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Old 01-24-2015, 09:13 PM   #51
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Get 5 aluminum wheels, that way the spare will match...I'm sorry I did not think of this on my 21' BlackJack.
I agree. At first we thought we'd just get the steel wheel spare since it will be covered, but by getting a 5th aluminum wheel we can use the spare as part of the rotation.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:51 PM   #52
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Can't really see a good reason to rotate tires on our 21 - none of them are driven tires. I would expect them to age out before any wear issues are a concern.
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Old 01-25-2015, 12:54 AM   #53
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Can't really see a good reason to rotate tires on our 21 - none of them are driven tires. I would expect them to age out before any wear issues are a concern.
Good point in that most folks would have them age out before wearing out, but rotating tires on a tandem axle trailer helps prevent uneven wear. They do wear even though they are not connected to the drivetrain. Typically, the front ones wear a bit faster than the back ones. You probably shouldn't switch sides when rotating them, since they have a unique wear pattern from being on that side, and switching sides can actually increase tire wear. Of course, it's really only applicable if you put at least 8-10k miles on the trailer per year.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:03 AM   #54
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I asked ETI about rotating a while back and was told front to rear only, no side to side.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:08 PM   #55
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Thank you for all the help.

I have noted multiple changes on my build sheet based on these suggestions!
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:53 PM   #56
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Can't really see a good reason to rotate tires on our 21 - none of them are driven tires. I would expect them to age out before any wear issues are a concern.
Charlie I agree with for the most part but ! Some people store their trailers in a matter where one side will get more UV exposure then the other. This to me would make a good reason to rotate your tires.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:07 PM   #57
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Get 5 aluminum wheels, that way the spare will match...I'm sorry I did not think of this on my 21' BlackJack.
Ditto that. Have a flat spot on passenger side rear due to wheel lockup during braking. Not sure yet what is causing it after 2000 miles. Tried adjusting it with no luck yet. Checking for grease contamination tomorrow.
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Charlie I agree with for the most part but ! Some people store their trailers in a matter where one side will get more UV exposure then the other. This to me would make a good reason to rotate your tires.
Seems to me it would be better to keep the tires covered.
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I believe tires need to be covered and the weight taken off them to keep them round.
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I believe tires need to be covered and the weight taken off them to keep them round.
Nah, they'll stay round on the ground. You might crack or distort the sidewall if they stay for a long time and are under inflated, but otherwise you're fine. The flat spot Rossue described was from a skidding tire/locked electric brake.
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