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Old 08-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Tire pressure

The recent thread on tire pressure prompted me to up my tire pressure from 45 psi to 48 psi ( with 50 psi being the max ).
But, it then occurred to me that I've not checked the spare since I got the trailer in July 2008.
The spare had 30 psi ( maybe less ). It wouldn't have been critical since I carry a small compressor and 12V extension cord, but I'm happier with the tire at 48 psi.
I also realized that I will probably have to be prepared to remove my rear cargo carrier/box in order to get the tire off the mount. I don't look forward to that, but at least I won't be surprised.
Somehow, I don't think my BCAA RV membership will do me much good 45 minutes out on the road to the Skagit River, with no cell coverage.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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I am guilty of not checking my spare often enough. When I did this spring, it was down near 30 lbs too. It would work for a short haul though.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:02 PM   #3
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I woud keep your on road tires at 55 psi . i got 10,000kms on mine and so far they are good at 55 psi but after a trip north are about half gone. Still so good for some local trips but would think new for something over 5,000ks Next spring it's a repack ect.. and brakes... maybe tires. But I carry two spares.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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What size tires are we all talking about? Stock 14" or stock 15"?
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We are currently running our stock 15" at 45psi.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:27 PM   #6
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The 14"..5 PSI + is better than 5 PSI - belive me I know . Tires are cheep. On the way home from Manning I saw 4 trailers with blown tires and wheel bearings, and thats within a 350 k trip. There week end was messed up.
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45 PSi at 2 hours at hi way speed would be OK. But no less. One thing is the trailer bounces to much with low PSI. Not good. When you hit a rail crossing at 100k and look in your rear mirror and the trailer is still bounceing 20 min later. You need to check air PSI.
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I'm on 15" tires ( original set from July 2008 ). I've been running them at 45psi, but now at 48 psi.
Seems to me that optimum would depend on the trailer and load. Range for the 17B is 40-50 with with 45 recommended. Heavier load, more psi.

What would be optimum for a dual axle 19 ( given that the trailer only really needs one axle - except consumer demand requires two ).

At any rate, I've run the 15" Marathons since July 2008. The pro-rated warranty is for six years, so regardless of what is posted on the forums, it seems that Goodyear expects the tires to last at least six years.

When I mused with Reace that I might get new tires, he looked at them, thought they were in good shape, and said, "you've got a spare, you know".
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I woud keep your on road tires at 55 psi .
Do Escapes come with Load Range D ST or LT tires? The maximum inflation pressure for Load Range C tires in this size is typically 50 psi.
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But, it then occurred to me that I've not checked the spare since I got the trailer in July 2008.
The spare had 30 psi ( maybe less ).
Good catch. Now, how much air is in the tug's spare...?
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:35 PM   #11
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Now that's a good question. I was assuming, since it is serviced at Toyota shop, and they check absolutely everything else, that they would check that. But, I think I'll have a look.
Traveling the gravel road into the Skagit almost guarantees a flat.
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Blew a tire on my 19's front passenger this weekend in Oregon on Hwy 99 at 60 mph. Sidewall blow out. Only 2,000k on the tires. Was running 40 psi all around. That what it came home from the factory with. Broke 2 wrenches trying to get the spare off the back rack. Not a fun day on a 6 foot shoulder.
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When I checked mine they where 40 as well so I bumped them up to 50. With the 40 psi they had a bulgy side wall, that is mostly gone now. I'm going to check the nuts on the spare mount and loosen them off hopefully no broken wrenches. I know road side tire swaps can be scarey especialy on the drivers side. Yikes !
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The other thing most people over look is if the spare tire hoist is operating. the like to sieze and not come down when you need them
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Blew a tire on my 19's front passenger this weekend in Oregon on Hwy 99 at 60 mph. Sidewall blow out. Only 2,000k on the tires. Was running 40 psi all around. That what it came home from the factory with. Broke 2 wrenches trying to get the spare off the back rack. Not a fun day on a 6 foot shoulder.
Another great reminder. I don't think I have checked the mounting bolts since it was new. Never had a flat either, but better not press my luck and go check them soon.
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This morning I decided to do a dry run on removing the spare from the trailer.
I discovered immediately that the + shaped lug wrench couldn't be used because it hit the storage box. And, then I found that I wouldn't be able to remove the tire, even if I could get the nuts off, because it was trapped by the box.
So, I had to unlock the box, remove all the contents, find a small wrench and undo the nuts on the u-bolts that secured it to the rack.
I can imagine the rage if I had to do that on a lonely road in the pouring rain.
So, now I'm looking for a way to secure the box to the rack ( and from theft ), but so that I can easily remove it.
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So, now I'm looking for a way to secure the box to the rack ( and from theft ), but so that I can easily remove it.
Suggestions welcome.
Not sure how much room you need to get the tire off with the box on - but you could try a receiver extension and get some distance that way. Would take some weight off the tongue though and increase the load moment on the existing receiver (ie reduce the weight capacity a bit). With this you may not have to remove the box to get the tire off?

Princess auto has extensions at a reasonable price. This one gives you 14 more inches. They may have others that are shorter? Or maybe Canadian Tire or other RV outlet.

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I guess no body here wants to see gbaglo's rage so...I'll throw in my two-bits worth.
What if you re-positioned your LP tanks. Can your storage box fit on the tongue?
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Reace recently moved the LP tanks, which created a space, but a few inches short of what I would need.
I don't want to extend the weight at the back.
What I've done is remove the u-bolts that held the box on and it's now secured with a ratcheting strap that runs over top. I've run a cable through the handle and secured it with a padlock. Pretty obvious to a thief what they have to do to get the box, and not pretty, but it'll do. I'm still looking for some sort of hardware that would fasten between the handles, either side of the box and the bars on the rack, and still be easy to lock and to remove.
Any event, this works for now.
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