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Old 10-03-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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Flat tire

While heading out on a trip to Santa Cruz a bit over a week ago, we had a flat occur on our 19. I've only towed for two years (and, first trailer ever) and never had a flat before. I had checked the tire pressure before leaving (44 lbs.) and the flat occurred about an hour into the trip. I'm pretty sure we ran over something that punctured the tire, but I had no idea anything was wrong until i noticed a small, weird vibration and noticed that the trailer was tilting a bit.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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Re: Flat tire

If you'd had a single axle Bruce, you'd have had a Major tilt! One great thing about dual axles!
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:39 AM   #3
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Re: Flat tire

The advantage of the single axle is that you find out you have a flat before the flailing tire bits rip the wheel well apart.

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Old 10-04-2011, 01:42 PM   #4
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Re: Flat tire

Speaking of blow-outs. I remember many discussions about the Goodyear tire's failure rate on the Casita forums. There seemed to be a perfect storm for blow-outs on hot days; older tires (UV-damaged?), and a heavily loaded trailer. Quite a few folks (myself included, after my own blow-out) switched to the Kuhmo tires in response to that problem.

I remember reading somewhere that the "expiration date" for tires was about five years, and after that, regardless of tread wear or mileage, there was a lessening of the rubber's integrity, and they should be changed. Anyone have any factual knowledge?

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Old 10-04-2011, 02:52 PM   #5
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Age of Trailer Tires

I think you are on the money with your analysis of tire failure and tire life expectancy. It certainly agrees with the opinion I have formed in reading the same forums.

In my mind I am already set to replace all four and possibily five tires after five years. I believe that will reduce my chances of on the road failure. Here is a draw back to having a tandem axle, more tires to buy.

Brands and models are impossible to measure as we do not have enough "factual knolwledge". We do know that age, heat and weight contribute, that is measureable. The best lesson is trailer tires do not wear out, they age out.

The Casita forum series on Goodyear Marathon tires was interesting but so much of that was based on anecdotal evidence, there was not the factual knowledge present. The big issues was and is: Do Goodyear Marathon tires fail more that other brands? Only the manufactures can answer that. Somehow I do not think we will be hearing from them. I believe the Marathon tire is a top seller, therefore we will see more comments on failure, however that is not a statistically significant measurement.

Again the methods of measuring lifespan is different with trailer tires, you cannot apply the automobile methods of tread depth and shape of tire in determining life. It is all based on tire age.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:05 PM   #6
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Re: Flat tire

Hi: All...Now you've got me worried!!! My tires are dated 2807. (28th week of '07).
I had all three valve stems replaced due to cracking. Reports of tire failures, I believe, were from stem failures causing rapid decompression of the tire. I think that Goodyear was getting a bum wrap from the defective stems. Even the one on the unused spare was bad.
When I wash any of my vehicles I use Meguiars Wax Wash with UV protectors and I wash the tires too!!! So far So good as I've not run over any "Asphalt Alligators" or other road hazzards while towing.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:34 PM   #7
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Re: Flat tire

Jeff turned me on to a simple remote pressure sensing system in his earlier response in Flat Tire part two: https://www.tiretraker.com/proddetail.asp?prod=TT400C-4

I ordered one today. The cost isn't that much more than I paid for the replacement tire. Unless I suffer a blowout in the future, I figure on having a fighting chance to save a tire losing pressure. After I receive it and use it on an upcoming trip to Yosemite, I'll post as to how I like it.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:08 PM   #8
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Re: Flat tire

Their are trailer valve stems. They are shorter than the truck and car valve stems. You could have metal valve stems installed.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:16 PM   #9
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I'm not convinced of the effectiveness of any substance/stuff you spray only on the face of a tire. The entire back side and tread are exposed, if not to ultra-violet light, to ozone. I've read several articles indicating ozone has as deleterious effect as UV light on rubber. I plan on putting new tires on our 5.0 every four years as part of routine maintenance.

Regardless of your tire-changing fanaticism, be sure you use only trailer tires and keep them properly inflated. Preventative maintenance can lead to a lot of well-being.

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Old 10-05-2011, 08:54 PM   #10
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Re: Flat tire

I think the metal stems are well worth the expense.

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