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Old 08-25-2014, 02:43 PM   #1
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I had a tire wear on the out side edge, door side, of a 17b. Not much sign of wear on the other tire. The trailer is a 2008. Someone suggested that when you change one tire you should do both. They are the Good Year tires that the trailer came with. Should I change both? The new trailers have a different brand, they are less expensive. Good Year, same as spare or new brand? Should trailers or do trailers ever need an alignment?
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:25 PM   #2
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Remenber to balance the new tires.

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Old 08-25-2014, 03:27 PM   #3
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Should trailers or do trailers ever need an alignment?
I don't know if anyone routinely checks alignment on trailers, but it makes sense when troubleshooting a problem (such as abnormal tire wear). There's no alignment adjustment possible with the Torflex suspension used on all Escapes (other than the 5.0TA), so if alignment is significantly wrong it probably indicates damage requiring repair.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:00 PM   #4
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Based on the age of the tires, 6+ years they should both be replaced. No reason to ride on a tire that old. I have mixed thougths on changing the spare. The big thing to remember is, if you do not change the spare with a new tire at this time, you can only use it as a spare. If you have cause to use it, the first and only thing to do is to drive to a location to where you can purchase a new one or repair the original. You cannot use an old spare like that to complete a journey.

Think of it as one of those mini spares, I believe if you own one the owners manual will state not to drive over 45 miles per hour and no more than 50 miles.

Why I do not like skipping the spare replacement is you need to remember that it is out of date.
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My thoughts exactly, Paul. We will probably replace at four or five years including the spare.
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I like to have all new tires when mine are replaced, including the spare. Since my trailer spare uses the same wheel as my trailer, I can rotate the spare in with the other tires (once a year) to help balance out the overall wear. However, tires will still likely have to be replaced due to age before due to wear. If I ever get a flat, I can put the spare on, get the flat fixed, and not have to put the repaired tire back on the trailer (a bit less work).
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I had a tire wear on the out side edge, door side, of a 17b. Not much sign of wear on the other tire. The trailer is a 2008. Someone suggested that when you change one tire you should do both. They are the Good Year tires that the trailer came with. Should I change both? The new trailers have a different brand, they are less expensive. Good Year, same as spare or new brand? Should trailers or do trailers ever need an alignment?
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You could have a bent spindle. It doesn't take much to bend them -- one good jolt from a deep pothole would do it.
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If a spare has been covered its whole life, so that it is not exposed to UV and has no load on it, shouldn't it last much longer than the others?
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If a spare has been covered its whole life, so that it is not exposed to UV and has no load on it, shouldn't it last much longer than the others?
You'd think so, but the problem here isn't wear, it's dry rot. Tires outgas. As the rubber ages it loses volatile oils through the outer layers. The flexing motion of using the tire tends to keep the oils evenly distributed -- so outgassing isn't a problem. But if it's a spare and doesn't flex because it's never mounted and used, the outgassing will be more severe. This will dry the outer layers of the tire to the point that it begins to crack. That's dry rot.
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Then it would seem that spares need to be replaced even more frequently than the tires in use?
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