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Old 10-05-2011, 09:49 PM   #11
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Re: Flat tire

Metal stems are not required unless you get to 80 psi or more. They are also more prone to breaking if they get hit, off-road and ATV enthusiasts use rubber, but really should not be too much of an issue on an RV. They also get the nice shiny caps stolen a lot for some reason, darn punks.

But if you want bling, they sure do look prettier. Both perform just fine, so I will stay the cheaper route.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:42 AM   #12
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Rookie question: it is pointed out to only use trailer tires, why? My logic leads me to guess that it may have to do with tire pressure or sidewall stiffness

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Old 10-06-2011, 02:46 PM   #13
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The issues are teh load on the tire and sidewall stiffness. See here:

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/inf...rTireFacts.dos

There are lots of other resources for further explanation. I even saw a statement alleging problems with insurance if there were an accident and you had "improper" tires. Can't believe everything (almost anything?) you read on the internet, but that is food for thought.

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Old 10-06-2011, 03:13 PM   #14
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I have a friend who had car tires on a trailer when he bought it. He had a terrible time with sway. Once he put proper trailer tires on it, with much higher pressure and stiffer sidewalls, the problem went away.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:23 PM   #15
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Re: Flat tire

Dave

Nice article you found at discount tires. There were a number of points that caught my eye and I thought I would highlight them below. It is also a good idea to read the entire article as there are numerous cautions and safeguards.

• As heat builds up, the tire's structure starts to disintegrate and weaken.
• The load carrying capacity gradually decreases as the heat and stresses generated by higher speed increases.
• In approximately three years, roughly one-third of the tire's strength is gone.
• Three to five years is the projected life of a normal trailer tire.
• It is suggested that trailer tires be replaced after three to four years of service regardless of tread depth or tire appearance.
• The mileage expectation of a trailer tire is 5,000 to 12,000 miles.

Bruce, here is one that applies to you and me:
• If a tire fails on a tandem axle trailer, you should replace both tires on that side. The remaining tire is likely to have been subjected to excessive loading.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:59 PM   #16
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Thanks Paul,
I never tire of these things.

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Old 10-06-2011, 05:27 PM   #17
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Paul, not too sure I would worry on that last point. These tires are rated to carry the whole load on one side. Never hurts to be cautious though.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:10 PM   #18
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Re: Flat tire

I'll be due for new tires next year ( at 4 years - to be safe ), but I think I'll hold off for a few more years on replacing the spare. It is inside a garbage bag, inside the tire cover and has been there since the trailer was new. Am I making a foolish assumption that it's protected from UV and thus in good shape?

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Old 10-06-2011, 08:20 PM   #19
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I'd personally take that risk...at worst, you'll only be driving on it for a short distance.
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Hi: All...I'm going to "Retire" in two years so that should make quite a difference.
My tires have been from B.C. to Alaska, thru Alberta to Ontario. East to P.E.I. and various of the lower 48 States and I'm still not treading on thin rubber!!! Alf
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