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fixruprbob

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a finger check caused this accidental post.

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Brett
Thanks for the comments. Here are some answers to your questions:
1. Are wheel bearings adjusted properly?
Yes, is a new trailer and I have checked them.

2. Is your hitch height set so both trailer axles are carrying the same load/trailer level?
The trailer is level to within 1/2 degree.

3. Have you had your tire gauge checked against a known good gauge-- most tire stores will gladly do this for you?
Yes.

4. Are the worn areas (inside and outside) of the tire smooth or scrubbed? If scrubbed, this can ge a sign of alignment problems.
I am not certain of what scrubbed is. Pictures I have seen identify this type of wear of the blocks as "feathering". I do suspect mis alighment but my dealer checked it and said there was not a problem.

5. Have you checked the trailer axles for alignment (so they are tracking straight, not "dog-tracking"?
Yes I have, I did not like what I saw. The factory asked my dealer to jack up all of the wheels, set it back down and make measurements before the trailer was allowed to be moved. They said it is the frame and axles are all within manufacturing tolerances. Additionally the factory said the tires needed to be rotated, and that would help with the wear problem.

6. Are the tires in balance?
Never been balanced. I tend to discount this as the root cause of the problem because all four tires are wearing the same. Do you think that I am missing something here?

7. Have you weighed your trailer axles in its "going down the road" loaded configuration with your tow vehicle loaded as usual?
Yes. I am usually close to the GAWR.

8. Do you have shock absorbers?
No. The trailer was manufactured without them.


Answering your questions has caused me to feel that maybe the factory & dealer are more interested in giving me lip service as opposed to solving the problem. I'll look around for a trailer alignment speciality shop.

Thanks for the help,

Bob

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Because you describe feathering of the tires, I would take the trailer to an independent trailer specialist to determine what is wrong. It certainly sounds to me like it is possible you have a trailer/axle alignment problem.

I would also check with the trailer specialist about adding brackets so you can mount shock absorbers. While you are correct that wheel balance is not likely the cause of all four tires wearing, if it were mine, I would have the tires balanced. Good luck with your problem. Let us know what you find.


Brett Wolfe
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