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Old 07-10-2017, 01:13 PM   #1
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Hi all,
For the life of us, we cannot find any information on what pressure our tires should be. We have a 2016 first generation 19' dual axle. It's probably in a thread somewhere but I can't find it.
Thanks for your patience with a couple newbies to dual axle!
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:21 PM   #2
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It should be on your tires.
I always go with what the tire manufacturer recommends.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:27 PM   #3
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Assuming you still have the stock tires that came on your trailer when new, pressure should be 50 psi (cold) on all four tires. But still worth taking a look at the tire sidewall to confirm.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:53 PM   #4
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Ours say 65 on the sides (class D) seems a bit high for the weight of the trailer.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:58 PM   #5
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For the life of us, we cannot find any information on what pressure our tires should be.
The maximum tire pressure is marked on the tire sidewall. For the tires normally supplied by Escape, that's 50 PSI.

The minimum pressure is determined by what is required to support the weight of the trailer if fully loaded; tire manufacturers and the tire industry publish standard tables of load/inflation values. The trailer has a placard on it listing the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). If GAWR is, for instance, 3000 pounds, then each tire needs to be able to support 1500 pounds, and for the ST205/75R15 tires used by Escape, that means a minimum of 36 PSI.

Some manufacturers recommend always using the maximum allowed pressure, because they don't trust owners not to under-inflate and overload tires.

The 2016 Escape Owner's Manual has piles of generic information about tires, but does not appear to provide a specific inflation pressure value. Instead, just like your car, it directs you read the pressure on the "Canada Transport Label" (the same placard that shows the GVWR). On an Escape, this would usually say 50 PSI.
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:00 PM   #6
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Ours say 65 on the sides (class D) seems a bit high for the weight of the trailer.
Same tires on a 21 run well with 50 psi - that's what it came with from the factory. 65 psi on a 19 could break a lot of dishes when crossing RR tracks!
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:05 PM   #7
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Ours say 65 on the sides (class D) seems a bit high for the weight of the trailer.
It is far too high for the weight of the trailer. Although you have Load Range D tires which can be inflated to 65 PSI, there is no reason to use this much pressure. Those tires have the same load capacity at 50 PSI (for instance) as a Load Range C tire of the same size would at 50 PSI.

Recommendations to always use the maximum allowed pressure in trailer tires assume that the tire has just barely enough capacity to handle the loaded trailer weight. If your tires are ST205/75R15 LR-D, they have 2150 pound capacity each, or 8600 pounds total... about twice the weight of the trailer loaded to its limit.
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I have load range D on my 17B, with max pressure of 65psi.
I run them at 60psi.
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:10 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:18 PM   #10
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I have load range D on my 17B, with max pressure of 65psi.
I run them at 60psi.
... and that's with substantially more load per tire than the tandem-axle 19', so for the 19' less pressure would be appropriate.
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