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SweetLou

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Posted: 06/06/18 05:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok now I think this is odd. I was taking my boat up and over the mountain to get some maintenance done. I don't trailer this boat but 0.5 mi to the launch ramp twice a year and the mechanic. So I am 12 mi into a 35 mile trip and I pull over to check the bearings on the single axle boat trailer. They feel cool to touch, however the tires are hot. There are no trailer brakes and both sides felt the same. Why would tires only, not the rims or hubs be hot? I slowed way down the rest of the way. Tires are old won't lie, and for sure I am going to change them before they go on this trip again.


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Posted: 06/06/18 05:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What was the temperature of the pavement the tires were running on?

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Posted: 06/06/18 05:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

High tire temp is one of the signs prior to a tire blowing. If you install TPMS on your setup, they will alert you to rising tire temp or PSI dropping. Both signs to pull over....

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What is the tire pressure?? Tires get warm/hot from just rolling down the road, low pressure or load will cause them to heat up.


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Posted: 06/06/18 06:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The tires on most single axle boat trailers are very close to overloaded even when fully inflated.


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Posted: 06/06/18 06:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yeah, probably overloaded. Often times you'll roll up on someone towing a boat on those spindly little 12" tires, and you can see they're clearly overtaxing the tires and axle, as the wheels are splayed out at a 15 degree angle to vertical.

What size tires? What is the weight rating? What boat?


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Posted: 06/06/18 06:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I heard a loud bang in front of my house, and saw that a boat trailer tire had blown. Hopped on my motorcycle to see if he needed help and maybe sell him one of my excess spares. Followed that rubber trail, turned scrape mark for ten miles and then turned back. See, you don't need no stinkin' tires.





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Posted: 06/06/18 07:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mkirsch wrote:

Yeah, probably overloaded. Often times you'll roll up on someone towing a boat on those spindly little 12" tires, and you can see they're clearly overtaxing the tires and axle, as the wheels are splayed out at a 15 degree angle to vertical.

What size tires? What is the weight rating? What boat?
Amen to that. I noticed our pontoon trailer tires wearing on the inside, then looked at the axle, which was bowed so badly it looked like it was smiling at me. Took it to a scale and the gross weight was 2950lbs on a 2500lb axle. Had it changed to a 3500lb axle and end of problem. This was a brand new boat & trailer with only 2 trips from Oh to Fl, and about 10 trips to the lake. Maybe 4000 miles(but probably less).Gary


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Posted: 06/06/18 11:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Were they fully inflated? Underinflated tires can overheat.


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nickthehunter wrote:

What was the temperature of the pavement the tires were running on?

It was only 60 degrees outside

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