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Old 07-26-2013, 09:43 PM   #1
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Tire Pressure Question

The tag on our Escape 19 says the tires should have 50 lbs. pressure when cold. Is it ok to run the tires at, say, 40 lbs. to give the trailer a smoother ride or will this cause pre-mature wear to the tires?
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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I don't have my owners manual here to double check this, but I recall Dave telling us when we picked up our 19 to run about 45 psi in normal temps. The 50 psi is a max recommended. I wouldn't go too low, though, or the tires will run hot. I recall reading something similar in the manual and have settled on 45 pretty much most of the time.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:31 PM   #3
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Hi: All... I changed out the original tires last year, before leaving for the Egg Camping Club rally in Tenn. I put on another set of the same Marathon radials. I always ran them at 47#s without failures. I felt that gave them space to expand and not go over the max. 50 rating. Alf
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:27 AM   #4
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If you have 14 inch run at 45#. It is easier on the body of the trailer.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:05 AM   #5
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Trailer tires are designed ot run at, or near, max pressure. The sidewalls are not designed to flex like they do in lower pressure passenger tires.

The maximum 5o lb pressure is meant to be measured cold. I have always kept trailer tire pressures at the maximum with no regrets.

There will be less lateral movement with more pressure, resulting in a better ride for the trailer. We have never had any issues due to the ride, with the exception of one long potholed uphill drive we had to take. Heck, it shook me apart in the tow too.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #6
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We picked up our 19' last month and Dave told us 45 lbs. too. We ordered the aluminum wheels which are 15". Are the stock rims 14"?
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:08 AM   #7
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I believe Escape is in the transitional stage of putting 15" on their larger units, the new 21' has them and now the 19's, white or chrome wheels.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:32 AM   #8
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Ours is being built now and we ordered the aluminum rims so maybe they will be 15" What would be the advantage of larger wheels?
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The website still shows 14" on 19' and 15" on the 21' so not sure when or if the 19 will be or can be upgraded. Escape may be able to answer that. The larger wheel/tire combo should give you more capacity or safety margin as well as another 1" in height. I had no issues with the 14" chrome on my 19' Escape.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:36 AM   #10
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We ordered 15" aluminum wheels on our 15B. We did it mostly for looks, but did gain a bit more ground clearance.
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