed the trailer ready for camping? If not, the tire pressure may NOT be good. If the axle was crooked the wear would be across the entire tire as you would be scuffing it. Wear on inside and outside is indicative of PSI too low. Weigh your rig and then check your air pressure.....Dennis

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Posted: 08/03/12 12:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All four tires wearing on the inside and the outside is almost guaranteed to be low air pressure?

All four tires wearing that quickly means the condition causing it is serious and need immediate attention?

It is the air that carries the load not the tire? low PSI and overloading are technically the same thing? the tires carrying capacity is determined by its air volume and air pressure and its load rating is determined by it ability to hold the air volume at a given pressure?

Your dealer may have been legally correct but his attitude sucks?

Make sure the trailer has the right tires on it before doing anything (look on the tag on the left front corner of the trailer)? being a used 2012 there may be a related reason it was traded so quick?
If there was and he has hidden it from you the state AG may be of some help?

And be sure to weigh the trailer fully loaded for use before replacing the tires?

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Posted: 08/03/12 05:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you bought a Visa, you're not the only one with that problem. They come with Trail America bias ply tire and they are ultra cheap tires. A good set of radials might help a lot, and curiously, radials are optional for 2013 models!

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Posted: 08/03/12 05:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What size tires do you have on your Gulfstream and what pressure are you running in them?
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All 4 wearing exactly the same....I guess it could be the axles, but wouldn't both axles have to be in and be off the same if all 4 tires are doing the same thing. You said your tire pressure was good but that could mean same pressure all the way around but set too low (more likely)

Back to the axles, call the manufac, it's a 2012 no matter how you look at it. Friend of mine had Forest River replace both axles and all tires.... two sets wore out before they did anything and his 5er was 3 years old.

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The two most COMMON reasons for uneven tire wear are overloading the axle weight and alignment issues. If you have your actual loaded weights you may be able to rule in or out, overloading but if you do not, I'd have the axle alignment checked. Poorly aligned axles is ALSO one reason for trailer sway incidents so it's more than just your tires that COULD be at risk.
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