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Old 08-20-2014, 12:53 AM   #131
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What's on the side of the tire is a maximum inflation pressure, as with any other tire. If you change from the original equipment tire, the trailer manufacturer's recommendation no longer applies... and what's on the side of the new tire is still a maximum.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:26 AM   #132
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We may also want to take into consideration if the tire sidewall was scuffed, clipped, or damaged in some way. If the sidewall was compromised, it will weaken the tire, but won't usually fail until it's under a load at speed. Seems like most of these blowouts, the tire explodes and shreds. Looking at some of these pics, it certainly looks like the sidewall failed.

In order to get my 19 in it's normal parking place next to my house, I have to go over a curb. I put a 4x4 and a 2x4 next to the curb to help. Watching the tires in the side view mirror, I can see the sidewall flex when it's going over the curb. Even with the wood to help.

Tandem axel trailer tire sidewalks are put under greater strains when we're making tight turns. Especially on a paved surface. I've seen the tire and wheel flex when I make a tight U-turn and the larger the trailer, the greater the strain on the sidewall.

When I'm towing, I keep it under 60. Usually around 57 or so. It's the law in some states and it helps with the MPG's. :
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:31 PM   #133
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I just ran into an interesting set of conflicting recommendations for care of tires while the trailer is in storage. Goodyear says to increase tire pressure by 25% (but not above rim ratings) and Carlisle recommends decreasing tire pressure. Both recommend taking the weight off the tires by putting the trailer up on blocks.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:49 PM   #134
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Interesting. And, is putting the trailer up on blocks supposed to prolong the life of the tires? Which are apparently "aged out" at six years? Maybe these companies are getting their information from the interweb?
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:55 PM   #135
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Some places on that magic interweb say to replace tires every 3 years. Tires and wheel bearings of trailers seem to be from decades past in quality.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:57 PM   #136
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Yup. They don't make 'em like they used to. Best keep those original wheel bearings and the grease.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:11 AM   #137
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The place I get my tires told me the same about blocking up the tires. Best yet was to remove them and put them somewhere warm. This after both Maxtow tires had developed bubbles on the sidewalls.

I blocked them up for one year, a real hassle. Removing and putting them in the basement isn't going to happen.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:38 AM   #138
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I spray mine with aloe vera and Coke. Massage them once a week. Keep them off pavement or cement ( make that concrete ).
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:04 AM   #139
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Keep them off pavement or cement ( make that concrete ).
Good catch!

Man, I am about to quote from another instructor, making it two days in a row. Never done that before.

But, my Concrete Technology instructor said "Calling concrete 'cement', is just like calling a cake 'flour', cement is just one of the ingredients in concrete.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:43 AM   #140
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Many of us have occasional-use motor vehicles that are parked for months at a time: convertibles, motorcycles, race cars, and so on. Does anyone block them up, pull the wheels, and take the tires in the house for storage... or Baglo's spa day?
I won't be doing that for a travel trailer.

The differing inflation directions are interesting. Does either source provide the logic behind the recommendation?
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